Advisory Committee on Undersea Feature Names

Learn about the committee, member list, responsibilities and how to submit a naming proposal.

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About the committee

The Advisory Committee on Undersea Feature Names looks at naming undersea and surface maritime features that are:

  • within Canadian waters
  • in areas of particular interest to Canada

The committee carefully reviews and examines name submissions. They then make recommendations to the chairperson of the Geographical Names Board of Canada. This is the national authority on geographical names.

Member list

Member list

The advisory committee is comprised of members from:

  • academia
  • the private sector
  • the Translation Bureau
  • the Geographical Names Board of Canada
  • the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation of Natural Resources Canada

The advisory committee also works, as needed, with specialists in:

  • toponymy
  • hydrography
  • undersea geomorphology
Chair
Rowena Orok
Acting Chairperson
Rowena.Orok@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Members
Steve Westley
Manager, Geographical Names Board of Canada Secretariat
nrcan.geonames-toponymes.rncan@canada.ca
Philip Goldring
Chair, Advisory Committee on Nomenclature, Policy and Research
philipgoldring@sympatico.ca
Claudine Ratelle
Translation Bureau
Claudine.Ratelle@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
Heather Ross
Geographical Names Board of Canada Secretariat
heather.ross@canada.ca
Sunil Bisnath
Academia
sbisnath@yorku.ca
Douglas O'Brien
Private sector
douglasobrien@idontech.ca
Canadian Hydrographic Service Technical Experts
Elyes Hassen
Elyes.Hassen@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Anna Hendi
Anna.Hendi@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Claude Guay
Claude.Guay@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Committee responsibilities

Committee responsibilities

According to the advisory committee's terms of reference (July 2015), responsibilities of the committee include:

  • investigating and researching naming proposals to:
    • determine the suitability of proposals
    • ensure accuracy of the information supplied
  • establishing suitable generic terminology and defining the generic terms
  • receiving and reviewing naming proposals for completeness and conformity
  • verifying undersea and surface maritime features in naming proposals using:
    • maps
    • charts
    • data sources
  • supplying information for updating and maintaining the current name database
  • recommending the acceptance or rejection of names to the Geographical Names Board of Canada
  • reviewing and recommending the suitability and appropriateness of generic terminology to the Geographical Names Board of Canada
Submit a naming proposal

Submit a naming proposal

To submit a naming proposal, follow these 3 steps.

  1. Download the application  form.
  2. Add the supporting material, including:
    • maps
    • charts
    • photos
    • imagery
    • sketches
    • diagrams
    • documentation of any current or historical use of name on charts or in publications
  3. Send in your submission:
    • by email to: ACUFN-CCNESM@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    • by mail to:
      Chair, Advisory Committee on Undersea Feature Names
      Canadian Hydrographic Service
      200 Kent St., 12W091 Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6
Contact us

Contact us

For more information about the committee, contact  ACUFN-CCNESM@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

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