2021 Conference Recap

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Thursday September 23rd, 2021

Thank you for joining us for the first day of the virtual conference. During the conference, Ashton Rodenhiser was working on creating a digital graphic recording where she paired our panelists discussion into visual creativity. Here is a snapshot of the digital graphic recording created by Mind's Eye Creative Consulting & Facilitation. Thank you Mind's Eye Creative for beautifully capturing the essence of the opening ceremony and first keynote. 


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Our first keynote: Dr. Deborah McGregor.


Professor McGregor's research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. Professor McGregor, who is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario, is involved with several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded projects and is a graduate research supervisor.

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Click HERE for Dr. McGregor's presentation slides.

Friday September 24th, 2021

Oral Presentation Session #1: Fisheries Management

Oral Presentation Session #2: Public Perceptions

Panel Discussion:

Strategies for Marine & Coastal Adaptation.


The current and anticipated impacts of climate change are expected to have far-reaching impacts on marine ecosystems and the well-being of coastal communities that derive cultural and livelihood values from the ocean. Responding to changing coasts requires collaboration and knowledge that spans across disciplines, sectors, and ways of knowing. Our panel: Dr. Natalie Ban, Dorene Bernard, Bill Collins, and Jesslene Jawanda (Moderated by: Eli Menezes) discuss factors to promote adaptation and resilience in the face of widespread oceanic changes.

Graphic Recording provided by: Savanna Jaye (@JAYESCODESIGN).

Saturday, September 25th, 2021


Oral Presentation Session #3: Technology

Our second keynote: Dr. Andrea Reid.


Dr. Andrea Reid is a citizen of the Nisga’a (Nis-ka) Nation and a new Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. She is helping to launch and lead the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, working to build a national and international hub for the study and protection of culturally significant fish and fisheries. Her research program adopts highly interdisciplinary and applied approaches to improving our understanding of the complex interrelationships between fish, people and place.


Graphic Recording provided by: Savanna Jaye (@JAYESCODESIGN). 


Oral Presentation Session #4: Knowledge & Representation

& Closing Ceremony

Graphic Recording provided by: Savanna Jaye (@JAYESCODESIGN).


Judge's & People's Choice Award Winners!

Oral Presentations

1st: Victoria Cullen

2nd: Kaitlyn Curran, Osanna Drake & Caelin Murray

People's Choice: Victoria Cullen

Poster Presentations

1st: Megan Fraser

2nd: Dane Pedersen

People's Choice: Leah Fulton

Given unlimited funds & resouces, which ocean issue would you tackle first?

Hear 8 ocean leaders answer this question in a video put together by the SOC Marketing Team and video creator Adam Hutlet 

Thank you all for your support of the 2021 Sustainable Ocean Conference! We hope this experience has helped you to See Beyond the Shoreline.