Your Opportunity to Contribute to the National Action Plan to Advance Ocean Leadership for Women and Underrepresented Groups


National Plan Consultation Sessions


1.) Industry Associations    Monday July 25, 2022            1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Newfoundland Time)

2.) Government Officials    Wednesday July 27, 2022      1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Newfoundland Time)

3.) Ocean Associations      Wednesday July 27,  2022      4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Newfoundland Time)

4.) NL & BC In-Person & Virtual Consultations

  • NL: Tuesday, September 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m at the National Research Council Blgd, Ocean , Coastal and River Engineering, MUN Campus.
  • B.C: Tuesday September 27 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) – Delta Ocean Pointe, Victoria, BC (Click here)
  • B.C: Tuesday September 27– 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time)  – Virtual (Click here for Zoom)


Contact  to register and get a link to the virtual or in-person sessions. Other sessions may be added later.

During the the first Canadian Women in Oceans Industries Leadership Conference (CWOIL) to be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (New Dates TBA), a strategic Action Plan will be presented to guide the development of the National Long-term Action Plan for the Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) initiative.

The Action Plan project is to activate CWOIL’s bold vision to make Canada a world leader for women and underrepresented people to pursue and establish a thriving, successful, well-paying career in ocean industries; fulfil their personal and professional potential, including as leaders and owners; and maximize and broaden their impact on Canada’s ocean sector and economy.

The project includes several phases of research and consultation through interviews and workshops over the next few months across Canada, culminating at the CWOIL conference in November with further discussions and affirmations to validate the strategy.

As part of the consultation, a team of consultants, lead by the Caron Hawco Group, will be reaching out to experts and organizations across Canada to get input for the Action Plan, through interviews and workshops. The purpose is to gather unique perspectives on how to increase the leadership position and competitiveness of Canada’s ocean economy, by fostering an ocean-specific talent pipeline with people underrepresented across ocean sectors – especially women, as well as people who identify as Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, racialized, and persons with disabilities, and who otherwise lack fair access to opportunities in ocean business, academia, and innovation.