Ocean Connector: Richard Mills (Konsberg Maritime)

Hugin - Kongsberg Maritime

The Application of Advanced Autonomy for Survey Operations

When: April 19, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00

Where: Wooden Monkey, 305-40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS

Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are reasonably common places survey tools in the scientific, defence and commercial market segments. Now we are seeing AUV operations being augmented by Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). By adding advanced autonomy we aim to create a system that is more capable than its component parts.

These capabilities include goal based mission planning and in-mission adaptive control. They become essential components when we consider the application of unmanned technology in an over the horizon environment.

This presentation will discuss both the physical elements alongside the challenges of developing and implementing advanced autonomy for survey operations.

Richard Mills - Kongsberg Maritime

Richard Mills

Richard Mills is the Director of Sales for Marine Robotics at Kongsberg Maritime. He leads the sales team for HUGIN, MUNIN, Eelume and USV product lines. Richard specializes in the commercial application of marine robotics. He is currently a board member of Eelume, a Norwegian company developing a subsea resident robot for IMR operations in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime, Statoil and the Norwegian technical university (NTNU).



Join us in welcoming Gary Markle at the March Ocean Connector!

When: March 22, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00

Where: Wooden Monkey, 305-40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS



Ocean of Promise:

Creativity and Collaboration in a New Nova Scotian Economy

The Atlantic Ocean has provided abundance to humans for millennia. Connecting creativity and innovation for a sustainable, ocean based-future is vital for the continued prosperity of Nova Scotia. Collaboration and stewardship are imperative in creating a bold economic vision, yet can be inspiring and challenging at the same time.

In this talk, Gary will be sharing his progress in developing new sustainable materials using ocean resources, such as, seaweed, chiton, and fish skin.

Gary MarkGary Marklele, BFA, MFA

Gary is an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD U) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently the Chair of the Craft Division.

In 2013, together with Professor Glen Hougan, Gary was awarded a two-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CHIR) grant to investigate design for healthy ageing. Gary’s research was focused on garments for seniors. The aim was to design clothing that maintained dignity and balanced style and functionality, resulting in continued independence for the wearer. In the Fall of 2015, this research culminated in “Worn Well” a community based research project in partnership with Lunenburg based Buzz Holdings. In 2016, with Kim Morgan, Gary was awarded a grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to investigate SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) fibre for future research-creation purposes.

He also maintains a research-creation practice that focuses on site reactive instillation with materiality and community as a common thread connecting the various strands of his practice. Most recently participating in an Artist Residency with and Performance work commissioned as a collaborative work for The Floating Warren :Flotilla, Charlottetown PEI 2017.




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.

Brookes and Fiona Diamondbrookesandfiona

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.