Richard Weber, C.M.
Member of the Order of Canada
For his pioneering acts of polar exploration and for his efforts to increase awareness of environmental threats to the North.
Richard Weber is one of the world’s pre-eminent polar explorers. He has trekked to the North Pole seven times and spent over 600 days and nights on the Arctic Ocean, more than any other person in history. In 1995 he successfully completed the first unsupported return trip to the North Pole, an achievement that has never been repeated and was described as “the most difficult polar challenge ever achieved.” Currently, he guides Arctic expeditions and operates Canada’s two most northerly
wilderness lodges, where he has created opportunities for southerners to travel to the North and learn about the effects of climate change.