This will be our 27th annual event. Our Guest Speaker will be award winning, Discovery Channel regular, Brian Keating.
Head Naturalist of www.goingwild.org Honorary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoological Society Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Calgary
Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honorary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts, a part time Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C, and the owner of www.goingwild.org
He’s been leading groups on nature‑based travel for over 3 decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet. He’s a weekly guest on Calgary’s CBC Radio, and frequently appears on other media outlets. He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 40 events a year.
Brian’s a pilot, a naturalist, scuba diver, mountaineer, the author of 5 children’s books celebrating nature and an honorary chief of a West African village which supports a hippo sanctuary.
Brian has been presented with the distinguished “Canadian Hero of the Year” award (Reader’s Digest Magazine); an Honorary Doctor of Science degree (Brandon University 2009); an Honorary Doctor of Laws (University of Calgary 2011); and the “Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year Award” (Canadian Nature Federation 2017). All 4 accolades were presented in recognition of his global environmental efforts. Brian was recently inducted as a “Fellow” into The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2016).
His hour-long documentary, “Going Wild in Madagascar”, aired world-wide on Discovery HD-TV, and a 4-part series entitled “Going Wild” is presently airing on National Geographic Canada. Finally, the “Brian Keating Conservation Endowment Fund”, named in his honour (2017), presently has one million dollars, and will be matched up to an additional one million dollars by the Calgary Zoo.
His wife, Dee, is a physician and keen naturalist who always joins him on his adventures.
Reception – Renfrew 6:30PM
Dinner – Devonian 7:15PM
Cost – $80.00
Photographer available at 5PM to take your “for purchase” photos.