In-person conference now November 16-19, 2021 

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

OFI will hold virtual conference November 17-18, 2020 with the in-person Vision for the Future conference  moved ahead from 2020 to 2021

Both conferences are follow ups to the Ocean Frontier Institute's 2018 conference. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, and the uncertainty of when those restrictions may be lifted, OFI has chosen to move the in-person conference ahead to November 2021. Watch this page for more details about   the virtual conference for November 2020 featuring the keynote speakers currently booked.  

Read the Conference Report from 2018 Biennial Conference Report

Confirmed Keynote Speakers


Dr. Debbie Bronk

President and CEO, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Dr. Debbie Bronk, President and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences earned a Ph.D. in Marine-Estuarine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland, and she has more than two decades of experience as a professor and an oceanographer. During that time, she has conducted more than 50 research cruises and field studies in freshwater and marine environments that stretch from pole to pole.

Most recently, Deborah was the Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences and department chair at Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. She previously served as division director for the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science and as president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

Nina Jensen

Nina Jensen

CEO, Rev Ocean

Nina Jensen is a champion of global environmental conservation and is currently the CEO of REV Ocean.

She has a burning passion and commitment for the oceans and a proven track record of making a positive impact over a 20-year career. Inspired by personally witnessing threats to the oceans, she is now dedicated to ocean conservation and finding global sustainable solutions. 

REV Ocean is a not-for-profit company created by a Norwegian businessman with one overarching purpose and ambition: To make the ocean healthy again. Four interconnected initiatives are being developed: the REV Ocean Research Expedition Vessel (REV Ocean), the World Ocean Headquarters (WOH), the Ocean Data Foundation (ODP) and Plastic REVolution. Jensen is tasked with implementing the company's goal of going ‘from Curiosity to Understanding to Solutions’. 

She was previously Secretary-General of WWF Norway where she was an active campaigner for defending the health of Norwegian waters and fronted WWF's long-standing work of promoting robust marine protection laws. She was also an early advocate for the Norwegian Oil Fund to withdraw from coal and instead invest in renewable energy.    

Due to her tireless efforts as a prolific environmental crusader, she was appointed as a Young Global Leader in March 2014 by the World Economic Forum. Nina holds a Master's degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø and has studied communications and marketing at Ogilvy & Mather.

She is a board member of The Business for Peace Foundation and a member of the Expert Committee of the Thor Heyerdahl award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Opportunity Report. Nina is born and raised in Oslo, she loves to dive, fish, ski, hike and loves the outdoors.