James Cameron, Chairman & CEO at Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc.
James Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, deep-sea explorer and environmentalist. He has written and directed numerous Hollywood films including two of the highest-grossing in history, Avatar and Titanic, for which he won the Academy Award for best director.
On eight deep ocean expeditions, Cameron has made more than 70 submersible dives, the majority more than two miles down, including 33 to the Titianic wreck. He has developed vehicles, 3D camera systems and lighting to explore and image the deep ocean. In 2012 Cameron became the first person in history to make a solo dive to the deepest place on Earth: the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. He co-designed and engineered the innovative submersible and science platform, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, which was donated to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2013. Cameron’s scientific work has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed research papers about life in the deep ocean, and is ongoing.