World Ocean Council Opens Annual Global Gathering of Ocean Industry Leaders

The World Ocean Council kicked off its 5th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) – the unique global ocean business community gathering – in Halifax on 29 November.

The high level opening session on “Blue Sky Thinking for a Blue Ocean and Blue Economy” began the SOS with input from global leaders, including James Michel (former Seychelles President), Serge Segura (France’s Ambassador for the Ocean), Peter Hinchliffe (Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping) and others, and with a presentation from TCC Shipping on their groundbreaking research on low emission ship engines.

This was followed by the extraordinary gathering of ocean business CEOs in the SOS signature “Ocean Executive Forum” – a plenary dialogue of ocean industry leaders, this year with nine company top officers, each from a different sector.

Next, the Ocean 2030 session delivered authoritative projections for future of nine key ocean sectors, most provided by the head of industry associations – a compilation on the future of the ocean economy that you will not find at any other event.

Day 1 ended with the WOC Young Ocean Professionals (YOP) workshop on “Identifying ocean innovation challenges for sustainability”, organized in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

If you are not in Halifax this week, here is the full SOS 2017 Program, with all the great sessions and speakers on ocean sustainable development that you are missing.

The ocean leadership companies from around the world and across the sectors have again come together to show their support for the WOC as SOS 2017 Sponsor: 
 Gold Sponsor: TCC Group 
 Silver Sponsors: McInnes Cooper, Rightship, Woodside Energy 
 Bronze Sponsors: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), IHC Mining BV, Liquid Robotics, Louisbourg Seafoods 
 Additional sponsors: AGAWA Partners, Aquarium of the Pacific, Discover Halifax,Envirolin, exactEarth, Resolute Marine Energy, SubCtech, Thordon Bearings, Xylem