The Canadian Polar Data Workshop V (CPDW5) will take place May 27–31, 2024, in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Dalhousie University. CPDW5 is a hybrid event and will welcome in-person and virtual attendance.

*The ghost tour is an optional group activity to be held on the evening of May 30.


The Canadian Polar Data Workshop V will feature presentations and discussions on a wide variety of data, information, and knowledge related topics, including:

  • Knowledge Mobilization and Decision Making
  • Community-Led Research and Indigenous Data Sovereignty
  • Logistical Resource and Information Management
  • Life Science Data
  • FAIR Data
  • Vocabularies and Semantic Interoperability
  • Modelling and Remote Sensing Data
  • Data Frontiers

View our workshop agenda* to learn more about CPDW5 speakers, sessions, and activities (*Please note this is a draft version).

Keynote Speakers

Joshua Stribbell juusua sturipal

Pinnguaq Association Inc.

Strengthening Allyship to Protect Data Sovereignty in Inuit Communities


The Canadian Polar Data Workshop V will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at Dalhousie University in the Dalhousie Student Union Building. Lodging is not included with the workshop’s registration fee and participants will need to book lodging separately either on campus or at a nearby hotel. Please see accommodation below for information on the CPDW5 special guest rate for on-campus accommodation as well as information on hotels in the area.

Venue Address:
Dalhousie Student Union
6136 University Ave
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

View on map

Getting to Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University provides details for getting to the University from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), located 30 km to the north-northeast. The University can be reached by bus, airport shuttle bus, taxi, ride share and car.



LeMarchant Place
1246 LeMarchant Street, Halifax, NS
View accommodation flyer
View driving directions from the airport

  • 2-bedroom suite – $145/night
  • 3-bedroom suite – $216/night
  • 4-bedroom suite – $288/night

Reservations are accepted online or via:

  • stay@dal.ca
  • 902-494-8840
  • 1-855-DAL-STAY


Off-campus accommodation options include:

Activities In and Around Halifax

Are you interested in a walking tour through Halifax’s haunted streets?

An optional group activity has been organized for workshop attendees on the evening of Thursday, May 30. Join us and tour guide Dusty Keleher for the Halifax Ghost Walk, North America’s oldest ghost tour!

When: Thursday, May 30 at 7pm (approx. 1 hr 45 min)
Where: Meet at the Old Clock Tower, Brunswick Street, Halifax
Cost: $20

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada. The original concept of the Museum can be credited to a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a maritime museum where relics of Canada’s naval past could be conserved. Starting with a small space at the Halifax Dockyard in 1948, the museum then moved to quarters in the Halifax Citadel in 1952, and became the Maritime Museum of Canada in 1957.

Admission: $9.55 (adult)
Hours: Tuesday 9:30am – 8:00pm; Wednesday to Monday 9:30am – 4:30pm

Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens are one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian garden in North America. They were founded by the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society in 1836 and were recognized as a National Historic Site in 1984. The Halifax Public Gardens is also part of Canada’s Garden Route.

Admission: Free
Hours: Daily 8:00am – 4:00pm

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Markets

The Halifax Seaport is a vibrant arts and cultural district found at the south end of the Halifax waterfront. Extending from Piers 19 to 23, you will find artisans, retailers, cruise terminals, event facilities, cafés, galleries, offices, a museum, a university and the weekend farmers’ market. This district has been redeveloped to showcase local talent and is now a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

Admission: Free
Hours: Saturday 8:00am – 2:00pm; Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada’s sixth national museum. Our mission is to share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present and coast to coast to coast. The Museum is located in the Pier 21 national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. From immigration terminal to national historic site to national museum of immigration, our own story of becoming has its twists and turns.

Admission: $15.50 (adult), $10.25 (student with valid ID)
Hours: Daily 9:30am – 5:30pm

Halifax Harbour Hopper Tours

Travellers that can’t choose between a Halifax sightseeing cruise and a bus tour get the best of both worlds with a Harbour Hopper experience, where you explore the city by amphibious vehicle. Highlights include viewing sights on both land and sea, where you pass attractions including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Citadel Hill. Complete with live commentary and views of area attractions, travellers won’t be disappointed with this quirky sightseeing tour

Admission: $48.50–$56.75 exc. HST (adult) for the 55 min tour
Hours: Daily (times vary)


CPDW5 is proudly convened by the Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI).


The Planning and Advisory Committees would like to thank the following sponsors of the workshop:

Narwhal ($25,000)

Snowy Owl ($5,000)