Ricky Forbes

Star of CMT’s Tornado Hunters

Western Canada’s Top Social Media Expert

Professional Storm Chaser & Action Adventurer


For some men, exploring doesn’t just mean discovering a new patio or finding out if the boss allows shorts at the office — it means getting dirty, risking some skin, and pushing the limits. Ricky Forbes, is exactly that kind of guy. A Saskatchewan native, Ricky is the driver for one of North America’s top professional storm chasing teams, star of the show Tornado Hunters (available on CMT in Canada and Netflix in the US), host of Woods Canada’s Greatest Explorer and host on Much Music’s ‘Far and Wide’.


After a few stifling years in finance, Ricky — who grew up riding dirt bikes and snowboarding in rural Saskatchewan — ditched the rat race in favour of driving directly into some of the wildest storms on the planet. With the creation of his adventure-oriented show, Ricky has become one of Canada’s top social media influencers with over 450 000 followers online. His expertise in social media marketing led to the founding of Blue Moose Media, a venture which helps companies leverage social media to their advantage.


When not hunting tornadoes you will find Ricky exploring our beautiful earth and pursuing the next biggest action adventure he can get his hands on.

Ricky’s favourite adventure he embarked on was motorcycling across Vietnam.


Top 10 Tips to Grow Your Business on Social Media

This one-hour presentation gets right down to the nuts and bolts. Outlining the top social media tools and strategies he has learned through years of trial and error, Ricky conveys how he built his own following to over 500,000. Whether you are a seasoned pro or just getting into social media, you will walk away with actionable information that will start showing results immediately. This presentation can be laid out in a normal keynote or a full day workshop series.


Life as a Professional Storm Chaser & Building a Business in the Wild West of Social Media

It all started out with a dream, to turn a hobby into a career. Struggling to make money, Ricky made the most of his passion through learning how to use social media for business. Throughout years of trial and error, his storm-chasing team built a social media following big enough that we were able to get a TV show from it. Ricky tells his story through dynamic photos and videos, taking your audience through his journey of transforming an adventure hobby into a powerful business. Ricky weaves his top social media tips throughout the presentation, leaving audience members equipped to transform their social media strategy and see immediate results.

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