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Speaker


Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — 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. Discussing his personal story, as well as the intricacies of founding a non-profit and navigating both business and politics, Simon inspires audiences to realize the “power of one” to encourage change and challenges citizens to re-think how we tackle complex environmental challenges.

Simon led the campaign to save the spirit bear for two decades, helping create the largest land protection measure in North American history. For his efforts, he was  named a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine and was the inspiration for the movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.

Today, Simon leverages his skills and experiences as a strategist to help diverse clients secure a social license to advance good ideas that will benefit all of society. Additionally, Simon is a widely published author, as well as the lead storyteller for GhostBearPhotography.com, a photo and essay-driven, nature-focused education platform Simon co-founded in 2013.


The Power of One

If ever there is doubt that one person can make a difference, Simon Jackson – and his story of building the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition – puts that doubt to rest.

Discussing his personal journey, as well as the intricacies of founding the world’s largest youth-led environmental movement and navigating both business and politics to create the largest land protection measure in North American history, Simon inspires audiences to realize the “power of one” to encourage change and challenges citizens to re-think how we tackle complex environmental challenges.

From motivational keynote speeches to policy debates to workshop facilitation to emcee and panel hosting roles, Simon has had the opportunity to delivered thousands of speeches to audiences of all ages and sizes, sharing his story and his views on self-empowerment, public policy engagement and environmental innovation.

By tailoring each speech to any given clients’ needs, Simon has been able to address educator conferences, government training sessions, corporate board retreats, business seminars and school assemblies.

Simon’s message is inspirational, motivational, and educational and will make you a believer in the power of one.

Fostering Environmental Leadership

Today’s students belong to, arguably, the most connected and globally aware generation in history, but in a world of 140 character news headlines, engagement is often superficial. Translating broad interest and understanding of environmental issues into critical thought and healthy debate is the single biggest barrier to solving the issues of our time – and it’s a challenge that will continue to land on the door step of educators.

Simon Jackson will lead a hosted conversation on how we can better rally society to equip schools with the tools to foster meaningful environmental leadership within the ranks of our emerging leaders. By pulling back the curtain on his two decade journey to build the largest youth-led environmental initiative in the world, Simon will look at what worked and failed in captivating the imagination of students to care about a rare bear – and what lessons can be drawn to help with specific projects under way by educators attending the workshop.

At the end of this session, the goal will be for participants to add new ideas to their tool kits, enabling them to reframe the environmental narrative at their schools in order to bridge divides, enhance knowledge, and create more thoughtful leaders today and into the future.

(This topic can be a speech, a training seminar, or an ongoing mentorship program)