Education & Businesses
BA in Geography (2:1) University College London (United Kingdom)
MSc in Environment, Science & Society (Distinction) University College London (UK)
Your Frontier Film C.I.C. (United Kingdom) 2011 - 2015
Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park Ltd (Canada) 2014 - Present
Love Your Greats (Canada) 2015 - Present
National Geographic Certified Educator (International) 2020 - Present
Awards & Nominations
UCL Bright Ideas Business Award Runner-Up (2011) for Your Frontier Films C.I.C.
Origin Magazine's Top 100 Ocean Heroes (2015) for Jennifer Pate, eXXpedition
TD Canada's Environmental Awareness Award (2016) for Windmill Lake
LTG Eco-friendly Attraction of the Year (2017) for Windmill Lake
LTG The Americas: Attraction of the Year (2018) for Windmill Lake
Tourism Industry Association Ontario Finalist (2018) for Windmill Lake
CPS-ECP Western Ontario District Environmental Program Award (2018) Jennifer Pate
CPS-ECP National Environmental Award (2018) for Jennifer Pate, Love Your Greats
CASBA Safeguard the Environment Award (2018) for Jennifer Pate, Love Your Greats
Boards & Committees (Past & Present)
Water Ski Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors: Director
Water Ski Wakeboard Canada Adaptive Council: Cable Wakeboarding
Regional Tourism Organization 4 (RTO4) Board of Directors: Director
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons National Environmental Committee
Goderich Power & Sail Squadron: Environmental Officer
Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation Board of Directors: Director
Blue Bayfield Board of Directors, Director & Chair of Advisory Committee
Jen is a geographer, entrepreneur & storyteller fascinated by human-environment interaction. Her passion focuses on environmental sustainability for, and socially responsible accessibility to, global waterways. Her research has explored experiences of 'environmental subjects' in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, film as an emancipatory pedagogy for environmental education and geographies of health & biological identity.
Jen has been involved in several research, filmmaking and sport expeditions in a diverse range of roles. In 2009 she led a UCL-funded research expedition to Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia. This involved exploring local understanding of the environment, environmental management by international organisations as well as terrestrial/marine impacts of logging practices. The following year, she took part in the Lost World Project, a conservation documentary-making expedition to Venezuela's Mount Roraima. They were the first team to film the Riolama Lizard and the documentary was premiered at the Royal Geographical Society with an introduction by Michael Palin.
Following this expedition, Jen set up her film company, Your Frontier, which focuses on showcasing worldwide expeditions as well as social and environmental responsibility projects. Her company was a runner-up in the UCL Advances ‘Bright Ideas Award’ and they have now worked with a diverse range of UK-based and international projects around the world.
She was Project & Events Officer for the UK Energy Research Centre based in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford before moving back to Canada. In this position she worked with a range of academic, industrial and political groups as well as individuals to design workshops helping to solve some of the most complex energy-related issues facing the UK today.
She is passionate about health, well-being, and the outdoors. She is a certified World Paddle Association Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor and Level 2 PaddleFit Coach. She is co-owner of an environmentally sustainable recreation park in Ontario, Canada called Windmill Lake (www.windmill-lake.ca) where she is also a WSWC Certified Wakeboard & Watersports Instructor and delivers informal environmental education focused on a land to lake approach. Having been recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for their dedication to sustainability, Jen is currently working to raise awareness and making the Park fully accessible to people with disabilities. She is also a certified WSWC Learning Facilitator & Coach Developer and has been involved in the creation of the first national Cable Instructors Course in association with Canada's National Coach Certification Program.
In November 2014 Jen sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Lanzarote to Martinique with an all-female team called eXXpedition (www.eXXpedition.com). This scientific research voyage makes the unseen seen - from the plastics and toxics in our bodies to those in our water. Her 40-minute documentary: "eXXpedition: Making the Unseen Seen", was premiered at the Royal Geographical Society in London (UK) in March 2015 as the finale of a wider event entitled 'Phenomenal People, Extraordinary Journeys' in celebration of women in exploration and field science. She has since co-lead eXXpedition Caribbean (conducting the first ever sampling for microplastics in the Caribbean Sea) and eXXpedition Great Lakes (world's largest simultaneous sampling for microplastics in history).
She has extensive international public speaking experience, appearing at adventure-based seminar series like Intrepid Explorers and Tales of Adventure, film premieres and events such as the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and has delivered TEDx talks about being a 'Glocal', inspired by her local town and their initiative with the Council of Canadian's: Blue Community Bayfield and stories about how personal connection to our environment is integral for instigating action in the face of global environmental challenges.
In 2015 she co-founded an initiative with her friend Shaun Henry called Love Your Greats (www.loveyourgreats.com), which aims to help connect people to the Great Lakes and waterways while promoting the Great Lakes lifestyle and instigating meaningful action to protect them. She won a Sustainability Prize from Burton at the 2016 MEC Outdoor Nation Think Outside Summit for the idea of an annual 'Love Your Greats' Day, taking place on the second Saturday of every August. She ran several adventure trips in a series called Leisure With Purpose working with Life of Leisure designed around inspiring behaviour change through recreational activities.
She is a Global Biodiversity Ambassador for the Ibex Earth Our World: Our Choice Campaign, Commander & Environmental Officer for the Goderich Power & Sail Squadron and Member of the Canadian Power & Sail National Environment Committee. She has previously been involved as: Board Member of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Board Member of the Regional Tourism Organization 4, Cable Wakeboarding Representative on Water Ski Wakeboard Canada Adaptive Council, Board Member of the Water Ski Wakeboard Canada Board of Directors, Member of the Great Lakes Commons Leadership Committee, Chair of the Advisory Committee & Board Member of Blue Bayfield and Member of the Main Bayfield Watershed Advisory Committee.
She is active in the boating world both nationally and internationally. She is Commander & Environmental Officer for the Goderich Power & Sail Squadron as well as member of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron National Environment Committee working on their Boat Blue Campaign. She has also worked with Pangaea Exploration, leading sailing expeditions and creating partnerships to get people out sailing on the Ocean and learning how they can contribute to a healthier world future. You can become a part of the crew by visiting www.panexplore.com and booking your adventure now!
In 2020, Jen completed her National Geographic Educator certification and is incorporating what she's learned into the Summer Camp programming at Windmill Lake as well as her educational programs on land & water - both on on international expeditions and smaller adventures. Although the past year has called for a need to stay home, she has loved seeing all of the changing seasons at Windmill Lake & is looking forward to being able to adventure when it becomes safe to do so.