A joint initiative of Dalhousie University, Ingenium and the National Film Board of Canada, Ocean School is a groundbreaking immersive learning program designed to spark interest in ocean science and advance ocean literacy. The goal? To better understand how we shape the ocean, and how the ocean shapes us. This exciting journey of discovery invites users to virtually join renowned scientists on ocean expeditions across Canada and around the globe. Led by Dr. Boris Worm of Dalhousie University, the expeditions will take place on Canada’s three oceans and their coastal regions (Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic) as well as its inland ocean, the Great Lakes. A few adventures will unfold further afield, namely on Cocos Island (Costa Rica) and in the Azores (Portugal) and Indonesia. By redefining the way we engage with science and learn about the ocean, Ocean School seeks to create the next generation of ocean leaders. 


The Journey So Far


Onboard the Coast Guard vessel Martha Black and the support vessel LeeWay Odyssey, youth host Isabelle Hurley and Dr. Boris Worm explored the depths of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In Malpeque Bay, P.E.I., they surveyed marine habitats with scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and members of the community. They examined the impact of oyster aquaculture on eelgrass and ulva. 

On Fogo Island, youth host Holly George and Boris, alongside local fishermen and scientists from Ocean Wise, the Marine Institute and DFO, explored the complexities of managing marine natural resources and the potential recovery of cod. 

On Grand Manan Island, youth host Anisha Rajaselvam and Boris tried to find out why the right whales seemed to have stopped coming to the Bay of Fundy. 


On Cocos Island, youth host Sergio Madrigal Mora and Boris worked with Costa Rican scientists to try and understand the movement of sharks. 


Our next adventure: the Pacific Ocean. Coming in spring and summer 2018!

Production Team

Sandra Larochelle Scientific Director
Dr. Boris Worm

Boris Worm is a marine ecologist and marine conservation professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His highly cited research specializes in changes in marine biodiversity and the effects of fishing, climate change, and other human impacts on global ocean ecosystems. He has received numerous awards for his scientific work and public outreach.

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Janet Stalker

Over the past 15 years, Janet Stalker has guided the development of environmental education programs to advance ocean literacy in Canada and the United States, predominantly in the NGO and academic sectors. Based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Janet is passionate about connecting young people with the ocean, and fostering communication between the scientific community and the public.

Sandra Larochelle Science Producer
Sonya Lee

Sonya Lee holds a B. Sc. from Dalhousie University in marine biology and international development studies. She started her career as a Science Educator at the Discovery Centre, teaching science workshops to grades P–12. As an advocate of promoting ocean literacy, Sonya was on the Canadian Network for Ocean Education's board of directors from 2015–2017.

Sandra Larochelle Education Producer
Heather Delagran

Heather deLagran is an education specialist with an M.A. in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Heather started her career as a secondary-school geography teacher in England and the Bahamas. She strongly believes in student-centered, inquiry-based learning. Heather is the author of the Burgundy Jazz Educator’s Guide and of several human rights education materials and trainings.

Jac Gautreau Sandra Larochelle Executive Producer
Jac Gautreau

Jac Gautreau is an interactive artist and producer who has been with the NFB since 2015. He has worked in immersive spaces, creating dome-based presentations and many large-scale interactive projection works with an emphasis on immersivity and digital puppeteering.He co-produced the NFB’s first POVR documentary, "The third wheel" and has been Ocean School's executive producer since 2017. 

Scott4 Producer
Scott Simpson

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Scott Simpson is a 15-year veteran of the Canadian film industry. Scott has led the creation of more than 40 hours of primetime television for Discovery, the Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic, and more. Scott's list of credits include director, producer, writer and editor. His dramatic film work and music videos have received recognition around the globe.

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Theo Belnou

Theo Belnou discovered photography at the age of 10, when he opted for a camera instead of a Playstation for Christmas. Many years and a short film later, Theo attended film school in the north of France. He has shot video campaigns for L’Oréal Paris, Vichy and Schweppes, and now travels the world as Ocean School's 360 videographer.