Best known as the Canadian Screen Award-winning producer, creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone.
With Les known as the original genre creator of ‘Survival TV’, Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel US and Discovery Channel US, and remains the highest-rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel. Survivorman is licensed for broadcast worldwide, with ratings in the US hitting 2 million on individual episodes. He has been nominated for 27 Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Geminis) and has won for Best Writer (twice) and Best Photography. Survivorman has aired on the following television networks: OLN Canada, The Science Channel US, Discovery Channel International, City TV [Rogers] Canada)
Stroud has appeared in and/or produced numerous television specials including National Geographic’s Grizzly Gauntlet, 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. He was also featured in the series Extraordinary Lives.
In 2010 and 2011, Les was Executive Producer/Host of the hit kids’ TV series Survive This (YTV, Cartoon Network, Nat Geo Kids) and made celebrity guest appearances on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Top Chef and MTV Cribs. He Executive Produced/Hosted the NHL celebrity survival series Survival Challenge (OLN/Rogers), and the Discovery Channel series, Les Stroud; Beyond Survival earned top ratings on both Discovery Channel US and OLN in Canada, and on at least one occasion during prime time viewing was the highest rated show among men 24 to 59 in all categories on TV.
A celebrated keynote speaker, musician, and author, both his books Survive! – Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere–Alive! (Harper Collins) and Will to Live (Harper Collins) have made the bestseller's list. Nominated for Best Travel Writer at the Canadian National Magazine awards, Les’s third book Beyond Survivorman launched into stores in January 2014. Les took home Best Writer in Non Fiction at the 2013 and 2015 Canadian Screen Awards as well as the Executive Producers Award for Excellence at the Lewiston Film Festival.
A proud member of the prestigious Explorers Club, Les received Fellow (highest rank) of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Les has received both the Distinguished Alumni award and was nominated for the Premieres award for excellence for work in his field. He contributes to dozens of charities and benefits, is an ambassador for ShelterBox International, and is an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces as well as sits on the board of advisors for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Organization.