In the Sunlight: Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)


Mar 2017


Established in 2014, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) provides a forum for learning, discussing, and sharing ocean literacy in Canada. Simply put, ocean literacy means understanding the ocean and our relationship with it. By bringing educators, scientists, citizens and institutions together, CaNOE hopes to create momentum that will increase regional and national understanding of the value of our ocean, and help Canada keep pace with international efforts in ocean literacy.

Enjoy their short (50 sec) video!

CaNOE produces “SPLASHmail” a monthly newsletter filled with “events, news and views for the ocean-minded.” The newsletter includes a teaser about the monthly blog post featured on their website, as well as member spotlights, and updates on new ocean discoveries and other work being done by the organization.

CaNOE is a non-profit society and completely volunteer organization at this time. Members have roles with the Board of Directors and working groups that manage strategic planning, communications, education and outreach. CaNOE is continually growing and is building more and more capacity to move ocean literacy initiatives forward in Canada. Last month, CaNOE gained 89 new members during their Love Your Ocean membership drive through outreach initiatives on their Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as in-person at a Blue Drinks event in Victoria, BC.

CaNOE Directors Heather Murray, Dave Semeniuk, Kayla Glynn, and Anne Stewart enjoy a “blue” drink together in Victoria! 

In the summer of 2016, CaNOE held their 2nd Ocean Literacy Conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where author and marine educator Dr. Elin Kelsey gave a free public keynote on ‘Ocean Optimism, the year’s conference theme. CaNOE is pleased to be a partner in the upcoming EECOM See Change Conference in NS this May, and is planning their own conference for 2018 – stay tuned for more details!

Beginning of the Open Space Session at the 2016 Conference  (Photo: Lucija Prelovec)

Board members also occasionally do CaNOE outreach at other conferences. Last year, board member Sonya Lee represented CaNOE at the EMSEA conference in Europe by presenting a poster about the organization, and Sam Andrews and Kat Middleton ran a facilitated discussion at the Oceans Online Symposium in Newfoundland.

Want to get involved with ocean education and outreach going on in our coastal nation? Join CaNOE in charting a course towards a sustainable future for Canadians, a future that includes healthy oceans.