The 5th edition of the Sustainable Ocean Summit has just come to an end in Halifax, Canada.
During three days, the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel welcomed 230 participants of 28 different nationalities. Among them, decision makers and high-level representatives from all the sectors of the Ocean Business Community gathered to discuss and decide the future of the Sustainable Ocean Economy. Some of this year topics developed around the theme “The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities” and included the Arctic, ocean energy, shipping, marine sound, digital ocean, maritime law among others.
Marc-André Blanchard, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, Ken Paul, Director of Fisheries and Integrated Resources, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat, Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods, Mike Utsler, Chief Operating Officer, Woodside Energy, Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority, Minister Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business, Minister of Energy, Minister of Trade, and Minister of Service Nova Scotia, and Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America attended the event among the highranking executives, senior environment and sustainability officers.
"World Ocean Council wants to link the existing coordination initiatives towards a joint workforce between the maritime shareholder to build a Sustainable Ocean Economy." Christine Valentin, COO, World Ocean Council.
"We need more information about risk and opportunities of ocean sustainable development. We need to raise awareness about the costs of not doing anything." Marc-André Blanchard, Canada Ambassador to the United Nations.
"Our ocean has an enormous impact on our lives; its predicted that ocean economy will double in the next 15 years." Minister MacLellan, Minister of Business, Energy, Trade, and Service, Nova Scotia.
The Sustainable Ocean Summit is a climate neutral event thanks to RightShip . Event emissions during 29th November to 1st December 2017 have been offset by investing in South Pole emission reduction projects, based on the reforestation of the Tasmanian native forest.
The 6th edition of the Sustainable Ocean Summit will be held in Hong-Kong, end of 2018.