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David F. Pelly Writer, Researcher, Historian, Photographer

Speaking Engagements
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Over the years, David has given countless lectures, slide-shows and talks to a vast range of audiences. 

What follows is a brief sampling.
  • Royal Geographical Society, London, England (multiple times)
  • Alberta Teachers Conventions (multiple times)
  • Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan
  • Wilderness Symposium, Toronto (multiple times)
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Glasgow, Aberdeen, & Edinburgh, Scotland (multiple venues)
  • McMichael Collection of Canadian Art, Kleinburg, Ontario
  • U. of T. Thomas Fisher Library exhibition opening
  • Canadian Consulate, Washington, USA
  • The Quetico Foundation Annual Dinner, Toronto
  • Piers Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
  • Canoe Museum, Peterborough, Ontario
  • The Arctic Circle, Ottawa
  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada - annual meeting of the national board, Toronto
  • Adventure Canada, Arctic cruise ship program
  • 35 venues across Canada - 1996 national book promotion tour for the book, Thelon
  • plus dozens of presentations to a diversity of clubs and organizations, from university seminars to fifth grade classes, naturalists’ clubs, historical and wilderness societies,  business luncheons and public library readings.
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What Others Have Said
“One of the best-received programs we’ve had in years.  We appreciate all the work you did to organize it.”

Rotary Club
Yakima, Washington
“May I say how very successful your presentation [to the Royal Geographical Society] was in London.  Perhaps this is obvious to you, as it has no doubt led to the present invitation [a return engagement].”

High Commissioner for Canada
Great Britain
“Thanks for the beautiful slide show and interesting talk.  It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we have had many people asking for books about the North and quite a waiting list for Mr. Pelly’s book.”

Public Library
Campbellford, Ontario
“Wonderful pictures evoked my interest in travelling Canada.  The explanations were very helpful to understand the life of Inuit people, from someone who actually lived with  them.  I could feel the warm regard of Mr. Pelly.”

The Mayor of Sagamihara
“David, you are truly someone who has lived his dreams … an inspiration, especially to young people, who in hearing your story will know that it is possible to live their dreams.”

Sandy McCormick
City Councillor, Vancouver
“The best presentation we’ve had at our monthly meeting in our ten-year history!”

Presqu’ile Brighton Naturalists
“The depth of your knowledge, and love and sympathy for the Inuit and Nunavut, together with beautiful illustrations of the landscapes and the peoples, gave us an evening members will be talking about for a long time.  Our grateful thanks.”

Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Dundee, Scotland
“An enriching and encouraging experience!  Thank you.”
“Wonderful – inspiring – positive – uplifting – enlightening.  I can’t say more!!”
“Very impressive!”
“Touching.  Fantastic.”
“Thought provoking and inspiring.”
The best speaker at the convention.”
“Bring this guy back next year!”
From teachers at their annual convention in Alberta.