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Jill Heinerth (Photo courtesy Jill Heinerth)

The RCGS created its Explorer-in-Residence Program to foster greater awareness among Canadians of the expeditions and field research being carried out by the nation’s top explorers, scientists and conservationists. The groundbreaking discoveries, new data, stories and images that they bring back from the field to share with the public and the scientific community are at the core of the Society’s mission of making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.

Current Explorer-in-Residence

Meet Jill Heinerth, Explorer in Residence from Jill Heinerth on Vimeo.

Jill Heinerth (Photo courtesy Jill Heinerth)

One of the world’s most accomplished cave divers, Jill Heinerth has already tallied more than 7,000 dives, many of them the most technically difficult possible. The Mississauga, Ont.-born explorer was the first person to dive into the depths of Antarctic iceberg-cave ecosystems, was on the team that created the first 3D map of an underwater cave system, and has travelled more than three kilometres into a cave on a single dive — farther than any other woman in history. Of her exploration, director James Cameron has said, “More people have been to the moon than to places that Jill Heinerth has explored deep inside our watery planet.”

Heinerth was awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2013 in recognition of her contributions to our understanding of Earth’s underwater cave systems and its hidden freshwater. Her “We Are Water” project, which includes a documentary by the same title and free educational resources, works to improve water literacy by highlighting the risks facing freshwater supplies everywhere. “I am swimming in the lifeblood of our planet,” says Heinerth. “I am swimming in your drinking water. We all need to know how we can protect it for future generations.”

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More Jill Heinerth

Read more about Jill Heinerth's Bell Island Expedition :

RCGS Epedition of the Year 2016: Bell Island Newfoundland
Top Canadian cave diver shares the wonders and dangers of the underwater world
Divers to explore underwater mines beneath Newfoundland island
Extreme weather plagues Bell Island diving expedition
Bell Island expedition hit with underwater emergency
Bell Island Expedition begins school outreach

Read articles by Jill Heinerth at Canadian Geographic:

RCGS names Jill Heinerth as Explorer-in-Residence
Jill Heinerth on Canada’s underwater geography
Jill Heinerth's photography brings the beauty of cave diving to the surface
Why water conservation should be a global priority: Heinerth
Canada's Greatest Explorers: Jill Heinerth

More Jill Heinerth:

An extreme scuba diver on what it's like to be an underwater explorer (CTV, The Social)


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