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.
Colin MacLean has served as President of The Waterfront Development Corporation since 2008. He is a lawyer and teacher by training, having studied at the University of King’s College, Dalhousie University, and Harvard’s Institute for Higher Education. Prior to joining Waterfront Development, Mr. MacLean served as Vice President of Nova Scotia Community College. He is a member of the National Executive Forum for Public Property, and currently serves on the Boards of the University of King’s College, and the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.
The revenue Waterfront Development generates from its commercial activity is invested in infrastructure to promote further growth and create public enjoyment of this remarkable coastline. Through this work, Waterfront Development has invested over $40 million in public infrastructure, constructed and prepared for $500 million of mixed-use and public space development, and turned the Halifax waterfront into the #1 visited destination in Nova Scotia.
Waterfront Development projects have been recognized with awards from the Governor General’s Awards for Architectural Design, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Most recently, Waterfront Development was named Canadian Corporate Partner of the Year for tourism, and North American Port of the Year by Tall Ships America.
The Waterfront Development Corporation recently purchased the former Dartmouth Coast Guard Base with the intent of redeveloping the property to support the growth of the Ocean and Marine Sector of Nova Scotia. Mr. MacLean will discuss how the evolving interest in Innovation Ecosystems, the increased awareness of Nova Scotia’s private sector strength in Ocean Technology, the research capacity in our post-secondary institutions and government labs, and the focus on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and Offshore Energy projects are all contributing to the belief that Nova Scotia has the potential to do something that is unique and builds on the strengths we have as a province.