We’re lucky to live by the ocean; it gives us more than a scenic view. Halifax is home to groundbreaking oceans research and a thriving ocean industry. Our location on the coast gives us a unique position for trade and is quickly allowing Halifax to become a globally-recognized hub of oceans expertise.
The 2014 Halifax Index and Ivany Report note that a shift in attitudes is a critical first step to build a better future for our city and province. We need to celebrate local success and innovation while recognizing the potential of our city.
What better way to do so than with Oceans Month?
Activities have been taking place surrounding June 8th World Oceans Day and main events are just about to begin from June 15th-21st. Whether you want to learn about oceanographers, partake in a youth panel or attend the Halifax Oceans Film Festival, there are many ways to get involved. To get started, take a look at the events that are sure to be the highlights of the week.
Coastal Zone Conference
In its 20th year, the biennial Coastal Zone Conference (CZC) brings together industry experts and individuals interested in the future of coastal zone management. By sharing ideas and experiences the conference attempts to better understand and respond to the challenges facing Canadian coastal resources and communities. Thursday, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada will be the keynote speaker.
If you’re interested in the impact of climate change on our coasts this is the place to be. It’s through collaboration between the community, government and private sector that the best course of action can be taken.
Oceans Industry Showcase and Gala Dinner
On Wednesday, June 18th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., network and focus on the incredible potential of the oceans sector and its impact on Nova Scotia’s economy, environment and culture at the Oceans Industry Showcase. Students, government and ocean stakeholders are all invited to share knowledge and build energy in a forum. It’s free to walk the show that gives you the opportunity to:
- Meet subject matter experts and share insights, information and experiences
- Meet with Government representatives who could be clients, funders, collaborators
- Learn more about the opportunities presented by the Oceans sector in Nova Scotia and globally
- Network with other oceans industry representatives, government, academics, students, researchers and other stakeholders
- Meet international representatives walking the show
Following the showcase at 6 p.m. is the gala dinner with internationally renowned speaker, Dr. Susan Avery, President and Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
By getting involved and collaborating outside of our usual clusters we can achieve a more prosperous Halifax. The ocean is a big part of our city, province, culture and economy so this is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our advantages, assets and accomplishments and to explore new opportunities.
For more information on oceans activities visit www.oceansweek.ca
Emma Robertson is the marketing and communication assistant at the Greater Halifax Partnership. She is also a Public Relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University.
You can reach Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org