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Julie Angus

Explorer | Scientist | Bestselling Author

Julie Angus
Colin Angus & Julie Angus
Julie Angus
Colin Angus & Julie Angus

Julie Angus is a leading adventurer, bestselling author, scientist, and entrepreneur. She was awarded National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award when she became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. She has also cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized an expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician trading routes. Angus draws on lessons learned in extreme environments to motivate and inspire audiences to reach their goals and overcome challenges.

Angus is the author of three books and has produced several documentaries. A serial entrepreneur, she is currently the CEO and co-founder of Open Ocean Robotics, a marine drone company. Prior to this, she had a successful career in venture capital, business development, and technology transfer.

Named as one of North America’s leading adventurers by Explore magazine and one of Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers by Canadian Geographic, Angus has a graduate degree in microbiology. She is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Victoria Distinguished Alumni Award and McMaster University Young Alumni Award.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Julie Angus is truly a unique individual and speaker. Not only is Julie Angus an amazing speaker with the ability to effectively convey her core message, but she has the ability to impart insights to her audience through her challenging experiences. Her experience in dealing with the ‘rough waters’ of the Atlantic is easily transferable to a work environment, and acutely addresses how to navigate the tides of change. Her use of complementary activity, through her videos, captivates individuals and allows for the audience to relate to her on a personal level. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with Julie and are confident our department will apply this newfound knowledge on an ongoing basis.

  • Colin and Julie were a HUGE hit! Everyone came out thoroughly amazed and impressed.

  • We loved having Julie speak to us! Everyone came away feeling awed and amazed.

  • Not only was her story exciting for our delegates but she was also able to apply the lessons learned on her journey to the specific challenges that we face in our industry and the process of technology commercialization which made it that much more engaging to listen to.

  • I know everyone at our annual marketing conference greatly appreciated your presentation and went away equally as inspired as I did. I was so moved it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Julie and Colin’s presentation and involvement in our Charity Golf Tournament was truly inspirational.

  • We all fell in love with your ordinary/extraordinary spirit, your down-to-earth nature and your calm but humorous delivery.

  • Thank you for being with us and for delivering your presentation with such enthusiasm, humour, sincerity and spirit.

  • Everyone loved your presentation, you are inspiring, courageous, amazing individuals.

  • Thank you to Speakers Spotlight for all your help in the lead-up, and please thank Julie for her brilliant contribution to the event’s success with her powerful keynote. Her knowledge, passion, and insights were so well-received and very much appreciated by our audience.

  • We wanted to say a massive thank you for your presentation today. Your stories about navigating through tough situations during your rowing journey were seriously cool and eye-opening. The way you handled those ups and downs was not just entertaining but also packed with valuable insights.


    The crowd was buzzing with excitement! Your tales really got everyone fired up, showing us that setbacks are part of the adventure. Seeing how you faced those challenges and the innovative approach to dealing with adversity was inspiring.


    Your storytelling and the way you made those experiences relatable were spot on. You brought a ton of energy and left us all feeling motivated. Thank you for sharing your journey and showing us how to tackle life’s hurdles head-on.

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