Discover Green Marine's advisory committees
Green Marine’s uniqueness lies in its collaborative approach! The environmental certification program is developed and revised in collaboration with representatives from the industry, governments, research institutions and environmental organizations.
Green Marine counts four advisory committees representing the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes, the North Atlantic and the West Coast regions. The program also brings together multi-stakeholder working groups, including sector experts, as required to address specific emerging issues, revise the program’s criteria or develop a new performance indicator.
Regional participation has been at the heart of the Green Marine program since its inception. Green Marine's advisory committees guide the program's review and development priorities by highlighting environmental issues of particular concern at the regional level. Before adopting a change to the program, Green Marine calls upon each committee to provide its point of view based on its regional realities so that a new program criterion takes all participants into consideration. These advisory committees are a big part of Green Marine’s collaborative success!
The St. Lawrence Advisory Committee brings together stakeholders from the shores of the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay: from the Seaway entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is the only committee that works exclusively in French. Program director Véronique Trudeau is responsible for this committee.
The Great Lakes Advisory Committee has operated as a binational entity since its outset. It brings together stakeholders from all types of maritime activities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border in the Great Lakes region. Program director Brittney Blokker coordinates this committee.
In 2013 the West Coast Advisory Committee was the first additional group to be formed. It encompasses participants between Prince Rupert and San Diego along the West Coast of Canada and the United States. The West Coast Advisory Committee is coordinated by Green Marine’s senior program manager Eleanor Kirtley.
Established in 2021, the North Atlantic Advisory Committee is the newest addition to Green Marine’s collaborative approach and offers members in the Atlantic provinces and Northeastern United States greater opportunity to decide the future of the environmental certification program. Committee members span from Newfoundland’s easternmost tip westward to Belledune, New Brunswick, and north and south between Newfoundland and Norfolk, Virginia. The committee is coordinated by program manager Thomas Grégoire.
Initiated in 2022, the Green Marine Ferry Forum is an informal roundtable for ferry operator members to network, share best practices and lessons learned, and discuss current sector-specific issues. The forum members determine the topics for discussion, according to the most pressing current or emerging issues. Green Marine prioritizes support for its participants, and this is another venture to create a resource for a specific portion of its membership!
Being part of one of the working groups, committees, or ferry forum allows you to add your regional or sectoral perspective to the development of the program and to discuss current issues in the maritime industry with your peers.