Our Impact

Programs That Make a Difference

We endeavour to be the change we seek in the outdoor sector.

Bringing About Positive Change

Since its inception in 2022, the Outward Bound Canada Training Academy for Outdoor Professionals has impacted the lives of hundreds of participants through its work and we continually strive to make outdoor spaces and the sector as a whole more welcoming, diverse and representative of Canada’s vibrant population.

787

Attendees have participated in our programs so far

90%

of participants report being Employed in the Outdoor Sector 6-months after the program

58%

of our participants come from Equity-deserving Groups

1520

Certificates have been awarded throughout our programs

Hear From Past Participants

Watch some of the stories from past participants as they share what they have gained by taking part in our programs by clicking the videos below.

What Our
Participants
Are Saying

Some words from past participants.

    “The Outward Bound Training for Outdoor Professionals was such an incredible, memorable, and educational experience run by the most kind, knowledgeable & encouraging instructors, I cannot recommend it enough!! The outdoors is something that everyone should get to experience, no matter their race, age, or income status. With outward bounds efforts, I can see the Outdoor sector transforming & opening up, allowing more individuals to learn, grow, and play in the Outdoors, and I think that’s something really special.”

    Laura Ferreira

    “It was an amazing learning experience. The trainers put their heart in the training. Inspired to explore opportunities in outdoors.

    Vaibbhav Ferreira

    “I am very grateful for the lengths outward bound took to make their trip successful. Their values are in the right spot and it shows in how they operate. The instructors were very patient and informative. I had a lot of fun and made lots of connections. Thank you Outward Bound”

    Terry Nguyen

    “The training academy is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! Which sounds so cliche, but it honestly was! I learned so much about guiding and what happens behind the scenes while on trip. I also learned about myself. The instructors really knew when and how to challenge me, and I left feeling more confident in myself and my abilities! I will forever cherish my time as part of the academy. If you haven’t applied yet, do it! You won’t regret it!”

    Leksy Walsh

    “Highest praise for the energetic, knowledgeable, and incredible instructors of Outward Bound Training Academy! My deepest appreciation for their openness, approachability, stories, and how inclusive and accessible they made each session. Wonderful learning environment, thank you!”

    Rosa Wachs

    “The Outward Bound Training Academy was amazing! I learned so many hands-on outdoor leadership skills that build up my confidence. If you have the opportunity to participate, it’s 1000% worth it! You’re going to meet some amazing people and do some awesome things!”

    Caleb Wesley

    “I had the most amazing experience with the Training Academy! I feel so much more confident in my abilities in the outdoors, and also feel comfortable taking others outside to enjoy the beauty of nature. I cannot say enough about this program, including the amazing facilitator’s who shared their wealth of knowledge, along with their passion for the outdoors. If I could, I would take the training all over again, just to meet the next cohort of trainees who are curious like me!”

    Laura Rose

Thought Leadership

In an effort to share and expand upon thoughts related to diversity and inclusion, the Training Academy hosted two virtual events. Watch a recording of each of the events by clicking the videos below.


This panel featured various Indigenous and Metis knowledge keepers speaking on the topic Truth and Decolonization; highlighting their experiences and perspectives as it relates to Truth and Reconciliation.


We hosted eco-explorer and outdoor adventure pioneer, Mario Ribgy, as he shared his experience in pushing boundaries and promoting social and environmental justice through the power of exploration and storytelling.

Outdoor Sector Resources

To help further enrich the educational experience of both our participants and the wider outdoor sector as a whole, as well as establish deeper relationships within the sector, the Training Academy developed the following:


Exploring various industry-relevant topics, learn tips and best practices from our Training Academy experts as they share their wealth of knowledge with you. The full series can be viewed by clicking HERE.


To help guide the way for future outdoor leaders, we compiled a series of videos exploring various Career Pathways that one might take in the outdoors. Watch the full video series by clicking HERE.


A collection of video tutorials to help support individuals who are new to the outdoor sector; with topics ranging from how to pack, to how to layer. Watch the full video series by clicking HERE.

Impact Reports

Click below to see a year-by-year recap of all of the work that we have been able to accomplish at the Training Academy.

2022 Impact Report

Read our digital 2022 Impact Report by clicking the button below.

2023 Impact Report

Read our digital 2023 Impact Report by clicking the button below.

Help Support Outward Bound Canada’s Efforts

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