Adrian Midwood is Vancouver area born and raised, though he set sail (literally) for all corners of the globe at 18 years old. His travels started on the west coast in Tofino, where a passion for the ocean was born, and where he presently resides again.
Adrian worked his way through the ranks and became a 200-ton Ocean Rated Boat Captain at 25 years old. Shortly thereafter, he became a permanent resident of the South Pacific Island Nations. Once settled and working in what most would consider a dream life existence, the implications of our convenience culture caught up with him in the most remote corners of the world. Adrian founded a small grassroots organization and collaborated with some of the largest NGO’s and charities on eradicating waste plastics from our oceans. He is a social entrepreneur who has designed and operated various local plastic remediation programs to initiate circular economies and stop plastic from entering our waterways.
Adrian is currently the Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Canada. His TEDx talk is centered around raising awareness of the plastic crisis, diving headfirst into tackling the issue on a larger scale, and how everyone can be the solution with simple achievable steps from home in their daily lives.
When Adrian is not juggling the various irons in the fire of endless partner programs, he enjoys anything that involves being in the ocean, with surfing taking precedence over anything else.