Les Stroud is credited as the creator of the Survival TV genre through his ground-breaking series Survivorman. He’s a multi-award-winning film producer with over 130 documentaries to his name, an author of four best-selling and award winning books, as well as a celebrated and award winning singer-songwriter.
He was named Canada’s Chief Scout, is a Fellow in the Royal Geographic Society and is the only producer in history to produce, write, direct, film and host an internationally broadcast TV series entirely alone.
As a celebrated adventure keynote speaker and captivating storyteller, Les anchors his tales on his life experiences, lessons of building a career, and striving towards success while overcoming obstacles.
It is quite simply a message of passion. Passion for life. Passion for success. Passion for adventure.
Les Stroud single-handedly created, wrote, produced, filmed, hosted, edited and composed the theme music for what would eventually become the hit series Survivorman.
Stroud has since appeared in and/or produced numerous television shows and specials including hosting the 20th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, I Shouldn’t Be Alive, The Science of Survival, Surviving Sharks, Expedition Everest, Surviving Urban Disasters, The Mad Trapper, Surviving Alaska, The True Story of Robinson Crusoe, Shark Feeding Frenzy, After the Experiment, Deadly Waters and the documentary feature Off the Grid with Les Stroud.
In 2019, Les released the feature documentary film La Loche (with 12 festival awards internationally) and the 3-part special Surviving Disasters on PBS stations nationwide as well as around the world on National Geographic.
Les is currently in production on season three for American Public Television (PBS) for his foraging and Canadian Screen Award nominated cooking series Wild Harvest.
When Les isn’t captivating audiences in front of the camera, he’s doing it on a stage as a celebrated keynote speaker. Les inspires leaders and teams at some of the biggest organizations.
He shares relevant lessons on resilience, innovation, leadership, and adventure through candid storytelling and his signature black humor.
Les’ life and work has made him a leading authority in surviving with limited resources in extreme situations. Les helps audiences overcome their own challenges in life by sharing with them tools to trust their Success Instinct™
Musically, Stroud has shared the stage with the top in the business, including Slash, Rob Thomas (of Matchbox 20), Journey, Jonny Lang, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Mason, the late James Cotton, Steve Stevens, Alice Cooper, Steven Stills, Colin Linden, Tommy Shaw, Robbie Krieger, Blues Traveler, Tesla, Jakob Dylan, Randy Bachman, Chicago, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Roots.
His song writing style runs an eclectic gambit, from art-folk to contemporary rock and progressive rock to the Trip-Hop and Metal music for his Survivorman VR game on Oculus Quest.
He has written all the theme songs for his TV series and scored several independent films. In ’23 he was nominated for Best Artist and Best Group by the International Acoustic Music Awards. He has won numerous regional music festivals and recorded nine albums. Three of which are produced by legendary music producer Mike Clink and a new one with the enigmatic and prolific producer Colin Linden. Guest musicians have included Steve Vai, Slash, Bruce Cockburn and Mindi Abair amongst many others.
Les has been nominated a record 30 times by Canadian Screen Awards, winning two for writing and one for cinematography. He has received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for media.
His new children’s book Wild Outside won the National Best Non-Fiction (Yellow Cedar Award) and the Best National Informational Book Award. It is also took third place for a Rocky Mountain Book Award and has been nominated for a prestigious Hamatack Award.
Les performed at the prestigious Green Ball for former president Barak Obama and current President Joe Biden. He has been nominated for Best Artist and Best Group by the International Acoustic Music Awards.
He is also proud member of the prestigious Explorers Club and received Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society along with a nomination for the Premieres Award of Excellence.
In 2022, he was named Canada’s Chief Scout becoming the first ever non governor-general person to be asked to take on the role. Les is also an ambassador and volunteer for Team Rubicon, a Vet lead organization helping people after disasters. Additionally, he is an instructor, consultant, and volunteer for Oregon Search and Rescue.