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eXXpedition Karine Therrien

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On June 23rd 2018, I will embark on the voyage of eXXpedition to sail across the North Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Vancouver with 13 other women on a 72-foot scientific sailboat. I'm thrilled to be part of a team that will study and collect new data to focus on highlighting the devastating impact single-use plastic and toxics from land-based activities are having on our planet’s oceans, ecosystems and on human health. Previous research carried out by eXXpedition has highlighted the endemic nature of microplastics within our ocean environments globally and the increasing potential impact they have on human health  I'm engaged and proactive and I want to take actions to improve the situation.

eXXpedition North Pacific 

I’m a mother of 4, a sailor, a stand-up paddler, a yoga instructor and, most important, an EDUCATOR . Passionate about environmental science research, water protection, health, education (teaching and learning) and sailing. Strong believer in healthy lifestyles and following our bliss. Having lived along the St-Laurence River and the Great Lakes, I’m an avid advocate of sustainable agriculture. After doing my master degree in agro-environmental engineering to deepen my knowledge and interest around water protection, I advised established farmers on soil management best practices and the future generation by teaching in college. Education of science has always been for me, the best way to bring awareness to people so they can choose to change their behaviours and take action. I’m motivated by the post voyage: educating people around the issue of microplastic in the water, its impact on our health and the results of our actions. 

The 14 multidisciplinary women of the eXXpedition crew are scientist, film maker, teacher and more. Our expedition will be documented with photos, videos and films. While on the ocean, there will be daily and weekly update to our journey to social media and media.  We will have a large media coverage at our arrival.

Being the only Canadian aboard, fully bilingual, I will use various platforms to bring awareness about the ocean situation to large audiences, during and after the trip. I plan to use my passion about water protection and my previous experience as a professor by giving talks in schools, colleges, universities and associations, as well as promoting awareness in plastic using companies.

I’m asking you to support my journey. The cost of such a scientific voyage is over $10,000 per crew member. All the crew work is done by volunteers.

 Any contribution, large or small will be greatly appreciated. I thank you for your support and please know that your generosity will make a difference. I'm grateful to be able to use my energy and enthusiasm by joining this movement of changing the way we think and act regarding single-use plastic.  I'm really looking forward to the post voyage to communicate the challenge of ocean plastic and the potential solutions to a wider audience. I will start first to share that journey in schools because educating children it's for me a very powerful solution to tackle that issue.

You can see a film from a previous voyage around Britain Islands 

View more films made out of the eXXpedition voyages :
Making the unseen seen 


To collect scientific samples to feed into large-scale studies
To explore the scale of plastic pollution and the available solutions
To facilitate collaboration opportunities between the diverse crew of women – artists, scientists, filmmakers, sustainability professionals, businesswomen, sailors and so much more
To empower the all-female crew to become more effective ocean ambassadors
To carry out outreach events, where possible, to engage local communities and generate press coverage


8 million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the ocean each year (Jenna Jambeck)
Only 9% of plastic is recycled globally
We use over one million plastic bags every minute worldwide 
By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
Most plastics, even when certified as biodegradable, do not breakdown in water 
Plastics in the ocean act like sponges to other toxics, leading to the bioaccumulation of toxics in the food chain
Many chemicals found in plastic have been linked to disease, and are found to be contaminating our bodies through food and other plastic consumer products
Plastic debris also threatens marine and terrestrial wildlife through entanglement or by clogging their digestive tracts.



  • Sharon Wong
    • $20 
    • 6 yrs


Karine Therrien
Oakville, ON

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