Our response to COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our delegates, partners, sponsors, and presenters, is our highest priority. With this in mind, the decision has been made to reschedule the H2O Conference scheduled for June 16-17, 2020 to June 8 & 10, 2021.

We want to thank you for your understanding and willingness to work with us to ensure that we have a successful conference next year, while acting in the best interest of all related to health and safety. We will update this site with details related to the June 2021 conference as they become available.

Stay safe.


June 8 – 10, 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 Wednesday, June 9 to Thursday, June 10, 2021 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 Tuesday, June 8 at COVE and Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Confirmed themes for H2O 2021:

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

Ocean Gala Dinner
June 9, 2021

Please check back for updates and further details.

COVE Demo Day
June 8, 2021

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 Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 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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