Keynote Speaker

Karsten Heuer - Finding Farley

leanne wades up one of many rapids during the two-week ascent of northern manitoba's ochrane riverl
We pleased to present our keynote speaker, Karsten Heuer.

Dissatisfied with the idea of going to visit literary hero, Farley Mowat, by car or airplane, author Karsten Heuer and filmmaker Leanne Allison set off from Alberta with their two-year-old toddler on a cross-Canadacanoe and sailing trip that eventually took them to Mowat's Nova Scotia farm. Heuer shares stories, slides and film clips from the 5-month pilgrimage, as well as conversations with the late Mr. Mowat, and reflects on the role of elders, the influence of Nature on our children, and the persistence of stories in landscape.

Karsten Heuer
Karsten Heuer is wildlife biologist, park ranger, author and conservationist who, for the past decade, has spent much of his time following some of North America’s most endangered wildlife on foot and skis.  In 1998 and 1999 he walked and skied from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming to Canada’s Yukon Territory to highlight a proposal for a 3,400-kilometre-long system of wildlife corridors and core reserves (the Y2Y Conservation Initiative). In 2003, he again set off on skis and foot with his wife, Leanne Allison, and, for 5 months, followed the Porcupine Caribou Herd from their Yukon winter range to endangered Alaskan calving grounds and back. And in 2007 the couple set off with their toddler to canoe and sail across the country to visit author Farley Mowat before he died. Heuer is the author of two best-selling books Walking the Big Wild and Being Caribou, and is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and the Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his wife and son and runs the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y).