The Next Journey

Simon Jackson spent two decades building the six million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition to help save Canada’s rare white Kermode or spirit bear. Successful in his mission, Simon now dedicates his time to projects that build on the ideals the Youth Coalition championed: Fostering a thoughtful citizenry and creating a better balance between the needs of people and nature.

Nature Labs

An innovative digital classroom underpinned by immersive storytelling, Nature Labs uses biodiversity as the teaching lens to foster a new generation of environmentally literate citizens.

Ghost Bear

Ghost Bear uses award-winning photography and thoughtful commentary to advance unique projects and opportunities that can help people re-imagine and re-engage with nature.

Speaker

Represented by Speakers’ Spotlight, Simon travels coast-to-coast-to-coast – and around the world – to share the lessons from his journey in order to underscore the power of one.

Author

Having served as a columnist for CBC.ca and the Huffington Post, Simon is a contributing author to eight books and is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers.

PAST PROJECT: BC’s Year of Science

Lead storyteller and strategist for the BC government’s Year of Science program, creating and hosting 18 media spots that reached two million viewers, while driving hundreds of high school students to participate in a scholarship contest.

PAST PROJECT: Banff Centre’s ALT/Now

Summit host and adviser to Banff Centre’s ALT/Now, the program worked with entrepreneurial talent to develop innovative market-based solutions that could tackle economic inequality in order to construct better systems.

PAST PROJECT: CoalitionWILD

Co-founder and movement builder behind CoalitionWILD, the virtual hub works to mentor rising leaders with the hope of propelling forward innovative ideas that can bridge societal divides in order to solve environmental challenges.

PAST PROJECT: Hope Decoded

Project Designer and Faculty Lead for Banff Centre’s Hope Decoded, a social residency and global summit that assembled leading and unlikely minds to identify real-world opportunities for fostering a more hopeful society.

A skilled strategist with an extensive track record of helping diverse clients successfully tell their story, create new connections, and build movements.

About

Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition; driven to improve our public discourse and shape a better balance between the needs of people and nature.

Simon Jackson is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between the needs of people and nature.

At the age of 13, Simon founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition in the quest to unite the voice of young people to save Canada’s endangered white Kermode or spirit bear. Through the Youth Coalition, Simon led the campaign that helped raise international awareness about the plight of the spirit bear, making the issue the most supported conservation initiative in Canadian history and having it recognized by Time Magazine as one of the most critical environmental issues facing our planet.

Simon gained the support of such high profile figures as Dr. Jane Goodall, J.K. Rowling, and the Backstreet Boys in the process that helped make the Youth Coalition the world’s largest youth-led environmental movement with a global network of more than 6 million in over 85 countries.

After two decades of work, the spirit bear is now saved, thanks to the work of diverse stakeholders coming together to establish one of the largest land protection measures in North American history.

Simon has received several honors for his work to save the spirit bear, including being awarded Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal, being named as one of the 100 Angels of the Earth by UNESCO and, most notably, being honored as one of Time Magazine’s sixty Heroes for the Planet – one of only six young people selected from around the world. His life’s work was the focus of an internationally televised movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.

Having served as board member, Simon has contributed to the success of numerous projects and organizations beyond the Youth Coalition, including the Jane Goodall Institute, DreamNow, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development and The WILD Foundation.

Simon remains committed to improving our public discourse, having led Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s leadership program Hope Decoded, while bringing together diverse voices for ALT/Now – a social residency focused on finding market-based solutions to economic inequality. Simon was also the driving force behind telling the story and mobilizing the public for the BC Government’s Year of Science education program, in addition to helping facilitate the launch of new movements such as CoalitionWILD – a mentorship-focused environmental innovation incubator.

Simon is an accomplished motivational speaker with agency Speakers’ Spotlight and an award-winning photographer and a widely published writer. Having contributed images and chapters to eight books, he has also had hundreds of essays and opinion editorials published in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, web sites and textbooks around the world – many underpinned by his photography. Simon has served as a columnist for CBC.ca and the Huffington Post and recently co-authored the book A Geography of Hope: Saving Primary Forests. His writing led him to being named a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers.

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  • A skilled strategist with an extensive track record of helping diverse clients successfully tell their story, create new connections, and build movements.

  • Experienced, sought-after motivational speaker, having delivered thousands of speeches to diverse audiences globally.

  • Widely published, award-winning writer and columnist, and a contributing author to several books.

  • Extensive experience with teaching and training rising leaders to apply successful strategies to up-and-coming projects, while building lasting leadership skills.

Experienced, sought-after motivational speaker, having delivered thousands of speeches to diverse audiences globally. | Representation: Speakers’ Spotlight

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