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Looking Ahead With Optimism By John Risley

To say the Atlantic Canadian economy needs a real shot in the arm now is an obvious understatement. The fishery is being hurt by low prices, the offshore oil industry by the same (and the resulting delays being announced for many capital projects) and the service industry generally all but shut down. I understand the

Weathering the storm – Staying healthy & safe amid COVID-19, and a look ahead to continued opportunities in ocean

Three weeks ago, I returned home after spending some time in British Columbia, energized with exciting ideas that would bring together our capabilities in ocean from coast to coast to coast, bringing us a step further in growing Canada’s leadership in sustainable ocean economic development. This was to be the focal point of this article

#EachforEqual – Celebrating and Empowering Women and Girls in Ocean

It’s International Women’s Day – an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made to advance women’s rights around the world and time to look ahead at the incredible amount of work required to truly achieve a gender equal world.

Canada’s Focus on Ocean featured at Spain’s Transfiere Conference

Transfiere is a meeting of science, technology and innovation in Malaga, Spain. Canada was the guest country this year which means a special focus on the relationship between Spain and Canada. It also means I had the opportunity to participate in the Canadian delegation which highlighted our innovation capability and ocean technology.

Collaboration, Balance & Knowledge: Maximizing Canada’s Ocean Opportunity

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster CEO Kendra MacDonald’s latest Vlog from last week at Northern Lights 2020 in Ottawa.

Embarking on a Decade for Ocean Health and Sustainable Development

We know the ocean economy is projected to grow to $3T by 2030, and as someone who spends a lot of time focused on the ocean opportunity and Canada’s leadership in it, it is clear that achieving balance is critically important when developing our country’s greatest asset.

2020 – Activation and Momentum at Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Anyone close to me knows that I am a bit of a perfectionist. For me it is always easy to look back at the year gone by and identify the things I might have done differently, but as I reflect on 2019, my first full year with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC), there is much to be proud of and even more to look forward to in 2020.

Diversity and Inclusion – It’s Everyone’s Opportunity

When people look back at this time in history, it’s my hope that it’s one that is defined by the important strides made around diversity and inclusion. While this is a broad topic that extends beyond my usual focus on the ocean economy, I want to share my experiences from the past few weeks that included a wealth of perspectives from leaders, across a number of platforms, that are worth considering.

Ocean Exchange Awards Showcase Tremendous Innovation and Passion for Building Ocean Solutions

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate as a judge at the Ocean Exchange in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Ocean Exchange’s mission is to help advance adoption of solutions in the field of sustainability. They focus on solutions with working prototypes that reduce waste and the use of nature’s resources while

Producing and Protecting Ocean Resources – Shared International Interests, A Canadian Opportunity

Last week, I had my first ever trip to Oslo. It was a busy ocean-focused week. I first attended the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy Advisory Network meeting. The High-Level Panel is led by 14 world leaders who recognize that economic production and ocean protection are interlinked and are developing solutions that address both