A Motivational talk by Matty McNair

Through her stories of polar expeditions that Matty has lead to both ends of the earth, she weaves a message of the importance of choosing the right challenge, selecting the ultimate team, finding the courage to follow that dream how to bring it all together with what she calls, “the Zen of polar travel”. Matty shares her stories from the heart, the failures and successes, the tears and fears, the highs and lows. Her amazing photographs are a refection of beauty that she sees in these frozen polar landscapes.

Introduction to Matty McNair

Internationally recognized as the top woman polar guide in the world, Matty has journeyed to both Poles setting several very impressive world records. She led the first women's expedition to the North Pole in 1997.

After leading 2 expeditions 600 nautical miles to the South Pole, Matty returned to take her daughter, Sarah, and son Eric to the South Pole. Sarah (age 18) & Eric (age 20) became the youngest in the world to ski to the South Pole. Matty and Sarah are the first Canadian women to ski all the way to the South Pole. Matty and her son, Eric (who both have duel citizenship) were the first Americans to ski all the way to the South Pole unsupported and un-resupplied. From the South Pole they kite-skied back in a world record of 17 days!

One month later, Matty headed to the other end of the earth. She guided the Ultimate North Expedition; a dog sledding journey from Cape Columbia to the North Pole. Arriving at the North Pole in just under Robert Peary's 1909 record time of 37 days, thus proving that his disputed dash is in fact possible.

Matty has an infectious zest for life, a creative mind, a lateral problem solving approach to challenges and a great sense of humor.

For an more extensive resume please go to: matty.html

Contact Information

Matty McNair

Phone: 867 979-0551



$5,000 Canadian plus GST (5% tax)

Plus Travel Expenses (air, accommodations and food)

Cost includes 25 books, On Thin Ice, a woman's journey to the North Pole, by Matty McNair. This is a hard back book with wonderful color photos. Additional books are $20 each