The Keys to a Blue Economy

Water Canada presents its newest online discussion series: The Keys to a Blue Economy.

This four-part series focuses on how Canada should define its blue economy and all of the key elements that will ensure a strong national water sector.

Each session will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. eastern time on the third Wednesday of the month from January 2021 to April 2021.

Session #1—Defining the Blue Economy

The United Nations definition of the blue economy is based on the “the improvement of human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” However, we believe that definition is too narrow and needs to be more all-encompassing of the entire water sector from coast to coast to coast.

In our first session, we’ll explore why the wider definition is warranted, why it’s important for the future of the Canadian water sector, and the importance of gaining a greater appreciation of all of our Canadian watersheds.

Speakers include:

Melissa De Young—Pollution Probe: Melissa is the director of policy and programs at Pollution Probe, a national not-for-profit, charitable organization that seeks to improve the health and well-being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible, environmental change. She is responsible for leading the organization’s Circular Economy and Great Lakes Programs. Melissa also contributes to its transportation file. Since joining Pollution Probe in 2010, Melissa has worked in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to find common solutions to challenging environmental issues. She has led a variety of research and development initiatives and public outreach and education campaigns related to environmental health, the Great Lakes, plastic waste, chemicals management, and consumer engagement.

Bruce Dudley—The Delphi Group: Bruch is a senior vice president at The Delphi Group, a leading strategic consultancy that provides innovative solutions in the areas of climate change and corporate sustainability. Bruce provides strategic advice to public and private institutions on all aspects of sustainability and carbon management. He clients find innovative solutions to sustainability challenges by exploring the nexus between policy, technology, and financing. Bruce is also vice president of Innovation and Trade Expo for Accelerating Sustainability Events Management Inc. (ASEM), which operates the GLOBE™ Series of Conferences. Prior to his current roles, Bruce led Delphi’s Health and Environment practice and was recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts in the strategic integration of health and environmental issues.

Geoff Green—Students on Ice: Geoff is the founder and president of the Students on Ice Foundation, an internationally renowned program that has taken more than 3,000 youth, educators, elders, experts, scientists, leaders, and artists from around the world on educational journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic. He is also proud to serve as the chair of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Riverkeeper. Geoff’s experience working and traveling across the Circumpolar Arctic, the Antarctic, and across the global ocean is extensive and diverse. He has worked and collaborated on national and international projects in education, science, media, and conservation. He has led over 135 expeditions to the Polar Regions.

Jason Scorse—Middlebury Institute of International Studies: Jason Scorse completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at UC-Berkley in 2005 with a focus on environmental economics and policy, international development, and behavioural economics. Upon graduation, he became a full-time faculty member of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and behavioral economics. In 2009 he was promoted to the chair of the International Environmental Policy Program. In 2011 Professor Scorse became the Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, which provides “leadership in research, education, and analysis to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy.”

Register now.

Session #2—Building the Blue Economy

Building the Blue Economy focuses on the infrastructure needed to ensure that the Canadian water sector continues to prosper.

Our second session will discuss the types of assets that are needed to build a robust blue economy that incorporates the needs of all stakeholders, from flood resilience and source water protection to watershed rehabilitation and contaminants removal.

Register now.

Session #3—Governing the Blue Economy

For Canada to have a prosperous blue economy, it takes the alignment of municipal, provincial, and federal policy that can open the door for strong protection of our national water assets.

In our third session, we’ll take a look at existing policy regimes across the country, where new governance structures are needed, and how we influence those government bodies to make the changes needed to ensure the short-term and long-term health of Canadian water.

Register now.

Session #4—Innovating the Blue Economy

The strength of Canada’s blue economy is dependant, in part, on the technologies developed to help protect our precious water resources.

In our fourth session, we’ll dive deeper into the technology developed to protect our drinking water, help us track contaminants in our wastewater, better process our stormwater, and protect our watersheds.

Register now.

Each session will feature speakers from throughout the Canadian water sector, providing multiple perspectives on each issue. We’ll touch on impacts on drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, water resources, and more.

Interested in being at the forefront of one of the Blue Economy discussions? Contact Nick Krukowski at to learn about sponsorship opportunities associated with each session.

To inquire about speaking opportunities for the Blue Economy series, please contact Water Canada’s Event Manager Natasha Mawji at