Understanding and protecting our oceans with Open Ocean Robotics

Open Ocean Robotics’ co-founder Julie Angus, the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland, joins host Lucky Budd for episode nine of the Vital Victoria Podcast. They talk about how Open Ocean Robotics started and the importance of monitoring and protecting our oceans with cleantech. They also touch on how technology and innovation can play a role in adapting to climate change in our community, Julie’s journey across the Atlantic and more.

Vital Signs Issue Area

Life Below Water speaks to conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. In Greater Victoria’s 2022 Vital Signs Report, survey participants gave ‘Environmental Sustainability’ a B- grade (see pages 16-17). This issue is connected to Sustainable Development Goal 13 and 14: Climate Action and Life Below Water. 

Episode 9 Guest

Julie Angus – CEO and co-founder, Open Ocean Robotics: Julie is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland for which she received the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award. She is a keynote speaker who has inspired hundreds of corporate audiences sharing lessons in leadership, teamwork and overcoming challenges. 

Julie has written three books, has a graduate degree in microbiology and is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded two previous ocean-focused businesses. Julie is a director on NATO’s Maritime Unmanned System Initiative Innovation Advisory board and a board member for the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST). In 2020 she was awarded Innovator of the Year by BC Business and in 2021 she was recognized as Industry Icon by the BC Cleantech Industry. 

Episode 9 Resources