This project is all about people: those we meet along the way and those who guide the journey from afar.
The further we go, the more this list will grow.
Kingsley is a naturalist and journalist currently working as a field correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, almost exactly halfway to the North Pole, she has traveled for hundreds of days through some of the planet’s last great wildernesses. She first met the north doing long canoe trips and has since returned to the Arctic many times. Kingsley is the author of Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild, which won the top prize for literary non-fiction at the National Outdoor Book Awards in 2015. Her work as a broadcast journalist has been played around the world and recognized by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She founded Meet the North in 2015.
Guth is a photographer and videographer with extensive field experience in remote and polar regions. He is a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and a field technician for James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey in Antarctica as well as glacier cave research in Oregon, Washington, Patagonia, and Greenland. His portraiture spans both hemispheres, and his stories and photos have been published in BBC Travel, The Guardian, NHK, Asian Photography, and National Geographic. Whether at sea or in the mountains, he searches out glacier caves, secluded vistas, and other beautiful landscapes.
Eva Qamaniq Aariak
Aariak was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in 2008 and subsequently chosen as the second Premier of Nunavut under the territory’s consensus government system. She was the fifth woman to serve as a premier in Canada. Prior to her election, she was the first Languages Commissioner for Nunavut, and she has a background in adult education, human resources and CBC Radio and Television. Aariak is now one of the language experts at the Pirurvik Centre in Iqaluit, as well as the owner and operator of Malikkaat, a store of all things Inuit. She has also served as coordinator of the Baffin Divisional Education Council’s Inuktitut language book publishing program, as president of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as chair of the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. Aariak has been a long time advocate for Inuit language and culture.
Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. Author of 17 books, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal, and the 2013 Ness Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. His latest book, Into the Silence, received the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language.
Dr. Joe MacInnis
MacInnis was the first person to explore the ocean beneath the ice at the geographic North Pole. Among the first to dive to the Titanic, he has worked on deep-sea science and engineering projects with the US Navy, the Canadian and French governments and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He currently studies leadership in high-risk environments. His latest is book is Deep Leadership: Essential Insights From High-Risk Environments (Random House).