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Shining the ‘SeaLight’ on women in Victoria’s marine industry

Kamila Calko had over 20 years of experience at sea

Women make up just two per cent of the marine industry, but that statistic needs to change according to a former Canadian Coast Guard.

Kamila Calko is launching SeaLight, an initiative to “revitalize the industry through education and empowerment” as well as increase the number of women in the marine industry.

In her 20 years of experience at sea, Calko spent nine years in the Canadian Coast Guard, where she became captain. She also served as a captain for BC Ferries and is the first and only woman to complete the Pacific Pilotage Authority’s Familiarization Program. Those who complete the program qualify for marine pilotage exams.

“I believe that by fostering a truly inclusive environment, we can create a space where women, and subsequently everyone, can thrive,” said Calko in a press release. “SeaLight promises to deliver through keynote speaking, corporate talks, and tailored seminars for organizations and their specific needs.

The change will take time, and changes within the industry will take time, stated Calko.

Included in the launch of the initiative is SeaLight Sisters, a community app to help women connect and find support with other women in the industry.

Calko will launch SeaLight on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Sunset Labs in Victoria. The event will run until 5 p.m. For those who can’t make it in person, there will be a 40-minute livestream a 3 p.m., when Calko will introduce SeaLight and tell her story.

For more information on the livestream or in-person event, it can be found at

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