About Bernard Voyer - Polar Explorer and Inspirational Speaker:
Bernard Voyer is a well-known polar explorer and mountaineer. For over thirty years now, this extraordinary individual has been seeking out the most amazing faces of nature. Bernard Voyer has stood at all three poles of the Earth, a feat that very few people have achieved. He reached the North Pole, the South Pole and the roof of the world, Mount Everest (8,850 metres). Now he has realized his dream of completing a World Tour by climbing the highest peaks on every continent. He has scaled mounts Elbrus (Europe), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Carstenz (Oceania), Everest (Asia), McKinley (North America) and Vinson (Antarctica). He is one of the rare modern explorers, if not the only one, to have managed this historic exploit, including the two poles.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented Bernard Voyer with its highest distinction, the Gold Medal, for his remarkable personal accomplishments and his great contribution to the exploration, development and promotion of Canadian geography.
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 paid tribute to him. In 2003, he was decorated by the Prince of Nepal with the honour medal given to each climber who had reached the top of Mount Everest. In November of that year, Bernard was honoured by his hero, Sir Edmund Hillary, for his 'Adventure Grand Slam,' recognizing his exceptional career as a polar explorer and mountain climber.
In 2007, he was named Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour by presidential decree and, in 2008, was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Group of the Canadian Rangers Patrol. In 2009, he was among the prominent Canadians selected to carry the Olympic torch during its cross-Canada relay.
His commitment to youth and environment remains one of his priorities. Ambassador of the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Quèbec and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, he is also Vice President of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, the Ordre National du Quèbec and governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Bernard Voyer has given more than 750 inspirational presentations in English and French, in Canada, the United States, Europe, China and Japan. To date he has met more than 250,000 business people. His communication skills never fail to captivate his audience.
What Bernard Voyer Talks About:
Step by Step to the Summit
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 listener's desire to excel, to prove their own courage and motivation. He is walking proof of the benefits of teamwork and co-operation, living testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit and the importance of finding in ourselves the resources we need to reach our goals. He tells this unforgettable tale for companies, organizations and associations, but also at schools for children of all ages.
A Long Journey, A Great Triumph
Corporate culture is undergoing huge transformations these days. In an uncertain economic climate, faced with increasingly fierce competition, companies are having to meet new challenges. They must adapt quickly to change and work harder than ever before. Teamwork is essential. These strengths have been key factors in all of Bernard Voyer's expeditions. Bernard Voyer is an experienced communicator and a marvellous storyteller, who will convince you that you, too, can reach the highest peaks.
Bernard Voyer, the one who just conquered the South Pole, is not only a great explorer. He is also a poet, an extraordinary storyteller, a spellbinding speaker.
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