ECOP Canada

Diving in with Next Generation

of Ocean Professionals

ECOP Canada ‘kick off’ Series 

as part of Ocean Week Canada 2023


May 29th – June 2nd, 2023 

Photo Credit: Andrew McCurdy

ECOP Canada is collaborating with Exploring by the seat of your pants and the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition to bring the adventures and stories of Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) from different disciplines to youth around the world. 

The ECOP Programme is a global collaborative network that is focused on uplifting the diverse perspectives of new generations of ocean professionals through a collective voice, ensuring that knowledge is transferred between experienced professionals and the next generations to promote ocean sustainability for “The Ocean We Want”. This programme is endorsed by and part of the UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable development.

Over the next year ECOP and EBTSOP will be joining forces to amplify diverse ocean careers and the voices of early career professionals as part of scheduled EBTSOP programming.

Tune in from May 29th – June 2nd for a taste of these perspectives as part of Ocean Week Canada!


Ocean Wanderers with Alana Closs

May 29th @ 12:00pm eastern

Alana Closs is a marine researcher with the Hakai Institute. She lives on Quadra Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island where she works with a team of scientists to understand the biodiversity of the Salish Sea through a series of field methodologies including scuba diving, sediment collection, net tows, and water samples. The lab Alana works with primarily specialises in the collection, microscopy, photography, and taxonomy of marine plankton.

Plankton is Greek for “wanderers” and essentially refers to any marine organism that cannot swim against the ocean current. During this talk, Alana will be presenting from a bio blitz on Galiano Island where she and her team will be working for three days to collect as many species of planktonic animals as possible to better understand the marine diversity of the area.


Cold Water Life with Samantha McBeth

May 30th @ 12:00pm eastern

Sam is a polar adventure guide and arctic researcher originally from Gatineau, Québec, now living in Nova Scotia. She holds a Master of Science in Northern Studies from Carleton University, where she focused on the social, political and environmental realities of remote northern regions. Strangely in love with cold oceans for such a landlocked childhood, she has been working on ships since 2014, and scuba diving and kayaking for even longer. When she can’t get herself to the sea or lost in the wilderness, she’s sharing her experiences and passion for those incredible places, engaging folks young and old into protecting and enjoying nature. She strongly believes that understanding and experiencing the environment is key to protecting it. Building the next generations of polar stewards will be a labour of hope, brought forth by love and respect for this planet we call home.


Do Fish Talk? with Brittnie Spriel

May 31st @ 12:00pm eastern

Brittnie Spriel is currently a research technician in the Juanes Lab at the University of Victoria, where she will be starting her masters on the bioacoustics of kelp forests in September. She is also project coordinator of a new educational program called FishSounds Educate, which aims to promote public ocean literacy. In her role, she develops and delivers outreach content, and loves being able to make marine science accessible and relatable to learners of all ages. 


Crossing the Oceans Sustainably with Danielle Southcott

June 1st @ 12:00pm eastern

Founder of the 5 x award-nominated Veer Group, Danielle was named by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects as one of the most influential women of the century, and was listed by The Ocean Opportunity Lab as an inspirational female founder to watch. As a clean shipping and energy company, Veer will gain breakthrough momentum by deploying the first clean containership to cross an ocean. 

Originally from the Great Lakes of Canada, Danielle began sailing at age 13.  A graduate of the Enkhuizer Sea Academy, she learned Dutch to graduate. She obtained her 200T masters ticket at the age of 21 which empowered her to be captain of the flagship of Barbados, cargo schooner Ruth. 

She is founder of SAILCARGO INC. co-founder of the Costa Rican non-profit AstilleroVerde, which  plants thousands of trees and creates jobs in a vulnerable coastal community. Each year Danielle’s company sponsors a young lady to sail on the tallship St. Lawrence II – a ‘’thank you’’ to the Canadian ship that first inspired her. 


Saving Global Oceans with Dr. Dayne Buddo

June 2nd @ 12:00pm eastern

Dr Dayne Buddo serves as the Director of Global Ocean Policy at Georgia Aquarium, leading the organisation’s involvement in ocean conservation policies at state, national, and global levels. He identifies policy needs and collaborates with Georgia Aquarium’s Science Program to improve policies related to research and education. He is also the current regional coordinator for the Caribbean node of the ECOP Programme and supports several delegations to major United Nations Conferences on climate change and ocean conservation.

Dayne is a certified PADI Master Instructor, Advanced Rebreather Diver, an Emergency First Response® (First Aid/CPR/AED) Instructor, as well as a Hyperbaric (Recompression) Chamber Safety Director. He has conducted over 8,000 scientific dives mainly assessing marine habitats, lionfish research and control as well as habitat restoration.


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