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Ocean Forum 2 - How Ocean Protection Can Fuel A New Blue Economy and Drive Prosperity

Oceans are critical to the health of our planet and our global economy. Developed nations such as Canada can play a lead role in advancing ocean sustainability while increasing the benefits derived from it. 

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On December 2, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, in which Canada’s Prime Minister is a member, will release its new ocean agenda. On December 3rd, 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 domestic blue economy. 

With the longest coastline in the world, Canada has great potential to grow its blue economy. We’ll look at the biggest challenges and opportunities in aligning international and domestic ambitions, and how Canada’s blue economy strategy can drive sustainable growth for the benefit of Canadians and the world.   

The discussion will be moderated by OFI CEO and Scientific Director Anya Waite, Associate Scientific Director Paul Snelgrove, and Chief Strategic Engagement Officer Catherine Blewett.  

Honourable Bernadette Jordan has proudly served as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Shore-St. Margarets 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 the Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy at the World Bank. In her career spanning over more than 25 years, Dr. Kemper has worked on global environmental, natural resources and water issues. She has served in a range of functions at the World Bank, including as the Senior Director for Environment and Natural Resources,  Senior Regional Advisor in the Office of the Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region and as the World Bank Director of Climate Policy and Finance.  She has also held managerial positions in the South Asia and Latin America and Caribbean regions. In her current assignment, she drives the policy direction of the World Bank's Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice, including a portfolio of more than $8-billion in investments, analytical work, multi-donor trust funds and global engagements. 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 as well as a M.Sc. in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health in the United States. 

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Registration is limited to the first 500 participants. This event was originally scheduled for October. Anyone who registered previously does not need to register again. They will receive a new link.