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.

Please join us in welcoming speaker Justin Manley!

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, December 14, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

“Unmanned Maritime Vehicles: State of the Industry and Innovation”

“This presentation will provide a snapshot of the current state of the Unmanned Maritime Vehicle (UMV) industry including leading technologies, manufacturers and applications.It will then transition into a discussion of emerging applications and technologies to highlight current innovations in UMV developments. Ancillary systems such as power, telemetry and navigation will be encompassed as well as the variety of UMVs including both undersea and surface systems”


Justin is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. Mr. Manley is a recognized leader in unmanned systems development and operations. After professional roles at MIT, supporting NOAA and in the private sector with Liquid Robotics and Teledyne Marine Systems he founded Just Innovation Inc. in mid-2015 where he supports a variety of clients with a focus on unmanned and undersea systems.
Mr. Manley has demonstrated accomplishments in professional organizations including MTS and IEEE. He is a member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee. He is also dedicated to innovation, advising startup companies and was a judge for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.

Please join us in welcoming speaker Catherine Vardy!

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, November 24, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

“Ocean Intellectual Property Matters”

Take an engaging journey into the world of intellectual property (IP). What IP do you have and how can you protect it? Is it better to use a trademark, copyright or a patent? How long does it take and what does it cost? This presentation will introduce you to the types of IP and why they matter.

Intellectual property rights are administered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Find out how you can protect your brand, innovations and how to search CIPO’s databases for valuable business information.


Catherine Vardy joined the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in 2015. As a Business Development Officer for the Atlantic Region, Catherine enjoys working with people to identify and highlight the value of IP.

As the Network Liaison and Program Manager at Springboard Atlantic, Catherine worked closely with innovative SMEs, universities and colleges. Catherine also worked in Atlantic Canada as a Research and Innovation Development Officer with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Catherine also has experience as communication manager and journalist with several organizations including the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, CBC and several magazines and newspapers.

When she’s not travelling, Catherine can be found in her office at Innovacorp, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Please join us in welcoming speaker Timothy Webster from NSCC!

When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, October 27, 2016

Where: T-Room, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax

“Applications of topo-bathymetric lidar in the coastal zone”

 Previous airborne bathymetric lidar sensors were large and expensive and concentrated on mapping as deep as possible using a combination of near-infrared and green lasers. This talk will present the Chiroptera II, a new shallow water topo-bathymetric lidar sensor owned by the NSCC that is designed to collect seamless elevation data from land to the submerged terrain under coastal or freshwater. In addition to collecting the elevation at high resolution ~ 1m and vertical precision ~ 15 cm, the intensity of the reflected green laser also provides insights into what is on the seabed and can be exploited for mapping. A 60 MPIX RCD30 camera capable of capturing NIR and RGB bands of imagery is co-aligned with the lidar sensor to provide additional data that can be directly georeferenced and used with the lidar for mapping and engineering applications. The AGRG Coastal Research Team have conducted several surveys in the Maritimes since 2014. Various applications of these data will be presented including mapping submerged aquatic vegetation, input to hydrodynamic model simulations, and shoreline sensitivity mapping.


Dr. Tim Webster
Research Scientist
Applied Geomatics Research Group
Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) – NSCC

Tim is a research scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group at the Nova Scotia Community College in Middleton, NS. His research focus is mapping, monitoring and modeling processes in the coastal zone. He is the principal investigator of a recent Canada Foundation for Innovation Award to obtain a topo-bathymetric lidar to support coastal and aquatic research. He is the 2010 recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award, and obtained his PhD from Dalhousie University in 2006, MSc from Acadia in 1996, Advanced Diploma from the College of Geographic Sciences (now part of NSCC) in 1988, and a BSc from UNB in 1987. He was a faculty member at the Centre of Geographic Sciences teaching remote sensing and GIS from 1991 to 2000 until moving into the role as research scientist.