Mario Rigby was born in Turks & Caicos Islands and spent his childhood in Germany, before moving to Toronto, Canada at the age of 16. He’s always had a tremendous drive to push the limits in athletics, exploration and anything else he puts his mind to. In 2018 Rigby completed his crossing Africa journey, a two-year trek walking and kayaking from Cape Town to Cairo. His goal was to inspire people locally and globally, to get out, be brave, and see the world.
Mario’s stories are gripping and thought-provoking as he learns about humanity and overcoming fear. In a world that’s rapidly changing, Mario believes his life lessons are worth sharing and hopes to inspire others to have more courage and address global issues that affect us all.
This summer Mario will be kayaking the full length of Lake Ontario to promote safe and responsible domestic travel.
- Diversity and inclusion in the outdoors ***Promoting an open mind to diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.
Encouraging Curiosity with no Limits
- If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough ***A collaborative environment that encourages curiosity and connectedness
Environmental Consciousness & Cultural Awareness
- Intersectional environmentalism
- The two cannot be separated form each other
Embracing & overcoming fears
Mario has been chosen as one of 200 nominees for the 2018 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) global 100 list to recognize the positive contributions made by people of African descent, worldwide.
MIPAD is a unique global list that identifies, in total, 200 outstanding individuals under 40, with 100 inside Africa, 100 outside Africa in the Diaspora across 4 categories; Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture, Humanitarian & Religious.