25. September 2020 - 20:30

Sustainable Oceans Conference, Online, Friday, 25. September 2020

Local Ripples, Global Waves: Bringing together local action to influence global change

About this Event

Sustainable Oceans is the annual conference organized by Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, and is supported by the Sobey Fund for Oceans. This year, the ninth annual conference will take place on Friday, September 25th and Saturday the 26th, at Dalhousie University, located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. The conference will explore the theme Local Ripples, Global Waves, bringing together a diverse audience of students, faculty, members of the marine community, and the public.


Keynote: Diz Glithero

As an educator, researcher, adjunct professor, and consultant, Diz has led community and national projects focused on the intersection of education, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement. In 2017, Diz served as the Education Lead for the Canada C3 Expedition, a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the northwest passage. Currently, Diz serves as the national coordinator of the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, a research initiative to explore Canadians’ civic relationship with the ocean and establish a national strategy to advance ocean literacy in Canada.

Photo credits: Student on Ice Foundation


Panelist: Stella Bowles

Stella Bowles is a 16 year old environmentalist and public speaker. Her grade 6 science fair project prompted three levels of government to commit 15.7 million dollars to clean up the LaHave River. She is proof one little girl can make a difference and she hopes her story inspires others to take on a cause, to create more positive environmental changes.


Panelist: Joseph Beland

Joseph Beland, M.M.M., has been working in the environmental field since 2007, where he emphasizes the incorporation of Indigenous/Mi’kmaq knowledge and involvement into research-based field projects. Joseph presently works as the Assistant Manager at the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG) and is responsible for providing oversight and guidance on the MCG projects, which includes making sure these projects are incorporating a two-eyed seeing approach throughout their life cycles. Joseph earned a Master’s degree at Dalhousie University, where he wrote his graduate project on the effects of seismic exploration on cetaceans with a focus on the comparison of mitigation measures used during seismic surveys in the U.S. and those proposed for Canada.


Panelist: Gerald Singh

My research is primarily situated in the science-policy interface, and focused on understanding the dynamics between social, economic, and environmental dimensions in sustainable development. This focus takes form in the following ways: 1) assessing cumulative anthropogenic impacts on the environment and understanding the consequences to people; 2) determine priority policy actions and plans to achieve specific sustainable development objectives (particularly the Sustainable Development Goals); 3) understand risk and uncertainty in sustainability policy and management.


Meet the team behind the 9th annual sustainable oceans conference !

From top left to bottom right: Noémie Blais, Jenna Morisette, Stefan Miller, Catherine Thompson, Noémie Roy, Jessica Cucinelli, Rebecca Croke, Camille Mancion, Shahriar Nazrul, Rachel Rickaby, Shannon Wood, Omar Sickander, Delaney Ewing, Kiana Endresz, Morganne Robben

The conference schedule is currently under review, please check back later.

Thank you for your cooperation, we hope to see you soon!

Friday, 25. September 2020, Online, Sustainable Oceans Conference

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