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Join us in our nation’s capital on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2016, for a day of engaging, constructive discussion about Canada’s oceans.

Our government’s renewed commitment to Canada’s oceans has created a focus and energy for healthy oceans that is building momentum right across the country. We want to keep that momentum going with Canada’s Ocean Summit, elevating the national conversation on oceans and fostering cross-party and cross-sector support for progressive ocean policy.

We’re gathering some of the brightest minds in oceans policy from Canada and around the world to help shape a day of interactive and inclusive dialogue about the top issues impacting Canada’s oceans today.

Now is the time for us all to come together to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our oceans to ensure they remain healthy for the benefit of future Canadians.

Come and be inspired by special presentations and discussions, and connect with others working for the betterment of Canada’s oceans. If you are an oceans policy influencer from government, industry, the NGO sector, or an indigenous organization, you can benefit from Canada’s Ocean Summit. Be a part of the conversation!

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10% by 2020:
Marine Protection

Government has pledged to reach our international commitments to protect 10% of our oceans by 2020, with an interim target of 5% by 2017. We’re all excited about reaching this milestone, but with only 1% of our oceans protected today, tough questions about reaching this target need to be asked.

How can we achieve this goal while ensuring proper consultation and without losing effective protection of our ocean ecosystems?

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The Other 90%: Marine Planning

As we protect 10% of Canada’s oceans, what about the remaining 90% of our coastal and marine areas? We can all agree that we need to manage our oceans sustainably, but how do we do this while ensuring that all sectors continue to benefit from the oceans?

How can we integrate community voices, and also ensure that indigenous rights and title are respected?

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Temperatures Rising: Climate Change and Healthy Oceans

From sea level rise to acidification, we are all keenly aware of the impact of climate change on our oceans. Join our discussion on successful examples of coastal adaptation, as well as the potential to use the oceans in our struggle to mitigate climate change.


Keynote Luncheon

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

© Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

This keynote presentation and plated lunch is included in the registration fee for Summit attendees.

Special Presentation

Enric Sala

© Enric Sala

Dr. Enric Sala is an award winning, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence actively engaged in exploration, research and communications to advance ocean policy and conservation. His more than 100 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves.

Enric is currently working to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. Working together with conservation organizations, he was key in inspiring the creation of large marine protected areas such as the Pacific Remote Atolls National Monument, USA; the Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park, Chile; and the Seamounts Marine Managed Area, Costa Rica.

The stunning video footage and images, along with Enric’s personal experiences, will make you feel like you are exploring along side him.

Registration Opens
Introductions/Opening Remarks
9:30am – 10:00am
Special Presentation – Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence
10:00am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:45am
Panel – 10% by 2020: Marine Protection
Keynote Luncheon featuring Sheila Watt Cloutier
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel – The Other 90%: Marine Planning
3:00pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Panel – Temperatures Rising: Climate Change and Healthy Oceans
Closing Remarks
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Register Today

Click below to get your tickets today. Summit fee: $115 (non-refundable).

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The Westin Ottawa Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON  K1N 9H4

For More Information, please contact Gayle McClelland at gmcclelland@wwfcanada.org or call 613-232-2512