Mark Terry, Ph.D. is a writer, educator, filmmaker, and communicator on many levels. His many efforts and talenAll Pagests have earned him the honour of being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and recipient of many awards and accolades.
Mark’s background is varied and extensive covering work in fields of entertainment, academia and environmental studies, and activism. He became involved in the arts in high school and university via acting and writing and pursued work in the entertainment industry for many years. He worked as an editor and reporter at a young age and years later published a magazine called Hollywood Canada, which profiled many aspects of the entertainment industry. He later owned and operated The Bayview Playhouse in Toronto. He produced plays here and on Broadway, and London’s West End. He was produced and directed TV series, movies, and documentary films during this time in Hollywood and Canada. He has made a documentary film on every continent on earth. His two best-known works are ‘The Antarctica Challenge – A Global Warning’ in 2009 and ‘The Polar Explorer’ in 2010 filmed in the Arctic. These two films began his relationship with the United Nations Environment Programme as he was invited to screen ‘The Antarctic Challenge’ at COP 15 in Copenhagen where it was viewed by delegates and policymakers. Armed with a list issued by the UNEP of subjects to cover regarding the Arctic, he made an expedition with ArcticNet aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker called The Amundsen. His film The Polar Explorer was again screened for delegates and policymakers at the next UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico. At this conference, Dr. Terry was able to sit down with them and was instrumental in getting rising sea levels tabled on their list of issues to tackle. Since that time, as a natural and charismatic speaker, Dr. Terry has delivered dozens of speeches at conferences, environmental agencies, schools, and more addressing all walks of life and educating policymakers, government officials students, and activists.
In keeping with informing policymakers regarding climate change and other environmental issues, in 2010, Dr. Terry began the Youth Climate Report, which invited students to make 3-minute videos that were uploaded to a GIS map, along with the filmmaker’s details, location, scientific reports, photographs, and metadata. The project is ongoing and has developed into a new form of documentary film as a collection of temporal, locative multi-linear mini-reports that became an evolving data delivery system, with videos juried and published by Dr. Terry and members of the UNEP. In 2019, Dr. Terry worked with a group of indigenous youth from around the world and brought them to COP to present their films. He continues with such projects.