(St. John’s, NL, 20 Jan. 2014) Les O’Reilly, executive director, Oceans Advance Inc. announced today that  OceansAdvance is facilitating the attendance of provincial industry experts at the “Arctic Operations” ISO Mirror Committee meeting, 29 January 2014 in Ottawa.

Ten local representatives have committed to participate in this International Standards Organization (ISO) mirror session including industry and academic research. Stephen Green of Newfoundland-and-Labrador-based Provincial Aerospace will chair the committee.  “The role of the Arctic Operations Canadian Mirror committee is to coordinate a Canadian position in the development of international standards by all relevant work groups and provide feedback at the next global ISO plenary and work group assembly scheduled for Paris in April 2014,” said O’Reilly.

This work is a follow on from the “Arctic Operations” ISO Standards plenary and work groups hosted by OceansAdvance in St. John’s, NL in October 2013.  Representatives from eight countries participated with an overall attendance of 150 people.  This event was a strategic opportunity for the local ocean technology cluster and for the positioning of NL in the global ocean and technology community.

OceansAdvance hosted a follow-up roundtable in November 2013 to feature feedback from the plenary and work groups and to explore advance steps that provincial business and research might take to strengthen local engagement and ensure the local agenda is aligned with the evolving ISO “Arctic Operations” agenda.

Mr. O’Reilly said, “A key outcome of the fall 2014 working group and round table was  a series of action items including encouraging industry involvement in the ISO processes. In particular the items focused on contributing to the preparation of technical standards in the development of oil and gas and oceans technology opportunities in the Arctic.” He explained that the imminent “Arctic Operations” ISO Mirror Committee meeting on Ottawa is aligned with those action items.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Leslie O’Reilly, Executive Director, OceansAdvance, St John’s NL; 709-738-7069; leslie.oreilly@oceansadvance.net