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Jill Heinerth

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has
seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to
searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity and
passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. In her remarkable presentations,
Jill encourages audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and
overcome their fears, while applying her practical experience when it comes to lessons on risk
management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.
Named the first Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016,
Jill’s other many accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of
the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares
with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia
Earle. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine and selected as Scuba Diving
magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year 2012.”
In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was also awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher
Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in
2013, the medal recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an
outstanding Canadian explorer.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 13

10:45am MST

1:40pm MST

3:10pm MST