A renowned explorer and mountaineer, Bernard Voyer has over 30 years of expeditions and adventures to his credit. He reached the North Pole in 1994, the South Pole in 1996 and, in 1999, the roof of the world, Mount Everest. He has stood at all three poles of the Earth, and has completed a World Tour via the highest summit of each continent. He is a gifted communicator who knows how to engage his listeners, convey his passion, bring his experiences to life and encourage his audiences to take action.
Voyer is a popular bilingual speaker and has given more than 750 presentations in English and French, in North America, Europe, China and Japan. He has given talks to university students for Canadian universities (McGill, Montreal, Queen’s etc), Amherst College in the USA and even in Beijing (China) for the department of Engineering of the University of Tsinghua. He has spoken for a number of organizations including the Ordre national du Québec, the Royal Institute of British Architects, NASA and the Assembly of European Regions.
Voyer’s exceptional achievements have earned him many tributes. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Vice President of the Ordre National du Québec. He has received the decoration of the Legion of Honor, two honorary PhDs and the gold medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
In 2002 he was recognized by the Governor General of Canada as one of the 50 greatest Canadians of the past 50 years. That same year, Canada Post issued a series of stamps celebrating mountains and as a tribute to him. In May 2003, he was decorated by the Prince of Nepal with the medal of honour and received the Jubilee medal from Her Majesty the Queen of England. Hailed as one of Canada’s Best Explorers by the Canadian edition of TIME magazine, Voyer was honoured by his hero Sir Edmund Hillary in 2005 for his outstanding career as an explorer and mountain climber. In 2007, he was named Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by Presidential decree and in 2008, he was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Canadian Rangers Patrol Group. In 2009, Bernard Voyer was chosen as one of the 30 Canadian figures to carry the Olympic torch on a segment of its 106-days journey across Canada.
He is vice-president of the Board of the Ordre National du Québec and, given his commitment to and love of nature, a member of the Board of Nature Conservancy of Canada. Mr. Voyer is also Vice-President of the Fondation canadienne pour le dialogue des cultures. Working with young people remains one of his priorities, and he is a member of the Board of Young Canadians Challenge. He has written a book entitled Aniu, from Snowflake to Iceberg, published in French and English by Éditions Névé.
- Strategies and Summits
“You have to climb one summit to be able to see others”
Aiming for a summit and reaching it: what does it take to be a leader for this kind of challenge? You have to choose your team, design and adapt a strategy, motivate yourself and others and find the energy to keep going, develop your ability to analyze a critical situation and carefully weigh your decisions …
Bernard Voyer highlights the many parallels between the corporate world and his experiences on his numerous expeditions. A lecture and a fascinating discussion with participants that focuses on the inner workings of leadership and the values underpinning action and the importance of commitment.
- A World Tour: From Dream to Reality
A passionate speaker, Bernard uses his motivational talks to communicate his drive to excel, the strength of teamwork, co-operation and initiative and the importance of digging deep within ourselves to find the inner resources to reach our goals.
Bernard Voyer gives a human face to an extraordinary triumph of determination. In his presentations he appeals to the audience’s imagination, but above all he succeeds in summoning forth listeners’ desire to excel, to prove their own courage and motivation.
- Losing the North: An environmental perspective, a human story
With our eyes turned toward the Far North and the Arctic, we can only wonder about the future of our planet as we hear leading scientists announce major climate change. Just thirty years ago, no one dreamed that the Arctic Ocean would ever be ice free during the summer…
Bernard Voyer is a privileged witness to the beauty, and especially the fragility, of our planet.