IOI–Canada is a leading centre of the International
Ocean Institute, an international, independent,
non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Details are available in our
Founded in 1972 by the late Elisabeth Mann Borgese -- and currently
celebrating its 50th Anniversary -- the IOI is
incorporated in the Netherlands and headquartered in Malta.
Details of the evolution of the organisation can be found in The IOI Story
(2001). Written by Elisabeth Mann Borgese, Krishan Saigal and
Gunnar Kullenberg, this book provides a description of the three phases
of IOI's development since its inception.
- to ensure the sustainability of the Ocean as the
source of life, and to uphold and expand the principle of the
common heritage as enshrined in the United
Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; and,
- to promote the concept of Pacem in Maribus
– peace in the Ocean and its management and conservation – for the
benefit of future generations.
IOI-Canada dates from 1979 and is a federally
incorporated organisation, governed by a Board of Directors.
Under a Memorandum of Agreement with Dalhousie University, it is housed
on the Dalhousie campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Signing of Dalhousie-IOI MOU by Dr Martha
VP-Research, Dalhousie University
and Dr Awni Behnam, President, IOI
Guidance is provided by the IOI/Dalhousie Oceans Advisory Committee,
staff conduct day-to-day
activities and Senior Research Fellows contribute
to education and research activities. Download IOI-Canada's
Strategic Plan for a summary of the
main areas of focus for 2010-2020.
One of the IOI's key activities is training, and the Institute's flagship
interdisciplinary training programme has been conducted at
Dalhousie University each summer since 1981 (except during the covid
pandemic). Further details of this
course on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management
as well as recent online offerings are available in the training
section of this website. IOI-Canada currently boasts over 735
more than 100 countries around the globe.
The Ocean Yearbook editorial office is also based
at Dalhousie University. Details of this major IOI publication, which
is produced in co-operation with the
Marine & Environmental Law Institute at the Schulich
School of Law, are available on the Ocean Yearbook website. Electronic
versions of the Tables of Contents of past volumes can also be found
For more information, please contact the IOI-Canada