Dr Gordon Giesbrecht
Thermophysiology Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba
Gordon Giesbrecht, Ph.D. is a professor of Thermophysiology and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, at the University of Manitoba. Gordon studies human responses to exercise/work in extreme environments.
He has conducted hundreds of cold water immersion studies that have provided life-saving information about physiology and pre-hospital care for human hypothermia. He has also conducted over 100 vehicle submersions with people in them, to study survival and exit strategies in sinking vehicles. He has over 100 publications, and helped create instructional educational programs, such as Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp and written protocols used by Emergency Response Operators around the world.
Dr. Giesbrecht has been a consultant for the military in Canada, the US and Sweden (including US Special Forces and JTF2 in Canada), as well as the Coast Guard in both Canada and the US. He has also worked with the FBI and other law enforcement organizations across Canada and the US.
Gordon was dubbed Professor Popsicle in a feature article in Outdoor Magazine, and has appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman”, “The Nature of Things with David Suzuki”, and the “Rick Mercer Report”. He has also been featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and several National Network News Networks in both Canada and the US. Dr. Giesbrecht’s combination of scientific publication and media profile have paved the way for extensive experience with knowledge translation for non-scientific target groups.