John Amatt is a former
school teacher, management consultant, and counsulting associate of the Banff
Center School of Management. He is currently the president of his own company
and on the visiting faculty in Kingston Ohio.
John knows about tough times and the value of struggle in bringing out the
best in teams of people! After all, he was a leader of an Everest team, which
suffered four tragic deaths in two unpredictable accidents before putting six
climbers on top of the world. His experience on Everest taught him about the
danger of falling into the trap of complacency and the importance of always
questioning the status quo in seeking new ways of succeeding in a rapidly
changing world. He is the perfect speaker to assist your team in navigating
through the turmoil of today’s global economic crisis.
He has over 25 years of
mountain experience and has led expeditions to Arctic Norway, Peru, Nepal,
China, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic. He was expedition leader of Canada's
first mountaineering expedition to China, which made a successful ski ascent of
24,757-foot Mount Muztagata in Xinjiang Province. As the Business Manager and a
climber on Canada's first successful expedition to climb Mount Everest, Mr.
Amatt was responsible for generating over one million dollars of funds and
products required to mount the assault. As media spokesman during the climb, he
regularly appeared on the CBC Journal and Canadian National News television
programs as well as on ABC Nightline in the United States.
Born in 1945 in
Manchester, England, he emigrated to Canada in 1968 and became a Canadian
citizen five years later. A professional speaker for many years, he has
addressed over six hundred corporate and professional groups and an estimated
Currently, Mr. Amatt is
coordinating the Sir Alexander MacKenzie "Canada Sea to Sea"
Bicentennial Expeditions, an ambitious five year, $4 million dollar project
which will retrace the route of the first crossing of North America from the
Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. This journey, in replicas of fur trade canoes,
will take place on the 200th Anniversary of the original explorations that
occurred from 1789 to 1793.