Welcome to the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

We are a collective, impact-oriented community of diverse organizations, networks, institutions, and individuals across Canada that is leveraging the strengths of all members to establish a coordinated strategic path to advance ocean literacy in Canada.

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Key Objectives

Under the leadership of a full-time National Coordinator and an (interim) Advisory Council, the COLC is part community of practice – to share, communicate, collaborate, and self-organize, and part coordinated national/regional working groups and special committees – to achieve the three key COLC objectives.

Build a national strategy that identifies and addresses ocean literacy priorities, gaps, recommendations, and implementation plan(s)

Establish and support an active ocean literacy research and monitoring program for Canada that identifies priority areas for future research that will improve our collective understanding of ocean literacy, and that monitors change in the level of ocean literacy in Canada to assess the impact of the strategy

Amplify existing ocean literacy initiatives of COLC members and establish/support identified joint activities that catalyze broad momentum and public engagement on the ground across Canada’s diverse regions, cultures, and sectors


Mapping Canada’s current ocean literacy ‘seascape’

The COLC is working to better understand, connect, and align 7 intersecting sectors (see inner ring) identified as critical to advancing ocean literacy in Canada with several relevant national and international initiatives, frameworks, and calls to action (see outer rings for examples). The strategic connecting of these dots will serve to collectively move the needle on ocean literacy!

Joining the COLC

The COLC is open to all organizations, institutions, networks, and individuals who are interested in advancing ocean literacy in Canada through collective impact. There is no fee to join! Read our Guiding Principles.


Member Benefits

  • Contribute to the co-creation of a Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy
  • Become part of an active collective impact community
  • Serve on the Advisory Council, regional working groups, and/or special committees
  • Participate in relevant ocean literacy research
  • Engage in collaborative mobilization initiatives, campaigns, and events

Founding Member Organizations

Leadership Team

National Coordinator:

Lisa (Diz) Glithero

Administrative Coordinator:

Sarah MacNeil

Advisory Council Co-chairs:

Pam Wilson
Heiltsuk Nation, Bella Bella, British Columbia

Janet Stalker
Ocean School, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Advisory Council Members:

Carol AmaratungaUniversity of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia Ailsa BarryCanadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario
James BartramOcean Wise, Vancouver, British Columbia
Kareina D'SouzaConfederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, Truro, Nova Scotia
Shari FoxNational Snow and Ice Data Center/ Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, work based in Clyde River, Nunavut

Geoff GreenStudents on Ice, Gatineau, Quebec
Shannon HardingClean Foundation, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Maia HoeberechtsOcean Networks Canada/CaNOE Board member, Victoria, British Columbia
Anton HollandNIVA, Ottawa, Ontario

Jeff MauriceNunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Tom PaddonBaffinland, St. John's, Newfoundland
Stephen VircFisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Keen to Support?
Please reach out to:

Lisa (Diz) Glithero, National Coordinator