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Motivational Speakers for Inspiring Keynotes

Canadian motivational speakers Julie and Colin Angus deliver inspirational keynote topics for annual general meetings, association conferences and other events. These National Geographic Adventurers’ of the Year and best-selling authors specialize in giving keynote presentations that resonate, inspire and motivate.

This husband and wife team are masters of achieving the impossible; from completing the first entirely human powered circumnavigation of Earth to rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean through two hurricanes. While adventure, research and exploration is their primary occupation, Julie and Colin are also master storytellers, sharing their exploits through bestselling books, documentaries and, most intimately, on stage. They have inspired hundreds of audiences around the world from countless Fortune 500 companies to educational institutions.

Please read Julie and Colin’s biographies below.

Julie Angus Biography

Motivational Speaker Julie Angus, Canadian Keynote SpeakersJulie is an accomplished adventurer, scientist and bestselling author of Rowboat in a Hurricane, Rowed Trip and Olive Odyssey. 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 to research the olive.

Explore Magazine listed her as one of North America’s leading adventurers and in 2016 Canadian Geographic named her one of Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers. She is a recipient of the McMaster University Arch Award and a Canadian Geographic Fellow.  She is regularly seen on television shows such as Canada AM, CBC Sunday News and Daily Planet.

Click the video below to watch Julie on Canada AM.

Julie is a scientist with an B.Sc. from McMaster University in Psychology and Biology and an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria. She also studied at the University of Leeds in England. She spent a decade developing therapeutics for genetic ailments and cardiovascular disease as a researcher and in business development.  Currently she is the co-founder of the boat company Angus Rowboats.

Julie is an engaging and entertaining motivational speaker who inspires audiences and demonstrates techniques we can all use to reach goals and overcome challenges.

Her clients include corporations, non-profits and organizations.  She has made a lasting impact on tens of thousands of people through her presentations and you can read some of those testimonials here.

“What a pleasure it was to have Julie Angus speak at our Navigate Youth Water Summit. Julie is an engaging speaker and story-teller…and what a story! The high school students and teachers who spent time with Julie were captivated not only by her adventures, but also the life lessons she and Colin took away from these adventures. I highly recommend Julie Angus for any event, and I would say the 45 minute line up for autographs and selfies from our group of teenagers is a pretty clear indicator that they would too!”

– Steve McIsaac, Executive Director, Inside Education

“You overcame some truly remarkable mental and environmental challenges.  I know everyone at our annual marketing conference greatly appreciated your presentation and went away equally as inspired as I did.  I was so moved it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

–  Michelle Burchill, Helly Hansen


Colin Angus Biography

motivational speaker Colin Angus, Canadian Keynote SpeakersIt’s not about being born with special talents; it’s about having the right strategy and frame of mind to reach your goals.

Colin Angus is a leading adventurer, filmmaker and bestselling author of Amazon Extreme, Lost in Mongolia, Beyond the Horizon and Rowed Trip.

He was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year award for being the first to circle the world exclusively by human power, was listed by Outside Magazine as one of the world’s top 25 bold visionaries and is a Canadian Geographic Fellow.

Colin’s human-powered circumnavigation of the world included travelling 43,000 km in 720 days, rowing across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, trekking and cycling through 16 countries, enduring winter in Siberia and searing heat in the tropics. He is also the first to raft the world’s fifth longest river, the Yenisey, and is one of a handful of teams to successfully raft the Amazon river from source to sea.  Colin’s spent years offshore sailing and has rowed thousands of kilometers in waterways around the world.

Colin is an award winning filmmaker whose films have aired around the world on National Geographic television and in film festivals. Some of his awards include Best Adventure Film at Taos Mountain Film Festival for Beyond the Horizon and Best Adventure Film at the Telluride Mountain Film festival for The Yenisey River Expedition.

Colin is regularly featured on television and radio shows, including The Hour, Canada AM, The Current, and Daily Planet, as well as magazines and newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, Men’s Journal, Outside, and Reader’s Digest.  Click on the video below to watch his interview on the The Hour.

Angus’s success in achieving the seemingly impossible relies on a unique strategy he has developed for increasing human potential. He is a gifted motivational speaker who has presented at hundreds of events to a broad range of clients.  Read some of his testimonials to see the lasting impact he leaves on his audiences.

“ I’ve heard all the great testimonials, but words can’t really convey the power of your presentation.” 

– Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

“Colin and Julie were simply sensational. They were excellent to deal with prior to the conference, a real pleasure to meet and chat with, and of course they delivered a memorable presentation that our franchisees are still buzzing about. I would highly recommend them.”

–  Brett Browne, Magnetsigns