- Tim Jarvis AM is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law.
- He was named Australian Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year 2013 and Conservationist of the Year 2016, the only person ever to receive both awards.
- He has undertaken unsupported expeditions to some of the world’s remotest regions, including to the South Pole, the Arctic and across Australia’s Great Victoria Desert, and has re-enacted the polar survival journeys of both Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton.
- He is a Senior Associate of global engineering firm Arup, founder and leader of 25zero and Global Ambassador for WWF-Australia.
Set against the backdrop of stories from his polar adventures and environmental work, Tim's topics include:
- Environmental sustainability
Tim did a fabulous job of motivating over 100 Ernst & Young Partners and Staff, with a vivid and passionate account of his Shackleton expedition. Tim eloquently told his story, and was able to draw clear and relevant linkages between his harrowing exploration and the business world. His presentation was relevant, engaging and very memorable for all who were fortunate enough to be there. We will be looking for opportunities to work with Tim again in the future and we wish him every success with his next venture. A truly inspiring story which our team will not easily forget. Thanks again!
Ernst & Young
There are not many people who can speak on leadership in challenging times, as Tim can. It was refreshing to have someone speak on this topic that is outside of the public sector and non-political. There were over 800 public sector employees from various levels and departments in attendance; one of the largest most successful IPAA/DPC events to date and this was largely due to Tim’s intriguing and inspirational story. Tim Jarvis is not only a proven inspirational leader of our day who has an interesting mix of academia and adventurous spirit, he is a wonderful, caring, and engaging individual who although has walked on roads less travelled, has achieved the unachievable and consults with authoritative bodies, it is obvious he has not lost the ‘common touch’.
Institute of Public Administration Australia
Tim was the perfect opening speaker to our workshop. He inspired our group with his personal Polar projects and experiences, showing them that big ideas can be made into reality. His key message stayed with the participants throughout the workshop, enabling them to channel the “thinking is good, doing is better” philosophy into innovative thinking in sustainability.
Tim Jarvis was the guest speaker at the RANZCO Eye Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner. Tim’s inspirational tales of his polar expeditions had the audience mesmerised – there were 240 guests and you could have heard a pin drop. We also really appreciated Tim providing his time in support of eye health and donating an auction prize, which achieved the highest bid on the night.
RANZCO Eye Foundation
Tim Jarvis held a full house audience of 170 adults and children spellbound at the Royal Geographical Society’s Singapore branch with a riveting account of his polar expeditions, how the lessons learned from these experiences can be applied to everyday life, and his work as an environmental scientist with the consulting engineering firm Arup. Ranging from his plans to re-enact Shackleton’s epic rescue mission across the Southern Ocean in a small boat in 1916, through practical tips on how to scare off an inquisitive polar bear, to his personal life philosophy, Tim's talk was eye-opening, fascinating and inspiring for everyone in the room.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tim was extremely personable and relatable. His story held the audience's attention throughout and they seemed to really enjoy his talk. He was a great encouragement that an ordinary person can change their future by deciding to.
Internet Marketing Solutions
Excellent. Tim was most enlightening and very motivating - courage and stupidity are two words that come to mind (the first is what I lack compared to Tim and the second Is not a description of Tim as only clever people could do what he has done and live to tell others!)
It was a privilege to hear the details of your Antarctic expedition so vividly and humorously recounted. Your honesty in sharing of the physical and personal highs and lows was appreciated by all and allowed us as an audience the opportunity to seek parallels within our own experience.
Women and Children’s Hospital
I found Tim’s presentation on his Antarctic adventure to be both fascinating and highly motivational. He took time to build parallels between the challenges he faced on his polar trips with the challenges we face running a major financial institution.
Tim gave an extremely interesting, informative and entertaining account of his recent Antarctic expedition and showed some spectacular pictures. He has a very relaxed, engaging style of presentation coupled with a good sense of humour. His audience, myself included, was thoroughly engrossed by his talk. I can strongly and unreservedly recommend him as a public speaker.
Australian Higher Education Industry Association
We couldn’t have asked for a better speaker. He was interesting, inspirational and a great guy too. An excellent presentation that motivated everyone in the room.
Mid North Division of General Practice