Call for proposals: will be open from 14 June 2021 – 20 September 2021

Call for young professionals committee members for the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5)

Join our Young Professional Committee and share your perspective on planning the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) 

As part of the Young Professionals Committee for the IMPAC5, you will:

  • Ensure that all aspects of IMPAC5 are seen through a youth lens;
  • Help shape thematic discussions and speak on a variety of panels; and
  • Build the legacy of the Congress to engage young people beyond IMPAC5.

IMPAC5 Young Professionals Committee Members


As a Young Professionals Committee member for IMPAC5, you are:

  • Able to attend monthly Young Professionals Committee meetings.
  • Willing to take part in the IMPAC5 Congress in Vancouver, Canada.
  • A young professional under 32 years of age on 31 December, 2022.


As a Young Professionals Committee member for IMPAC5, you will:

  • Ensure youth engagement in IMPAC5 planning, delivery and legacy initiatives;
  • Provide recommendations on sessions, speakers, ceremonies, and field trips;
  • Showcase global youth engagement on marine protected areas (MPAs); and
  • Engage youth through IMPAC5-related events and activities.


As a Young Professionals Committee member for IMPAC5, you can:

  • Mobilize youth around the world on the importance of MPAs
  • Attend the high profile international congress for in-person and digital events with a global community of marine conservation practitioners.
  • Share your expertise and experiences to develop a roadmap for youth engagement in MPAs and ocean conservation.
  • Plan the legacy of future engagement for IMPAC6 and beyond.
  • Receive a stipend as an honorarium for your engagement efforts.

Experience and Abilities

As a Young Professionals Committee member for IMPAC5, you have:

  • Worked in a field related to ocean conservation, marine protected areas, Indigenous rights, biodiversity, climate change, industry, transportation, or other related fields.
  • Developed youth outreach and engagement strategies at a local, national or global level.
  • Designed youth events/workshops/meeting programs or agendas, including developing themes and outlining speakers/guests.

Apply to be a Young Professionals Committee Member for IMPAC5:

Please submit your resume and brief video highlighting why you are ready to take on this challenge (max. 2 minutes) by 3 May, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST) to

Call for youth for IMPAC5

Involvement opportunities:

  • Young Professionals Committee Member
  • Youth Network (on Slack)
  • Mentorship Program
  • Volunteer

Meet the IMPAC5 Young Professional Committee co-leads

Caroline Merner is a youth, climate, nature and ocean advocate currently living on unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) territory. She is the Engagement Director at Youth4Nature, working to mobilize youth at the intersection of nature and climate. For the past decade, she has engaged young people to protect nature and the planet through her work at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Parks Canada, Ocean Wise, and her non-profit Climate Guides. As a facilitator and international delegate, Caroline’s work has taken her to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Peru, Poland, Spain, and the US, including IMPAC4 in La Serena, Chile. Caroline is a trilingual English, French and Spanish speaker. Caroline has been named a Young Woman for Nature by Nature Canada, a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader, and a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada. Caroline holds a degree in Sustainability and International Development from Dalhousie University.

Hillary Hyland, a səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation, TWN) member, works as the Environmental Specialist for Tsleil-Waututh’s Treaty, Lands and Resource department and co-chairs the TWN Youth Leadership Committee. Her positions allow her to engage with her community and the neighbouring groups and governments in support of TWN’s stewardship responsibilities and increasing youth involvement and engagement. She has been involved in a number of youth led events such as the TWN Climate Summit as a panelist, co-host of the Candidate Forum during the chief and council elections and through other initiatives with TWN departments to better engage with the young professionals in the community. With her bachelor’s of science from Concordia University, Hillary works to uphold her responsibilities as a steward with a blend of Indigenous and western science. She has provided engagement support and advice to the Government of Canada on its Oceans Protection Plan and Environmental Policy – Clean Water. Today, she continues in her positions with Tsleil-Waututh Nation to help in the goal of restoring and protecting the health of the territory for the next seven generations.     


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