CaNOE’s ‘Ocean Literacy in Canada’ conference will bring scientists, educators and communicators together to advance ocean literacy in Canada. This two-day workshop and AGM will include presentations, field trips, and provide the networking and dialoguing opportunities necessary to create a unified, coordinated approach to enhancing Canadian ocean literacy.

Important Announcement

The conference is now full and registration is closed, however there are still spaces available to join a CaNOE Quest/Field Trip on June 18th!

We are delighted at the level of interest in ocean literacy in Canada and we look forward to seeing everyone on June 17. If you have been accepted for a poster or presentation but have not yet registered, you have a reserved spot and will still be able to register. However, if you will be unable to make it, please let us know so that we can open these places for others.

Registration for CaNOE Quests is still open – there are many great options to explore, and you don’t need to be attending the Conference on June 17th to attend a Quest on the 18th.

CaNOE conference promotional pictures

Download the full conference program here.

Keynote Speaker
Important Dates and Times
Presentations and Posters
Field Trips
Local Educators
Travel Subsidies
Accommodation in Vancouver

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Boris Worm

“From ocean science to ocean literacy: a Canadian perspective”

Dr. Worm will provide a perspective on the state of ocean science and ocean literacy in Canada, and how to forge linkages between the two. He will highlight both opportunities and challenges in making ocean issues count in Canada, and around the world.

Portrait of Boris Worm

Boris Worm is a marine ecologist and Professor in Marine Conservation Biology at the Biology Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research focuses on the interrelations between people and marine biodiversity, and its conservation on a global scale. He is well known for his studies on the global effects fishing and climate change on ocean ecosystems. Dr. Worm has published about 85 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, several of which have received international public and media attention. He also has an active interest in communicating ocean science to broader audiences, and is a regular columnist on CBC Radio.

Important Dates and Times

June 17 – 1st Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference (Registration from 7:30 am to 8:30 am)

June 18 – 1st Ocean Literacy in Canada Field Trips/CaNOE Quests

Presentations and Posters

We are looking for presentations and posters from participants to include in the conference. Read the descriptions below and see how you can contribute to the conference by sharing your work.
Presentations will be approximately 12 to 15 minutes in length.

Session 1: “The ocean’s influence on you…”

Ocean scientists and researchers

What science are you doing that Canadians need to know? How does it affect us, our community, and our future? How do you as an ocean scientist reach out to Canadians beyond the science community?  Come share your successes and challenges!

Please send us the title and a 300 word brief description of your presentation to

Deadline: April 15

Session 2: “…and your influence on the ocean.”

Ocean classrooms, ocean literacy from an educator’s perspective
How do you engage Canadians and promote ocean literacy? What programs or courses have you created and what tools do you use? Come share your successes and challenges!

Please send us the title and a 300 word brief description of your presentation to

Deadline: April 15

Poster Session

This is your chance to showcase how your research, education program, or personal efforts have advanced ocean literacy in Canada. Be creative! Posters can be any shape or size as long as it fits within a 4ft x 4ft space.

Please send us the title and a 150 word description/abstract of your poster to

Deadline: April 30

Field Trips

Day 2 of the conference will include options for many great “CaNOE Quests” that will showcase local ocean literacy efforts and marine-related activities in the Vancouver area.
Click here to read about each Quest so you can decide which you’d like to register for!

Local Educators

Are you a local public school teacher? We recognize that the dates of our conference conflict with regular school hours. We still want you to join the conversation around ocean literacy in Canada! Please consider attending our evening reception!

June 17th 6:30pm

To attend, please email

Travel Subsidies

Canada is a big country, and we realize that the cost of travel may be a challenge for some participants. So, we are happy to announce that travel subsidies of up to $500 will be granted to individuals to help attend the conference. Applicants must be a CaNOE member – click here to become a member – membership is free!

To apply for a travel bursary, please send your answers to the following questions to

  1. Your name, organizational affiliation, role/job title, and province.
  2. In what way do you currently contribute to marine education/ocean literacy efforts in Canada?
  3. What are you hoping to gain from attending this conference?
  4. Will you be applying to bring a poster or make a presentation at the conference?
  5. Amount of travel bursary requested and general budget.
  6. Do you have access to other funding opportunities?
  7. Email address to be used for notification.

Bursaries will be awarded to one individual per organization. Deadline for applications is April 15th. Successful applicants will be notified by email before April 30th (early bird deadline).  Travel subsidies will be paid by cheque upon submission of all receipts.

Accommodation in Vancouver

June is a fantastic time to visit Vancouver as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer! June sees average daily highs of 18–20 °C and average daily lows of 11–12 °C.

There are lots of options for accommodations in Vancouver. For hotels in Vancouver, click here. If you’d prefer a hostel, click here.



Many thanks to the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) for generous support of this conference through their “Partnership Workshop Program.” Learn more about MEOPAR at or @MEOPAR_NCE.

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