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Introducing ECOP Canada

ECOP Canada is the Canadian network for the Global ECOP Programme. 

ECOP Canada aims to achieve intergenerational equity by strengthening the diverse voices of early career ocean professionals. Through our network of ocean partners and ECOPs, we aim to address the following needs outlined in Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy:

  1. Adapt to generational values, innovation, and interests.
  2. [Re]build early career professionals connections to the ocean.
  3. Develop and communicate clear career pathways. 
  4. Support experiential learning opportunities. 
  5. Support and create sector strategies to introduce ECOPs to career opportunities. 
A crew of three people on the deck of a boat. Women with helmet on looking up and smiling
Photo by: Samantha McBeth
Woman on a beach by buckets of water that contain various starfish
Photo by: Samantha McBeth

Who is an ECOP in Canada?

  • An early career ocean professional (ECOP) is anyone who makes their living from a healthy ocean.
  • An ECOP is a person that self-identifies as being early in their career (10 years or less of professional experience) within any occupation related to the ocean (not only employed/paid positions).
  • ECOPs will be the ones to inherit the decisions made about the ocean today as well as leadership roles in the blue economy.
Why empower ECOPs in Canada now?
 
  • We are at a pivotal time in which leadership, innovation, and emerging technologies could help us deal with and solve environmental challenges, while introducing new ocean sectors. 
  • Now is the time to take action by supporting the next generation of ocean leaders to meet the goals of the UN Ocean Decade and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Canada has the longest coastline in the world. ECOP Canada creates meaningful engagement and hope through community building from coast to coast to coast.
  • By supporting our network, ECOPs in Canada will help achieve international leadership and a Blue Economy that is environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically viable.
Woman underwater, diving in a kelp forest with scuba gear on.
Photo by: Andrew McCurdy

Join the ECOP Canada community on Slack

Are you an early career ocean professional in Canada? Fill out the form below and we’ll email you an invite to join our online community. Slack is the place where you can connect with fellow ECOPs and access meaningful opportunities like jobs, training, funding, events, collaborations, ocean leadership, and more! 

ECOP Canada Coordination Unit

ECOP Canada welcomes you to join the network and share your country’s activities and opportunities related to the UN Decade. 

For any questions or inquiries, please contact:

  • Ashley Bowes
  • Email: canada@ecopdecade.org
Ashley Bowes is the Education Coordinator for ECOP Canada. She is an ECOP that has over seven years of experience collaborating with leaders in sustainability and non-profit organizations. Ashley has taken her passion as a marine adventurer and communicator to the next level to support and amplify the stories and voices of ECOPs across Canada.
Ashley Bowes is the Education Coordinator for ECOP Canada. She is an ECOP that has over seven years of experience collaborating with leaders in sustainability and non-profit organizations. Ashley has taken her passion as a marine adventurer and communicator to the next level to support and amplify the stories and voices of ECOPs across Canada.

ECOP Canada Steering Committee

Neha Acharya-Patel
Neha Acharya-Patel is an ECOP who has worked across industry, academia and science communication and outreach over the past five years. She is a passionate marine conservationist, early-career scientist and professional diver who spends all the time she can below the surface.
Samantha McBeth
Samantha McBeth is an interdisciplinary ECOP specialized in the polar regions, with a focus on the intersection of environmental research, policy making, and social factors. She’s also been a polar expedition guide and naturalist for the last 5 years, sharing her passion for the Arctic, the North Atlantic, and the Southern Ocean.
Ronnie Noonan-Birch Headshot
Ronnie Noonan-Birch is an ECOP who looks to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Blue Economy as a framework that will lead to meaningful solutions. She is pursuing her Master’s in Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University to find out how the Blue Economy can be better utilized in Canada.

ECOP Canada Highlights

Coming soon!

Take the survey

Calling all Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) in Canada we need you! We are on a mission to empower ECOPs with meaningful opportunities during the UN Ocean Decade. Take a few mins to voice your needs here
 
Appel à tous les professionnels de l’océan en début de carrière au Canada, nous avons besoin de vous ! ECOP Canada a pour mission de donner aux ECOP des opportunités significatives. Prenez quelques minutes pour exprimer vos besoins ici


Share your story

By sharing your story of why you became an oceanpreneur/innovator, we hope to empower post-secondary students and early career professionals from all interdisciplinaries to explore a career path (or side hustle) that will create a positive change for the ocean and support their own livelihoods. 

Ready to inspire others? Record a 1-2 minute video in English or French on Flipgrid here to tell us more about your story and advice to post-secondary students and early career professionals.


Join the Ocean Week Canada and summer Ocean Festival celebrations!

ECOP Canada is thrilled to be partnered with the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and 13 other incredible partner organizations for the Ocean Week Canada and Ocean Festival. This national celebration will create a surge of awareness about the ocean and strengthen our appreciation of the waterways that connect us, inland to the sea. Visit: oceanweekcan.ca

Are you a post-secondary student or early career professional? Head to the Learning Hub to check out the post-secondary and early career toolkit created in collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada and the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

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