June 5 – 7, 2019HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada

The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship is pleased to present the H2O: Home to Overseas Conference on Wednesday June 5 to Friday June 7, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia, in particular, is home to a strong cluster of ocean industries and to ground breaking ocean research. This region is quickly becoming a globally recognised hub of oceans expertise with the potential to be a significant contributor to a number of Global Value Chains associated with the oceans sector, including, but not limited to, Marine Defence, Marine Energy, Marine Observation, Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology, Marine Tourism and Marine Transportation.


The H2O Conference is an ideal event to engage with the ocean technology industry. The conference will include: an ocean industry showcase, international delegates, research, development and commercialisation presentations, networking events and the oceans gala dinner. This year’s conference will also include a day of on-water demos at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE). The H2O conference takes place Wednesday June 5 at COVE and Thursday, June 6 and Friday June 7, 2019 at the Halifax Convention Centre.


The H2O Conference will feature presentations from industry experts and Government departments on the following topics:

Ocean Energy

Skills and Workforce

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Upcoming Canadian Marine Projects and Procurements

Autonomous Systems

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
COVE on water demos
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 6, 2019

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am
Opening Remarks
9:15am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Networking Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Networking Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pre-Gala Dinner Reception
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gala Dinner – Keynote Speaker: Olivier Cadet, President, Kongsberg Maritime Inc.

Friday, June 7, 2019

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm
Conference ends
This schedule was last updated: March 22, 2019.


Member rates apply to OTCNS members.

COVE On-water Demo Day

June 5, 2019

Register:   $25*

Conference Registration

June 6 & 7, 2019

Register:   $250* (member)   |   $350* (non-member)
Includes: access to presentations, B2B meetings, industry showcase, lunch and a ticket to the gala dinner.
Students: free — Students must show valid ID; student entry excludes gala dinner.

Day Rate

Day Rate:   $150* (member)   |   $200* (non-member)
Includes: access to presentations, B2B meetings, industry showcase and lunch.

Industry Showcase Exhibit Booth

Booth:   $500* (member)   |   $600* (non-member)
Includes: one ticket to the gala dinner and access to presentations, B2B meetings and lunch for two people. As an exhibitor you may purchase up to two additional gala dinner tickets for $75* each.

All exhibitors receive the following: 10'  x 10'  booth space · Pipe and drape consisting of 8'  high back wall and 3'  high side walls · One skirted 6'  table · Internet access. Please note: power is not provided, but is available at an additional cost of $125*.

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner Individual Ticket:   $125* (member)  |   $150* (non-member)
Please note, if you purchase a full conference pass or exhibit booth, one gala dinner ticket is included with your registration.

Gala Dinner Table of 10:   $1,250* (member)   |   $1,500* (non-member)

*All fees are subject to 15% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

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The H2O Conference Partnership Program provides an array of opportunities to organizations and corporations to allow you to select the benefits to best suit your organizational objectives. The H2O conference partnership benefits maximize organizational visibility to your target audience and provide various onsite and online promotional opportunities. As we continue to develop and establish the 2018 conference, cultivating a relationship with partners will be vital to a successful event. Please see our partnership package.


For details and info on how to register for the Industry Showcase click here.

AML Oceanographic provides ocean sensing solutions for hydrographic, environmental, and research applications. Supported by 45 years of experience manufacturing proven technologies including Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) - the world’s only automated, real-time underway profiling system - AML helps organizations around the globe remove technical and financial unpredictability from their operations.

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The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) is a collaborative, not for profit organization whose mandate is squarely focused on supporting the development of the regional aerospace (commercial and non-commercial), defence and security sectors through a Pan-Atlantic approach.

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Blumara Corp. is a naval architecture and marine engineering company based in Halifax. We engineer ships & anything else that floats (or sinks)! Our aim is to help our clients develop innovative solutions for the ocean environment with a focus on eco-friendly vessel design and marine renewable energy project support.

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Boston Engineering helps companies with their designs and products and helps bring them to market.

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Cermaq Canada is a salmon farming company in British Columbia, and is part of an international aquaculture company with operations in Canada, Chile and Norway. Cermaq Canada farms Atlantic salmon in 28 sea sites on the west and east coasts of Vancouver Island, operates four land-based hatcheries and two processing plants (one under contract). As part of a global group, our commitment to openness and transparency is at the heart of everything we do. It is on this foundation that we build strong partnerships, invest in a sustainable future, and stay conscious of our responsibility to society. We will never sacrifice long term goals for short term gains. We acknowledge that our operations are in the traditional territories of several First Nations, and we commit to implement UNDRIP and fully embrace reconciliation.

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DASCO Equipment Inc continues to be the single source supplier of a variety of subsea instruments and ocean technology solutions to Canadian government agencies, private industry and academia. Within Canada DASCO represents Teledyne Marine group, Teledyne Optech, Trimble, Applanix, Valeport, Eureka Water Probes, DeepWater Buoyancy, EOM Offshore & Marine Advanced Robotics.

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Enginuity provides broad-based experience in delivering full-scale engineering services and project engineering in product development, product improvement, industrial controls and industrial design, numerical simulation (FEA) and advanced modeling. With recognized expertise in harsh operating environments, Enginuity have built an enviable reputation in the marine, ocean-tech, aerospace, oil and gas, heavy industry, high-tech, manufacturing, medical and transportation sectors.

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GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. specializes in the supply of underwater acoustic transducers and systems, including hydrophones, sound sources, arrays, and processing software. GeoSpectrum supplies products to the oil and gas, defence and surveillance, and environmental sectors.

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The Halifax Partnership is Halifax’s public-private economic development organization. The Partnership drives and accelerates economic growth by selling and marketing Halifax to the world, helping businesses reach their full potential and tracking Halifax’s economic progress. The Partnership’s network of over 130 influential and globally connected partners are committed to building a thriving, prosperous Halifax.

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A marine technology company engaged in the design, development and marketing of advanced sensors, software and underwater robotics for Unmanned Maritime Vehicles used in military and commercial applications. We are recognized as world leading innovators of synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), a revolutionary underwater imaging technology that dramatically improves seabed surveys by providing ultra-high resolution imagery at superior coverage rates. Kraken has evolved from building world class SAS sensors to building world class underwater vehicles including tethered (KATFISH™) and autonomous (THUNDERFISH™) versions.

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The MacArtney Group is a global supplier of underwater technology products and systems specialising in design, manufacture, sales, and service of a wide range of systems to oil & gas offshore operators, ROV, diving, and survey contractors, the renewable energy sector, ocean science institutes, and navies around the world. The company offers an extensive variety of advanced and reliable products and system solutions spanning from subsea cables and connectors to state-of-the-art integrated packages, including fibre optic telemetry, underwater cameras and lights, oceanographic instruments, marine winch systems, and remotely operated, towed vehicles.

Est. 2016 through the acquisition of fibre optic communications company EMO Marine Technologies. MacArtney Canada is now a regional sales office for MacArtney Inc. Adopting the EMO line of small form-factor fibre optic telemetry systems and by adding the EMO designs to the global pool of MacArtney product and system solutions, MacArtney Canada has become the Canadian sales hub for SubConn underwater cables and connectors. In addition to offering all MacArtney products and system-level solutions.

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MetOcean Telematics specializes in satellite technology, including satellite phones and other Iridium hardware, satellite airtime plans, scientific instruments, and defense and security products. MetOcean Telematics is a renowned Value-Added Reseller (VAR) of Iridium® satellite products. Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, MetOcean Telematics serves customers worldwide.

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At Nova Scotia Business Inc., we are committed to working towards a strong, thriving and globally competitive Nova Scotia by attracting global investment to create new jobs across the province, and working with companies in all Nova Scotia communities to be more successful exporters.

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The Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines provides opportunities for industry to meet potential joint venture partners and to participate in trade missions abroad. The Department promotes the province's resources and capabilities, resulting in international economic activity in Nova Scotia and strengthened access to international markets.

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A provincial government department, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration's mission is to attract, integrate and retain immigrants to the province by taking a lead role in engaging and working with partners to ensure Nova Scotia is well-positioned for growth.

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The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) is an industry association representing the ocean technology and industry sector in Nova Scotia.

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Ocean Sonics designs and manufactures innovative products to improve the quality and success of underwater sound measurements. The icListen Smart Hydrophone is used around the world as the standard for acoustic monitoring, streaming and hydrophone arrays. We also offer services such as data analysis, report writing, rentals, field operation and system design.

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PanGeo Subsea is a marine geophysical-geotechnical service delivery company specializing in high resolution 3D acoustic imaging solutions to mitigate risk in offshore installations by imaging and identifying geohazards in the seabed. PanGeo’s technology uses SAS (Synthetic Aperture Sonar) to provide enhanced sub-bottom data, imaging buried geohazards to mitigating risk for offshore installations both for the Oil & Gas and Offshore Renewable Energy sectors. PanGeo is the recognized technology leader in proprietary 3D sub-seabed imaging and survey. Applications span key offshore Energy (oil & gas, wind, etc.), Marine Mining, Marine Archaeology, Telecom and Defense markets.

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Pro-Oceanus provides a wide variety of dissolved CO2 sensors to suit any application, from the highest accuracy submersible sensors to low-cost, rugged instruments.

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The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) advocates on behalf of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and encourages their participation in federal government procurement. The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year – OSME can help businesses navigate the federal procurement process by raising awareness of opportunities and explaining the benefits of using Buyandsell.gc.ca, the federal portal to procurement information.

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ROMOR is a leading provider of ocean instrumentation, rentals,survey equipment and autonomous vehicles. We also carry an inventory of rental equipment and offer third party instruments from several international partners. ROMOR has sought after and attracted key players in the ocean technology industry for representation and partnership. Through these relationships ROMOR is a top re-seller and logistics specialist. We get our customers what they want when they want it. ROMOR continues to be an international player in the ocean technology industry.

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Sensor Technology is a leading designer and manufacturer of piezoelectric ceramic solutions, custom acoustic transducers and custom hydrophones. With 35 years of experience, we specialize in working with clients to provide innovative, customized solutions for security and defence, energy exploration and maritime industries.

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Swell Advantage is modern marina, waterfront and dockyard management software with a fully integrated community and customer relationship management (CRM) tool.

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Turbulent Research develops underwater passive acoustic products and pipeline inspection and tracking tools for the oil and gas industry.

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Xeos equipment is the product of decades of experience designing for the harshest marine environments, from icy swells to tropical depths. Our products feature a variety of communication and location technologies.

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This showcase was last updated: April 17, 2019.


Olivier Cadet

Kongsberg Maritime Inc.

Olivier Cadet is President of Kongsberg Maritime Inc., located in Houston, and responsible for activities in the North America region. Prior to assuming his role in July 2018, Olivier was Executive Vice President of Products & Services, based in Norway. In this role, Olivier was responsible for the teams managing Kongsberg Maritime’s products portfolio aligned with market demands and future trends, such as autonomous operations and digital performance. Olivier was responsible for Kongsberg Maritime’s strategic initiative around Information Management System and Smart Data. Olivier originally joined Kongsberg Maritime in 2014 in Houston, TX, as Business Development & Quality Manager.

Olivier started his career in 1998 in the offshore drilling industry, working at Transocean as a Controls Engineer where he was involved with the installation, commissioning and support of Dynamic Positioning and Automation systems on offshore drilling rigs. In 2004 Olivier joined Air Liquide, the world leader in industrial gases, where he served for 9 years in a variety of innovation management roles, including R&D Group Manager and Program Director, driving Air Liquide’s research efforts in the field of Advanced Process Control and Operations Research.

Olivier graduated from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INP Grenoble) in France in 1998 with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.


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Most of these accommodations are within walking distance of the Halifax Convention Centre.

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