By Bill O’Keefe, Past Chair, MTS-NL (Delivered at MTS-NL‘s AGM, June 29, 2011)

INTRODUCTION–2010-2011 was the inaugural year of the NL Section of the Marine Technology Society.  Naturally, when it’s one’s inaugural year, you have a few things to accomplish:

  • build a team
  • define your role in the local eco-system of organizations
  • define our style
  • put together a program and execute

Also, 2010 was a critical year for MTS.  Internationally, the local cluster was organizing and demonstrating why it should host the 2014 Oceans Conference and provide a platform for exhibiting the strength of the marine cluster to international markets and decision makers. In terms of accomplishing these tasks, we had a successful year.  But, let me summarize some of the key outcomes of the year.

OUR ROLE

The role (mission) of MTS is:

  • Facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of marine technology to wider global issues by enhancing the dissemination of marine technology information
  • Promote and improve marine technology and related educational programs
  • Advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans
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On a local level, we, through a process, decided what our role should be:

  • Building a community
  • Encouraging multi-disciplinary views of marine issues and technology
  • Engaging those who should be engaged in the discussion
  • And contributing to the professional development of individuals

Once we understood our role, we had the tools to integrate into the eco-system that is the NL marine cluster.  We also understood the things that we don’t do: industry development, business development, product development and policy development.  Our role is growth the resources that support those processes: Marine Technology Professionals

Rather than worry about the membership level, our focus has been to develop and deliver an interesting program that will attract an audience. 

OUR STYLE

Over the year, we started to assemble a set of features that we have adopted as our style.  These features include:

  • Finding topics and speakers that are relevant and interesting
  • Pairing student presentations with industry presentations
  • Co-hosting events with other organizations with similar interests

OUR 2010 PROGRAM

During the year, we hosted or co-hosted 6 events.  Common themes included the oil and gas industry, ocean observation, the Arctic, marine archaeology, maintenance of marine assets.  All of the events were well attended. Plus, a sizable delegation from Newfoundland and Labrador attended Oceans 2010 in Seattle, Washington.

KEY OUTCOMES

Some of the key outcomes of this year’s activities include:

  • Creation of the Section in close geographic location to the heart of NL marine cluster. Prior to this, the nearest Section was located in Halifax and was not very active.  Creating the chapter has provided another channel to international markets and partners
  • Significant growth in membership.  Current membership stands at forty three
  • Successful program including six events

The highlight of the year occurred at the Oceans 2010 conference in Seattle when the organizing committee awarded Oceans 2014 to St. John’s.  Hands off to the co-chairs of the St. John’s organizing committee: Darrell O’Neill, Bonnie O’Rourke and Vicki Button.

KEY PLAYERS

In conclusion, I really need to thank several key players that the Executive Committee relied upon to make the Program successful:

  • Corporate members, including Canadian Coast Guard, Innovation, Trade and Rural Renewal, Institute of Ocean Technology, and the Marine Institute, School of Ocean Technology.  These organizations are key in providing speakers, facilities, and on occasion refreshments.  They are the core of the Section.
  • Speakers and the organizations that they represent.  The quality of the program is directly proportional to the quality of the speaker.
  • Partners/co-hosts, which include OceansAdvance, City of St. John’s, and PEGNL.

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Institute of Ocean Technology
  • Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board
  • C-Core / LookNorth
  • WorleyParsons
  • Canadian Coast Guard, NL Region

Item

Date

Topic

Organization

Category

1

June

Underwater Autonomous  Vehicles

IOT

Observation

2

Oct

Deep Ocean Drilling

CNOSPB, CCG

O&G

3

November

Asset Management

CCG

O&G

4

February

Voyage to inner Space

5

May

LookNorth Program

C-Core

Observation

6

June

Hebron Project

Worley Parsons

O&G