Joseph MacInnis – Keynote Speaker

Physician-scientist, writer, and deep-sea explorer

Looking for fees and availability for Joseph MacInnis?
Joseph MacInnis Profile Picture

Specialist Subjects

  • Discovering Leadership: A Journey of Exploration and Discovery
  • Quality: When Your Life Depends On It
  • Titanic In 3 Dimensions: The Expedition That Inspired The Hollywood
  • The Gulf Oil Blowout Disaster and Management Leadership


  • English


What is it like to dive under the ice of the Northwest Passage and discover, after three years of searching, a three-masted British ship that sank in 1853 – the golden age of Arctic exploration- and is still intact? How does it feel to be among the first to descend more than two miles under the Atlantic and land your mini-sub on the rusting deck of RMS Titanic?

Dr. Joseph Maclnnis, a medical doctor and one of the world’s foremost explorers, has done this and much more. He is the first person to dive and film under the North Pole. He has led or participated in more than fifty major undersea expeditions and logged more time inside the Arctic Ocean than any other scientist. As a physician, he has spent twenty years studying human performance in high-risk environments.

In his speeches, Dr. MacInnis shares the values including courage, communication, and teamwork that enhance performance under the ocean and in the corporate world. Drawing on compelling examples and dramatic video clips, he provides an inspirational framework on how to deal with the challenge of sudden change. Using a combination of humour and scientific acumen he tailors his insights to the theme of your meeting, making him a relevant and indispensable resource for your audience.

He has recently developed Wisdom Keepers, a multi-media series to inspire ingenuity and enterprise in young people. Featuring short interviews with artists, scientists, entertainers, politicians, poets and business executives.

In March 2012, MacInnis served as expedition physician for Cameron’s solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Deepsea Challenger submersible.

He is the president and founder of Undersea Research Ltd., a consulting company he founded in 1968. He is the creator of Wisdom Keepers, a video series featuring interviews with older people of accomplishment in various fields. He has written for such publications as National Geographic, Wired and Scientific American. He makes frequent motivational speeches to Fortune 500 companies.

Watch Joseph MacInnis speaking

Want to book Joseph MacInnis as a keynote speaker for your next event?