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NL Premier Furey, Misel Joe and National Speakers Highlight Blue Economy Symposium

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

We are thrilled to announce Premier Andrew Furey and Saqamaw Misel Joe as keynote speakers for Propelling our Blue Economy: Connecting Our Oceans, Our People, Our Future.

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Andrew Furey is a passionate orthopedic trauma surgeon and educator with Memorial University’s School of Medicine.

Premier Furey’s address will discuss Newfoundland and Labrador’s leadership role in the oceans sector through its unique location as a cold ocean, harsh environment for research and development. With its experience and expertise in marine transportation, fisheries, aquaculture, and ocean technology, the province is well-positioned to collaborate and share its knowledge with local, national and international partners for future economic development.

Traditional chief and spiritual leader of the Miawpukek First Nation of Conne River, NL, Misel Joe has inspired his community to grow from a place of isolation to prosperity. For more than three decades and through innate leadership and determination, he has brought individuals together to develop a positive path towards reconciliation. His sustained efforts have enabled the community to enjoy a strong economy and a growing population. A revered national Mi’kmaq spiritual leader, and an authority on traditional medicines and healing practices, he is deeply committed to keeping his people’s roots alive.

Misel Joe will highlight the significance of the oceans for the Miawpukek First Nation through recent partnerships in fisheries and energy projects for the community’s economic empowerment.

This year’s Blue Economy Symposium will feature regionally, nationally and internationally recognized speakers and group panel discussions in engaging sessions ranging from fisheries development in Arctic communities to marine spatial planning to implications of autonomous shipping.

We're very excited to have the NL Premier, Misel Joe and our many distinguished speakers at this year's symposium. We can't wait to virtually see you there too on Nov 23-25.

For a complete Symposium schedule and to register today, please visit

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