French-born Nicolas Vanier is a true adventurer whose passion is traveling over the far reaches of the planet’s northern frontiers. As such, he has undertaken expeditions in such diverse areas as Siberia, the Yukon, the Bering Strait, and Alaska. These voyages have seen him use a horse, sled, and his own two feet.
Born in Senekal, Africa, but raised in Sologne, France, Nicolas harboured a love for nature and adventure from childhood. After finishing his schooling career, he embarked on his first expedition in 1983, crossing Lapland and the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula. It was the start of his great adventures. Although he has passed the age of 50, Nicolas Vanier has not yet shown any indication of stopping.
Besides his adventures, Nicolas has a love of documentary making. Besides showcasing his own adventures, however, he also makes films encapsulating the true meaning of living with nature. One such is the 2013 film Ballet et Sebastien, a film that tells the story of the meeting and developing friendship between a solitary child and a dog. It was a hit in France.
His various expeditions over the last thirty years have seen Nicolas Vanier observe the consequences of climate change first-hand, as well as different cultures and the biodiversity found on the globe. Because of his experiences, he firmly believes a man is able to live in harmony with nature and advocates a way of life that supports sustainability and balance, thus protecting the planet and its beautiful swathes of untamed land.
Nicolas Vanier, as a speaker, has addressed such diverse audiences as ADEME, General Electric Healthcare, L’Oreal, France Air, Booking.com and many more. He is a true enthusiast who has no hesitation in sharing his experiences and has no issues tackling different themes relating to passion, adaptation in extreme environments, team management, adventure, and risk management.
"Nicolas shared a very inspiring story that inspired a lot of people and he was very patient despite the half an hour delay. I noticed he managed to keep the attention of the audience without a single slide. There were some interesting discussions happening about the impact we are having on the environment...I'm still collecting feedback from the French team but we were very happy to have him there!"
“We wanted to thank Nicolas for the quality of his talk during our Assises 2017 (Public Works and Ecological Transition), which was very much appreciated by the entrepreneurs and other partners present. They left with enthusiasm and with the desire to pay even more attention to our planet.”
“Nicolas’ talk was one of the highlights of this seminar. The strength of his speech, the simplicity with which he shares his life and his convictions have allowed to move the lives of those who are more skeptical. I am delighted with the impact.”
“I just wanted to tell you how deeply your talk touched and moved me. You knew through your messages to destabilize my conscience. Your testimony, told to my children the same evening for which you have dedicated your book, deserves to be known by the greatest number so that tomorrow, each individual becomes fully aware of the ecological disaster that we provoke every day. As a director of land use and planning and as a citizen, I will strive to promote your testimony and act in my own way so that tomorrow my two children, like yours, can enjoy the beauty of the landscape as you do. Receive all my encouragement in your action.”
“We were delighted to have Nicolas Vanier as sponsor of our Partner Innovation Awards. During the evening, Nicolas showed the importance of perseverance, team spirit and innovation in each of his expeditions. These remarks had a particular echo for the carriers of projects and entrepreneurs present. Touched by the various testimonies during the evening, he stressed that the action of CREALIA shows the importance and success of the ‘chain of solidarity’ for startups.”