May 21-24, 2024

The Algonquin Resort
St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada


Convened by the Ocean Global Canada Lab, the 2024 Ocean Global Canada Summit brings together Canadian and global policymakers, business leaders, development experts, academics, and civic stakeholders to share blue economy best practices around environmentally responsible, commercially profitable, and socially acceptable outcomes in the ocean economy.

Among others, Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy and themes at the intersection of ocean climate solutions, innovations in the aquaculture sector, marine protected areas, blue finance, ocean clusters and digital entrepreneurship, ports and maritime trade, ocean SME finance, FDI, investible opportunities and asset classes in the blue economy, “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, social equity, increased Indigenous participation, small island developing states, and issues across multiple industry sectors will be examined.

From May 21-24, join global leaders and experts at the forefront of the sustainable blue economy at the historic Algonquin Resort, located in the stunningly charming coastal town of St. Andrews by-the-Sea – Canada’s first seaside resort town!


Paul Holthus

Founding President & CEO, World Ocean Council, Hawaii, United States

Paula Copeland

Vice President, Engagement & Sustainability, Saint John Port Authority, Canada

Michael Szemerda

Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Canada

Jennifer LaPlante

Chief Growth & Investment Officer, Canada's Ocean Supercluster, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Umi Muawanah

Senior Ocean Economist and Head of Economics and Trade, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

Kelly J Lendsay

President & CEO, Indigenous Works, Canada

Mélanie Nadeau

Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Relations, Montreal Port Authority, Canada

Christopher Mbanefo

Founder and CEO, OXÏ-ZEN Solutions LLC, Switzerland

Ellen Frisch

Principal, Ellen Frisch & Associates, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Ed Steeves

Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada, Export Development Canada

Dr. Rashid Sumaila

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics, UBC, Canada

Jennifer Cleversey Moffitt

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Belledune Port Authority, Canada

Dr. David Wilson

Founding Director/CEO, Cities and Regions Limited, New Zealand

Dr. Herb Emery

Professor and Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Sara Colburne

Vice President, Strategy & Transformation, Halifax Port Authority, Canada

John G. Kelly

President, Legal Futures, Canada

Dr. Fred Olayele

Professor, Global Development Expert, and Strategic Policy Advisor, Canada

Dr. Leila Harris

Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Steve Tipman

Executive Director, Trade Facilitation Office Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Yiagadeesen Samy

Professor and Director, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Thierry Chopin

Professor of Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada

Dr. Irwanda Wisnu Wardhana

Head of the Research Center for Cooperative, Corporation, and People's Economy, National Research and Innovation Agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Brad Henderson

Mayor of Saint Andrews and Managing Director, Kingsbrae Garden, New Brunswick, Canada

Tanya Chapman

President & Senior Consultant, The Chapman Group, New Brunswick, Canada

Fergus Maclaren

Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management Expert, Canada

Dr. Joseph Potvin

Executive Director, Xalgorithms Foundation, Canada

Dr. Jennifer Dingman

Executive Director, Fundy Biosphere Reserve, Canada


DAY 1: TUESDAY MAY 21, 2024
6:00-8:00 pm
Welcome Cocktail Reception
8:00-8:30 AM
Welcome Coffee and Registration
8:30 -9:00 AM
Introductions and Welcome Messages
9:00-10:00 AM
Session I
10:00-10:30 AM
Special Presentation I
10:30-10:45 AM
Networking Break
10:45-11:15 AM
Keynote I
11:15AM – 12:15 PM
Session II
12:15 – 1:15 PM
1:15 – 2:15 PM
Session III
2:15 – 2:45 PM
Ocean Project Showcase I
2:45 – 3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:00– 4:00 PM
Session IV
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Session V
5:00 PM
DAY 3: THURSDAY MAY 23, 2024
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Welcome Coffee and Registration
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Session VI
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Session VII
11:00 – 11:15 AM
Networking Break
11:15 – 11:45 AM
Keynote II
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Session VIII
12:45 – 1:30 PM
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Session IX
2:30 – 3:00 PM
Special Presentation II
3:00 – 3:15 PM
Networking Break
3:15 – 4:15 PM
Session X
4:15 – 5:15 PM
Session XI
Ocean Project Showcase II
5:15 PM
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Red-Carpet Gala Dinner
DAY 4: FRIDAY MAY 24, 2024
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tours and Golf
  • Tour: Huntsman Marine Science Centre
  • Tour: St. Andrews Biological Station (Atlantic Canada’s oldest permanent marine research facility)
  • Golf tournament: Algonquin Golf Course

Final agenda will be available soon.


The all-Inclusive registration fee provides access to all Summit events and covers the following:


Upon registration, the link to Algonquin’s reservation system and special hotel rate will be provided.


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