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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 round table.

40th Anniversary Training Programme:
20th May-17th July 2020


Given 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 for an update on possible rescheduling and/or future courses.

The following details continue to be displayed just for reference:

  • Course announcement
  • Application form
  • What to Expect
  • Danielle de St Jorre Scholarship for women from SIDS 
  • DFO scholarships for Indigenous peoples in Canada (applications still being accepted)
  • Course video (prepared by intern, Andrew Williamson)

  • Completed application forms for international candidates should generally be submitted by 5th January, although there is some flexiblity so please contact us to discuss this, or if you are interested in the possibility of customised training in either Canada or another country. Dalhousie University graduate students interested in the programme should also 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 experience of 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 COURSE REPORT.

    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 Training Programme

    2016 class visit to the Northwest Altantic Fisheries Organization

    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

    Download the 2015 COURSE REPORT

    2014 Training Programme
    2014 Round Table: Panel, Participants and Course Director

    Download the 2014 COURSE REPORT

    2013 Training Programme
    2013 class: GIS session (photo credit: D. Theophille)

    Download the 2013 COURSE REPORT

    2012 Training Programme
    Closing Ceremony of 2012 Training Programme

    Download the 2012 COURSE REPORT

    2011 Training Programme

    2011 field trip: Bay of Fundy lobster boat

    Download the 2011 COURSE REPORT, or for a more informal and humorous take on the course, see the speech by 2011 participant Parinda Ranasinghe, delivered at the Closing Ceremony on behalf of the class.

    2010 Training Programme

      Presentation of 30th Anniversary plaque to Mike Butler, Director,
    by participants of the 2010 course

    This course marked the 30th anniversary of the training programme, held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia each year since 1981. Download the 2010 Course Report (1.2 MB pdf).

    The 2009 Course Report (842 KB pdf) is also available, as is an informal course summary (1.8 MB pdf) from one of the 2009 participants.   Some information on the previous programmes, 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.


    Last updated: 25th June 2020