Keynote and Special Speakers

MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2014

Timothy Kearns

Timothy Kearns will be the keynote speaker at the Monday morning plenary session. In his address, he will focus on a vision for fueling blue growth with big data, calling not only for evolution in technology but also a shift in thinking about how information is managed across industries, sectors, and borders.

Mr. Kearns has a background that spans hydrography, bathymetry, remote sensing, GIS, software development, business strategy, professional services and lecturing. He is currently the President at ClipCard, a search and discovery app. He is a member of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)/International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) GEBCO Technical Subcommittee on Ocean Mapping. GEBCO's aim is to provide the most authoritative publicly-available bathymetry of the world's oceans. He also is a Senior Advisor to OceanAero, an emerging technology company building autonomous, highly persistent, energy scavenging, wind/electric-unmanned vessels packaged in a small, man-portable configuration.

Mr. Kearns has held positions at Esri, the Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Sciences, the Canadian Hydrographic Service and Fugro. At all times throughout his career he has encouraged his teams, students and colleagues to pursue technology solutions that push the boundaries of current practices and ideology.


Francis Zwiers

Dr. Francis Zwiers will be the keynote speaker at the Wednesday morning plenary session, addressing the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovern-mental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The recently released report focuses on climate change and its implications for coastal areas in Canada and around the World.

Dr. Zwiers, a Bureau member of the IPCC, is currently the Director and CEO of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium based in Victoria, British Columbia. He has played a substantial role in the preparation of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and has served as a coordinating lead author in the preparation of the previous IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

Dr. Zwiers is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Meteorological Society. He received the Patterson Distinguished Service Medal in 2007. Before taking his present position at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, he served as a Research Scientist, Chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, and Director of the Climate Research Division, all at Environment Canada. His expertise is in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of observed and simulated climate variability and change.

Susan Avery

Dr. Susan Avery will be providing the keynote talk at the Oceans Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 18th. Dr. Avery is President and Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Prior to taking this position she was a member of the executive administration and a Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado from 1982-2008.

Dr. Avery uses her position and her background in atmospheric research to convey the importance of understanding the Earth as a system connected by ocean, atmosphere, terrestrial, and human interactions. Under her leadership, WHOI is diversifying funding and pursuing more interdisciplinary discovery research as well as problem-oriented research and the application of fundamental research to ocean-related crises. The institution is also developing a wide range of platforms and tools for access to the ocean.

Dr. Avery serves on many national and international boards, committees, commissions, and program review committees, and is active in professional societies. Her research interests include atmospheric circulation and precipitation, the development of new radar techniques and instruments for observing the atmosphere, and the role of climate science in decision support.

CZC 2014 is proud to co-host the Oceans Gala Dinner and Reception with the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS), a council of the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS).


Paul Martin

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada and present Commissioner on the Global Ocean Commission, will be the special guest speaker at the Thursday morning plenary session. Mr. Martin is one of seventeen Commissioners reviewing the present state of the World’s oceans to provide politically and technically feasible short-, medium- and long-term recommendations to address four key issues facing the high seas:
    - overfishing
    - large-scale loss of habitat and biodiversity
    - the lack of effective management and enforcement
    - deficiencies in high seas governance.

The Global Ocean Commission will make a series of recommendations by the middle of 2014 that will be capable, if fully implemented, of restoring the ocean to ecological health and sustainable productivity. In its analysis so far, issues affecting the high seas – the focus of the Commission’s work – have been divided into 10 areas, and papers drafted in each area as background to the Commissioners’ deliberations - see

In his presentation, Mr. Martin will consider the state of the Commission’s work and speak on his experience with the Commission in reviewing the state of the World’s oceans and the potential for addressing the many pressing issues they face.

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