Training at IOI-Canada
Training is a key activity of the IOI global network.
The Institute's flagship interdisciplinary training programme has been
conducted at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia each summer
since being initiated by Elisabeth Mann Borgese in 1981. This two-month
programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management
emphasises the importance of viewing the ocean as a system with varied
users and multiple, often competing and conflicting, uses. It also aims
to increase awareness of the fact that ocean management requires broad
interdisciplinary skills, new institutional and legal infrastructures,
and new forms of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation
and cooperation at the local, national and international levels.
Training consists of over 200 hours in the classroom, and includes
lectures, interactive discussions, field trips, simulations and
exercises, individual participant presentations, and an international
40th Anniversary Training Programme:
20th May-17th July 2020
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: COVID-19Given that our host institution, Dalhousie University, has banned all
in-person classes and non-essential events until at least 1st June due
to the coronavirus, we regret that the 2020
training programme will NOT take
place from 20th
May to 17th July as scheduled. Please check back later for an
update on possible rescheduling and/or future courses.
The following details continue to be displayed just for reference:
What to Expect
Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship
scholarships for Indigenous peoples in Canada (applications still being accepted)
(prepared by intern, Andrew Williamson)
Completed application forms for international
should generally be submitted by 5th
January, although there is some flexiblity so please contact
to discuss this, or if you are interested in the possibility of
customised training in either Canada or another country.
University graduate students interested in the programme
contact us to discuss registering for audit, or for credit if the
appropriate arrangements are made and an extra assignment completed.
2019 Training Programme
2019 field trip: Bay of Fundy
Download the 2019
COURSE REPORT for an in-depth record of the
programme, with full syllabus and
details of participants, lecturers and funders. You can also read a
one-page summary of the
2019 participant, Kadin Snook, Fisheries Manager for
Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation.
2018 Training Programme
2018 participants, staff et al. at Round Table
Download the 2018
2017 Training Programme
2017 Participants at Closing Ceremony
Download the official 2017 COURSE REPORT.
For a more informal summary, see the Closing Ceremony presentation
prepared by Mikhail Amsterdam, 2017 course participant from Guyana.
2016 class visit to the Northwest Altantic Fisheries
Download the 2016 COURSE REPORT.
For individual feedback on the course, read about the experiences of
the participants from Madagascar and Brazil.
2015 Training Programme
2015 participants at Bedford
Institute of Oceanography
2015 COURSE REPORT
2014 Training Programme
2014 Round Table: Panel,
Participants and Course Director
Download the 2014 COURSE REPORT
2013 class: GIS
session (photo credit: D. Theophille)
Download the 2013 COURSE REPORT
2012 COURSE REPORT
2011 COURSE REPORT,
or for a more
humorous take on the course, see the
speech by 2011 participant Parinda Ranasinghe, delivered at
Closing Ceremony on behalf of the class.
Presentation of 30th Anniversary plaque
to Mike Butler, Director,
by participants of the 2010 course
This course marked the 30th anniversary of the
at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia each year since 1981.
2010 Course Report (1.2 MB pdf).
2009 Course Report (842 KB pdf) is
as is an
informal course summary (1.8 MB pdf)
from one of the
2009 participants. Some information on the previous
dating back to the first course in 1981, can be found in the
Alumni section of this website.
For further details on any of our past courses, please contact IOI-Canada.