Posted by benjaminaube1 on September 17th, 2020

The  United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) is working in partnership with the  United Nations Environment Programme to organize a series of North American consultations to collect ideas, experiences, and key messages to present at the fifth  United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2021.

This online consultation will bring together Champions of Change among the Private Sector to discuss the theme of UNEA-5: Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


APPLY TODAY! World Oceans Day - Youth Advisory Council

Posted by Mo Phung on September 15th, 2020

Calling all young ocean change makers!

Work with change makers around the globe to unite youth and others around our blue planet to take action for a healthy ocean and sustainable society!

All young people, between the ages of 16 and 24, are invited to apply. Applications are due 2 October, 2020.

Find out more here

Apply here

"The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council helps develop World Oceans Day into a unique opportunity to connect and unite youth and others around our blue planet, with the focus on action for a healthier ocean and more sustainable society."

Global Youth Summit - Call for Proposals!

Posted by Mo Phung on August 18th, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, IUCN has adapted the format of the Summit to a ‘hybrid’ model, with both an online and an in-person component.
Youth-led organisations and networks have the chance to fully own, design, organise and facilitate the Summit Programme by submitting a proposal to lead a Summit track.
For more details/if you are interested in leading a Summit track and becoming a part of the Summit leadership team, please carefully read the Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal to the IUCN Global Youth Summit – and submit your session proposal by August 30th, 2020 here:
To attend the in-person component of the Global Youth Summit on January 12, 2020 in Marseille, France, you must be registered to attend the IUC World Conservation Congress 2020. You can find details on registration here:


Posted by benjaminaube1 on July 29th, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Bardish Chagger, announced last week they are once again seeking members for the next cohort of the Prime Minister's Youth Council (PMYC). And who better than current or past Ocean Bridgers to be voices for the future? They are looking for Canadians aged 16 to 24 from across the country.

The PMYC provides a platform for youth to provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. A unique opportunity to seize.

Apply here!

Awesome job opportunities to work for CPAWS' Ocean Program!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on July 9th, 2020

Hello all! Sharing some awesome opportunities to work with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) on the Ocean Program team to support their work to protect at least 30% of Canada's ocean!

- Conservation Coordinator

- Communications and Events Coordinator

The deadline for applications is 24 July 2020

Special thanks to original Ocean Bridge staff member Caroline Merner for the heads up on this opportunity!

Apply now for the 2021 Future For Nature (FFN) Awards!

Posted by Mo Phung on July 9th, 2020

Are you a young (35 years or younger), talented, and energetic nature conservationist committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants? Do you combine passion with action to create concrete results in nature conservation? Don’t hesitate to apply for the 2021 FFN Awards!


The application deadline is the 15th of September 2020.


  • Receive €50,000 for their nature conservation project
  • Gain international recognition for their work
  • Receive the handcrafted FFN Award during the annual ceremony in the Netherlands
  • Join the growing FFN Family of young nature conservationists

Each year Future For Nature awards 3 young, talented, and ambitious nature conservationists through the Future For Nature Awards. Read about previous winners and their work.

UN Development Programme Call for Global Policy Network Roster

Posted by benjaminaube1 on June 19th, 2020

The United Nations Development Programme is establishing a new pool of pre-vetted youth experts to enhance available capacities to support the implementation of the #2030Agenda. This pool of experts will support UNDP’s work with and for young people at all levels for sustainable development and peace.

Apply before 30 June (Midnight ET). A minimum of 5+ years of relevant professional experience, including 2 years of experience managing youth-related programmes is required.

Click here for more details and to Apply

Oceans Week continues across Canada!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on June 9th, 2020

Missed out on World Oceans Day activities? Don't worry! Oceans Week Canada continues with activities across the country. Click the links below for the list of events!

Oceans Week events in Nova Scotia:

Oceans Week events across Canada and beyond:

KEYNOTE: Oceans Week 2020

Posted by benjaminaube1 on June 4th, 2020

Join us on Saturday, June 6 from 11:00am - 12:30pm ADT to nationally kick-off Oceans Week HFX 2020, Chúk Odenigbo will be delivering a keynote speech moderated by Larissa Crawford that will explore exactly how, living in what is now known as Canada, we are all oceans people.

Participants should leave with an increased awareness of how they can contribute to the protection of oceans from anywhere in Canada in the interest of Earth and future generations. How to apply an intersectional approach to their ocean advocacy and climate justice work.

This event is free and will be delivered in English and French. 

Read more here
Register for this free event here

Message from Ocean Bridge alum Chúk: Ottawa/Gatineau Hackathon!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on May 26th, 2020

Chúk Odenigbo is an Ocean Bridge alum and a co-city lead for Youthful Cities in Ottawa/Gatineau

Youthful Cities in partnership with RBC Future Launch and Impact Hub would like to hear from young people in order to better understand their concerns and suggestions for possible solutions at the municipal level. We are therefore organizing a hackathon, an ideation event focusing on conceptualisation, collaboration, and solution-making, with the aim of making cities healthier for young people during and after the COVID-19 crisis. We are starting with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau!

If you are a young person (18 to 29 years old) who has lived or currently lives in the National Capital Region, you are invited to submit your application to participate in this hackathon! We would like to hear about your experiences and your ideas for making Ottawa-Gatineau resilient cities that are attentive to their young population. This is an opportunity to meet other youth who love these cities, to speak directly to key decision makers in the region, and to be (rightfully) compensated for your expertise.

Application form:

Have any questions? Email [email protected]

Chúk Odenigbo is an Ocean Bridge alum and co-city lead for Youth Cities in Ottawa/Gatineau

Waterlution hosting first global virtual Water Innovation Lab

Posted by benjaminaube1 on May 15th, 2020

Hey Ocean Bridge fam! Waterlution is taking in applications for its first ever virtual global Water Innovation Lab. "WIL Global 2020 is now a 5 month leadership development, skill building and water innovation program." Read more and apply here or by clicking the photo!

Job openings - Arctic Youth Network

Posted by benjaminaube1 on May 13th, 2020

Opportunity Alert! The Arctic Youth Network is looking for young leaders who are excited to make an impact in Arctic affairs, are eager to work alongside a global community, and are looking to learn and share experiences related to the Arctic.

Apply at before May 15, 2020 at 11:59PM GMT. For more information, visit:

Job opportunity: Katimavik - Project leader

Posted by benjaminaube1 on May 7th, 2020

Every now and then you'll see this space updated with a new announcement, good news story or job opportunities.

Below are the details for an opening with one of Ocean Bridge's fellow Canada Service Corps coalition organization, Katimavik. Check it out if you're interested!

Job overview: "Are you a natural team leader and a creative problem-solver? Do you enjoy giving back to the community and inspiring others to do good? Katimavik is looking for open-minded, resourceful individuals to lead youth development projects. This challenging and rewarding position provides leadership for up to 11 youth at a time, guiding them through a six-month experience of volunteerism, learning, discovery, growth, and accountability."

Link for more details

To see past announcements and opportunities, click "View all" in the top right.

Welcome to the Ocean Bridge Community Space!

Posted by Caroline Merner on May 3rd, 2020

Ocean Bridge connects Canadian youth from coast to coast to coast empowering them to make a difference towards ocean conservation. Each year 160 youth (ages 18-30) form a national team engaged in co-creating and delivering service projects for their home communities and two immersive learning journeys addressing Ocean Health and Ocean Literacy in Canada. The youth are separated into four cohorts of 40, each focused on one of these important marine areas in Canada: the Pacific, the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic.

Ocean Bridge youth are empowered to make a difference towards ocean conservation through three program elements:

Who are the Ocean Bridge Ambassadors? 

Check out our map to learn more about our current 2020 cohort of Ocean Bridge Ambassadors!

Keep an eye out for events in your community!

Every Ocean Bridge youth will serve their hometown with community service. Check out our calendar for event updates, programs, and involvement opportunities.

Keep in touch!

You can follow our Ocean Bridge updates on the Ocean Wise Facebook page.
Connect with us on social via #OceanBridge!

Ocean Bridge making a splash in Ottawa/Gatineau!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on March 5th, 2020

The 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort of young ocean ambassadors from across Canada will gather in Ottawa from Jan. 24-28, 2020! They’ve planned an exciting slate of events to engage the Ottawa/Gatineau region in ocean conservation activities and events for all ages. See the list below for event details!

Friday, January 24

Threading Water: Betty Carpick – Artist at work

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature (Rotunda)

Thunder Bay-based artist Betty Carpick puts the finishing touches on a year-long project that began when the 40 youth from across Canada in the 2019 cohort met for the first time along the north shore of Lake Superior this past summer. The artist will be set up and working in the rotunda of the Canadian Museum of Nature in downtown Ottawa.

“The Great Bear Rainforest”: Free Documentary Screening, Panel and Networking Event

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. / Canadian Museum of History

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film “Great Bear Rainforest”. Experience this magical world in IMAX at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. This event is organized by Ocean Wise's Ocean Bridge cohort in collaboration with Pacific Wild. It is completely free to the public but individuals must reserve their seats. As an organization made up of young ocean conservationists, Ocean Bridge is tasked with engaging other Canadian youth. Because of this, we strongly encourage youth community members in Ottawa to RSVP as soon as possible to secure their spots.



Saturday, Jan. 25

Water Contamination Station (Day 1)

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature (Water Gallery)

In the Canadian Museum of Nature’s wonderful Water Gallery, learn about the contaminants in the Ottawa river and watershed, their impacts and what we can do. Youth ocean leaders will explain how to measure and analyse those contaminants, as well as how the data is interpreted and used to make decisions. Discover the impact that your own household is having on the Ottawa watershed and what you can do to be a better watershed steward. Special highlight: Touch tank of aquatic species.


From Oceans to Rivers (Day 1)

10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature

This project aims to both get an understanding of ocean literacy in Ottawa and for youth to share their own experiences with the oceans, water and their importance with the public at the Canadian Museum of Nature.  This will be achieved through conversations, hands-on activities and games focusing on many aspects of the oceans and waterways. 


Sounds of the Sea: A celebration of oceans through arts and culture

7:00 p.m. - late / Jackson's at the Ottawa Art Gallery

The Ocean Bridge 2019 cohort of young ocean leaders invites everyone aged 19+ to join them for an environmentally themed art showcase at Jackson's at the Ottawa Art Gallery, bringing ocean issues and our connections to the ocean and waterways to light in the Ottawa region. This event will foster new connections while allowing participants to celebrate the significance of oceans, along with highlighting the challenges they currently face, through the use of arts and culture. Snacks and beverages will be available for event participants to enjoy while viewing poetry readings, musical acts, and drag performers. Cost is free though registration is required on Eventbrite.



Sunday, Jan. 26

Water Contamination Station (Day 2)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature (Water Gallery)

In the Canadian Museum of Nature’s stunning Water Gallery, stop by and learn about the contaminants in the Ottawa river and watershed, their impacts and what we can do. Youth ocean leaders will explain how to measure and analyse those contaminants, as well as how the data is interpreted and used to make decisions. Discover the impact that your own household is having on the Ottawa watershed and what you can do to be a better watershed steward. Special highlight: Touch tank of aquatic species.


Let’s Talk Water and Plastics Speaker Series

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature (Rotunda)

The importance of water, quality of water and plastics issues from coast to coast to coast in Canada is explored through guest speakers that will focus on the importance of water, an interactive map workshop that will demonstrate how plastics move through our waterways and oceans, and a future-actions workshop. Guest speakers and topics will include:

- Matt Miller, Ocean Bridge Alumnus; PhD Student, School of Earth and Ocean Science, UVic; Executive Director - Surfrider Foundation UVic Club – (Plastic pollution, its sources and effect on human health)

- Jamie Benidickson, Professor, uOttawa, Faculty of Law; Director of IUCN Academy of Environmental Law – (River pollution and household waste in the Ottawa area)

- Cyrielle Noël, Ocean Bridge 2019 cohort member; Marine Spatial Planner (MSc) – (Plastic-free as a privilege)

- Elaine Kicknosway (To Be Confirmed), Grandmother, Wolf Clan of the Cree Nation – (Indigenous access to clean drinking water


From Oceans to Rivers (Day 2)

10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature 

This project aims to both get an understanding of ocean literacy in Ottawa and for youth to share their own experiences with the oceans, water and their importance with the public at the Canadian Museum of Nature.  This will be achieved through conversations, hands-on activities and games focusing on many aspects of the oceans and waterways. 


Monday. Jan. 27

The Living Library 

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Canadian Museum of Nature

An exciting and unique networking event, Ocean Bridge’s Living Library is a form of dialogue that brings together experts from various fields to participate as “books” and encourages “readers” to engage in the vast array of topics that the library’s “books” have expertise and experience in. Guest speaker will be Mia Otokiak, an Ocean Bridge participant from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Light snacks will be served and beverages will be available for purchase. The event will take place on the second floor at the Canadian Museum of Nature.



Tuesday, Jan. 28

Youth Climate Lab and CC-IUCN Engagement

Ocean Bridge youth ocean ambassadors will have the chance to participate in a Youth Climate Lab workshop and take part in the Canadian Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (CC-IUCN) annual general meeting at the Museum of Nature, which will bring together some of the leading voices in the world of conservation in Canada.

Thank you Ottawa!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on March 5th, 2020

A massive THANK YOU to all who helped make the Ocean Bridge 2019 urban learning journey to Ottawa a reality and a great success!

As one page is turned and our 2019 young ocean ambassadors become alumni, another opens as we are getting ready to welcome FOUR brand new cohorts in 2020: Pacific, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Atlantic! Keep an eye on this page, on our Gallery and by searching #OceanBridge and following @OceanWise for more.

Photo: Benjamin Aubé / Ocean Wise Conservation Association
Photo: Benjamin Aubé / Ocean Wise Conservation Association
Photo: Benjamin Aubé / Ocean Wise Conservation Association
Photo: Benjamin Aubé/Ocean Wise Conservation Association
Photo: Benjamin Aubé/Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Ocean Bridge at the 2019 Canadian Parks Conference in Québec City!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on October 22nd, 2019

Ocean Wise was proud to be represented by a trio of Ocean Bridge youth ambassadors at the 2019 Canadian Parks Conference in Québec City from October 7-10! The team of Marie-Philippe OuelletAriane Marchand and Shawn Gauthier had the chance to connect with other #NatureForAll Youth Champions, discuss the present and future of our parks and brainstorm solutions for bringing the youth voice to the table. See some of the pictures below from their trip – way to go Shawn, MP and Ariane!

 #NatureForAll Youth Champions at the 2019 Canadian Parks Conference
Ocean Bridgers MP Ouellet and Shawn Gauthier (second and third from left, respectively) engage with other #NatureForAll Youth Champions at the Canadian Parks Conference in Québec City.
Ocean Bridger Ariane Marchand bumped into Lisa McLaughlin, Vice President of Conservation Planning and Policy at Nature Conservancy Canada.
Getting to work!
Ocean Bridge's Ariane Marchand (centre) connects with Karen Keenleyside (left), Senior Advisor, #NatureForAll at Parks Canada, and Dawn Carr, Executive Director at Canadian Parks Council and Ocean Bridge Steering Committee member.
Ocean Bridge's MP Ouellet and other #NatureForAll Youth Champions with Parks Canada CEO Ron Hallman
Shawn Gauthier, Marie-Philippe (MP) Ouellet and Ariane Marchand at the 2019 Canadian Parks Conference in Québec City.

The easy steps to becoming a #NatureForAll Youth Champion!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on September 25th, 2019

The future of the planet we love is in the midst of a turning point, but there are many opportunities to have our voices heard on the horizon. #NatureForAll, a global movement to inspire a love for and in nature created at the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, is hoping Canadian young people like yourselves will help amplify the youth voice at these events.

#NatureForAll Youth Champions will connect young people who are curious about, or already involved in nature conservation with each other, and it will provide them real access and engagement opportunities at upcoming conservation events, including the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress, and beyond!

Are you a young person under 35 interested in making a real difference for nature conservation?  Become a #NatureForAll Youth Champion by signing up on the form at the bottom of the page here.

Are you an organisation or individual interested in supporting the #NatureForAll Youth Champions network?  Learn more about how to become a founding partner, youth advocate, or youth architect here.

Making a splash at 24th World Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia

Posted by benjaminaube1 on August 12th, 2019

Ocean Bridge had the good fortune of teaming up with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup last month as they hit the road for the 24th World Scouts Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia!

Huge kudos go out to current Ocean Bridge cohort member Cyrielle Noël and GCSC educator Connor Thompson, who led the charge in delivering two days of interactive workshops and discussions about ocean health in a large pavilion set up by our friends and partners at #NatureForAll and IUCN . Over the course of two "Oceans Days" in the pavilion, around 1,000 youth from at least 30 different countries took part in Ocean Wise's workshops and discussions, each receiving badges for their efforts! With older group leaders and educators, we were also able to discuss Ocean Wise's Online Education tools and digital classrooms.

A young scout flips a cup full of soil as part of Ocean Wise's ocean workshops while other look on at the 24th World Scouts Jamboree, July 2019.
Cyrielle Noel and Connor Thompson of Ocean Wise discuss ocean health with a huge group of scouts at the World Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia in July 2019

An overwhelming majority of the young scouts who took part in our workshops were quite engaged and interested – a tribute to our wonderful educators! More than a few lingered around our table after the experiments to talk about water and ocean issues important to them in their communities, and what they can do about it.

And while she couldn't attend the Jamboree, a HUGE shout-out goes out to Ocean Bridge alum Hannah Kosick, who played a key role in planning and supporting the workshops and the trip. We couldn't have done it without you, Hannah!

Of course we can't go without mentioning other #NatureForAll organizations – the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and Parks Canada – who led amazing workshops for Wildlife Days, Forestry Days and Parks Days, respectively.

#NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a love of nature. This is accomplished by bringing together like-minded organizations, encouraging people of all ages to find ways to connect with nature, and by presenting the scientific evidence and facts about why nature is beneficial to us all.

Saying goodbye to the 24th World Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia.

10,000 Changes – Be An Early Adopter for Canadian Geographic

Posted by benjaminaube1 on June 5th, 2019

Hey ocean lovers! We got the inside scoop that Canadian Geographic's VERY cool 10,000 Changes project will officially be launching next week. They would love to have some Ocean Bridge alumni or current participants take part!

10,000 Changes was created in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Recycling Council of Ontario, and Strut Creative as a way to inform and motivate individual Canadians to take action on the problem of plastic pollution and champion solutions within communities, businesses and organizations across Canada.

One of the ways they're engaging individual Canadians is by getting them to make commitments to rethink their consumption of single-use plastics. This section of the site is not live yet, but making a commitment will be as easy as clicking on a tile and writing in a statement like "I commit to bringing a reusable bottle with me on the go" or "I commit to saying no to single-use straws." 

Other Canadians will then be able to select the "Commitments" that best suit them and add them to a virtual "Shopping Cart" of sorts that they'll be able to customize for themselves – a really cool idea!

To help spread the program's messages and calls to action far and wide, CanGeo is looking for early adopters to make commitments, and then share those commitments with their social media and professional networks. They're also looking for people who are willing to make a short video talking about their commitments and encouraging others to sign on to the program.

If you or anyone you can think of wants to get involved with 10,000 Changes and help get the word out, please contact Ben at [email protected] and I'll be happy to answer your questions or connect you directly with our friends at CanGeo who can provide additional details/guidance.

Looking forward to hearing from you! :)

2020 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Call for Sessions Deadline: July 12

Posted by benjaminaube1 on May 29th, 2019

2020 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

April 19-22, 2020 - Vancouver, B.C.

Call for Sessions Now Open

Deadline for Submissions is July 12, 2019

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference brings together scientists, researchers, decision-makers, managers and knowledge-holders from First Nations and Tribes, agencies, community organizations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Participants present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, share information about the application of knowledge from science and other sources, and guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem.

The theme for this year's meeting is "Shared Knowledge for the Future." An important aim of this meeting is to work toward strategies for recovery and management that integrate across cultures, disciplines, and boundaries, and bring knowledge to action.

To this end, the conference conveners are calling for session proposals from the Salish Sea community. Sessions are groups of presentations that are organized around a unified topic. Each session is scheduled for 1½ hours and includes a collection of presentations.

Given the multi-sector nature of the conference, and in consideration of the issues we face, proposals that are applicable and engaging to the wide range of participants are encouraged.

Go here for more information and to submit your session proposal. The deadline for submissions is July 12, 2019.

What's Canada doing to protect oceans? Frankie Marquez of #OceanBridge asks PM Justin Trudeau

Posted by benjaminaube1 on May 7th, 2019

Spotted in Ottawa last week! Frankie Marquez of the 2019 Ocean Bridge national youth program and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk about what Canada is doing to protect oceans and waterways now and in the future at the 2019 Canada Youth Summit in Ottawa from May 2-3.

Special shout-outs to fellow Ocean Bridge ambassadors Aira Sarmiento, Monique Chapman, Pierre-Antoine Descôteaux (2019 cohort) and Stéphanie Foucault, Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz and Hannah Kosick (2018 cohort) for their presence at various portions of the summit!

Frankie Marquez, du programme jeunesse national 2019 Portail Océan, et le Premier ministre Justin Trudeau, discutent de ce que le Canada fait pour protéger les océans et les voies navigables au Sommet Jeunesse Canada 2019 à Ottawa du 2-3 mai.

Des remerciements spéciaux aux ambassadeurs Portail Océan Aira Sarmiento, Monique Chapman, Pierre-Antoine Descôteaux (cohorte 2019) et Stéphanie Foucault, Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz, Hannah Kosick (cohorte 2018) pour leur présence au sommet!

Video credit/crédit vidéo: Global TV

Have a voice at Canada Youth Champions Nature Summit!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on April 24th, 2019

Dear Ocean Bridge team,

On April 24 in Montreal, young nature leaders (including current Ocean Bridger Cyrielle  and alumni Jennifer, Chúk and Lucy!) will discuss the importance of youth taking action on nature as part of the Canada #NatureSummit for youth.

Want to be part of the conversation? Fill out this short survey by following, or and joining #naturesummit . The results will be discussed during the event.

Applications open for 2019 Our Ocean conferences in Oslo, Norway

Posted by benjaminaube1 on April 18th, 2019

Applications are open for the 2019 Our Ocean conferences in Oslo, Norway!

The Our Ocean conferences were initiated by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014, with the aim to put oceans on the foreign policy agenda, and create a platform where leaders from government, business and civil society meet on an equal footing to promote action and innovation for clean, healthy and productive oceans. The Oslo conference will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure sustainable future economic growth. It will emphasize integrated management of sea and coastal areas as the key to protection and sustainable use of the oceans.

The intended theme for the Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit is “Co-creating the Sustainable Blue Economy”. Following Norway’s global leadership in integrated ocean management, the summit programming will intend to inspire, inform, and empower participants to build holistic solutions that better balance the needs of society, industry and the ocean environment.

The conference is seeking problem solvers and sustainability champions below 35 years old to describe their interest and/or engagement in sustainability (this could be a project idea, an organization, or an initiative you are currently involved with or wish to explore) to submit their application online before July 5, 2019 11:59pm PST. 100 participants from over 50 countries will receive one complimentary guest pass to participate in the bootcamp and scholarship*.


Applications close on July 5, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST

*Scholarships to cover travel expenses may become available.

Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 – Part 3!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on April 11th, 2019

You've met one half of the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort to date through our Faces of Ocean Bridge series. Well, there's plenty more where that came from – let's keep it rolling with Part 3 of our outstanding group of ocean ambassadors!

Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge

Posted by benjaminaube1 on April 5th, 2019

Presented by the Privy Council Office, the Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge is for young Canadians between the age of majority in their home province or territory and 24 years old. Candidates are invited to share a video no longer than one (1) minute on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #InspiredToServe and #inspiréÀservir.

The video should respond to the following question:

What does service mean to you? How has service benefited you personally and professionally, as well as your community?

Participants must ensure they have read through and agree with the Official Challenge Rules and Regulations before submitting their video entry.

Four prizes will be awarded through random draw. The Privy Council Office will provide each winner with:

  • Economy travel from their home to join youth from across the country at the Canada Youth Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, to take place May 2 and 3, 2019.
  • Accommodations and meals will be paid for during the duration of the trip at the standard National Joint Council rates.
  • Winner’s videos will be played at the Canada Youth Summit in a “Social Media Room” periodically through the two-day event.

Each winner will be required to complete and sign a “Canada Youth Summit Code of Conduct”; a “Disclosure of Personal Information, Privacy Notice, and Consent” form; and an “Emergency Contact Form” in order to receive their prize. Documents will be sent in an email to winners.

Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 – Part 2!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on April 1st, 2019

It's time to meet 10 more 2019 Ocean Bridge Ambassadors in Part 2 of our Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 articles!

Get a snapshot of what inspires and motivates each of these unique individuals to work for our oceans – and keep an eye out for the next piece in this series. We love getting to know these youth who are working to make a difference in communities across Canada, and we hope you enjoy it too!

Faces of Ocean Bridge - Part 2

Get to know the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort on Aquablog

Posted by benjaminaube1 on March 18th, 2019

Over the coming weeks, we'll be introducing all 40 members of the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort on Ocean Wise's Aquablog! It's your chance to get to know a little more about each of these Ocean Ambassadors and find out where across Canada they are located. Can you find the one closest to your hometown?

On that note, let's meet 10 Ocean Bridgers in Part 1 of 4 of The Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 on the Aquablog!

Faces of Ocean Bridge 2019 - Part 1/4

Thank you Ocean Bridge 2018!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on February 22nd, 2019

For those who may have missed it, here’s the incredibly beautiful and touching look back on the 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort! It gives a glimpse of what they were able to experience and accomplish in communities across Canada. Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done and everything you continue to do for our oceans! We can’t wait to see the great things you’ll get up to in the future.

Don't forget to visit our gallery to see more of their incredible work!

As the 2019 Ocean Bridge cohort gets underway to keep this fantastic momentum going, including with trips to the North Shore of Lake Superior (June 2019) and Ottawa (January 2020), we’re excited to stay connected with our inspiring alumni and share stories about their future endeavours!

GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment

Posted by benjaminaube1 on February 15th, 2019

Fascinating internship program, especially for anyone interested in getting in tune with politics and policy makers!

GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment:

"For the second year in a row, GreenPAC is sending four interns aged 18 to 30 to work full-time on Parliament Hill with MPs that have been pushing for stronger, faster action on the environment. For the first two months of the program, interns will be involved in a national, non-partisan public engagement strategy in the lead up to the 2019 federal election. After the election, interns will be placed in the Parliament Hill office of their host MPs and become well-versed in policy research, legislative affairs, communications, and constituency work."

Summer job opportunity in B.C. – 2019 Coastal Naturalist Program

Posted by benjaminaube1 on February 13th, 2019

Ocean Wise, BC Ferries and Parks Canada are seeking highly motivated people with exceptional communication skills to deliver the summer 2019 Coastal Naturalist program from May to September! Read more on the program and how to apply:

Ocean Heroes Bootcamp seeking mentors – great opportunity!

Posted by benjaminaube1 on January 15th, 2019

The 2019 Ocean Heroes Bootcamp will be taking place from June 28 – 30 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The three-day camp empowers existing and emerging youth leaders (aged 11-18) to create their own campaigns to take action against ocean plastic pollution. These could be the Ocean Bridgers of the future!

Here’s where you can come in: Ocean Heroes will be launching a Mentor Program. It’s not running quite yet, but it will be listed on its main page in the “Idea Incubation” section.

This short video details last year's Ocean Heroes Bootcamp program: 

Those interested can contact us at Ocean Bridge, or send an email to [email protected]. In the meantime, you can also follow @OceanHeroesHQ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for future updates on the mentor program and how to sign up.

Consider jumping on this opportunity if you can, and keep this and other ideas like it in mind!


Posted by Jessica Steele on November 2nd, 2018





Ocean Bridge Makes Waves in Vancouver

Posted by Nicole on October 4th, 2018

The 2018 Ocean Bridge cohort is on their way  to Vancouver Oct. 11-15th and have planned some exciting events to engage Vancouver in Ocean Conservation.  See below for event details!

Thursday Oct. 11

The Nautical Library: a night of ocean autobiographies
6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Nautical Library: A Night of Ocean Autobiographies will be an evening of ocean optimism and knowledge exchange at the Vancouver Aquarium where talented and diverse storytellers will form a human library. Open to aspiring leaders and ocean lovers, this event will offer participants a chance to read each member’s “book cover” to find a person they would like to borrow for an enriching conversation.
More details here.

Friday Oct. 12

AquaVan Takeover
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ocean Bridge youth will take over the Ocean Wise AquaVan, offering hands-on interaction with sea creatures and artifacts at Greater Vancouver schools. Inspired by their remote shoreline cleanup experience in Haida Gwaii, Ocean Bridge youth have created a program to share their story.

Parlons Océans
6 – 9 p.m.
At Parlons océans, the youth will play a screening of the documentary “Le plastique menace sur les océans,” then host ocean trivia and discussions.  This event will be hosted in French and is open to ages 15+. More details here.

Saturday Oct. 13

Seawall Plog-a-thon
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Ocean Bridge youth will be hosting a plogathon — where participants will jog while picking up litter — around Stanley Park. This Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event will begin and end at the Aquarium. More details here.

Ocean Health Fair
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ocean Health Fair will take place on the Aquarium Plaza and feature hands-on stations with artifacts, ocean art activities for children, tips and tricks on living a reduced-waste lifestyle, ocean games as well as upcycling art activities. The AquaVan will also be offering an opportunity to get up-close and interactive with marine life. More details here.

Ocean Arcade
1:30 – 5 p.m.
In partnership with Canada Learning Code, Ocean Bridge youth will guide participants (children ages 8-13 and their parents) in a workshop environment – targeted at beginner coders – while they identify an ocean issue and build a game around it. More details here.

Promenades sur l'eau
6 – 11 p.m.
Promenades sur l'eau/Walks on Water fashion show will showcase six Canadian designers who are inspired by the ocean and are using materials that are sustainably and ethically sourced. This public event is $10 ($5 for students) and tickets can be purchased here.

Sunday Oct. 14 

Daytime: During this event for Ocean Bridge youth only, Crista Valentino of CoalitionWild will be leading workshops on turning ideas into action as it relates to local impact in the global context and Haida elder Barbara Wilson will reconnect with group.

Monday Oct. 15

Ocean Literacy through an Indigenous Lens
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In this session focusing on ocean literacy through an Indigenous lens, a group of Ocean Bridge youth will work with two elementary school classes from Surrey, travelling to Port Moody where they will go on a voyageur canoe with Takaya Tours.

AquaVan Takeover
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ocean Bridge youth will take over the Ocean Wise AquaVan for a second time, offering hands-on interaction with sea creatures and artifacts at Greater Vancouver schools. Inspired by their remote shoreline cleanup experience in Haida Gwaii, Ocean Bridge youth have created a program to share their story.

Daily from Oct. 12-15

Ocean Art Installations
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Two art installations created by the Ocean Bridge youth will be displayed at the Vancouver Aquarium. One is a visual demonstrating the service work the cohort has engaged in throughout the year and the second is a national art project highlighting what the ocean means to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Ocean Bridge Outreach
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ocean Bridge youth be present at the Vancouver Aquarium to interact with visitors and share their personal experiences from this past year.   

The youth organizing these events have worked alongside the Indigenous Perspectives group, a sub-committee within Ocean Bridge that ensures Indigenous issues and culture are embedded into the programming and messaging.

Ocean Bridge: Getting Hands on in Haida Gwaii

Posted by Jessica Steele on August 10th, 2018

We are so excited to have this video!

Take a team of youth leaders passionate about protecting the ocean and what do you get? Ocean Bridge! Led by Ocean Wise, in partnership with the Government of Canada’s Canada Service Corps, Ocean Bridge gives young environmental leaders the chance to develop community service projects locally and as a team. In May 2018, the first Ocean Bridge cohort met in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, to share ideas about conservation and lead service projects to improve ocean literacy and ocean health.

How Ocean Health affects Human Health: Policy & Perspectives

Posted by Caroline Merner on August 1st, 2018

  Chúk Odenigbo from our Ocean Bridge cohort will be presenting a webinar with ECO Canada! 

  This webinar aims to both highlight the importance of the ocean in the way it affects human health, even in landlocked provinces, share the basics on how to assess if an ocean is healthy and ways to incorporate all of this into company health policies and environmental assessment reports. 

Please join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10am (MT) for a chance to ask questions of our expert.


Posted by Nicole on April 20th, 2018

I couldn't be more excited to share this news. I have been awaiting the release of this film for a year now and they are making it available free for public screenings!

Great potential service project idea :)

For more details head to their website!

Updates to Online Community Space

Posted by Nicole on April 14th, 2018

Updates to the community space you should be aware of:
(this will be included in Monday's email as well)

Over the past week we have:

  1. Turned the calendar into two different calendars: Tasks and Events
    Tasks is where the facilitation team will post National Calls, timeline for action items, and anything other "deadlines" for Ocean Bridge team members.
    Events is where we will post Ocean related events, workshops, conferences happening across the country (and beyond) as well as any public ocean service activities led by Ocean Bridge team members. Unfortunately only facilitators can add to the calendar, so if you have something to add just send us a link or description!

  2. We have added three new discussion threads: (1) Recommended Reading List (for those of you that are interested); (2) Meaningful Service or Voluntourism? (this is a discussion I would love to see among the group both for your learning and to advise Ocean Bridges program development); and (3) Connecting Land-locked Communities to Oceans you land-locked folks pondering this.

  3. We created an Ocean Service Map
    This is for us to keep track (and show off) all your great Ocean Service projects across the country. We ask that for each event or service project you:
    1. Post a pin showing where the activity took place
    2. Provide information on how many hours you contributed (including planning) for that activity, how many other people (there are three age categories, provide your best guess) participated and the estimated hours they contributed (i.e. if you had 5 peers help out for one hour, then the contribution would be 5hrs).
    3. Provide a brief description of the activity
    4. If possible include a photo :)

Green Spaces Job Opportunities!

Posted by Nicole on April 1st, 2018


Young Champions of the Earth

Posted by Nicole on March 28th, 2018

Hey Ocean Bridge!
See below for an exciting opportunity you don't want to miss from the UN Environment Programme:

You want to change the world. We’re here to help.
Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. In 2018, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life. Whose big idea will change the world? Following an open call for applications, UN experts will short-list 35 Regional Finalists who will be subjected to an online public vote, informing the selection of 14 World Finalists. A Global Jury will then select the seven 2018 winners. Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on our website. In parallel, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of Covestro mentors offering insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management.

For more information visit:

G7 Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge

Posted by Nicole on March 23rd, 2018

G7 Oceans Youth Innovation Challenge

What is your vision for healthy and productive oceans in 2050?
What innovative solutions would you recommend be adopted to reach this goal?

We are calling all G7 youth who are 18-25 years old and have reached the age of majority in their country or province (Canada) to submit a 2-minute video sharing their innovative solutions to challenges facing global ocean health.

Judged by an international panel of ocean policy experts, the winners will be mentored and will be able to join the G7 Environment Ministerial meetings in Canada in the fall.

For more information, go to our website: and follow us on Twitter using:


We are excited to see your solutions to global ocean health challenges!

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Ocean Matters | How to Tell Good Climate Science from Bad

Posted by Nicole on March 23rd, 2018


Description: Watching TV or browsing social media we are constantly bombarded with facts and statistics about climate change, the environment and what we should to do to reduce our environmental impact. These seem to change from day to day, so it can seem impossible to know what is really going on. This lecture will demonstrate how some of these statistics and facts are obtained and how you can use scientific critical thinking to decide how reliable they are. Everyone is welcome, whether you have never taken a science class or just want to learn some skills to improve your critical thinking.

Speaker: Dr. Ruth Sharpe | Ruth is the Public Programs Manager at Ocean Wise. She earned her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in August 2017 and is a passionate science communicator.

Location: The Vancouver Aquarium but This event also will be livestreamed on The Vancouver Aquarium YouTube Channel!

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and ASL signed.

Time: 7pm (doors 6.30pm)

Price: Free, but register to guarantee your seat