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Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership: Diversity in the Blue Economy

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Canada's ocean industries contribute 1.6% to GDP, generating $31.7 billion annually. Advancing women's economic empowerment could add up to $150 billion to Canada's GDP by 2026. Attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse talent pipeline is crucial for innovation and technology development. The Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership initiative aims to increase women's leadership and contribution to the industry by fostering a diverse talent pipeline. OceansAdvance and partners seek to promote greater participation in ocean industries through a work-action plan.

Background

Canada's ocean industries account for 1.6% of GDP, generating $31.7 billion annually. To further bolster economic recovery, a diverse and inclusive talent pool is essential. Research by McKinsey indicates that advancing women's economic empowerment could add up to $150 billion to the country's GDP by 2026. The Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership initiative aims to foster a diverse talent pipeline, including women from all backgrounds, 2SLGBTQ+ community, Indigenous communities, persons with disabilities, and racialized people. The initiative seeks to increase leadership, competitiveness, and contribution to the industry, culminating in the 2023 International Conference.

Vision

We aim to help Canada become a world leader for women and underrepresented people to pursue and establish a thriving, successful, well-paying career in ocean industries; fulfil their personal and professional potential; and maximize their impact on Canada’s ocean sector and economy more broadly.

Goals

  • Increasing local, provincial, national, and international profile.

  • Increasing visibility and Atlantic collaboration.

  • Providing global expansion and growth opportunities.

  • Developing strategic partnerships.

  • Increasing the number of women and under-represented people in the sector.

  • Developing a talent pipeline to support current and future workforce needs.

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