Sustainable Oceans Conference


Sustainable Oceans Conference 2020

The Sustainable Oceans Conference is a free public event that brings together a wide audience. The goal is to promote opportunities for collaboration to address the range of issues affecting our ocean. The annual conference is supported by the Sobey Fund for Oceans and is organized annually by the students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. It is the only student-led conference of its kind in Atlantic Canada, and is being held for the 9th consecutive year.

The ocean is our lifeline. It feeds us, provides the air that we breathe, links vast continents, and helps foster  deeper human connections. A healthy ocean supports a healthy Earth, yet finding ways to help our ocean flourish can be challenging. How can one individual make a difference when there is such a diversity of global interests influencing the ocean? The theme of our conference this year is Local Ripples, Global Waves. Leading up to the UN Decade for Ocean Science, we aim to inspire our community in Atlantic Canada to consider how their local engagement towards a healthy ocean can contribute to global solutions. 

The conference aims to explore multi-disciplinary approaches for creating healthy oceans and sustainable economies. Collectively, the Sustainable Oceans Conference aims to promote opportunities for collaboration on solutions addressing a range of issues affecting our ocean ecosystems.  While the overall aim of the event remains the same, each new class brings in different perspectives, themes, keynote speakers, and academic presentations that make each year’s conference unique.

The Sustainable Oceans Conference 2020 will take place online on Friday September 25th, and Saturday September 26th, 2020. 

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce this year's Sustainable Oceans Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Diz Glithero.

Diz is the National Coordinator of the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC). The COLC is a nation-wide research initiative aiming to better understand Canadian's civic relationship with the ocean and establish a national strategy to advance ocean literacy in Canada.

Diz specializes in the intersection of education, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement. During her work as the Education Director of Students on Ice, she became an advocate of locally relevant, culturally appropriate, and experimental learning. Additionally, through 20 years of experience as an educator, researcher, adjunct professor (University of Ottawa), and consultant, Diz has led a number of community, regional, and national projects focused on pedagogical, policy and collective change.

Please stay tuned for keynote speaker date and time.


The organizers of the 2020 Sustainable Oceans Conference acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.