Since 2015, we have given more than 125 conferences in a variety of contexts: elementary and secondary schools, CEGEPs, universities, clubs, seniors’ centres, private corporations, government departments and the general public. Each time, the sparkle and interest in people’s eyes remind us that the social benefits of our expeditions alone are worth all the effort we put into accomplish extreme sporting achievements.
The preparation and accomplishment of expeditions in isolated regions have always been accompanied, in our eyes, by an educational vocation with young people. For many years, we have guided young people on river adventures whose objective was to get them out of their comfort zone and, ultimately, to help them become confident and independent in the face of life’s challenges. We know how effective expeditions can be, not only in motivating young people to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, but more importantly in showing them the benefits of committing to their ambitions and dreams.
More than 8,500 people – mostly young people – have attended AKOR presentations and that’s just the beginning. We are currently conducting a brand new series of large-scale conferences. We hope that our determination to do whatever it takes to complete – against all odds – a journey that has never been attempted before will inspire Canadians to realize their potential, to dream big and to live a healthy lifestyle!
Our conference is professional and full of spectacular images. We have been giving conferences for four years now in schools all over Quebec and it is always a real pleasure to meet young people full of potential. We always listen to teachers who would like a particular angle on the message conveyed in the presentation. Amongst others, these include: orientations on staying in school, reaching one’s goals, working towards one’s dreams, the importance of science, environmental awareness, the occupation of the territory by the First Peoples, etc. The conference itself is already well run and the contact with the students is first rate, but we are always open to suggestions! Some teachers also take the opportunity to integrate the conference into a educational activity of their own design, which often yields wonderful results!
The people who attended this conference at the Françoise-Bédard Library were transported by Nicolas' presentation to these incredible spaces. The high quality of the photos and videos, the mapping, the excellent documentation and the very clear and convincing explanations of the presenter made this evening a great success. We were all very impressed and everyone left with a better knowledge of our northern territories.
Sylvie Michaud, librarian
The conference was a unique opportunity for the 180 students of the Health - Outdoor Program to appreciate the extraordinary human adventure of the AKOR 2018 team. They kept us absolutely glued to our seats from beginning to end with a very well-crafted three-part approach: Expedition, Science and Education. We asked for more. Thrills guaranteed!
Guillaume D'Amours, teacher
Du Versant High School
La conférence a été, pour les 180 élèves du programme Santé – Plein air, une chance unique d’apprécier l’extraordinaire aventure humaine de l’équipe AKOR 2018. Ils ont su nous garder absolument rivés au bout de nos sièges du début à la fin avec un propos en trois volets très bien ficelés : Expédition, Science et Éducation. Nous en avons redemandé. Frissons garantis!
Guillaume D'Amours, enseignant
École secondaire du Versant
The Youth Table of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change had the opportunity to welcome three members of the Akor expedition crew to a lunchtime conference. They were able to combine a more scientific side with travel anecdotes, which makes the presentation interesting and dynamic. The photos and videos are breathtaking and allow us to travel with them. It's definitely a conference to see!
Ministry of Environment of Quebec
La Table jeunesse du ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques a eu la chance d’accueillir trois membres de l’équipage de l’expédition AKOR lors d’une conférence-midi. Ils ont su jumeler un côté plus scientifique avec des anecdotes de voyage, ce qui rend la présentation intéressante et dynamique. Les photos et vidéos sont époustouflants et nous permettent de voyager avec eux. C’est définitivement une conférence à voir!
Ministère de l'Environnement du Québec
A conference that I absolutely must see once again! I had the privilege of meeting these great explorers who are outstanding speakers with extraordinary physical abilities and strength of character. Their brilliant narrative and the beautiful images they share with us cannot leave us indifferent to the impressive challenge they have faced. I really had a wonderful and rewarding time!
Lucie Marcoux, coordinator
Le Sommet High School
Les personnes qui ont assisté à cette conférence dans les locaux de la bibliothèque Françoise-Bédard ont été transportés par la présentation de Nicolas vers ces espaces incroyables. La grande qualité des photos et des vidéos, la cartographie, l’excellente documentation et les explications très claires et convaincantes du présentateur ont fait de cette soirée un grand succès. Nous étions tous très impressionnés et chacun est reparti avec une meilleure connaissance de nos territoires nordiques.
Sylvie Michaud, bibliothécaire
Conférence très inspirante qui permet à la fois de rêver et de donner des outils pour la jeunesse qui désire s'investir dans des projets d'envergure ! Un gros merci à l'équipe d'AKOR!
Caroline Vézina, psychoéducatrice
Une conférence que je dois absolument revoir! J’ai eu le privilège de rencontrer ces grands explorateurs qui sont de grands orateurs dotés de capacités physiques et d’une force de caractère hors du commun. Leur brillant récit et les images d’une grande beauté qu’ils nous partagent ne peuvent nous laisser indifférents face à l’impressionnant défi qu’ils ont relevé. J’ai vraiment passé un beau moment enrichissant!
Lucie Marcoux, coordonatrice
École secondaire Le Sommet
A very inspiring conference that allows to dream and give tools to young people who want to get involved in major projects! A big thank you to the AKOR team!
Caroline Vézina, psycheducator
Coming from comfortable and affluent backgrounds, we are aware that our privileges have allowed us to embrace ambitious aspirations, to have self-confidence and to understand very early in our lives the importance and the benefits of being active and proactive in our goals. This is why, by sharing our expedition experiences, we make it our duty to catalyze the energy and potential of young people to motivate them to take the reins of their future and become agents of change in their communities – and their own lives.
The generation of tomorrow faces unprecedented challenges. Tackling and adapting to climate change is one of them, and young people need hope, ambition and confidence in their role as agents of change more than ever.
We are committed to setting an example, one conference at a time.