Joseph MacInnis

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Dr. MacInnis was an adviser to the Titanic discovery team and has made two dives to the world’s most famous shipwreck.

Joe MacInnis is a physician-scientist and author who studies leadership in dangerous contexts. In 2012, he was the physician-journalist on James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge expedition. His latest book, Deep Leadership (Knopf Canada), was published in 2012.

Dr. Joseph MacInnis is a physician-scientist, marine conservationist and writer who has been exploring the undersea world for 40 years. In the 1960’s, he was medical director of the American Man-in-Sea program and worked on the U. S. Navy’s Sea Lab project. In the 1970’s and 80’s, he led the teams that made the first scientific dives under the North Pole and discovered the world’s northernmost known shipwreck “HMS Breadalbane” under the ice of the Northwest Passage. Dr. MacInnis was an adviser to the Titanic discovery team and has made two dives to the world’s most famous shipwreck. He has written eight books and numerous articles for magazines including Scientific American, National Geographic and Wired. For 7 years, Dr. MacInnis was Chair of the TD Financial Group’s Friends of the Environment Foundation. His work has earned him a number of distinctions including four honorary doctorates and the Order of Canada.