Joseph MacInnis | Explorer, Filmmaker, Medical Doctor

Joseph MacInnis

Explorer, Filmmaker, Medical Doctor

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Joseph MacInnis

How does it feel to be among the first to descend more than two miles under the Atlantic Ocean and position your mini-sub on the rusting deck of RMS Titanic? What is it like to spend two months diving with Academy Award winning director James Cameron during his recent $14-million expedition to make a giant-screen film called Aliens of the Deep?

Dr. Joseph MacInnis, 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 workplace. 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 humor and scientific acumen he tailors his insights to the theme of your meeting, making him a relevant and indispensable resource for your audience.

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The Quest for 21st Century Leadership

In his presentation, Dr. Macinnis describes mission-critical moments managing complex technologies to lethal environments - and how they reveal essential traits of leadership. He uses dramatic video clips to take you on a perilous journey 4 KM under the Ocean and 400 KM into space. Filled with practical information, his presentation illuminates eight leadership traits and steps needed to acquire them.


Dr. MacInnis has spoken to hundreds of Fortune 500 audiences in North America, Europe and the Far East. Working with the meeting planner, he designs each presentation to reinforce the theme of the meeting.

The Secrets of James Cameron - 12 Ways to Become a Better Leader

JAMES CAMERON, the Academy Award winning director, built a $30-million research sub and made a 7-mile dive into the Mariana Trench—the deepest solo dive in history.
DR. JOE MACINNIS was Cameron’s electronic journalist and backup physician. He followed the action from the first
dives in Papua New Guinea to the final dives in Micronesia. He posted daily blogs on National Geographic's website and helped Cameron’s team navigate through sixty days of ‘guerrilla warfare’ stress.

Thirty electronic, mechanical, and life support specialists spent two months struggling against winds, waves, currents and pressure that bends steel. They endured seasickness, exhaustion, tropical heat, blunt-force trauma, technical breakdowns and the loss of two teammates.

MacInnis studies leadership in-life threatening environments — deep leadership—and how its components can make us better leaders. He's spent time with astronauts who constructed the International Space Station and traveled to Afghanistan to interview Canadian soldiers fighting the Taliban. In September, Random House is publishing his new book Deep Leadership.

In this presentation, he describes twelve leadership traits that contributed to Cameron’s successful mission.

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