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 and the introduction of online
training instead, but we look forward to
rescheduling it when circumstances permit.
WORKSHOP ON OCEAN GOVERNANCE FOR INDIGENOUS
23rd - 27th October 2023
Planned with and for Indigenous Peoples, this free, interdisciplinary
workshop in Halifax built on the success of our similar
December. (For information on that training, see the
video (7 mins)
and final report.)
Based on guiding principles of Integrity, Reciprocity, Respect and
Interaction, this in-person workshop combined presentations,
discussions, field trips and ceremonies,
and featured Indigenous speakers among the specialists sharing their
knowledge and expertise. Participants explored key aspects of Ocean
and Coastal Governance with particular attention to Indigenous needs,
perspectives and knowledge systems. A final certificate was available
upon completion of the training.
This workshop was for Indigenous Peoples from Mi’kma’ki,
Wolastoqiyik and Peskotomuhkatik (Maritime Provinces)
and the group size was capped at 15 participants. Accommodation,
meals and transportation were covered, with funding
generously provided by Fisheries and
Oceans Canada, supplemented by support from IOI Headquarters. Check back for the workshop report by the end of November.
OCEAN GOVERNANCE: SDG 14 AND THE UN SUMMIT
This free, webinar-based training
programme offered an interdisciplinary exploration of important
aspects of Ocean Governance
related to Sustainable Development Goal 14 and next year's UN Summit of
Future. The main target group was
marine professionals around the world with responsibility for some
aspect of coastal and ocean management.
11th April - 1st June 2023
Combining lectures, discussions, assignments, readingsand
videos, the course consisted of three modules and was available
for both live participation (with limited availability due
to capped class size) and self-paced study. Both involved a time
commitment of c.24 hours of lectures, plus required
preparation for each session and a short assignment for each module.
Participants therefore needed a reasonable level of English language
proficiency. Those completing
all the course requirements were eligible for a
2023 Online Ocean Governance Course
Preparatory materials: Module 1, Module
2 and Module
IOI-Canada would like to acknowledge financial support for
this training from the Ocean
Frontier Institute, in addition to IOI funding.
WORKSHOP ON OCEAN GOVERNANCE FOR INDIGENOUS
Planned with and for Indigenous Peoples, this in-person,
interdisciplinary workshop took place in Halifax, attended by
Indigenous participants from Mi’kma’ki,
Wolastoqiyik and Peskotomuhkatik (Maritime Provinces). Check out the workshop
video (7 mins)
and final report.
5th - 9th December 2022
Offered for both live participation and self-paced study, this
webinar-based course explored key issues in three core areas of
ocean governance through lectures, discussions, videos and readings.
See the 2022 Online Ocean Governance Course
Report for more details.
OCEAN GOVERNANCE IN THE UN DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE:
KEY ISSUES AND CHALLENGES
11th April - 2nd June 2022
ALUMNI CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Offered jointly by IOI-Canada and IOI-Southern Africa, this course
for alumni across the network consisted of three modules delivered over
nine live sessions. Through
presentations, discussions, readings, videos and interactive tools,
participants explored new and emerging issues in UNCLOS and ABNJ;
Climate Change and Health of the Ocean; and Small-scale Fisheries. For
details, see the Course Report.
ONLINE COURSE ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND EMERGING ISSUES IN
4th October - 4th November 2021
ONLINE COURSE ON OCEAN
As the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable
Development got underway, this webinar-based course was offered
for both live participation and self-paced study. Participants
from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central
America, Europe, the Indian Ocean, North and South America, and the
South Pacific. Check out the 2021 Online Ocean Governance Course
Report for details.
IN THE DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE
7th May - 29th June 2021
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. Check out the 2020 Online Alumni Refresher Course
Report and Course Readings.
OCEAN GOVERNANCE: ISSUES OF IMMEDIATE CONCERN
16th November-11th December 2020
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
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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
(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. Dalhousie
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
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 Atlantic Fisheries
Download the 2016
For individual feedback on the course, read about the experiences of
the participants from Madagascar and Brazil.
2015 Training Programme
Institute of Oceanography
Download the 2015
Participants and Course Director
2014 COURSE REPORT
session (photo credit: D. Theophille)
Download the 2013
2012 COURSE REPORT
2011 field trip: Bay
of Fundy lobster boat
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.
Presentation of 30th Anniversary
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).
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.