BLUE screening + panel

Winner of the 2017 VIFF Impact Award, the stunning film BLUE is returning to Vancouver on January 12 - accompanied by a special panel of ocean experts and advocates working to protect British Columbia and Canada's marine environment.

WHAT: Screening of BLUE at 6:30pm followed by expert panel
WHERE: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
WHEN: 6:30pm on Friday, January 12, 2018


About the film: "Nothing is as important to life on this planet as our oceans. The omnibus Australian BLUE plunges us into glorious waters in Australia, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Indonesia, introducing us to individuals who have devoted their lives to direct action and education on our seas' behalf. A cogently argued, beautifully shot and truly inspired call to battle, this film provides a beautiful but bracing view of what needs to — and can — be done now.


Linda Nowlan heads the Marine Program at West Coast Environmental Law, where she works as a staff lawyer. She is an adjunct professor at the Allard School of Law at UBC and a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. Linda previously worked as Director, Pacific Conservation with WWF-Canada, as a Faculty Research Associate at the UBC Program on Water Governance, and as a litigation lawyer in Vancouver. Her advocacy has contributed to numerous law reforms and her publications focus on ocean, water and biodiversity protection law.

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit & the OceanCanada Partnership at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change and oil spills. Sumaila has authored over 225 journal articles; including in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He is winner of the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize, the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science, the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach Award, the 2009 Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and the 2008 Pew Marine Fellowship. Sumaila was named a Hokkaido University Ambassador in 2016. He has given talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, the Canadian Parliament, the African Union, the British House of Lords and the St James Palace on the invitation of Prince Charles. His research has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by, among others, The Economist, The Boston Globe, New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal and the Vancouver Sun.

Sabine Jessen is the National Director of the Oceans Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). Sabine has been involved with CPAWS since 1991 in a variety of roles. She has served as an advisor to various federal, provincial and First Nation governments, with a particular focus on marine conservation, marine spatial planning, and climate change adaptation issues. Sabine is currently conducting her PhD studies in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University focused on an international comparative study on the establishment on MPAs (Marine Protected Areas) and MPA networks in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Her contribution to coastal zone management in Canada was recognized in 2008 with the H.B. Nicholls award from the Coastal Zone Canada Association. She was awarded the Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) in 2010, a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions PhD fellowship in 2011, and an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2012.

Moderated by Alexandra Barron, the Ocean Conservation Manager for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's British Columbia Chapter (CPAWS-BC). Alexandra has had a lifelong love affair with the ocean and has spent the past 15 years working in marine conservation and research around the world. She moved from the UK to Vancouver in 2008 and fell in love with the rocky, arbutus-lined shores, mountains and forests of BC. Alex holds a BSc (Honours) in Psychology, a Diploma in Ichthyology, and an MSc in Science with a focus on environmental science and blue carbon. Having spent a lot of time working with endangered species and vulnerable habitats, Alexandra is especially passionate about the importance of protecting entire ecosystems and large areas, and raising public awareness of the threats to our oceans and their solutions.