Join us December 4 and 5 , 2017, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Keynote Dec. 4th 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Symposium Dec. 5th 9:00am – 5:00pm


Join the legacy of nurturing discovery as we work towards starting conversations about the future of our waters. Lead Canada’s efforts on ocean conservation with the Royal Ontario Museum.

Save the date for December 4 and 5, 2017 as the Royal Ontario Museum presents “Canada’s Oceans: Towards 2020.”  Join leading ocean scientists, storytellers, Indigenous leaders and government stakeholders as they look towards 2020 in this compelling conference exploring the status of Canada’s marine conservation programs, and our role in protecting the oceans that sustain us.

Learn More about Canada 2020

“The Government of Canada has committed to increasing the proportion of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected to 5% by 2017 and 10% by 2020, supported by new investments in science and community consultation.”— Department of Fisheries and Oceans


By 2020, Canada has committed to a 10% increase in its marine and coastal protected areas.

Canada’s Oceans: Towards 2020 is bringing together scientists, policy makers, ocean users, artists, and the Canadian public in collaboration towards successfully identifying and achieving marine conservation targets.

Join the dedicated community that is pursuing ambitious and necessary ocean conservation goals towards 2020 and beyond.

Read more about Canada’s 2020 commitment and how targets will be reached:

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Meeting Canada’s Marine Conservation Targets

Pathway for Canada Target 1

Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Cousteau and Mandy-Rae Krack

United as strong women deeply in love with the oceans and committed to their
protection, the pair will provide engaging, timely, and complementary talks.

Panel Schedule

Diving into Ocean Science

Moderator: Susanna Fuller (Ecology Action Centre)


Chelsea Rochman (University of Toronto)

Pierre Pepin (Department of Fisheries and Oceans)

Louis Fortier (Laval University)

Brett Favaro (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Tales from the Tide

Moderator: Dolf DeJong (Ocean Wise)


Josie Osborne (Mayor of Tofino, BC)

Mike Bromley (Filmmaker)

Simon Ager (Sea Shepherd)

Lilly Woodbury (Surfrider Foundation)

Mandy-Rae Krack (Free Diver)

Tallurutiup Imanga: Building successful Marine Protected Areas (MPA)

Moderator: David Murray (Parks Canada)


Sandra Inutiq (Chief Negotiator, Tallurutiup Imanga Agreement, Qikiqtani Inuit

Ken Paul (Atlantic Policy Congress)

Chris Debicki (Ocean’s North)

Sabine Jessen (CPAWS)

Making Waves Towards 2020

Moderator: Dave Ireland (ROM)


John Nightingale (CEO Ocean Wise)

Geoff Green (Students on Ice)

Kevin Stringer (Associate Deputy Minister, DFO)

Susanna Fuller (Ecology Action Centre)

Ta’Kaiya Blaney (Environmental Activist)


From 2012 to 2017

From 2012 to 2017

The “Canada’s Oceans: Towards 2020” event is a follow up to the “Canada’s Oceans and You” event held 5 years ago. In 2012 the ROM built a temporary exhibition and held a full-day conference under the title banner “Canada’s Oceans and You.” The goal of this initiative was to raise awareness for Canada’s marine environments, ROM research and collections, ocean biodiversity, and the conservation actions underway and needed to address our rapidly deteriorating ocean systems and resources. The event had an attendance of over 30,000 visitors throughout the 3 days.

Common Coasts: Stories from Canada’s Youth

Common Coasts: Stories from Canada’s Youth will take place the evening of December 5th, following a full day of symposium activities at Canada's Oceans: Towards 2020. Join us at the Bedford Academy where Environmental Visual Communication students and Students on Ice alumni will express their passion for our oceans.

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