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 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.

Join us in welcoming Andrew Stone & Dr. Marc Skinner to the May Ocean Connector!

When: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday May 25, 2017

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

An Ocean of Opportunity

Join us as Andrew and Marc discuss genomics and Environmental DNA (eDNA), and how they are used in ocean related projects.

Genome Atlantic helps Atlantic Canada in multiple sectors including Aquaculture, Energy and Environment that intersect with the Ocean sector.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) tools are being investigated as a means to address a broad array of environmental management applications in aquatic systems including but not limited to, detection of cryptic or rare species, population dynamics, wildlife forensics, as well as ecosystem health and community assessment.
eDNA technologies are being widely investigated in freshwater habitats, however this is not the case for marine systems. Genome Atlantic and Stantec Consulting will discuss the opportunities of advancing the application of this technology in the marine sector, specifically in Atlantic Canada.

Please join us as Jim Hanlon & Sheila Paterson give an update on COVE!

When: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Thursday April 27, 2017

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Jim Hanlon, CEO

Jim is a 30-year veteran of the Canadian tech industry, having worked in design, marketing and management for companies in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and New England. His career has spanned the aerospace and defence sectors as well as the marine environmental monitoring field. Over the years, Jim has worked in senior management positions with several large publicly traded multinationals. He has also sampled the waters of the entrepreneurial well as an owner in two separate high tech companies that have successfully grown and been purchased by multinationals.

Sheila Paterson, COO

Sheila joined the IORE / COVE team in February of 2016 as COO.  In her role, Sheila builds relationships with industry, researchers, facilitating organizations and governments for the initiation, support, application and commercialization of world-class scientific research. Sheila spent eight years with the Province of Nova Scotia, most recently as a Business Development Executive at the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, working to enhance the capacity of the local energy sector supply chain and advance the province’s international links.

About COVE

The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE)  is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. Our mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Our primary goal is to support ocean technology commercialization.

COVE will be at the centre of the ocean cluster in Halifax, Canada’s Ocean City. With a prime waterfront location, on one of the largest harbours in the world, it is in close proximity to major ocean research institutes and world-leading companies focused on ocean-technology. Nova Scotia has an international reputation in ocean observation and we will continue to expand on this success. We have the highest concentration of ocean technology companies involved in acoustics, sensors and instrumentation. We are home to more than 300 ocean-related companies and 60 innovative high tech ocean companies. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is fully integrated into the ocean technology sector through excellence in applied research and training.

Please join us in welcoming speaker Greg Trowse!

When: 4 -6 pm, Thursday March 30, 2017

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Greg Trowse

Going with the flow – Use of drifters and drones in tidal energy applications

Greg Trowse is the founder of Luna Ocean Consulting Ltd. His background is in Environmental Engineering and Physical Oceanography, and he has been working primarily on Nova Scotian tidal energy developments since 2009.  His tidal energy experience spans many aspects of project development, but his focus is site assessment, environmental monitoring, marine operations, and community engagement in the Outer Bay of Fundy region.

Many aspects of tidal energy work involve developing tools and techniques for working in high flow environments.  When possible Greg prefers to go with the flow, and has led development and use of low profile drifters for mapping surface flow fields.  Drifter use has recently expanded to pumpkins observed from UAV images, including a Great Pumpkin Race held in Grand Passage. UAV images have also been used to observe wakes and map flow features. Greg will present on the use of “Drones and Drifters” in the context of tidal energy site assessment.


Please join us in welcoming speaker Stewart Hayne!

When:  4:00pm – 6:00pm, February 23, 2017

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

Intellectual Property – Legal and Industrial Perspective

Stewart Hayne is an intellectual property lawyer at Cox & Palmer in Halifax.  Stewart has worked in medical imaging software and in advanced research and development and manufacturing, and brings these perspectives to his practice.   With real world examples, Stewart will discuss industry-relevant mechanisms to identify, protect, and leverage your intellectual property.

Stewart has a B.Sc. (Physics), M.Sc. (Physics) and an L.LB. from Dalhousie.  Stewart’s masters looked
at cell membrane structures and has since worked in medical imaging software and in the automotive and stationary fuel cell power supply industries.  Stewart is a lawyer and a patent and trademark agent in Halifax.