There is a need in Canada for an ongoing forum to discuss developments in marine shipping modelling and risk assessment. The MEOPAR Research Network, in collaboration with the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping and exactEarth Ltd, has formed a Community of Practice (CoP), open to people and organizations working and doing research in these fields, to network and share knowledge on these topics. This inaugural webinar includes an overview of the Shipping CoP, three short presentations on recent developments in these fields, and a brief overview of a one-day workshop that the Shipping CoP is hosting in Halifax on December 2, 2019 (in conjunction with the ArcticNet Conference). There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share suggestions for workshop topics. To learn more about the Shipping CoP and the December 2 Halifax workshop, we invite you to register for the October 30 webinar. We hope you can join us! (Please note the time in your time zone: 10:00 PDT / 1:00 EDT / 2:00 ADT / 2:30 NDT). For more information about the Shipping CoP please visit: https://mailchi.mp/96e1741392ed/canadianmarineshippingriskforum.