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To book George, contact Cathy Hirst at the Lavin Agency

CHirst@thelavinagency.com      1-855-558-4109

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George Kourounis on stage, around the world.

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Dinner

TEDx Athens, Greece

WeDay Waterloo Region

U.N. Environmental Emergencies Forum - Oslo

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Prime Minister HArper

Explorers Club Annual Dinner - New York

Sir John Franklin RCGS Event - Toronto

Explorers Club Annual Dinner - New York

TEDX Milton - Ontario

Explorers Club Annual Dinner - New York

Sir John Franklin RCGS Event - Toronto

 

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 d’Youville 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.

 

Testimonials:

 

 

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.

Pancheta Barnett
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.

Skip Helfrich
Edmonton Chapter Director - Construction Specifications Canada


Your enthusiasm and passion for what you do really shone through.

Cassie Quartermain
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.

Lyle Kuzik
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+.

Andy Hafer
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? He’s amazing!”.

Karl Kannstadter
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.

Caroline Land
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.

Patty Williams
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.

André Préfontaine
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.

Mark Mitchell
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.

Tim Rollwagen
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.

Jennifer Forde
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.

Don McLaughlin
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!

Sharon Grover
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.

Carol Thomson-Duvall Mattys
TEDx Milton


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.

Sean Mattys
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!

Drew Allen
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 College Students.
We thank you George for sharing your amazing experiences with us.

Rebecca Saba
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

Luke Swanek
TEDxNipissingU Organizer


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.

Stuart Knight
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.

John Saunders
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"