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Well-known Blind Climber To Give Keynote Address At Clarkson School Of Business Graduate Student Orientation

On Thursday, August 19, Ross Watson will be addressing School of Business graduate students at Clarkson University. The talk will discuss the rewards of taking risks, owning the limiting factors in your life, removing limits by establishing credibility, creating helpful associations, and keeping goals in sight.

His address is part of a week-long intensive orientation for one-year MBA students with additional sessions on team-based learning, building community, diversity and leadership. Orientation week ends with students participating in a daylong, eco-challenge river and ropes course on Friday August 20th. "We are pleased to have Ross Watson as our keynote speaker," stated Peter Diplock, director of Graduate Business Programs. "His message is full of inspiration and exemplifies the importance of perseverance, leadership and teamwork - attributes that are essential for personal and professional success, and instrumental in the development of our MBA students."

Watson has been an outdoor enthusiast for over 20 years. In 1988, Watson participated in the Para Olympics, competing in the 15- and 30-kilometer Nordic events. In 1990, he attempted to climb Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, being stopped short of the top by severe weather. In 2000, Watson set a new goal of becoming the first blind climber to ascend to the top of Mt. Logan, Canada's highest mountain, located in the Yukon Territory. After 19 days in the harshest of weather conditions, Watson and three teammates reached the West Summit of Mt. Logan.

Watson's other achievements include serving as a member of a panel that reviewed Alberta's Human Rights Commission and related legislation, where he supported over 50 changes to Alberta's Human Rights Act. He has also received the Integrity Award from the Kananaskis Rotary Club, and the Hero of the Year Award from the town of Cochrane for his "selfless endeavors" in raising public awareness of visually impaired persons. Also, from 1995 to 2001, Watson served two terms as a municipal councilor. Watson has made numerous radio and television appearances and spoken to associations and conferences throughout Alberta and Western Canada.

The Keynote Address will take place on Thursday, August 19, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall, room 213.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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