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. Covid-19 led
to the postponement of the 2020 course, but we look forward to
rescheduling it when circumstances permit. See below for information.
For now, we are focusing on online training.
ALUMNI CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Offered jointly by IOI-Canada and IOI-Southern Africa, this free course
alumni across the network consists of three modules delivered over nine
live sessions. Through
presentations, discussions, readings, videos and interactive tools,
participants are exploring new and emerging issues in UNCLOS and ABNJ;
Climate Change and Health of the Ocean; and Small-scale Fisheries. For
details and eligibility criteria, please review the information in
the links below. Note that space was limited to ensure
interactivity so applicants had to commit to attending all nine
sessions. Advance preparation is also
required in terms of preparatory readings and/or videos relevant to the
ONLINE COURSE ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND EMERGING ISSUES IN
4th October - 4th November 2021
Preparatory Materials: Module 1 and
Module 2, with Module 3 coming soon
Online Application Form
- SORRY, APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED.
ONLINE COURSE ON OCEAN
As the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable
underway, this free webinar-based course challenged
around the world to explore key issues in four core areas of ocean
governance -- Law of the Sea, Ocean Sciences, Integrated Coastal and
Ocean Management and Fisheries and Aquaculture -- through a combination
of lectures, discussions, videos and readings. Aimed
marine professionals with responsibility for some aspect of coastal and
ocean management, the course was offered for both live
participation (limited availability due to
capped class size) and self-paced study, both with a
time commitment of c. 30 hours plus readings. A certificate
was available for those who completed all the course
requirements. See below for details.
IN THE DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE
7th May - 29th June 2021
IOI-Canada gratefully acknowledges financial support for this course
from both the Ocean Science and Research Foundation (OSRF) and Marine
Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR).
Their generous contributions enabled IOI-Canada to organise
deliver this 4-module online training free of charge to the 86
registered participants from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central
America, Europe, the Indian Ocean, North and South America, and the
Preparatory Materials: Module 1,
Module 2, Module 3 and
- Sorry, applications have now closed.
ALUMNI REFRESHER COURSE
This online refresher on Ocean
Governance: Issues of Immediate Concern enabled alumni of
previous IOI-Canada training programmes to update and extend
their knowledge on key issues. It was delivered in a series
of nine webinar-style sessions over four weeks.
OCEAN GOVERNANCE: ISSUES OF IMMEDIATE CONCERN
16th November-11th December 2020
2020 Online Alumni Refresher Course
40th Anniversary Training Programme:
20th May-17th July 2020
Given the restrictions imposed by the
regret that the 2020
training programme could not take place from 20th
May to 17th July as scheduled. Please check back for an
update on possible rescheduling and/or future courses.
What to Expect
de St Jorre Scholarship
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The 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
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
Institute of Oceanography
2015 COURSE REPORT
Participants and Course Director
Download the 2014 COURSE REPORT
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.