07-11 MPA Youth Engagement


Meet our Guest Speaker: 

Da Chen

Hey everyone, my name is Da Chen and I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto Scarborough. I double majored in City Studies and Political Science. I will be going back to school in the fall for my MSc in Urban Planning at the University of Toronto. I am very interested in the Ocean Bridge Program because I want to learn skills and tools to better engage urban audiences about the importance of ocean conservation. At first glance, my educational background has little to do with conservation or ocean. However, my experiences over the past 4 years allowed me to learn and connect with the ocean in many ways and grew my love and appreciation for them. I was part of the Parks Canada Northern Engagement team last summer and traveled to the Arctic with Students on Ice. I was also a part of the Canadian Delegation at the 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile last September. These experiences really inspired me to learn more about our ocean and do my part in protecting them.


Détails de l'appel pancanadien :

11 juillet à 12h00 HP
Langue: anglais 
Les liens de réunion seront envoyés dans les mises à jour hebdomadaire de la semaine précédant l'appel.

Les enregistrements sont disponibles 24 heures après l'appel. Vous les trouverez dans les ressources du dossier Enregistrements d'appels pancanadiens.

Questions de réflexion :

  • Comment le groupe actuel et le futur réseau d'anciens élèves de Portail Océan peuvent-ils agir pour changer les choses à l'échelle nationale?
  • Quelles sont les occasions futures de connexion entre les jeunes et les océans?
  • Comment la voix des jeunes de Portail Océan peut-elle aider à affirmer davantage l’engagement des jeunes leaders?
  • Comment pouvons-nous mobiliser des personnes qui ne sont pas actuellement impliquées sur le terrain ou qui n’ont pas de lien avec les océans?

Learning Objectives

Da Chen will share his personal experience and learnings about youth engagement in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). 

Key takeaways: 

  • Strategies for youth engagement in marine protected areas 
  • Opportunities and case studies of successful examples
  • Ways to collaborate in the future to engage youth


  • Da's AquaBlog sharing his experience in the Arctic and Haida Gwai.  https://www.aquablog.ca/2018/0... 
  • Da wrote a piece for Students On Ice about his experience at the International Marine Protected Areas Congress. https://studentsonice.com/soi-...
  • A published link to the Aquatic Conservation Paper will be linked here when released. 

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