2024 Keynote Presentations

Jackie Hildering (Image by Kendra Parnham-Hall)

Jackie Hildering (Image by Kendra Parnham-Hall)

Sunday, August 11, 2024 • 8:45 – 10:00 am

Where the Whales Are—Lessons learned from giants about positive change in a changing world

Where the Whales Are” will be a presentation dedicated to the importance of speaking for the ocean and how to help inspire positive change in a changing world.

The presenter is Jackie Hildering, Humpback Whale researcher, cofounder and communications lead with the Marine Education and Research Society based in the Territory of the Kwak̕wala-speaking People, northern Vancouver Island. Jackie goes by “The Marine Detective” and is also a cold-water scuba diver and underwater photographer.

She will share lessons learned – from a previously undocumented Humpback Whale feeding strategy; to the plight of Sunflower Stars; to the human psychology that leads to disconnect from life in dark seas and to the paralysis and overwhelm that limit socio-environmental change.

Jackie’s on-camera experience includes work with Animal Planet, PBS, and the BBC.

For more information see www.TheMarineDetective.com/about  and www.mersociety.org


Monday, August 12, 2024 • 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Stay tuned for details about our second exciting keynote!