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Our Next Speaker

558th Meeting

8 November 2022

Rob Cooke

FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS: DOG MUSHING IN CANADA’S NORTH

After a career in the military, Rob Cooke fulfilled a long-held ambition to train and race his own Siberian Huskies in some of the toughest sled dog races in the world Since relocating to the Yukon in 2012, he entered and completed the Yukon Quest 1000-mile sled dog race in 2013. Rob went on to compete in many more mid- and long-distance races, including finishing Yukon Quest every year from 2015 to 2020 and the Iditarod in 2015 and 2016. In completing both the Quest and Iditarod races in 2015 he became the first person to complete both 1000-mile races in the same winter whilst running pure breed dogs.

Rob Cooke served as an aircraft engineer in the British Royal Navy for 23 years. He retired from service in 2009 after a three-year exchange tour with the RCAF in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, and settled in Canada. Rob currently lives in an off-grid cabin in the Yukon bush, about 40 minutes from Whitehorse, and shares his life with 47 Siberian Huskies. When not training and racing dogs, Rob is the Team Leader for the Clean Energy and Infrastructure with Polar Knowledge Canada, the federal government agency responsible for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay..

This meeting will be on Zoom, hosted by John Gilbert (johngilber@gmail.com), and will start at 8.00 pm (2000 hr) Eastern Standard Time. The following link should be open by 7.40 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87326409829?pwd=S2xZNDQ4bzQxaUJoZDdjVlJyMWlwQT09
Meeting ID: 873 2640 9829. Passcode 401428

Next meeting:
Dec 13    Scott Cocker on some recent developments in Arctic
paleoecology

Thomas Frisch
Secretary
613-725-2221; tfrisch@sympatico.ca



SPEAKERS PROGRAMME
2022-2023

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