Adventurer, writer, photographer, speaker and paddleboard athlete, Bruce is widely recognized for connecting wild places with contemporary issues. His journeys span more than eighty countries and thirty years, with notable accomplishments including the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, a sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. A columnist for The Globe and Mail, author of three bestselling books and winner of multiple National Magazine Awards, Kirkby's work has appeared in the New York Times, Outside and Canadian Geographic.
Bruce came to paddleboarding in 2012–when an Olympic gold medalist Duff Gibson invited him to join a 100km fundraising paddle. And he’s never looked back. Today, as a member of Starboard's Dream Team, Bruce continues to push the limits of what is possible in the wilderness aboard a SUP, traveling by lake, river and ocean.
NO OPPORTUNITY WASTED
BIG CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE
With more than twenty year's experience presenting to corporate audiences, Bruce is represented exclusively by Speakers' Spotlight
DOING HARD THINGS THE RIGHT WAY
Accelerating Performance, Building Grit and Avoiding Burnout
Protecting Good People from Bad Decisions
Partial Client List
Royal Bank of Canada
American Association of Travel Agents
Ontario Power Generation
Absolutely Sensational! 100 out of 100.
- General Motors
One of the most talented, respectful and genuinely honest speakers I've ever heard.
- Saskatchewan Power Corp
Perfect Tone, Perfect Message
- Coastal Gas Link