The OceanCanada Partnership is a 6-year research initiative (2014-2020) funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The Partnership is currently comprised of 19 formal research partners, including universities from coast to coast, community organizations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The central goals of OceanCanada are to understand and address threats facing Canada’s Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific coastal-ocean regions and seek opportunities to develop a shared vision for the future of our oceans – one that promotes the health and well-being of people living on coasts as well as the marine environment. Our initiative is highly interdisciplinary, and our research integrates a wide range of expertise from many fields of study, including economics, law, geography, ethics, fisheries science and oceanography.
The strength of our partnership lies in our goal of integrating insights from across these broad fields with local and traditional knowledge in order to help inform policies at the regional and national levels that are responsive to community needs. Such a holistic view is necessary for developing policies that reflect a shared understanding of emerging threats, challenges and opportunities.
Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila, OceanCanada Scientific Director, University of British Columbia
Dr. Sumaila is Professor with a joint appointment at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Dr. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Canada and the North Atlantic region, Norway, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region, and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
The OceanCanada Advisory Board provides independent intellectual advice and support to OCP. The Board works at arm’s length from the project and monitors its overall progress in relation to established milestones and timelines. It also provides guidance on ways to strengthen and sustain the partnership – by helping to attract new funding, recruit new partners and stakeholders, improve knowledge mobilization and extend and internationalize research. The Board consists of senior scholars as well as community and national leaders with expertise across OCP’s areas of intellectual inquiry.
Advisory Board Members:
Dr. Fikret Berkes, University of Manitoba Fikret.Berkes@ad.umanitoba.ca
Mr. Herb Dhaliwal, former Minister of Fisheries and Oceans firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Christopher Harvey, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP email@example.com
Mr. Russ Jones, Haida Nation firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gordon Munro, University of British Columbia email@example.com
Claudio F. Aporta, Dalhousie University
Fikret Berkes, University of Manitoba
Kai Chan, University of British Columbia
Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University
Kevern Cochrane, Rhodes University
Herb Dhaliwal, former MP, Parliament of Canada
Sidney Fels, University of British Columbia
Robyn Forrest, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Sumeet Gulati, University of British Columbia
Christopher Harvey, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP
Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University
Russ Jones, Council of the Haida Nation
Coleen Moloney, University of Cape Town
Gordon Munro, University of British Columbia
Grant D. Murray, University of Victoria
Rosemary E. Ommer, University of Victoria
Yoshitaka Ota, University of British Columbia
Ian Perry, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Robert Stephenson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Trevor Swerdfager, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Duncan Wilson, Port Metro Vancouver