June 7 – 9, 2021HalifaxNova 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 7 to Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

While the conference will be virtual for 2021, there will still be many opportunities to engage with prospects & build relationships globally. To ensure maximum networking our B2B meetings platform will be available for two weeks over our conference dates, and will connect attendees through interactive tools like chat and videos.

With recent restrictions enacted by the Province of Nova Scotia, due to rising cases of COVID-19, we are making changes to the format of the COVE Demo Day to reflect our commitment to safety protocols. Demos will now be pre-recorded and available for viewing on June 8 using the H2O conference virtual platform. Conference participants will still have the opportunity to actively engage through the event platform with those showcasing their technology at the COVE Demo Day. This new format will allow all demos to be viewed on June 8.


The Home to Overseas Conference, 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: international delegates, research, development and commercialisation presentations, and two weeks of B2B meetings. This year’s conference will also include on-water demos at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE).

Confirmed themes for H2O 2021:

Canadian Federal Government Outlook Presentations
Ocean & Space
Ocean Electrification
Skills and Training
International Partnerships
Start-up Pitches

COVE Demo Day
June 8, 2021

COVE – Where the best ideas in ocean technology come to life! Located on the Halifax Harbour, COVE is the hub for ocean technology innovation with 60 businesses and start-ups onsite. On June 8, 2021, conference attendees will have the opportunity to watch the latest in ocean technology showcased on the Halifax Harbour. For more information or to express your interest in demonstrating, please contact .