General Meeting – March 22, 2018

Hidden Corners: Niagara Region – Owen Bjorgan

Owen lives in Niagara On The Lake and has hosted exchange students at his home through Rotary. He went to Australia for the 1 year exchange program after high school and fell in love with the trifecta of photography, adventure, and public speaking. Owen started a non-profit organization called “Biophilic World” during his 1st year at the University of Guelph. This organization involves getting the community into our natural areas while learning about or cleaning up the environment. Several independent side projects evolved under Biophilic World, including solo hiking Ontario’s 885 km Bruce Trail for 37 days. This trip raised $27,000 for local charities and was recognized by Stephen Harper, David Suzuki, and a Paul Harris Fellow award. He has been an official Ted Talk speaker on the concept of “Living in a Biophilic World”.  Owen’s presentation will explore the “Hidden Corners of the Niagara Region”.

Owen graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. in Biodiversity, and has released 2, and soon 3, independent nature documentaries called “Hidden Corners”, including work in Niagara, Ecuador, and Florida.
He remains actively involved in local environmental issues by speaking at council and public venues, including the protection of the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, and spends his spare time in the great outdoors with friends and family; he enjoys craft beer and playing ping pong.