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.

OUR OCEAN PLAYGROUND- Education Day 2016


Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax Nova Scotia

Be part of an exciting event focusing on experiential ocean education. You will have a chance to participate in interactive investigations relating to 4 key ocean sectors in our province, led by regional experts from industry and academia. Participate in hands-on experiences that will link science, technology, engineering and math, with concepts relating to the ocean economy and ecology, careers, innovation & entrepreneurship, and local communities.


All types of farming rely on a good understanding of lifecycles and ecosystems. Learn more about the controlled farming of freshwater and marine fish and aquatic plants, and gain insight into how this growing industry is contributing to the economy of small coastal communities across our region. (French/English)

Marine Renewable Energy

All movement is energy. Find out how energy is being harnessed from tides, waves and currents. Meet local innovators who are on the cutting edge of this technology, and build efficient turbines that best balance the need to capture energy with the interests of preserving aquatic ecosystems. (English)

Marine Optics and Acoustics

Explore how sight & sound and the behaviour of light and sound waves behave and vary in marine environments. Understand how local researchers and innovators use this science to develop technologies that help us to see and hear throughout the ocean – and see how this information helps to inform activities relating to ecology, the economy, and global societies. (English)

Shipbuilding and Boat Building

Investigate how the properties of materials and ocean water influence the design and construction of marine vessels. Explore cutting-edge technologies and careers that are emerging from these booming sectors, and discuss the impact on communities and the economy across the province. (French/English)

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…

Stephen SCUBA pic

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.