Please join us for a tour of COVE!



Speakers: Jim Hanlon CEO with IORE & Sheila Paterson COO with IORE

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, September 29, 2016
Where: 27 Parker street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2W1

The Ocean Connector will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd floor of the South Building. Following a presentation and discussion, there will be tours of the COVE site.  Note that access to the multi-purpose room and the full site tour requires use of stairs. Please come dressed for the weather and with sturdy footwear.

COVE, the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship, is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. This hub of activity will be home to local and global ocean technology businesses, post-secondary institutions, researchers as well as marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean sector.

Members of COVE have unparalleled access to the ocean, shared facilities and some of the leading minds in the sector. Start-ups will benefit from mentoring in the Start-Up Yard the on-site incubator.

COVE is at the centre of Nova Scotia’s globally recognized ocean cluster, located in the former Coast Guard Facility on Halifax Harbour. The COVE site features extensive marine facilities with two large, deep-water piers, office space, an incubator and space for shops and labs.

COVE is a place where innovations will be developed and brought to market. It’s a place where start-ups will be inspired and guided. It is a working facility for ocean enterprises with access to water and testing facilities.



Parking instructions:

Please check in with the security guard at the gate, then proceed through and park on COVE property.


Please join us in welcoming speaker Sue Molloy from Glas Ocean!


When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, August 25, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

There is a long history of electric propulsion use in Marine Vessels and over the past 20 years the industry has seen a surge of interest in diesel electric propulsion and electric thrusters.  Dr. Molloy will talk about where the industry stands right now regarding electric and hybrid electric vessels in general and then discuss how the recent progress can be applied to small vessels. There are many exciting applications for small vessels from the AKA Tugs to ferries in Norway and as more renewable energy becomes available, electric options will be looked at more seriously in the marine sector. We will discuss what can be done now and in the near future and learn which obstacles need to be overcome to make electric propulsion a real option in fishing.

Sue Molloy, PhD, PEng, MEng, BEng, BSc, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a consulting engineer, researcher and adjunct professor in Ocean Engineering, specializing in Marine Renewable Energy, Eco-Ships and sustainable engineering. Sue’s doctoral work focused on ship propulsion; investigating powering through modelling and scaling through experiments on diesel electric podded propulsors. Sue is regularly invited to speak to engineering organizations and institutions around the country. She is the international convener for the International Electrotechnical Committee TC114 River Turbines ad-hoc committee and a Canadian delegate on the Design subcommittee of IEC TC114 Marine Energy and is a board member of Marine Renewables Canada. Sue has taught sustainable engineering and turbomachines for Dalhousie University, Faculty of Engineering and has taught sustainable design and renewable energy at OCAD University in Toronto. Sue is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie working on a range of tidal turbine research projects. Sue’s consulting clients include ocean related SMEs, tidal power project developers, non profits, academia and government.



Please join us in welcoming speaker Steve Sayle!

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, July 21, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Drawing on years of international marine sector experience, SayleGroup is starting a Safety Culture movement to make Nova Scotia an even better place to live and work!

According to the Halifax Gateway , Atlantic Canada Mega Projects have a committed investment of over $130 Billion dollars.  There is one common project requirement across the supply chain. Safety.

This informational session focuses on the importance of a positive Safety Culture in all organizations at all tiers of the supply chain. It protects your people and assets, and wins you more work. Organizations that make Safety Culture a priority Reduce Incidents, Lower Costs and build Great Reputations.

For more than a decade SayleGroup has been the Trusted Name in Environmental Risk ManagementSafety Culture and Operational Excellence. SayleGroup provides real-world expertise, in-depth knowledge, systems and technology to companies around the world to help:
·       Ensure the safety of employees and operations
·       Reduce environmental impacts
·       Manage the quality of products
·       Improve performance, mitigate risk and maintain compliance

This will be an entertaining presentation, including some very interesting international marine study examples…

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Steve Sayle has a B.Sc., and MMM from Dalhousie University, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) specializing in developing world class Health, Safety & Environment Management Systems (HSEMS). Steve has an extensive background in Canadian and International consulting, risk and crisis management, business development, marine construction projects and offshore oil & gas exploration, development and operations. He has been a key advisor for R&D studies, coral & turtle habitat enhancements, coastal developments, stakeholder consultation, building and commissioning of offshore platforms, exploration drilling, subsea pipelines, and processing facilities. Steve has worked extensively in North & South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.  SayleGroup Inc. is a Start-up company established in Halifax, NS, in 2013.  On a regular basis Steve is advising Shell, BP, Encana, Bear Head LNG, and many other Nova Scotia offshore developments.

Please join us in welcoming speaker Dr. Don Gordon for “Voyage of Discovery / Passing the Torch”

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When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, May 19, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Presenters:  Geoforce Group Limited & BIO-Oceans Association

Geoforce Group Limited is celebrating its long association with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) by helping to promote “Voyage of Discovery”, a 50-year anniversary compendium featuring past and present marine research accomplishments at Canada’s leading oceanographic government laboratory.

“Voyage of Discovery”, published in 2014 offers a broad cross-section of BIO’s work in all relevant disciplines, including historic milestones of Canadian Marine Science, Ocean Life, Circulation and Chemistry, Hydrography and Seabed Mapping, Geological Oceanography, Fisheries, Ecosystems and Aquaculture, Energy, Technology and Instrument Development and much more.

On behalf of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography-Oceans Association (BIO-OA) and Geoforce Group Limited, Dr. Don Gordon will present an overview of the Voyage of Discovery with the theme “Passing the Torch” to future generations of ocean researchers.  Don’s presentation will highlight a number of case studies including successful examples of industry-government collaborations.

Geoforce’s Ulrich Lobsiger will lead the Q & A session, stimulating an active discussion on the broad topics of effective collaboration in ocean science and technology development across disciplines and generations.

The BIO-Oceans Association will offer “Voyage of Discovery” for sale at a preferred price and Geoforce Group Limited will sponsor a raffle – you could win a copy of this marvellous compendium!

Please join us in welcoming our speaker Dr. Mark Williamson from DRDC!

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Dr. Mark Williamson
Director General
Defence Research and Development Canada – Centre for Security Science / Government of Canada

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, April 28, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Dr. Mark Williamson’s talk will be about the Canadian Safety and Security Program and in particular how it seeks to collaborate with and access innovators

Mark A. Williamson is Director General of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, which operates in partnership with Public Safety Canada.  DRDC CSS is responsible for leading the Canadian Safety and Security Program on behalf of the Government of Canada, a program whose mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology (S&T) with policy, operations and intelligence.

Join us! February 25, 2016 for our Ocean Connector with ESL Technology inc.


When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, February 25, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Darren Smith, originally from Prince Edward Island, moved to Halifax with his wife in 1997 to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree at TUNS.  In 2000, he began his first professional job as a Field Engineer in the east coast offshore oilfield.  After almost nine years as a Field Engineer and then as Directional Driller, it was time for a life change after the birth of his daughter.  No longer interested in being away from home for long periods, it was time to pursue a career that kept him closer to home.   He accepted the position of Test Engineer with Composites Atlantic in 2010 at their Environmental Simulation Laboratory, located in Woodside, Nova Scotia.  After 4 years, Composites Atlantic decided to sell the lab, giving Darren and three other investors the opportunity to take control of the lab, now called ESL Technology Inc.

ESL Techology inc. is always in the process of working to improve exposure to the many local companies who can benefit from their services, but may not be aware of their presence here. Through working with many local companies, the lab has proven itself to be a very important service throughout all the development stages involved in the creation of the many great products that are produced here in Nova Scotia.  Darren will be talking about the lab and its capabilities regarding the oceanographic sector.

Please join us in welcoming our speaker Jamie Sangster!


When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, January 28, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Jamie Sangster is the President of LeeWay Marine, a Halifax based startup company operating a ship from Dartmouth “Cove” to service the Ocean Tech and Ocean Research Sectors.  Jamie specializes in complex marine project management. He has served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years as a marine systems engineering officer and naval architect, and has extensive sea experience aboard Canadian major warships. Jamie has spent his career on the operational waterfront and at sea in various technical and operational leadership roles. These positions include engineering officer aboard a Canadian patrol frigate in domestic and international operations, east coast fleet maintenance manager, east coast fleet senior naval architect, technical director for a major submarine refit project, and detachment commander and technical lead for new ship construction at Irving Shipbuilding.

Jamie will discuss the value of former naval technicians and professionals as new employees in our community and how companies can take advantage of their experience.  He will also talk about his company LeeWay Marine, the vessel they operate and what it has to offer to the Ocean Tech and Ocean Research sectors in Nova Scotia.