Joseph MacInnis is a medical doctor who spent three decades studying the physiology and psychology of men and women working under the sea. Since 1994, Dr. MacInnis has been using his undersea experiences to explore new ways of improving the relationships between the human family and the natural world.
In 1962, Joseph MacInnis graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto. In 1964, he became medical director of Edwin Link’s Man-In Sea Project and in 1965 medical director of Link’s new company, Ocean Systems Inc. Between 1964 and 1970, as Ocean Systems became the world’s largest diving and underwater engineering company, Dr. MacInnis and his associates carried out some of the deepest and longest dives ever made.
Each year, Dr. MacInnis makes more than 20 motivational presentations on leadership and teamwork to Fortune 500 companies that have included IBM, Microsoft, Toshiba, Fidelity, Ford and Merrill-Lynch.
Dr. MacInnis is currently developing Wisdom Keepers a multi-media series to inspire ingenuity and enterprise in young people. The series, featuring short interviews with artists, scientists, entertainers, politicians, poets and business executives will be released in 2009.
Dr. MacInnis’ work has earned him a number of distinctions including five honorary doctorates, the Queen’s Anniversary Medal, the Admiral’s Medal and his country’s highest honour, the Order of Canada.