2020 ICE Exchange Keynote

Building Grit: A Field Guide to Unleashing Any Team’s Natural Resilience with Bruce Kirkby

Attend this key note session to learn about how growth and achievement can be determined by a teams ability to persevere. Learn about 'grit', and how this elusive quality has become the new currency of success.


About Bruce

Acclaimed Explorer | Writer | Photographer

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. Kirkby’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, Kirkby’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. Kirkby is also the former host of CBC’s No Opportunity Wasted.

Kirby is the bestselling author of two travel books and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. A multi-National Magazine Award winner, Kirkby has also had his writing appear in The New York TimesEnRoute, Huffington Post, Explore, and Canadian Geographic. He 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.”