Laurie Skreslet

First Canadian to Summit Mount Everest

Laurie Skreslet

In the summer of 1982, 21 Canadian mountaineers set off for the Nepal Himalayas to attempt the highest mountain in the world. The expedition had taken 5 years to plan, $3 million to fund, and 27 tons of equipment to outfit. On October 5, 1982, Laurie Skreslet overcame deadly odds, to become the first Canadian to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.

As Everest expert Geoff Powter put it in Saturday Nightmagazine, “Climbing Everest is an accomplishment. But there is climbing Everest – and climbing Everest.” About half of the 23 Canadians who have summited Everest since Skreslet were essentially dragged up the mountain by guides. Laurie was a pioneer in his field.

Skreslet appeared in CBC Television’s The Climb, a documentary revisiting the triumphs and sorrows of the historic 1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition 25 years later. In 2008, Jason Priestley and William Shatner starred in the CBC’s two-part mini-series Everestbased on the expedition.

Laurie’s inspiring, captivating presentations, complete with spectacular multimedia visuals, convey clearly how personal commitment, teamwork, preparation, planning and dedication to excellence were the keys to success on Mount Everest, and are keys to success in business. Everyone has their own “mountains of endeavor” to climb, and Laurie Skreslet inspires his audiences to reach their personal and team best, overcome fear of the unknown and go beyond their self-imposed limits.

  1. Leadership and Teamwork
  2. Mountains of Endeavour… Reaching Your Own Personal High.
He was absolutely outstanding - clearly someone who not only has worked to achieve the exceptional in his own life but also has the linguistic skill and ability to communicate that philosophy to his audience.
A week after the conference, people are still talking about your wonderful and inspiring message... your presentation was clearly the highlight of the event.
You exceeded our expectations in every way. I would not hesitate to recommend you as a motivational speaker for any conference. It was a pleasure to have met you and I wish you continued success in the future.
Rural Economic Opportunities Conference
Your presentation to the group was nothing short of fantastic! You made it relevant to our business while taking everyone on your journey to the summit. You truly made the conference the success it was because of your inspiring and "real" style.

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