Jen Pate is a young geographer and entrepreneur fascinated by human-environment interaction. She has been running a community-interest film company and leading/participating in expeditions as well as social and environmental responsibility projects for almost 10 years. She lives in Canada where she runs a sustainable outdoor recreation park called Windmill Lake, which blends water- and land-based activities with environmental education (www.windmill-lake.ca).
She has been Filmmaker, Mission Coordinator and Mission Leader on a series of international sailing voyages raising awareness of plastic in marine and freshwater environments. She works to promote social and environmental change through her newest initiative Love Your Greats (www.loveyourgreats.com) and co-runs an adventure series called Leisure With Purpose to inspire others to get outdoors and help protect the places we enjoy. She also works as a Mission Leader & Coordinator for Pangaea Explorations, planning and leading sailing expeditions focused on ocean & human health (www.panexplore.com).
She is a Global Biodiversity Ambassador for the Ibex Earth Our World: Our Choice Campaign, Member of the Great Lakes Commons Leadership Committee, Board Member of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Board Member of Blue Bayfield, Board Member of Regional Tourism Organization 4, Environmental Officer for the Goderich Chapter of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron and Member of the Main Bayfield Watershed Advisory Committee.
Workshop Description for “Love Your Greats”
What does it take to motivate people to actively care for their environment? In most cases, it is love that creates the foundation for our actions. If we don’t feel a sense of care for something, we won’t take the actions necessary to protect it. Through her experience on the Oceans and the Great Lakes, Jen is sharing a love story - a unique one of people’s passion for their local waterways and their willingness to instigate meaningful change for a healthier future. Join her for a story of the intersection between environmental degradation and optimism.