Bill is a pioneer in ultralight aviation and the first human to lead birds in formation. He also pioneered the use of ultralight aircraft in establishing new migration routes for precocial birds. His work has been documented numerous times, including in ABC's 20/20, CBC’s the Nature of Things and two hit feature films, Fly Away Home and The Winged Migration, which were inspired by his work.
Bill has received numerous awards including the Odyssey of the Mind's prestigious Creativity Award, the Canadian Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal and the US National Wildlife Federation 2002 Conservation award, along with two honorary doctorates. He is cofounder and chair emeritus of Operation Migration, which has played a leading role establishing an easterly flock of endangered Whooping Cranes in North America.
Bill is an original thinker and doer. His presentation takes us on a humorous autobiographical journey that deals with overcoming disabilities, with creativity, problem solving, teamwork, and risk management. His presentation includes images and humorous descriptions of how several works of art came to be – from his first landscape sculpture, a replica of the Lunar Lander that Neil Armstrong used to land on the moon, to a full-scale replica of Stonehenge from crushed cars, and the larger-than-life Iron Buffalo created for the 3D IMAX film, The Last Buffalo.
For the past 12 years, Bill has spent time traveling to Arctic communities and has put his creativity to work. He concludes his presentation with visuals and a description of a bold new concept for Arctic dwellings that answers many of the problems encountered by conventional architecture in the North. Jeff Daniels, who plays Lishman in the Columbia Pictures Oscar nominated 1996 film Fly Away Home says, “with Lishman, idea is a verb.”
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Frank Ferragine AKA “Frankie Flowers” is arguably Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert and weatherman. He is known for his ability to combine practical gardening advice with humour, and loves to share his passion for everything gardening with the world. Frankie’s garden advice has twice earned him Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicator of the Year, he has been named Toronto’s Favourite Weather Personality 6 years running (Toronto Sun Readers Award) and his Disney inspired Tinker Bell Garden won 3 awards including public choice and best overall garden. Frank’s family runs one of the largest combined greenhouse / garden centre operations in Ontario and he still remains active in the business.
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