Quark Expeditions' North Pole Summit welcomes
today’s top international thought-leaders.

And you can be part of it all.

Among the many benefits of polar expedition, moments of self-discovery are often the most fulfilling. These crystal-clear pinpoints of time help us objectively define – or refine – who we are, what motivates us, and what we’re most passionate about.

The Quark Expeditions North Pole Summit taking place on July 20, 2017 will be one of those times. This exclusive 14-day sailing – an enhanced version of our popular North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure – will include seven very special guests from the worlds of science, exploration, conservation, politics, and education. These real-life global citizens, introduced below, will reveal what inspires them and share their perspectives on today’s environmental challenges.

Be part of the discussion! Find out how you can translate your passions into positive social change. Book your place at the table today. Contact your Polar Travel Adviser for more details at 1.888.979.2061.

Meet our Summit Leaders

This exclusive 14-day sailing – an enhanced version of our popular North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure – will include 7 very special guests from the worlds of science, exploration, conservation, politics, and education.

Join these global citizens as they reveal what inspires them, and get insight into their perspective on today's environmental challenges.

Paul Nicklen Photo

Paul Nicklen

Photographer | Marine Biologist | Conservationalist

This Canadian-born photographer has been documenting the beauty and the plight of the polar regions and our oceans for more than 20 years. As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, he has been able to capture the imagination of a global audience. Paul’s mission is to use his images to start a conversation about the earth’s natural wonders and to inspire action on ways to preserve them.
Paul and his partner, Cristina Mittermeier, are founders of SeaLegacy a conservation organization whose mission is to change the narrative around the world’s oceans and show the global community what is at stake, rally soldiers of support and ignite real and lasting change to preserve these communities.

James Raffan Photo

James Raffan

Geographer | Author | Polar Historian

Named one of Canada’s 100 Greatest Explorers by Canadian Geographic magazine, “JR” is an adventurer, professor and writer who spends part of every year in the polar regions, working as a biologist, expedition guide, educator and cultural researcher. He is a Fellow of both the Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2010, JR was given the Inuinnaqtun name “Aiuituk” – meaning “one who gets things done” – by the youth of Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

Frances Ulmer Photo

Frances Ulmer

Policy Adviser | Public Servant

Appointed Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission by President Obama in 2011, Frances advises on domestic and international arctic research. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked her to serve as Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy in 2014. Formerly Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Frances is also a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy.

Cristina Mittermeier Photo

Cristina Mittermeier

Marine Biologist | Photographer | Biochemical Engineer | Conservationist

Cristina’s inspired photography documents the fascinating places where nature and humanity intersect. She has edited and published 24 books on conservation issues and has had her work featured in publications such as Science and Nature magazine. Currently the co-founder and president of SeaLegacy, Cristina was named one of the world’s top 40 most influential outdoor photographers by Outdoor magazine.
Cristina and her partner, Paul Nicklen, are founders of SeaLegacy a conservation organization whose mission is to change the narrative around the world’s oceans and show the global community what is at stake, rally soldiers of support and ignite real and lasting change to preserve these communities.

David Serkoak Photo

David Serkoak

Inuit Elder | Educator

David was in born in Nueltin Lake, southwest of Arviat, Nunavut. He has worked in education on a variety of levels – as a teacher, vice-principal and principal. A developer of Inuktitut-language teaching materials, he has also been an Instructor at Nunavut Arctic College and a curator with the British Museum of Mankind in London. During his free time, David makes Inuit drums and teaches youth about the art of drum dancing.

Maureen Raymo Photo

Maureen Raymo

Paleoclimatologist | Marine Geologist

Maureen is a Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, where she studies the history and causes of climate change. She has spent months in the field and at sea, including two months as chief scientist on the drill ship Joides Resolution. Included in Discover magazine’s list of the 50 most important women in science, Maureen was the first woman to receive the Wollaston Medal from the Geological Society of London, given annually since 1831.

Alan Chambers Photo

Alan Chambers

Explorer | Motivational Speaker

Alan is a polar adventurer who led the first successful unsupported British expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole. Walking 672 nautical miles dragging a sledge in temperatures as low as -65º C, he and his team raised the Union Jack at the North Pole in May 2000, after a gruelling 70 days on the ice. Alan has subsequently led 12 successful expeditions, introducing many others to the wonders of polar exploration.

Cheli Larsen Photo

Cheli Larsen

Expedition Leader

Having led passengers on more than 60 voyages to the Antarctic, Cheli is a seasoned veteran when it comes exploring the rich, breathtaking nature and animal life of this ever changing environment. Cheli got her first taste of polar adventure leaving her native New Zealand for the Russian Far East and continued leading expeditions to both well-known and “secret gem” locations across Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Svalbard, the North Pole, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands and the White Continent. Her passion for the Antarctic’s nature and wildlife has roots in a career spent on and in the water. Cheli started in the ski industry and went on to become a PADI Master Instructor® with more than 6000 dives to her credit. One of Cheli’s most memorable animal preservation initiatives was to tag and monitor the breading habits of sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef.

Nikita Ovsyanikov Photo

Nikita Ovsyanikov

Marine Biologist

A professional zoologist and doctor of biological sciences, Nikita specializes in animal behavior and behavioral ecology. Since 1977, he has carried out Arctic research on the behavior and ecology of arctic foxes, and polar bear population organization and behaviors. He also developed safety methodology for preventing and managing conflict encounters between polar bears and humans; it was successfully used in Wrangel Island nature reserve, where such encounters are frequent. Nikita is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, a scientific monograph on arctic foxes, 2 books on polar bears, and the documentary Polar Bears: Life on the Field of Bones.