Jill Heinerth

Inaugural Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

    Jill Heinerth is Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She’s a cave diver, an underwater explorer, a writer, a photographer, and a filmmaker.

    More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill 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 many other accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Divers Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honour she shares with several of her underwater heroes, including Robert Ballard, Sylvia Earle, and the late Jacques Cousteau. Sport Diver Magazine has named her a Living Legend, and she was 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.

    Session Presented

     PD Plenary: Challenging the Unknown – Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m.

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