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Bruce Kirkby

Bruce Kirkby

Photographer & writer

Bruce Kirkby lives life on the edge. An acclaimed explorer, travel writer, and television host (with a degree in engineering physics), he uses his incredible adventures across the globe to provide real-world, practical lessons on risk management and change leadership. Bruce’s travels have taken him to the tip of the highest mountain and to the centre of the driest desert. He draws on these experiences to offer simple strategies to help people confront their fears and learn how to embrace change and growth to see lasting success, both personally and professionally. With journeys spanning more than 80 countries and 2000 days, Bruce’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a raft descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. He also spent six months travelling to and living in a Himalayan Buddhist monastery with his young family — an experience that was chronicled on Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. He’s also the former host of CBC’s No Opportunity Wasted. Bruce is the bestselling author of two travel books, and he is a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. A multi-National Magazine Award winner, Bruce has also had his writing appear in The New York Times, EnRoute, Huffington Post, Explore, and Canadian Geographic. Bruce is also the winner of a prestigious Western Magazine Award, and his photography was selected by National Geographic as among “the most compelling adventure images of the decade.”

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 12:00 PM|Wednesday, June 05, 2019 01:15 PM

Exclusive CIO Lunch: Change Leadership and Management: Navigating the Uncertainty, Unfamiliarity, and Discomfort of Growth

Between today’s comfortable routines and tomorrow’s possibilities, lies a maze of uncertainty, unfamiliarity and discomfort. The ability to confidently and competently complete this journey — the archetypal journey of all human growth — stands as one of the greatest determinants of success, both organizational and personal. Unfortunately, there is a broadly-held assumption that teams and individuals either have the magical ability to lean into fear and seek sustained uncertainty, to stomach failures and brush aside judgements — or they don’t. And that is simply not true. Navigating change and growth is a trainable, repeatable skill. Drawing on experiences from three decades of expeditions, and sharing his learnings from the competitive realms of television production, photography, and writing, Bruce Kirkby lays out the universal obstacles to change and growth — fear, failure, judgment, crisis, and paralysis – and shows us how to transform these obstacles into signals, illuminating the path towards future innovation, creativity, and success.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 06:15 PM|Wednesday, June 05, 2019 07:00 PM

Fireside Chat with Canadian Adventurer Bruce Kirkby

Adventurer, explorer, author, photographer. Bruce Kirkby is all those things and more. His expeditions are an incredible testament to stamina, focus, and exploration of the unknown. Join us for a fascinating look into the world of Bruce Kirkby and learn how embracing curiosity and discomfort can offer practical lessons for us all on risk management and change leadership.

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