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Colin Angus

World Class Adventurer, Bestselling Author & Filmmaker

Colin Angus is a leading adventurer, bestselling author and Canadian filmmaker. He was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year award for being the first to circle the world exclusively by human power, and was listed by Outside Magazine as one of the world’s top 25 bold visionaries. Angus’s success in achieving the seemingly impossible relies on a unique strategy he has developed for increasing human potential. He is the author of four books, and his films have been aired around the world on National Geographic television.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Colin is available to deliver the following presentations individually or as a duo alongside his wife Julie:

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 and Colin share 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 and Colin deliver 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.

Rowing Across the Atlantic: Strategies to Reach Your Goals
Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean seemed impossible at times, yet through goal setting, managing risk, perseverance and dealing with the unexpected, including two hurricanes, Julie and Colin crossed 10,000 km of open ocean. By juxtaposing the difficulties they faced to the challenges in our business and personal lives, Colin and Julie offer an insightful and entertaining perspective on how to overcome our fears, learn more about ourselves, and set goals that help us reach our ambitions.

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

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

    - President & CEO, Canada West Ski Areas Association

Summary Profile

Colin has made a career exploring remote parts of the world and sharing his adventures through books, films and presentations. When he completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the world, he travelled 43,000 km in 720 days, rowing across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, trekking and cycling through 16 countries, enduring winter in Siberia and searing heat in the tropics. He was also the first to raft the world’s fifth longest river, the Yenisey, and is one of a handful of teams to successfully raft the Amazon river from source to sea.  Colin’s spent years offshore sailing and has rowed thousands of kilometers in waterways around the world.

He has co-produced four documentaries which collectively won ten awards at international festivals including the Dijon and Telluride Festivals of Adventure Films and has written four books. His writing and photographs can be seen in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest and Cruising World.