Training Our Future Ocean Leaders

University of British Columbia

Prepare interdisciplinary marine researchers with the ability to translate technical knowledge into policy and management innovations for the ocean. Provide value-added professional training and opportunities not available in existing disciplinary graduate programs

Department/Institute/Unit: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Institution: University of British Columbia
City: Vancouver
Country: Canada
State/Province: British Columbia
Program Leader(s): Simon Donner
Point(s) of Contact: Jill Dwyer
Contact Email(s):
Year Initiated: 2016
Currently Active: Yes
Program Scale: Campus
Participant Model: Cohort Based
Participant Eligibility: Master’s Student, Ph.D. Student, Postdoc
Time Commiment for Participants: 60+ hours
Requirements for Participation: Learning passport used to track attendance at mandatory activities. Funders require participation in specific program elements.
Application Frequency: Yearly
Application Process: Application: UBC graduate application, statement of intent and CV. Selection: by management committee, based on application and program diversity goals.
Program Recruitment Strategies: N/A
Cost to Participant: No
Funding or Support Available to Participants: N/A
Amount or Types of Support Available to Participants (if applicable): $4,000-$12,000/yr fellowships available
Mentorship Model: Opportunities through internship program and program events like “Story Time with Ocean Leaders”
Number of Participants in Program: 20-29
How Program is Funded: Public Grants
Other Program Partners: Many (~20): local NGOs, local media, consulting firms, government
Number of Program Staff: 1
Is the Program Credit Bearing or Credentialing: Yes
Is there a Program Evaluation Conducted: Yes
Type(s) of Evaluation(s) Conducted: Post-event surveys; annual focus group

Anti-Racism in Science

Workshop and discussion on anti-racism and why it is important in STEM, academia, and ocean/marine sciences in particular.

Balancing Science and Advocacy

“Stick to the science,” so many of us have heard, or we risk damaging the hard-won reputation of scientists as cautious and rational evaluators of evidence. Yet being effective in

Collective Leadership Workshop

Workshop leads participants through an examination of leadership narratives, dimensions, and skills and features real case studies of successful ecological and environmental management as a framework for learning.

Effective Presentation Workshop

Part of a science communication series that focuses on delivering messages clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences. This workshop provides principles for presenting ideas and research in a

Engaging with First Nations

This workshop introduces students to special considerations when working with indigenous communities. It includes a presentation and facilitated dialogue about working with indigenous populations in research and policy action, with