Why Join a Working Group?

Being a part of a working group is great to meet new people from across Canada, learn new skills, be a part of a new network of ocean enthusiasts all while contributing to CaNOE’s mission.

Working groups help to share the work amongst the volunteer board and other interested volunteers. Organized into the different categories of CaNOE’s efforts and are always evolving with the growth of CaNOE. 

There are chair positions for each working group that at least one board member fills and the rest of the team comprises of people who specialize in the topic or are interested in learning more. Time commitments are different depending on the tasks and the role of the working group but meetings are usually monthly for 1-2 hours. 

Working groups are meant to exchange skills in both directions, bringing expertise to the team to work towards common goals while also helping others who are interested gain new skills from being a part of the team. Many non-board member working group volunteers get a great introduction to CaNOE as an organization and often consider and become part of the board formally. 

The Benefits

  • Connect with the ocean

  • Meet new people

  • Experience new opportunities

  • Make an impact

  • Gain professional experience

  • Learn new things

Our Working Groups


The Communications team continues to build upon CaNOE’s successful social media platforms, and creates and distributes the monthly SPLASHmail newsletter. They also endeavour to maintain interest and traffic on the CaNOE website, especially leading up to our biennial conferences, and provide communications magic to the other working groups.

Conference & Event Planning

CaNOE hosts a biennial conference that engages our members with workshops, networking opportunities and resources to further ocean education across Canada. This dynamic group helps to plan the logistics of the conferences and create memorable and valuable experiences for our members. In non-conference years, they research and recommend other organizations’ events in which to partner and or participate.

Education and Outreach

This working group truly represents the essence of CaNOE by highlighting and distributing educational opportunities and building a database of ocean science resources for ocean educators across the country. This team works closely with our Communications team to bring exciting news and opportunities to your fingertips!

Fluid Connections

The Fluid Connections team focuses on increasing CaNOE’s Indigenous relationships by using our platform to elevate Indigenous voices and Indigenous-led projects; providing a cross-Canada opportunity to share ocean knowledge and connection to water; and promoting the importance of sharing knowledge among and between Indigenous groups. This is done by consultation with a large variety of groups across the country.

Finances and Fundraising

This group is responsible for managing CaNOE’s financial assets, and creating and maintaining important partnerships that support our ongoing projects. We ensure the financial security and longevity of the organization through the administration of funds and resources.

International Efforts and Activities

There are many organizations around the world doing novel work in the field of ocean literacy and we want to spread their news, build on their successes, and share our own experiences with a global audience. This working group concentrates on building and maintaining relationships with global ocean literacy groups and sharing their resources with our membership.


Our Membership team is looking at new ways to connect CaNOE members across the country both in person and online. We are also focused on promoting membership in the organization through various platforms and events that cater to a diverse network of ocean-minded people.

Strategic Planning

CaNOE has renewed our Strategic Plan that will guide us into the UN Decade of Ocean Science. This Working Group continuously reviews the strategic plan, coordinates short-term goals and annual work plans, as well as develops strategies to move forward with other like-minded organizations, such as the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition.

Interested in joining us?

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