By Andrew Safer and published in International Ocean Systems Magazine, July/August 2011 edition, Teddington, UK
Senior ocean leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel gathered in St John’s, Newfoundland, earlier this year for a significant Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. Andrew Safer reports

Fifty-four senior oceans leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel convened in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, the City of Ocean Excellence, for three days in March 2011 for a Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. OceansAdvance, the organisation which represents the ocean technology cluster in St John’s, and International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) co-hosted the event, an important first step that could lead to the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence in Marine and Ocean Technologies (GCEMOT).

“If you look at what’s going on around the world, most recently with the tsunami and the concern about the fallout coming out of Japan, it’s challenging us to become more aware of how critical the oceans are to our life on Earth,” said Mr Les O’Reilly, executive director of OceansAdvance.

“This initiative directly supports our mandate to foster and promote the development and expansion of an internationally-connected industrial ocean technology cluster in Newfoundland and Labrador. Working together with counterparts from across Canada, we look forward to championing this collaborative R&D initiative and facilitating multilateral R&D projects among participating countries.” Read the entire article in International Ocean Systems. Read the article.