Biology alumna wins BC Business Women of the Year – Innovator award

Alumna Julie Angus, MSc Biology 2001, has been named the 2020 BC Business Women of the Year – Innovator award.

A scientist, adventurer, boat designer, and entrepreneur, Angus cofounded Open Ocean Robotics, a cleantech business that collects ocean data using wind and solar powered autonomous boats, providing real time information to protect oceans and offer solutions to maritime challenges. 

Angus received her Masters of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria and is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. She is also a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award, was named by Explore Magazine as one of North America’s leading adventurers and by Canadian Geographic as one of Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers in 2016. She is also a recipient of the McMaster University Young Alumni Award, University of Victoria’s Distinguished Alumni Award, IEEE N3XT Star Award and a Fellow of Canadian Geographic.

The BC Business Women of the Year honours exceptional leaders at businesses throughout the province.