2019 Panelists

Geoff Green is a global leader in polar education and youth engagement and is the Geoff GreenFounder and President of the award-winning Students on Ice Foundation. For over 25 years Geoff has dedicated his career to raising awareness and understanding of the Arctic, the Antarctic and places in between. A visionary and creative spirit, and someone who inspires action, Geoff has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. Most notably, he has been appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

In 2017, Geoff completed his most ambitious project to date – the Canada C3 expedition, a 150-day, 25,000 km sailing journey around Canada’s coastline to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The expedition’s themes were youth engagement, environment, diversity & inclusion and reconciliation. The successful Canadac3.ca journey reached an audience of over 20 million.

Geoff and his partner Dr. Lisa Glithero live with their two children in Chelsea, Quebec.



Mary Simon, OC, QC, comes from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and was born Mary Simonin Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik. She is the former past president (2006-2012) of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization, and has advanced critical social, economic and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit regionally, nationally and internationally. Over four decades she has held senior leadership positions – including President of Makivik Corporation (the Land Claims Organization for Inuit of Nunavik), President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canadian Ambassador For Circumpolar Affairs as well as to the Kingdom of Denmark. She founded and chaired the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.

Ms. Simon also led Canada’s negotiations during the creation of the eight Nation Arctic Council in the mid 1990’s and was its first chair. The Arctic Council includes the Indigenous Peoples of the Circumpolar Region as Permanent Participants. 

She is an officer of the Order of Canada, Governor General Northern Medal and a recipient of the National Order of Quebec, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographic Society, and the Symons Medal. She is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. She has been also been inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame. 

Mary Simon served as Chancellor of Trent University (1995-1999) and has received many other distinctions including eleven honorary Doctorates of Laws from Canadian Universities. In 2013, Ms. Simon received recognition as a nation builder from the Famous Five. She was honored by the Public Policy Forum for her contributions to public life, public policy and governance in Canada. She is also an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a recipient of the CCAB/SODEXO Award for “Excellence in Aboriginal Relations”.



Whitney Lackenbauer is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian Whitney LackenbauerNorth and Professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University. He is on leave as a Professor in the Department of History at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Ontario, where he remains co-director of the Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism. He is Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He is also a Fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary History at the University of Toronto; the Arctic Institute of North America; the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary; and an adjunct professor with the Mulroney Institute for Government at St. Francis Xavier University. Whitney specializes in Arctic security, sovereignty and governance issues, modern Canadian military and diplomatic history, and Aboriginal-state relations.



Papatsi Kotierk is an Inuk youth in her final year of study at Trent University in the Papitsi KotierikIndigenous Studies Honours Program. Raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, until she moved away for post-secondary in 2014, she returns to Iqaluit each summer. She is excited to return to the Arctic to be closer to family and to work in her community upon completing her studies. Papatsi is passionate about sewing, seeing new places and learning through new opportunities, one of which was the 2017 Arctic Expedition, traveling through the Davis Strait from Nunavut to Greenland with Students on Ice. She is a proud Students on Ice Alumnus and continues to promote the program to youth.