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Julie Angus

Adventurer, Co-Founder & CEO of Open Ocean Robotics

Julie is an accomplished adventurer, bestselling author and scientist. 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. She has also cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized a National Geographic expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician trading routes. Explore Magazine listed her as one of North America’s leading adventurers and she is regularly seen on television shows such as Canada AM, CBC Sunday News and Daily Planet. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker who inspires audiences and demonstrates techniques we can all use to reach goals and overcome challenges.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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

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.

  • It was inspirational for all of us.

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

    - Capital Region District

Summary Profile

Explore Magazine listed her as one of North America’s leading adventurers and she is regularly seen on television programs such as Canada AM, CBC Sunday News and Daily Planet.   Before becoming an adventurer, Julie studied and developed treatments for heart disease, cancer and genetic ailments. She has two undergraduate degrees with honours from McMaster University (Biology and Psychology) and a graduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria. Julie has written for many publications including National Post, Globe and Mail, and EnRoute magazine and her photography has appeared in The Guardian, Outside Magazine, Readers Digest, Explore, and National Geographic, among others. She is the best selling author of three books, Rowboat in a Hurricane, Rowed Trip, and Olive Odyssey. What makes Julie’s story remarkable is that prior to rowing across an ocean, she had no previous experience as an adventurer. A trained biologist with a graduate degree in Molecular Biology, Julie worked in venture capital, business development and technology transfer to build and grow innovative biotech companies. She applied the skills she learned in the business environment to adventure, quickly realizing that the strategies to success in each realm are strikingly similar. Whether she is leading a National Geographic expedition or navigating a rowboat through a hurricane, her techniques offer businesses and organizations insights into negotiating today’s challenging environment. Julie’s unique approach has been highlighted in business publications including Investor’s Business Daily and BC Business, and she has written for The Globe and Mail, National Post, and enRoute magazine. She is the bestselling author of three books and co-producer of two award-winning documentaries. Her photography has appeared in Outside magazine, Explore magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Guardian and various National Geographic publications. She was awarded the Arch Award for her achievements from McMaster University.