Julie Angus – Founder of Open Ocean Robotics

Inspirational Keynote Speaker -

Julie is an accomplished adventurer, scientist and bestselling author of Rowboat in a Hurricane, Rowed Trip and Olive Odyssey.

She is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award.


Julie Angus has cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized a National Geographic expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician trading routes to research the olive.

Explore Magazine listed her as one of North America’s leading adventurers and Canadian Geographic has named her one of Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers.

In 2021 she was honoured with the Industry Icon award at the B.C. Cleantech awards.

She currently runs an ocean robotics company with the goal to protect our oceans, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build an Internet of Things for the ocean.

She is a recipient of the McMaster University Arch Award and a Canadian Geographic Fellow. She is regularly seen on television shows such as Canada AM, CBC Sunday News and Daily Planet.
Julie is a scientist with an B.Sc. from McMaster University in Psychology and Biology and an M.Sc. in

Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria. She also studied at the University of Leeds in England.

She spent a decade developing therapeutics for genetic ailments and cardiovascular disease as a researcher and in business development. Currently she is the co-founder of the boat company Angus Rowboats.

Julie is an engaging and entertaining motivational speaker who inspires audiences and demonstrates techniques we can all use to reach goals and overcome challenges.

Her clients include corporations, non-profits and organizations. She has made a lasting impact on tens of thousands of people through her presentations

Talks, Themes & Topics

Rowboat In A Hurricane: Dealing with Change and Unexpected Setbacks

Imagine surviving a hurricane with nothing more than a rowboat to shelter you.

When Julie and Colin set off on a quest to become the first to row across the Atlantic from mainland Europe to mainland North America this was not what they anticipated.

But soon they realized that to succeed they’d not only need to deal with adversity and uncertainly, but embrace it and use it as an opportunity to grow and prosper.

Julie shares techniques to deal with changing environments including altering our perception, preparing for the unexpected, assessing risks, and improving communication.

Office in a Rowboat: Taking Teamwork to the Extreme

Julie delivers an engaging and entertaining account of the two years they spent circumnavigating the globe by human power, focusing on strategies they used to foster teamwork.

It doesn’t get more stressful than living, eating, and working within the confines of a rowboat for months on end and this dynamic duo will share their strategies for fostering harmonious and productive dynamics.

They dissect the essential components of effective teamwork including conflict resolution, motivation and communication.

Julie is available to deliver the following presentations individually or as a duo alongside her husband Colin.

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