The symposium was a great success!

stay tuned for updates and photos from the event on this page

A group photo of the last conference stragglers who stayed to admire Jennifer MacLatchy’s artwork. Photo credit: Christy Wilson.

Please Note:

CaNOE will be holding its 2018 Annual General Meeting at noon, Saturday, July 14, during the National Symposium on Ocean Literacy.

View the agenda of the AGM. Stay Tuned for the biographies of CaNOE members who have agreed to stand for nomination to the CaNOE Board of Directors and details about how to attend the AGM digitally.
CaNOE wishes to pass two motions during the AGM:
1. That the number of Director seats on the CaNOE Board be increased to a maximum of 20.
2. That CaNOE adopt new bylaws as proposed by the Board of Directors (see CaNOE blog post).*
*Changes were required to conform to the new BC Societies Act and reflect the new membership levels and term for Directors. This motion is a special resolution and will require a 2/3 majority of voting members present to be approved.

Attend and participate in the AGM online for free. Keep in mind only CaNOE members have voting power.

CaNOE 2018 AGM Login Instructions

Saturday July 14, 12 -12:30 pm  Newfoundland Standard Time


CaNOE National Symposium 2018

July 13-15, 2018

Marine Institute of Memorial University

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Be a part of the development of a uniquely Canadian perspective on Ocean Literacy!


All hands are invited on deck in Newfoundland this summer to join CaNOE in navigating a course for ocean literacy in Canada.  Our aim is to pull together to develop our uniquely Canadian perspective on what it means to be ocean literate and help shape a national ocean literacy strategy.

Presentations and discussions will explore four sub-themes:

Ocean literacy and culture
Ocean literacy and education and communication
Ocean literacy and science and technology
Ocean literacy and stewardship and conservation

End of day workshop sessions will address specific questions to help identify local actions that align with a “roadmap” that is being developed to create an ocean literacy strategy for Canada.  One question will focus on the essential ocean science literacy principles, already adopted by the US and the EU (in adapted form).

Over the three days, we will celebrate and learn from successful efforts in ocean education across the country, including indigenous experiences, and build a resources map to share best practices!

Outcomes include a position document describing what ocean literacy means in Canada and common messaging that will be incorporated into a Canadian brochure on ocean literacy with translation into both official languages and as many Indigenous languages as possible.

We are excited to overlap our symposium with a meeting of the international AORA (Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance) OL Working Group and the 2018 Coastal Zone Canada Conference, and look forward to building synergies and relationships!

Keynote Speakers

Wendy Watson-Wright

Wendy’s Bio


Lisa (Diz) GLithero

Lisa’s Bio


Symposium Program at a Glance


Call for Abstracts

Poster and oral presentations welcome, open January 31st to April 30th with notification of acceptance before May 31st.


Early registration until May 15, 2018
Final registration closes July 8th

Morning Coffee, lunches and Sunday brunch are included.

Early Registration
Member Professional – $175.00
Member Student – $111.00
Non-Member – Professional – $200.00
Non-Member – Student – $136.00

Coastal Zone Canada Delegates
CaNOE Member – $148.00
Non-Member – $168.00

Regular Rates
Member Professional $225
Member Student $145
Non-member – Professional – $250.00
Non-member – Student – $170.00
Single Day – $50.00

Remote Access Registration $10

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to volunteer and save on registration?

CaNOE is recruiting a small team of volunteers to help run the Symposium event in St. John’s. Successful candidates will be reimbursed for 100% (Coordinator position) or 50% (event volunteers) of their conference registration.

Application deadline May 30, 2018 Send an e-mail to with the subject line “CaNOE symposium volunteer” for details.

Travel Bursary Information

A limited number of travel bursaries (up to $500) are available for active participation in the symposium. Application deadline April 30, 2018


Book your space today!

The 2018 Canadian Network for Ocean Educators (CaNOE) will hold its 2018 symposium at the Marine Institute in St. John’s, NL. Delegates and promoters of ocean literacy across the country will meet for three days to exchange ideas and knowledge, and advance ocean literacy in Canada. During the three days, there will be space available for groups to promote their work and research.

A series of exhibition tables will be distributed throughout the symposium’s networking areas.

Send an e-mail to for further details and to book your space

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support of ocean literacy in Canada and reach your target market by sponsoring the CaNOE 2018 Symposium! There are a variety of opportunities available and we can tailor these packages to better suit your needs.

Contact with the subject line “CaNOE symposium sponsorship” for more information.

Ocean Literacy Art Exhibit

Sunday during and after a traditional Newfoundland brunch we will be showcasing art communicating ocean literacy via print, visual, performance, etc. Interested in exhibiting?

Stay tuned for announcements on this page, social media, our events page and by email for keynotes, Young Professional Forum and discounts for those already attending CZC 2018 Conference.

Please send any inquiries to, tweet to us at @OceanLitCanada or message us on Facebook #CaNOE2018

 Many thanks to our PArtner and sponsors


Thanks to Kat Middleton for designing our symposium logo