CZC 2014 – abstract submissions now open!

Oral and poster abstracts are now invited on the following sub-themes and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.


  1. Blue Economy: Working Waterfronts, Coastal Infrastructure and Resource Management
  2. Coastal Communities: Social and Human Dimensions of the Coast
  3. Environmental Impacts: Climate Change, Human-Induced Challenges and Community Responses
  4. A Focus on the Arctic: Ecological, Social, Economic and Political Change
  5. Governance, Policy and Law-Making: Managing our Coasts and Oceans
  6. Knowledge and Information: Data Use and Accessibility, Information Management
  7. Marine and Coastal Ecosystems: Understanding the Complexity of Biological and Physical Coastal Environments
  8. Security and Risk Management: Managing Uncertainty
  9. Social Media and Outreach: Reaching and Educating the Public Domain
  10. Other

To highlight the Conference theme, Our Coasts: Legacies and Futures, each contributor and participant will be asked to consider the following questions:

  1. What does the ideal future look like to you? Where are the opportunities? What future will you choose?
  2. What role can you play and how can you influence the present and the future? How do we empower, inspire, engage, and revitalize?
  3. How do we deal with the unexpected? What are the risks? How do we prepare? What lessons can we learn from the past?


  • Contribute your research and experience to the leading Canadian forum for coastal and ocean management
  • Present cutting-edge research or share professional experiences that could potentially have a significant impact on the practice of ocean and coastal management in Canada and abroad
  • Provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about emerging issues that affect our coasts
  • Open dialogue among your colleagues and fellow citizens on how to empower active involvement in managing and protecting all of Canada’s coasts.


The deadline for oral and poster abstract submissions is 16 December 2013.

  • Abstracts can be saved in “Draft” status to be finalized until the submission deadline (16 December 2013). Therefore, the submitter will be required to create a user profile.
  • Abstracts for the Conference program will be printed from your electronically submitted material. Therefore, please be sure to carefully check your abstract for content errors, spelling, names, etc. before submitting.
  • Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence. Allow 24 hours for your receipt to be returned to you. Notifications of abstract receipt will be sent to the ABSTRACT SUBMITTER’s email address only.
  • The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it is actually presented at the conference by the author or one of the co-authors. You are able to identify the presenter when submitting your abstract. All presenters will be required to register for CZC 2014 and pay the appropriate registration fee.
  • Detailed information on the presentation format and submission procedures (i.e. duration and timing of the presentation, size of poster, accepted file type for digital poster, uploading information, etc.) will be emailed to all delegates whose abstracts have been accepted by the Program Committee by 1 March 2014.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in the CZC 2014 abstract book and loaded to USB keys which will be distributed to participants, and other Conference sponsors, special guests, etc., together with the Conference registration bag. Accepted abstracts will also be available online on the CZC 2014 website prior to the Conference.
  • All authors who register for the Conference may have their paper considered for publication by one of the supporting journals by indicating their preference at the abstract submission stage. Acceptance of a paper for Conference presentation does not guarantee subsequent acceptance for journal publication.

For revisions or queries regarding abstracts already submitted:

If you do not receive acknowledgement for your abstract submission or if you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please DO NOT RESUBMIT your abstract, as this may lead to duplication. Please email with details of any revisions or queries. Please quote your reference number if you have one.

For further information, please click here. 



I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition 2013-2014

Innovacorp has launched the 2013 I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition. I-3 stands for “Idea, Innovation, Implementation;” the early stages in the commercialization process.

Early stage businesses / entrepreneurs are invited to submit their ideas for a new knowledge-based technology product or service online at Round One submissions require a short overview of a business venture, due at 5:00 pm AST on October 18, 2013.

The competition has five geographic zones. Each zone will have a first place award package worth $100,000 and a second place award package worth $40,000. One provincial winner will be selected from the five zone winners, and awarded a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp. New this year are sector awards for information and communications technology, life sciences, clean technology and oceans technology.

Full competition details including eligibility and submission application are available on-line at For more information, please contact Shelley Hessian at 424-8670 ext 1123 or by email at


Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a $2 million prize competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists and innovators from all over the world to create pH sensor technology that will affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean pH from its shallowest waters, to its deepest depths. ??Do you have what it takes to create the winning technology? ??To learn more, visit the website to see how you can form a team or click here.

Ocean Innovation 2013 – Rimouski, QC

Ocean Innovation 2013: Ocean Smart

Monitoring, Data Management and Decision-Making

October 20 – 23, 2013
Hotel Rimouski


Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. They play a major role in the regulation and functioning of the blue planet. They make up a vital resource for numerous marine and terrestrial ecosystems. For mankind, they are an essential source of food in certain part of the world, as well as a source of fossil energy and of inexhaustible renewable energy. Moreover, they have supported global trade of goods and commodities for several centuries.

Integrating in situ observations, satellite observations and modeling techniques, new technologies have revolutionized several aspects of ocean sciences and provided us with a better understanding of oceans and with better tools to foresee their evolution. Today, a new era is shaping up where new and more precise monitoring technologies will respond to a wider range of needs. We can now access continuous real-time data to describe every aspect of our oceans and to foresee their evolution. The practical application of these technologies is an extension of research, which then becomes operational.

Ocean Innovation 2013 is a joint initiative between Technopole maritime du Québec and the Marine Institute of Memorial University. This edition of the most important event in the Canadian ocean sector will focus on monitoring, data management and decision-making in ocean observation. What are the issues and perspectives? What new outlook do these new technologies and ocean observation systems provide us?

Ocean Innovation 2013 Program at a Glance

Ocean Innovation 2013 Detailed Program

For more information and to register, please visit Ocean Innovation 2013


The A.G. Huntsman Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2013 A.G. Huntsman Award will be presented to Dr. Scott Doney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (  The award ceremony will take place at 2PM on 28 November 2013 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  Following the ceremony, Dr. Doney will present a distinguished lecture entitled “Rapid climate change along the West Antarctic Peninsula: Impacts from sea-ice to penguins”.

Dr. Doney will be presented the 2013 Huntsman Award, in the category of biological oceanography and fisheries science, to recognize his fundamental contributions to our understanding of the role of ocean biology in global biochemical cycles and for his analysis of the vulnerability of ocean biological processes to global change, particularly ocean acidification.  His leadership in bringing the community’s intellectual assets to bear on some of the most pressing scientific problems of our time is exceptional.  He is also recognized for his tireless efforts to educate both students of oceanography and the general public on complex issues related to these changes in the global ocean.  Consequently, his intellectual leadership has and will have dramatic implications to our understanding of the future ocean and its ecosystems.

The A.G. Huntsman Award ( was established by the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in 1980 to recognize excellence of research in, and outstanding contribution to, the marine sciences. The award honours those men and women, of any nationality, who have had, and continue to have, a significant influence on the course of marine scientific thought. It is presented annually in one of three categories: marine geosciences, physical/chemical oceanography, and biological oceanography and fisheries science. The award was created to honour the memory of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman (1883–1972), pioneer Canadian oceanographer and fishery biologist.

2013 A.G Huntsman Award (PDF version)