Join us in welcoming Brookes and Fiona Diamond at the February Ocean Connector!

When: February 22, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS



Venturing into Ocean Tourism

Five years ago, Brookes and Fiona Diamond embarked on a new chapter of innovation, bringing original Nova Scotia-made content together with 360° digital technologies to create authentic immersive stories about Canada’s east coast in their own 50’ geodesic dome.

Their unique collaboration with the region’s largest Maritime museum and its supporting charitable foundation, has enabled them to build a cutting edge attraction, reflecting our special relationship with the sea, while increasing the capacity of the Museum.

As the partners look to create a brand new visitor experience, they are looking for input into the development of an exciting presence in ocean tourism – engaging the community and visitors in conversations about our ocean, and its importance in our world.

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As principals in Atlantic Canada’s most-recognized entertainment production company, Brookes and Fiona have been leading innovators in the creative entertainment sector for over 40 years. They have managed and presented some of Canada’s most recognized artists in concert from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Times Square, NYC to the Sydney Opera House. They have produced several award-winning television shows and have toured their musical production DRUM! across North America.

Among many industry and public awards and citations, Brookes and Fiona have been recognized as Persons of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, were inducted into the inaugural Music Nova Scotia Hall of Fame and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their service to Canada.



Join us in welcoming Pat d’Entremont at the January Ocean Connector!

When: January 18, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS


Diving into Big Data

By far, the majority of international trade is carried over ships, some sources putting that figure upwards of ninety percent. Chances are that most of what you have in your home, what you wear, even maybe what you eat, was once on a ship. Port cities like Halifax and Saint John have a huge dependency on its seaport operations for its economic well-being. It is therefore important that all these goods, and the people and ships that bring them to you, get tracked very efficiently.

Although there has been much talk of “Big Data” in recent years, the concept of aggregating large quantities of data from different sources has been around for quite some time.

Pat d’Entremont will dive into the ins and outs of tracking data on shipping vessels, crews and cargo movements, and how the software can lead to models that can be used to detect trends that lead to more efficient movement of goods.

Pat d'Entremont

Pat d’Entremont

Pat d’Entremont is an owner of Nicom IT Solutions, a company that helps organizations run more effectively and reach new markets through technology. He is also a certified management consultant and a writer.

His career in information technology stretches over 30 years. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University, with a major in Computer Science, as well as ISP and ITCP designations from the Canadian Information Processing Society.

He oversees the business development activities of Nicom; and in the past eight years, has been focused on the seaport sector where he has successfully established a division that offers professional advisory services and software products to the seaport industry.

Join us in welcoming Gary Sonnichsen at the November Ocean Connector!

When: November 23, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00

Where: The Wooden Monkey, 40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS

GSC’s Projects and Priorities: How technology used in labs and field equipment is evolving

Gary Sonnichsen

Gary Sonnichsen

Program Manager, Geoscience for New Energy Supply
Natural Resources Canada

For over thirty years, Gary has worked for the Geological Survey of Canada – Atlantic (Natural Resources Canada) as a Marine Geologist and as a Research Manager. His research has focused on the Arctic, and the east coast offshore from Nova Scotia to Labrador. Gary manages a team of thirty marine geoscientists and technologists. Together they collect and analyze seabed information from all of Canada’s ocean territories.

Gary will provide an overview of the current projects and priorities of the Geological Survey of Canada (Natural Resources Canada) and how that’s driving technology in their labs and field equipment. He will explain how a federal research lab such as Natural Resources Canada works, how it has changed, and how it collaborates with industry and academia.

Ocean Connector: What is the Ocean Supercluster?

Canada’s ocean companies are coming together in a collaboration of established and emerging sectors that is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Companies from sectors including marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence, shipbuilding, transportation, and ocean technology are building a partnership along with post-secondary institutions, entrepreneurs, and governments to accelerate technology solutions to big challenges in the ocean economy.
During this Ocean Connector, Special Event, Jim and Matt will be talking about the Ocean Supercluster Partnership, and answering questions such as:

  • Why an Ocean Supercluster?
  • What does it mean to me?
  • What is the Government of Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative?

Join us on November 1, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Alderney Landing Theatre.


Join us in welcoming Andrew Lowery from the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) at tonight’s Ocean Connector!

When: 21 September 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax NS

Tidal Energy Sensor Innovations

The Minas passage, home to the FORCE Test Site, has the strongest tidal currents in the world. While attractive for tidal energy development, this extreme environment challenges the limits of standard oceanographic work. The Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) Program was established by the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) in 2012 as a platform to redefine the limits of our capabilities in relation to site characterization, environmental monitoring, and marine operations at tidal energy sites.

Over the last several years, FAST has evolved to include an array of onshore and offshore infrastructure, which have been the basis of innovative research projects that have looked at turbulence and wake effects, marine sound, fish detection and general marine operations.

Join us in welcoming Greg Macdonald to our July Ocean Connector!

When: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday July 20, 2017

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax


Trends in SR&ED

Join us July 20th for our Ocean Connector Event and learn how your company can benefit from Trends in SR&EDs. Greg, a member of Grant Thornton LLP’s Tax Services, specializes in government tax credits and incentive processes, including the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit. As a professional engineer and business consultant, Greg’s experience and knowledge of key industries has helped clients source project funding and find opportunities for efficiencies and cost saving.

Ocean Connector Presentation – Trends in SR&ED – V2

Join us in welcoming Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright and Dr. Marlon R. Lewis to our June Ocean Connector!

When: 4:00 – 6:00pm, Thursday June 22, 2017

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax


Learn more about Ocean Frontier Institute

Join us as Wendy and Marlon give an overview of what OFI is all about. Headquartered at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and i partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Prince Edward Island, federal Canadian and provincial government, industry and eight international institutes in five other countries, the OFI is an interdisciplinary transnational organization whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier, with a focus on the Northwest Atlantic and Canadian Arctic gateway.