Some Previous Speaking Engagements Have Included:
|East York Historical Society - Toronto||148|
|Whitby Public Library - Whitby, ON|
|CatIQ's Canadian Catastrophe Conference - Keynote Speaker - Allstream Centre, Toronto|
|Trebas Institute - Guest Lecture: Television Production in Extreme Environments|
|Richmond Hill Camera Club|
|Ontario Science Centre - Weather presentation with Western University|
|Ontario Science Centre - "Meet the Weather Experts"|
|Trent University, Durham Campus - Oshawa, ON|
|Canadian Federation of University Women - Leaside/East York, Ontario|
|Mentor College: Speakers Series - Mississauga, ON|
|Toronto Digital Photography Club|
|Galapagos Islands - Guest speaker for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society aboard Lindblad Expeditions ship National Geographic Endeavour|
|Ontario Science Centre - Launch of the "Wild Weather" exhibit|
|The Great Canadian Bird Debate - Museum of Nature, Ottawa - Panel moderator to select Canada's national bird|
|Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge - Northern Manitoba|
|Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia - Victoria, B.C.|
|Construction Specifications Canada - Edmonton, Alberta|
|Let's Talk Science Challenge - Hart House, University of Toronto|
|Winners Circle Americas Event - Gartner Group - Kona, Hawaii|
|Explorers Club Film Festival 2016 - Arts & Letters Club - Toronto|
|Bruce County Museum - Adventure Talks Series 2016 - Southampton, Ontario|
|Canadian Nuclear Association - Ottawa|
|Insurance Institute of Ontario - Convocation 2016 - Toronto|
|Federation of Alberta Gas Co-Ops - Edmonton, Alberta|
|Canadian Museum of Civilization - Gatineau, Quebec - Royal Canadian Geographical Society Annual Dinner - Master of Ceremonies 2015|
|Nature Guelph - Guelph, Ontario|
|Dynamic Communities Summit Conference - Over 4200 attendees in the audience - Reno, Nevada|
|Chartered Professional Accountants Canada - 2015 Commodity Tax Symposium - Ottawa|
|Ontario Hospital Association - Health Care Conference - Toronto|
|Quark Expeditions - Company Product Launch of "Explorers Collection" Trips - Toronto|
|Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge - Hudson Bay, Northern Manitoba|
|United Nations Environmental Emergencies Forum - Oslo, Norway|
|Ontario Water Conference - Westin Harbour Castle - Toronto|
|MC for Royal Canadian Geographical Society Franklin Expedition Gala with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper - Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto|
|Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties - Shaw Convention Centre - Edmonton, Alberta|
|Ontario Science Centre - Madagascar Expedition Talk in conjunction with the "Island of Lemurs" IMAX Film|
|CSN Collision & Glass Conference - Toronto - Foward Thinking & Forecasting The Future|
|Edmonton Public Library - Forward Thinking Speakers Series - Edmonton, Alberta|
|Parkland County Annual Safety BBQ - Stoney Plain, Alberta|
|Bruce County Museum - Adventure Talk Series: Our World In Perspective - Southampton, Ontario|
|Bay Photo Club - Wasaga Beach, Ontario|
|Huron Fringe Field Naturalists|
|Toronto Camera Club - Lecture Series|
|Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show - EY Centre - Ottawa, Ontario|
|Local Government Administration Association, Annual Conference - Red Deer, Alberta|
|McMaster University - Inspiring From Within Conference - Hamilton, Ontario|
|Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, Alberta|
|Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Culture - Staff Appreciation Event Keynote - Surrey, British Columbia|
|Northeast Teachers Convention Assn. Keynote - Edmonton, Alberta|
|Calgary Teachers Convention Keynote - Calgary, Alberta|
|Celebrity Cruise Lines - Beyond The Podium - Enrichment speaker aboard the Celebrity Equinox during a trans-Atlantic cruise|
|Proctor and Gamble Awards Evening - Keynote - Toronto|
|We Day Waterloo Region - Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex - Kitchener, Ontario - 6000 in Attendance|
|Credit Union Managers Association Executive Forum - Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Canadian Museum of Civilization - Gatineau, Quebec - Royal Canadian Geographical Society Annual Dinner - Master of Ceremonies|
|Sports & Tourism Institute - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan|
|Ontario Science Centre - Toronto - Sci-Fri Events - Fear & Taking Risks|
|St.Marguerite dYouville Catholic Secondary School - Brampton, Ontario|
|Niagara Escarpment Commission - Bi-Annual Conference - Milton, Ontario|
|Let's Talk Science & AMGEN - Prince of Wales Mini School - Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Silverthorn Public School - Mississauga, Ontario|
|Let's Talk Science & AMGEN - Jarvis Collegiate & Queen's Park Provincial Government - Toronto|
|International Association of Arboriculture, Pacific Northwest Chapter - Surrey, British Columbia|
|One Ocean Expeditions - Arctic Northwest Passage Expedition Cruise|
|Ignite Business Expo - Direct Energy Centre, Toronto|
|Hoffman-LaRoche HR & Managers Event - Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Ontario|
|Waterloo Maker Faire - Kitchener City Hall, Ontario|
|Region of Waterloo, Employee Recognition Event - Waterloo, Ontario|
|Royal Canadian Geographical Society - Speakers Series - Centrepoint Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario|
|Belleville Sales & Ad Club - Belleville, Ontario|
|Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum and Trade Show - Blue Mountain, Ontario|
|Hillfield Strathallan College - Hamilton, Ontario|
|University of Western Ontario - London - Staff & Leaders' Conference|
|Lakefield College School - Lakefield, Ontario|
|Upper Canada College - Toronto|
|Ontario Region Explorers Club Meeting - Toronto|
|PuchaKecha 20x20 - Toronto|
|Electrical Distribution Information Systems Technology Trade Conference - Milton, ON - Closing Keynote|
|Royal St. George's College - Toronto|
|Ontario Science Centre - Toronto - Science Cafe, part of Sci-Fri events|
|Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute - Guelph, Ontario|
|Frontenac Secondary School - Kingston, Ontario|
|Alberta Teachers Association Science Conference - Opening Keynote - Banff, Alberta|
|Seneca College "Leadership Institute" event, Toronto - Keynote speaker|
|OAGEE - Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education conference - Kingston, Ontario|
|TEDx Milton - "Outlier"|
|Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India - Speaker at Techniche '12 Techno-Management Festival|
|King's University College - London, Ontario - SPARK Conference workshop & keynote|
|Trinity College School - Port Hope, Ontario - Mac Campbell Lecture Series|
|Habitat For Humanity Fundraiser - Elora, Ontario|
|Conestoga College - Kitchener, Ontario - Green Week|
|TEDx Nipissing U - Bracebridge, Ontario - "Discover What's Possible"|
|"Blown Away, An Evening With Storm Chasers" - IMAX Theatre - Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina|
|Ingram Micro Sales Conference Keynote - Niagara Falls|
|St. Felix Community Centre - Toronto|
|TEDx Athens Conference - Athens, Greece - "The Art of Disruption"|
|Nuance Leadership - Leaders Lounge Event, Toronto|
|Ontario Emergency Managers Conference - Kingston, Ontario|
|Darcy McGee High School - Gatineau, Quebec|
|Human Library Festival - Innisfil, Ontario|
|Osum Innovation Challenge - Cold Lake, Alberta|
|University of Guelph, Ontario|
|Top 10 Event, Isabel Bader Theatre - Toronto|
|Salon Voltaire, Spoke Club - Toronto|
|Caldwell Partners' Canada's Top 40 Under 40 - Toronto|
|Fundraiser for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Victims - Whitby|
|Rise Up! - Self esteem workshop for boys age 7-13 - Conestogo Ontario|
|Explorers Club Annual Dinner, Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom, New York - Master of Ceremonies|
|Ontario Science Centre- "Nature Unleashed" Exhibit, 21 presentations on natural disasters|
|Bruce County Museum - Extreme Nature Exhibit|
|TEDx Conference - Toronto - "A Call To Action"|
|Jungle Cat World - Orono|
|Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Clarington|
|Fergus Educational Services|
|Cookstown Public Library|
|Innisfil Public Library|
|Sheridan College - Journalism/New Media Students, Oakville, Ontario|
|Explorers Club Annual Open House, New York|
|Explorers Club 2nd Annual Film Festival, Toronto - Keynote Address|
|India Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India - Kshitij 2010 - Asia's Largest Techno-Management Festival|
|Trebas Institute - 2009 Graduation Keynote Address|
|Adventure Odyssey - Antarctica Expedition 2009|
|Audio Engineering Society Toronto - Television Production in Extreme Environments|
|Ontario Science Centre - Earth Sciences Week|
|Medical Staff Education Meeting - Okotoks, Alberta|
|Rochester School for the Deaf - Adventures in Education|
|Canmore Hospital, Alberta|
|Canadian Museum of Civilization - IMAX "Forces of Nature" Promotion|
|Huron Fringe Field Naturalists|
|Woodstock Field Naturalists|
|Guelph Field Naturalists|
|York University - Atmospheric Sciences Club|
|Stratford Field Naturalists|
|Mississauga Amateur Radio Club|
|Elizabeth Ziegler School, Waterloo|
|McQuarrie Enrichment Centre, Kitchener|
|Royal Botanical Gardens|
|Netivot HaTorah School, Thornhill|
|Shelburne Amateur Radio Club.|
|Hamilton Naturalist's Club.|
|Charlton Public School in Thornhill.|
|Ryerson Public School, Toronto.|
|Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School.|
|Kitchener Waterloo Field Naturalists|
|Hamilton Camera Club|
|South Pickering Amateur Radio Club|
|Aylmer Elementary School|
|RA Photo Club - Ottawa|
|Ontario DX Association|
|Kitchener Wateroo Amateur Radio Club|
|Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.|
On behalf of Canadian Federation of University Women Leaside - East York, please accept our gratitude for your amazing and uplifting presentation "Exploring Earth's Extremes" we are still talking about it to ourselves and loved ones and how delightful it is to have met you.
We also would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavours with your adventurous work.
Canadian Federation of University Women - Leaside/East York
Thank you for everything you did to make our event such a success George. You proved to be the most gracious presenter we have had the privilege to work with. Everybody was absolutely stoked to have been there. We really appreciate all the effort you put in.
Edmonton Chapter Director - Construction Specifications Canada
Your enthusiasm and passion for what you do really shone through.
Executive Producer - Nteractive Consulting & Events Ltd.
It was an amazing experience watching the stories being told in person! It was thrilling to see the pictures; to hear the stories behind behind the pictures was jaw-dropping! Our audience was hanging on every word, and sometimes on the edge of their seats. What was most incredible was just seeing the majestic glories that our planet has waiting for us, and just how dangerous those awesome places can be.
Executive Director - Federation of Alberta Gas Co-Ops Ltd.
We were pleased with George's presentation and impressed with his ability to capture the audience's attention. There was never a dull moment as George kept everyone engaged as he spoke about fear to our audience of 4200+.
CEO - Dynamic Communities, Inc.
Thank you very much for agreeing to host and speak to our group. People kept coming up to me and asking me How do you know that guy? Hes amazing!.
Product Director - Quark Expeditions
Thank you again for a wonderful presentation. I was thrilled with the response - I can't think of a better way to have kicked off our speaker series. It was wonderful.
Edmonton Public Library
What a delight to have such an inspiring presentation kickoff the conference; the photos and film clips were truly amazing. I always wondered who was standing on the edge of the hurricane or other disaster, documenting the action. Now I know, and I'm grateful for that.
Executive Director - Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture
I have been the fortunate recipient of a steady flow of very appreciative comments about the Spring Speakers Series, some saying that it was the best talk that they had heard in years. Over and above the fascination that so many people have with the extremes of nature, you have a rare ability to connect with the audience and draw in each person as if they were sharing the adventure with you.
Executive Director - The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
It was a pleasure to have George visit the HSC Middle School last week. He presented his awe inspiring videos from the Angry Planet TV show and had many entertaining stories to share. He had our grade 7-10 students glued to their seats for 45 minutes and I am sure they would have been captivated for another 45. Following the keynote presentation, George met with smaller groups of students to discuss their individual natural disaster projects. It was fantastic to have him answering in detail the variety of questions the students asked from exploding lakes, tsunamis and hurricanes. He has an incredible knowledge and experience with the worlds natural phenomena. George's enthusiasm throughout the morning was contagious and the students, and staff were talking about his stories for days following his visit. I would highly recommend George, "The Master of Disaster", for a visit to your school.
Hillfield Strathallan College
George came to our school with energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for learning. He presented to our grade 8-10's in an interactive and entertaining presentation about the adventures and the extreme places on this planet. George went above and beyond his normal duties as a presenter and also met with 2 more classes during our afternoon academic blocks. The students really enjoyed the experience they were able to have with him outside of the main presentation. I was pleased with the information within the presentations and with his ability to match our curriculum depending on the class he was working with. Over all, it was a great day with quite a bit of positive feedback from both the staff and students.
Teacher - Lakefield College School
Your keynote address was a sheer hit! Your enthusiasm is infectious, your knowledge astounding and we could not have wished for a stronger close to the EDIST Conference and Exhibition.
Conferences & Education Services Coordinator - The MEARIE Group
George was simply an outstanding motivational speaker who went well beyond his speaking role to assist our Conference Team throughout the entire conference. He was well received by delegates and made a special effort to connect with each and every individual in attendance.
If you have the opportunity to work with George, I know you and potential clients will be the better for the experience.
Director - Alberta Teacher's Association - Science Council Conference
Thanks for leading such great presentations! The kids were really engaged - and I really liked hearing your messages of work hard, follow your passions... Best of luck on your next adventures!
Frontenac Secondary School - Kingston, Ontario
Working with George Kourounis at our recent TEDxMilton event was a pleasure and an honour. George fixates the audience with his tales of exploration and danger. The TEDxMilton committee was elated that George would take the time out of his busy schedule to come out to our Inaugural TED Talks event. We wish him well as his future engagements unfold and hope to see him back for a future TEDx event in Milton again.
We can't thank you enough for touching down at SPARK!--Your presentations were absolutely scintillating. I look forward to hearing about your next intrepid adventure.
SPARK Conference - King's University College. London, ON
George came to Trinity College School as part of the Mac Campbell Lecture series and enthralled a full house of students, faculty and parents with a dazzling audio/visual display and exciting and gripping tales of his world wide encounters with mother nature. The audience was captivated by George's presentation and his theme of always following one's true passion resonated with many students. The question and answer session that ended the formal part of the evening was thought provoking, but George's willingness to speak with a number of students informally afterwards also went a long way to making this evening a very special one for many!
Trinity College School, Port Hope ON
What a refreshing and fascinating
presentation; one that should be shared with all! George's use
of video clips and photos during the presentation added to the
excitement of his stories and really captivated the audience.
Students continued to reference his presentation throughout the
day, a true testament to the impact his presentation had on Conestoga
We thank you George for sharing your amazing experiences with us.
Program and Communication Coordinator, Conestoga Students Inc., Conestoga College
George's enthusiasm, attention
to detail, and work ethic made working with him a very positive
and impactful experience. He is able to pull you into his stories
of adventure and exploration, and readily challenges audiences
to reflect upon their self imposed limitations. Having a recognizable
storyteller of his caliber continuously and personally engage
with the entire audience in such a unique and personal way is
a rare treat. I would highly recommend working with George and
would happily work with him again
George Kourounis is a top
notch speaker who truly cares about pushing his audience to new
levels of success. As a man who has taken risks that most
of can hardly fathom, George has the authority to demand higher
standards from those who are lucky enough to see him speak. I
highly recommend George Kourounis to anyone looking for big results.
President of Stuart Knight Productions
Author of You Should Have Asked - The Art of Powerful Conversation
We recently had the privilege
of having George present at our conference for Emergency Management
professionals. George's passion for nature was clearly evident
throughout his session and kept the audience engaged with his
stories and images. How he tied his experiences in to meet the
needs of this particular audience was excellent. Despite
having celebrity recognition, his modest approach to his experiences
drew the audience into his adventures. His session was ranked
one of the best by the audience of the three day conference.
I would strongly recommend George to be part of any Conference or as a public speaker at an event. While being engaged as an audience, people will walk away with a greater appreciation for the forces on this planet and the delicate balance we as people share with nature.
Provincial Director,Disaster Management & International Response - Canadian Red Cross
Attending George's lectures
is always exciting, informative and entertaining. He
connects with his audience on many levels, ultimately giving us
exactly what we hoped for and more!
Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy - Author/Presenter
R.I.S.E. Up! (raising individual self esteem) Lectures and Workshops
At the Ontario Science Centre,
our "Meet the Stormchaser" program featuring George
Kourounis was a huge success. The multi-media, the stories,
the interaction with our visitors, all far surpassed our expectations.
George wove excellent science content into his presentation
and worked well with our staff, visitors and media. We look
forward to having George back for special programs in the future.
Karen E. Hager - Director, Science Engagement
Ontario Science Centre
It was a wonderful opportunity
for the community to understand more about your fascinating work
and passion. We have received positive comments about this event
and your presence was a terrific addition and provided a unique
insight for our commmunity
Susan Baues - Branch Manager, Innisfil Public Library
"Get a Life Festival"
Our group was privileged
to hear about your unique experiences as a storm chaser and explorer!
Your presentation was certainly exciting and engaging, of course
all enhanced by your wonderful photos and videos. The praise from
our Top 40 recipients for your content was high.
Michelle Jursa - Director of Programs, Caldwell Partners
"Canada's Top 40 Under 40"