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.