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Dr. Sherry Scully

Executive Director


Dr. Sherry Scully is the Executive Director of COVE Workforce Initiative, where she leads a research project relating to workforce development across the National marine and ocean industries.  Through this project, which is funded by Irving Shipbuilding under their value proposition commitments to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Sherry conducts primary research and works with numerous national and international stakeholders in government, academia, and the private sector, to pursue the core objective of this initiative; to attract, train, and retain highly qualified people to sustain the competitiveness and growth of the Canadian shipbuilding and marine industries.  With this focus on current and future workforce, Dr. Scully also conducts projects and programs with teachers and youth in the k-12 system and leads an annual Ocean Institute for educators in several regions across the country.  The COVE Workforce Initiative has also published a teaching resource, “Taking making into classrooms: Ocean Toolkit”.  This resource, which provides Ocean STEM experiential learning and design thinking challenges for teachers to use in their classrooms or extracurricular programs, was recently released in its second edition, in both French and English.

Sherry holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in social psychology and management from Dalhousie University, as well as an MBA with a concentration in change strategy, and two degrees in Education. Early in her career, Sherry worked as a classroom teacher at the primary/junior and intermediate levels.  A strong advocate for experiential learning, Sherry volunteers with educational development efforts internationally.  Sherry also sits on the Boards of the Nova Scotia Sea School, and Learnsphere. 

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