Born in Lilongwe, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring and learning in China. Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation, and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world. He has filled his life with adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness. He has also been a key contributor to the development of the Global Issues Network (GIN) as an advisor on GIN’s International Council of Advisors and was co-creator of the WAB Wild Outdoor Education Program at the Western Academy of Beijing. He’s actively served on the board of directors for two non-profits: Educo Canada (British Columbia, Canada) & Sports Beijing (Beijing, China). Justin received the Canadian St. John’s Ambulance Award of Merit and the Dragon Award for Courage and Service to Humanity. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences worldwide and has spoken at Round Square International Conferences, the Round Square Regional Conference for Africa, the Round Square Regional Conference for Australia, TEDx Events, East Asian Conference for Overseas Schools Conferences, the European Council of International Schools Conference, and Global Issues Network Conferences. Most importantly, Justin is a passionate mountaineer and enjoys spending as much time as he can on mountain peaks around the world.