POSTONED OFI and COVE present Ocean Forum 2 - How Ocean Protection Can Fuel A New Blue Economy

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The global ocean plays a critical role in the health of our planet and in the global economy. Developed nations such as Canada can play a lead role in ensuring ocean sustainability as we gain the potential benefits the ocean offers, but Canada places 8th in terms of contributing to the global blue economy, despite having the longest coastline in the world. How do we change that? Canada, like many nations, is developing a national blue economy strategy – what should that look like? What do Canada and other nations need to do to be more competitive in the global ocean economy? Join our discussion with the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Karin Kemper, the Global Director for the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice at the World Bank as we look at Canada’s current position on this from an internal and external perspective and discuss possible solutions.

Honourable Bernadette Jordan has proudly served as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Shore-St. Margaret’s since October 2015. She was first appointed to Cabinet in January 2019 as Minister of Rural Economic Development (RED), making her the first female elected in Nova Scotia to be appointed Minister of the Crown. After being re-elected in 2019, she was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, a role she holds today. As the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, she is responsible for delivering on key mandate items such as implementing the modernized Fisheries Act to restore and rebuild fish populations, helping develop a national  blue economy strategy, and leading Canada’s effort to reach our target of protecting 25% of our oceans by 2025, working toward a goal of 30% by 2030.  

As a proud coastal Canadian who still lives along Nova Scotia’s South Shore, Jordan is passionate about protecting our oceans, and the opportunity to lead Canada in this work is a great honour for her.

Karin Kemper is Global Director of the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice, which provides financing, technical assistance, and knowledge solutions in areas such as the Blue Economy, pollution management, forests and landscapes, and environmental economics. She has served in a range of functions at the World Bank, including as the Senior Director for Environment and Natural Resources and Senior Regional Advisor in the Office of the Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Earlier, she was the Director of Climate Policy and Finance and she also held management positions in environment and water resources management in South Asia and the Latin America and Caribbean Regions. An institutional economist, she has published extensively on the economics of water resources management and has led studies on natural resources and environmental management worldwide. Dr. Kemper is a German national and holds a Ph.D. in Water and Environmental Studies and a B.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Linköping University in Sweden.