Ocean Networks Canada seeks advisement at two levels:

  • Strategic advice from the International Science Advisory Board, reporting to ONC’s Chief Scientist
  • Tactical advice from the Ocean Observatory Council, reporting to the User Engagement Division.

The Ocean Observatory Council is the result of merging the former NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS ocean observatory facilities under Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) in October 2013. The new user advisory structure subsumes 3 former committees (VENUS User Advisory Committee, NEPTUNE Canada User Committee, NEPTUNE Canada Science Planning Committee). 

Ocean Observatory Council

The Ocean Observatory Council represents the interests of major ONC science users and includes a formal group of members (below) and a variety of Working Groups, focused on particular topics and locations. Full History of Working Groups Activities.

Terms of Reference

Council Membership

The Ocean Observatory Council includes members representing the inshore and offshore research sectors plus representatives from ONC’s two major government partners, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Natural Resources Canada. Benoît Pirenne, ONC Director, User Engagement is an Ex Officio member of the Council. Council communications are facilitated by ONC's User Engagement Officer, Dwight Owens.

Current Members

Roy Hyndman (Chair)
Emeritus Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Geoscience Centre
Geological Survey of Canada
Interests: marine and margin geophysics, earthquakes, gas hydrates
Alexandra Branzan Albu
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Victoria
Interests: data science, computational processes, computer vision
Eddy Carmack
Emeritus Senior Research Scientist, Oceanography
Institute of Ocean Sciences
Interests: Physical oceanography, arctic oceanography
Charles Hannah
Charles Hannah
Senior Research Scientist, Physical Oceanography
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Interests: Northern BC coastal monitoring, observation systems including gliders, moorings and drifters
Philip Hill
Philip Hill
Emeritus Research Scientist, Sedimentology
Geological Survey of Canada
Interests:  Marine Spatial Planning, Earthquake Risk Assessment
John Jamieson
John Jamieson
Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Interests: Hydrothermal systems, volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits, seafloor massive sulfide formation, geochemistry
Sally Leys
Professor, Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Interests: Evolutionary biological oceanography, in particular the evolution of the first metazoan body plans
Katleen Robert
Katleen Robert
Assistant Professor, Marine Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Interests: Seafloor and habitat mapping, ocean characterization, spatial ecology, acoustic surveying, image analysis, photogrammetry and ocean technology
Benjamin Tutolo
Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience
University of Calgary
Interests: Geochemistry, Chemical Sedimentology, Marine Chemistry
Svein Vagle
Svein Vagle
Senior Scientist, Ocean Sciences Division, Institute of Ocean Sciences
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Interests: Passive and active ocean acoustics, soundscapes, upper ocean processes