Our response to COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our delegates is our highest priority. Just like you, we continue to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance and recommendations of Federal and Provincial public health officials. Our commitment is to provide a safe environment for all. Plans for the H2O conference are still underway, and we are closely monitoring the situation to determine whether or not the timing of this event needs to change. As decisions are made regarding the date we will update this site. Stay tuned and stay safe.


June 15 – 17, 2020HalifaxNova 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 Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The Home to Overseas Conference, Industry Showcase and Exhibition, is rapidly becoming Canada’s premier event for the ocean technology sector and is attracting significant international participation—there were 14 countries, represented in 2019.


Ocean technology being defined as a horizontal sector covering the technologies applicable to such vertical sectors as marine defence, marine energy (offshore extractive and renewable), marine environmental monitoring, marine transportation, aquaculture, fisheries and marine tourism.


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 on-water demos at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE). The H2O conference takes place Monday, June 15 at COVE and Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Confirmed themes for H2O 2020:

Canadian Federal Government Outlook Presentations
Ocean & Space
Ocean Electrification
Digital Seaway
Skills and Training
International Partnerships

Ocean Gala Dinner
June 16, 2020

Please check back for updates and further details.

COVE Demo Day
June 15, 2020

COVE – Where the best ideas in ocean technology come to life! Located on the Halifax Harbour, five minutes from the conference venue by water taxi, COVE is the hub for ocean technology innovation with 60 businesses and start-ups onsite. Join us at COVE Demo Day, on Monday, June 15, 2020, to watch the latest in ocean technology showcased on the Halifax Harbour and stay for the Opening Networking Reception. For more information or to express your interest in demonstrating, please contact .

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