Jill Heinerth

Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.

My name is Jill Heinerth.

I am a Technical Diving Photographer/Author/Filmmaker

When I was 10 I wanted to be an astronaut.

I work as an Explorer.

I am proud of… In 2013, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society recognized my work with the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. They were noting a lifetime of exploration that has taken me deeper into underwater caves than any woman in history but they also made a special recognition of my We Are Water Project which inspires people to learn about the connections to their water resources. That effort feels like the most important project of my life.

The biggest obstacle I have faced was… Gender bias created many roadblocks in a male dominated sport. I had to find a confidant voice to rise to find new opportunities.

My advice to women is… Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is nothing more than discovery learning. It helps us frame the next step towards achieving something that is really challenging. If you face difficulty and failure, it means you are on the cutting edge of exploration and discovery and something that is really worthwhile.

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