Deadline: 19th August 2022 | Are you working on game-changing solutions for a sustainable blue economy? Apply to be an Ocean Changemaker and showcase your ideas on a global stage – supported by Destination Canada. For researchers and early-career professionals.

We need  innovative, passionate leaders to foster a sustainable blue economy and ensure a healthy future for our seas. Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative—with support from Destination Canada—is excited to host the third annual Ocean Changemakers Challenge, a competition showcasing leading changemakers working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges. It is aimed at early-career researchers or professionals.

How to enter:

To enter the Ocean Changemakers challenge, applicants need to submit a short video of no longer than 1 minute in which they address the following question:

“How are you contributing to the sustainable development of the ocean economy? How would you benefit from an ocean leader as a mentor?”

The video should highlight how your work or academic study is creating innovative, viable, scalable and action-oriented business solutions to sustainable blue-economy challenges.

Entrant profile:

Researchers, early-career professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators with solutions to tackle some of the ocean’s greatest challenges, including for example marine pollution, overfishing and overexploitation of marine resources, unsustainable aquaculture, marine engineering and oil drilling, and destruction of ocean habitats.

Individuals who have been recognised by local communities but not yet by the international ocean community.

Individuals who are driving change locally and have innovative solutions we could learn from to scale ocean solutions rapidly.

Selection criteria

A panel of judges from both the World Ocean Initiative and the wider ocean community will review the videos and select a shortlist of 12 entrants. The videos of the shortlisted applicants will be posted on the World Ocean Initiative website and social media channels (#OceanChangemakers). Applicants will be judged according to how well their ideas meet the following criteria:

  • Impact on blue economy: clear link with sustainable development of the ocean
  • Innovative: original idea—or clear improvement on existing idea—focused on progress
  • Viable: should be feasible in the medium to long-term
  • Scalable: can be scaled up and applied in different contexts
  • Investable: offers opportunities for growth

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 19th August, 2022