May 21-24, 2024 | The Algonquin Resort
St. Andrews by-the-Sea I New Brunswick


Join sustainable innovation leaders and experts for actionable insights on unlocking the full potential of the global blue economy. Several blue economy themes across multiple industry sectors will be examined though plenary, panel, and keynote sessions.


Paul Holthus

Founding President & CEO, World Ocean Council, Hawaii, United States

Dr. Fred Olayele

Director & Professor, Regional Innovation North, Canada

Dr. Tobias Stapleton

Director, Blue Venture Forum, Rhode Island, United States

Paula Copeland

Vice President, Engagement & Sustainability, Saint John Port Authority, Canada

Glenn Prickett

President/CEO, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, United States

Sarah McLean

Vice President, Maritime Launch Services, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ian Wilms 

President, SeafarerAI, Canada

Christopher Mbanefo

Founder and CEO, OXÏ-ZEN Solutions LLC, Switzerland

Richard Rémillard

Former Executive Director, Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Dorothy Dankel

Chair, Nordic Marine Think Tank & Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF Ocean, Norway

Damon Goodwin

Chief Executive Officer, ResearchNB, Canada

Lisa Lambie

Managing Partner & Chief Impact Officer, Maroon Venture Fund LP, United States

Dr. Kristin Tweel

Director, Sector Innovation, Genome Atlantic, Halifax, Canada

Jennifer LaPlante

Chief Growth & Investment Officer, Canada's Ocean Supercluster, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Umi Muawanah

Head of Economics and Trade, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

Mélanie Nadeau

Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Relations, Montreal Port Authority, Canada

Ellen Frisch

Principal, Ellen Frisch & Associates, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Ed Steeves

Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada, Export Development Canada

Karen Bhatia

Stanford Faculty, Attorney, and Entrepreneur, New York, United States

Dr. Rashid Sumaila

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics, UBC, Canada

Dr. Robert Stephenson

Research Scientist, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Dr. David Wilson

Founding Director/CEO, Cities and Regions Limited, New Zealand

Dr. Herb Emery

Professor and Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Diane Botelho 

CEO/Executive Director, Research and Productivity Council, Fredericton, Canada

Sara Colburne

Vice President, Strategy & Transformation, Halifax Port Authority, Canada

Dr. Leila Harris

Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Steve Tipman

Executive Director, Trade Facilitation Office Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Yiagadeesen Samy

Professor and Director, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Jennifer Dingman

Executive Director, UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Region & Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark

Meaghan Seagrave

Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Canada

Brad Henderson

Mayor of Saint Andrews and Managing Director, Kingsbrae Garden, New Brunswick, Canada

Tanya Chapman

President & Senior Consultant, The Chapman Group, New Brunswick, Canada

Dr. Thierry Chopin

Professor of Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada

Michael Szemerda

Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Cooke Aquaculture Inc., Canada

Bernadette Fernandes

CEO, The Varanda Network, NB, Canada



DAY 1: TUESDAY MAY 21, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Welcome Cocktail Reception
8:00 – 8:30 AM
Registration, Coffee, and Networking
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Introductions and Welcome Message
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Panel Discussions, Keynotes, and Networking
DAY 3: THURSDAY MAY 23, 2024
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Panel Discussions, Keynotes, and Networking
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Closing Ceremony & Red-Carpet Gala Dinner
DAY 4: FRIDAY MAY 24, 2024
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tours and Golf
  • Tour: Huntsman Marine Science Centre
  • Tour: St. Andrews Biological Station
  • Golf tournament: Algonquin Golf Course

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