Max Finkelstein is an author, photographer, and passionate advocate for river conservation. He is a spokesman for the Canadian Heritage Rivers System, Canada's national program for river conservation, and has appeared widely on its behalf. As an expedition paddler, he has traveled more than 20,000 kilometers throughout North America, Africa and Australia. Finkelstein is the author of Canoeing a Continent: On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie (Cardinal Group), a book about his experiences retracing Mackenzie's historic crossing of North America.
He is a regular contributor to Kanawa, Paddler Magazine, River Magazine, New Internationalist, and several other periodicals, and a frequent keynote speaker at canoeing and river-related conferences in Canada, the United States, and Africa.
An accomplished photographer and videographer, his presentations often include slides or video. They focus on historic and contemporary expeditions, descriptions of the tapestry of land, waterscapes, cultures and communities along the way, and on the importance of preserving and protecting our river heritage.
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