LIFT Series

Your Host

Anne Marie Fortner

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Why we love what we do

Following your passion is contagious !

Anne Marie Fortner is an avid long distance adventurer, talented environmental educator, entrepreneur, ambassador for positive living and retreat coordinator. She has travelled extensively exploring the different landscapes and flora and fauna in Canada, South and Central America, Europe, United States & most Her passion for the environment, physical challenges, the love of travel and Pelee Island, led her to establish Explore Pelee, an eco-tourism business on Pelee Island, in the spring of 2008recently Asia.

Working and traveling in the outdoors has been a common thread throughout Anne Marie’s life. In 1999 Anne Marie backpacked 3400km on the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. This experience inspired her to study Geography at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and proved to be a cornerstone in building her ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic. Her summers in Northern Ontario were spent working as a forest fire fighter, canoe trip guide and hiking trails technician. She also holds an Expressive Art Therapy post-grad diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College. In 2006 Anne Marie navigated a 1000km ancient native canoe route from Winnipeg to Lake Superior, in efforts to raise awareness for ALS research. Fortner then moved back to the city where she worked a series of unfulfilling jobs that ultimately led her back to Pelee, where she now lives on Pelee Island seasonally and runs Explore Pelee full time. 

For 3 years Anne Marie owned, operated and sold Total Recall Women's Retreat between 2010-2013. Anne Marie has created the LIFT Series, local inspirational networking talks within Essex County at local wineries and breweries. Her talks have been coined "The TED Talks of Essex County". She is co-organizing a women's Sun & Soul Retreat in California, this February 2016. Anne Marie’s love, knowledge and energy for living life to its fullest and drive to follow your passions will inspire you!

About Anne Marie

We hope you enjoy getting together, exchanging ideas and meeting new like-minded people. The idea of LIFT birthed several years back when I did a lot of networking events that felt meaningless, pretentious and empty. The LIFT series, both ladies only and the co-ed series, is geared towards creating a community of people that engages with each other and are working towards their goals.