The 2011 CMH Summer Adventures Speaker Series got off to a great start, thanks to Brian Keating's extensive knowledge and fascinating evening presentations. Most people are familiar with Brian Keating from his time as Head of Conservation Outreach with the Calgary Zoological Society, or from his regular reports on CBC Radio (see below), or even from the University of Calgary where he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
Brian (along with his wife & travelling companion, Dee) has been leading nature based travel groups for three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the planet. Brian is in high demand, doing more than 50 speaking engagements per year, so we at CMH are lucky to have them join us again. This year, during daily guided hikes and walks, guests on the new 2-day and 4-day heli-hiking adventure trips got the opportunity to share stories and spend time with Brian in the spectacular Bobbie Burns area. Everyone in the lodge, including guides and staff, were captivated by Brian's nightly multimedia speaking presentations.
Taking a page from CMH founder Hans Gmoser, Brian's presentations are a fine example of a "Live Speaking Engagement". Rather than reading from a script and using Powerpoint, both Brian and Hans perfected a technique of combining video footage, music and live narration to create an engaging, entertaining and educational experience for all ages. Topics ranged from searching for Snow Leopards in northern India to watching a duck in the high Patagonia mountains. Check out this short video clip of one evening's show - as you'll see, Brian is known for his fast-paced, high energy, humorous style:
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The CMH Summer Adventures Speaker Series also saw Canadian Journalist Christie Blatchford in the Bobbie Burns, NCC Grizzly Bear Expert Dr. Michael Proctor in the Bugaboos, and will finish up with renowned Polar Explorer Eric Larsen August 23-26 in the Bugaboos. Best of all, these trips don't cost a penny more to enjoy. Stay tuned for details on the 2012 Speaker Series to see which amazing and fascinating keynote personalities you might be able to hike, walk, climb, or amble alongside next year.