Alumni Honour Award - Scott Kress

Alumni Honour Award - Scott Kress

Scott Kress has gone to wild and remote places few people have experienced, all because of the opportunities Lakehead University opened up.

Scott is one of a handful of Canadians to have climbed the “Seven Summits,” the highest peak on each of the seven continents – including Mount Everest. He is president of Summit Team Building and one of the top leadership and team performance coaches in North America.

Becoming a successful entrepreneur and educator were the furthest things from Scott’s mind growing up in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. It wasn’t until a friend suggested he consider Lakehead’s Outdoor Recreation program that his future changed dramatically.

In 1989, Scott enrolled in a double honours degree in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Science on the Thunder Bay campus. The region was like a new frontier to the southern Ontario native and he quickly developed his skills as an outdoor instructor.

After graduating, Scott was hired by Outward Bound which inspired him to explore how outdoor challenges foster high performance in individuals, leaders, and teams.  While at Outward Bound, climbing became an integral part of Scott’s life and he’s been scaling the world’s tallest mountains and leading expeditions ever since.

Building on his outdoors background, he completed a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University. Scott’s accomplishments have attracted the attention of Fortune 500 companies and made him a sought-after motivational keynote speaker. He’s also shared his insights in his book, Learning in Thin Air, published in 2012.

Ultimately, Scott’s goals are to help others find success and balance in their lives – including his two children – and to continue to challenge himself with new adventures.

Scott Kress recently skied to the North Pole and has plans to ski to the South Pole and kite ski across Greenland. Although his achievements seem daunting, Scott says, “All it takes is desire and courage.” He hopes to return to Mount Everest someday.