In May 2023, passionate ocean educators gathered at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) for a beautiful day of sharing ideas and learning. Thank you to everyone who attended, presented, and supported this conference.

Dorene Bernard from Grassroots Grandmothers started the day water ceremony that we were able to complete outdoors. The day continued with presentations from COVE, Parks Canada, DeepSense, and Patrick Wells. Thanks to Fisheries Ocean Canada and Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition for the large interactive floor map we were able to explore outside during lunch time. The day ended with a mini expo with booths from Ocean School, Ocean Tracking Network, Clean Foundation, Coastal Action, and Back to the Sea Society.

During the symposium participants:

  • Networked, discussed and learned grew both our professional and personal networks with likeminded individuals

  • Shared activities, lessons and resources that embrace diverse ways of knowing and learning for ocean education in the classroom community and beyond

  • Explored and discussed current issues in marine and aquatic science, and the role of place, language and culture in informing solution

  • Discovered resources and information from communities and organizations that value healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems, and how they can be incorporated into ocean and aquatic education

Our Conference Hosts


The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. COVE’s mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Their primary goal is to support ocean technology commercialization.

The Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) is a registered society created in 2014 to advance ocean literacy in Canada by connecting individuals, organizations, and stakeholder groups across diverse communities.

Thank you to our Conference Speakers and exhibitors