A strong government-industry partnership is a crucial part of delivering quality products and services to the government and to broadly benefit Canadians and Canadian industry, and for both communities the Ocean Outlook is intended to provide an invaluable networking opportunity to build relationships and form partnerships. Following the 2019 pilot event we lost 2020 to the global pandemic, and this year will be piloting a virtual Ocean Outlook, to ensure everyone’s safety. This year’s event will be a mix of panel discussions, departmental and program presentations, and deeper dive breakouts with Q&A. Not surprisingly, Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy will be front and centre, as its development moves towards completion.
Ocean Outlook Blue Economy Strategy Panels:
The Government of Canada’s vision for a sustainable blue economy supports the growth of ocean sectors through innovation. It provides good jobs and is inclusive, advances reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, respects regional differences and needs, and contributes to a clean and healthy ocean, while ensuring sustainable ocean industries. Leading the development of a comprehensive Blue Economy Strategy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working with federal partners, including Transport Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Infrastructure Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Regional Development Agencies. Additionally, public engagement has included a series of virtual roundtables with ocean innovators, academia, women and global leaders, and the fishing and aquaculture industries, as well as online engagement to support participation from all Canadians. The Ocean Outlook will host two panel discussions to dig into what, the Blue Economy Strategy is, what it means to Canada, and the critical balance of Ocean Health and Ocean Wealth.
Panel 1 – The Blue Economy Strategy: The Government Perspective
Moderator: Niall O'Dea, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Panelists: Catherine Blewett, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer, Ocean Frontier Institute; Drew Leyburne, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Technology, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan); Francis McGuire, President (Deputy Minister), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Jane Weldon, Executive Head, Oceans Protection Plan, Transport Canada;
This panel will be chaired by Niall O'Dea, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Dr. O’Dea will bring together senior leaders from Federal Departments supporting the creation of the strategy to discuss its impetus, intent, and importance to Canada, the collaborative development process and public engagement, and the implications for Ocean Health and Ocean Wealth.
Panel 2 – The Blue Economy Strategy: The Industry Perspective
Moderator: Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster; Panelists: Andrea Johnston, Assistant Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Matthew Kowalczyk, CEO, Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc.; Moya Cahill, CEO, Pangeo Subsea; Niru Somayajula, President & CEO, Sensor Technology Limited;
This panel will be chaired by Kendra MacDonald, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. Mrs. Macdonald will bring together industry leaders from companies, big and small, as well as senior leadership from Innovation, Science and Economic Development to discuss the Blue Economy Strategy’s implications for Canada, industry engagement in its development, and how the balance of Ocean Health and Ocean Wealth will impact ocean industries.
Panel 3 – Government of Canada: Programs & Priorities
Presentations from the Government of Canada will position its programs and priorities, and highlight opportunities for Canadian industry to support and engage.
Innovative Solutions Canada Breakout
Innovative Solutions Canada, will be available to interact with conference delegates and discuss in more details, ideas presented at the Ocean Outlook: Government of Canada Programs & Priorities session.
The National Research Council Canada will be available to interact with conference delegates and discuss in more details ideas presented at the Ocean Outlook: Government of Canada Programs & Priorities session.
Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) is the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) access to innovation program. It transforms defence and security challenges being faced by the various partners in DND/CAF like the Air Force, the Navy, Army, special forces and others into innovative solutions to improve Canada’s defence capabilities. Join us to learn more on how you can help resolve Canada’s toughest defence and security challenges.
Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems Breakout
The Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems will be available to interact with conference delegates and discuss in more details, ideas presented at the Ocean Outlook: Gov of Canada Programs & Priorities session.
Defence Research and Development Canada will be available to interact with conference delegates and discuss in more details, ideas presented at the Ocean Outlook: Gov of Canada Programs & Priorities session.
ACOA Funding Breakout
Join us to learn about ACOA funding opportunities
Located in what was once the Canadian Coast Guard facility on Halifax Harbour, the COVE site features extensive marine facilities with two large, deep-water piers, and easy access to wharf side infrastructure. COVE is a logical location for demonstrating the most innovative new ocean technology products. COVE Demo Day expands on those natural assets to provide the ultimate hands-on display and showcase for cutting edge products and services.
On June 8, 2021, conference attendees will have the opportunity to watch the latest in ocean technology with new products featured by COVE tenants members and innovators from around the globe such as Sinay.ai, Marecomms, Enginuity, JASCO, Xeos Technologies, Sofar Ocean, Kongsberg, Glas Ocean, Sma’knis, Deep Trekker, In Nature Robotics, eOceans, Spiri Robotics, Jetasonics, MacArtney, Qualiteas, Pangeo Subsea, Subnero, SEATAC, Kraken Robotics, Leeway Marine, Pro-Oceanus, Sensor Technology, RBR, DOT, and COVE’s Stella Maris.
Ulnooweg Announcement: and opening remarks
Lenore Zann MP, Cumberland/Colchester County
Samqwane'jk Breakout Discussion
Opportunity for participants to ask questions about and register their interest for the Samqwane'jk project.
Technology Demonstrations continued
Electric propulsion in marine vessels is not a new concept but, like electric cars, it was overtaken by the diesel and gasoline engines. With the global focus on greenhouse gas emission reduction, there is a surge of interest in new electric vessel technology that can meet the needs of different types of vessels in the tourism, fishing, shipping, and transportation sectors. Along with the significant potential for GHG reductions, there are also economic benefits. Nova Scotia’s seafood industries are rurally based and support the economies of coastal communities, with over $2Billion in export revenue annually. The fishing sector alone has over 4,000 vessels which are mainly diesel powered and inefficient. Converting to cleaner, more efficient vessels could increase the sector’s sustainability and resilience. Panelists from industry, operations, and government will discuss current work in this sector, along with the potential opportunities, challenges, and visions for the marine vessel electrification.
Join us as we hear from various speakers on how industry and government can partner to address Ocean Technology specific workforce challenges. How can we encourage more youth to follow careers in the sector? How can industry voice its needs to government? Tune in to find out!
The panel will have representatives from three different international organisations, Innovate UK, Enterprise Ireland and the Marine and Oceanographic Network, engaged in promoting and facilitating company to company partnerships to enable collaborative international business related to the Blue Economy, on behalf of their respective stakeholders. The participants will discuss and present on potential collaborations and specific technologies from their perspective.
Space and the ocean – what is the connection, and how do advances in space related technology help to support the exploration, preservation, and understanding of our oceans? Oceans play a vital role in the overall health of the planet and provide livelihood for many and yet there is still so much that we do not know about the oceans. We need to dive deep into the oceans to continue exploring them, but we also need to go into space to observe them. Currently there are about 3,000 satellites orbiting the earth. In the next five years or so we could see upwards of 40,000 satellites being launched. Space X alone is expected to launch 12,000 satellites over the next five years. Join our panelists as they talk about space and the oceans and how utilizing data obtained from satellites is changing the way that we explore, exploit, and protect the oceans. With satellite data being made available to more people, with advances in sensors, data transmission, and data analytics, what does the future hold for ocean observation and how can your business take advantage of this?