August 2012: The Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development (IBRD) has issued an RFP seeking the services of a consultant to complete a current profile of the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. To view the RFP CLICK HERE.

This province is home to a cluster of world-class institutions, companies, and industry organizations offering some of the most innovative ocean technologies in the world. The cluster is characterized by strong alliances among educational institutions, the private sector and the Provincial Government, resulting in groundbreaking, innovative advancements.

The provincial ocean technology sector is comprised of highly-skilled professionals in the fields of intelligent systems design, offshore engineering and marine communications. These professionals are supported by applied R&D facilities which enable offshore safety, advanced simulation and modeling, smarter fishing and enhanced aquaculture practices.

In June 2009, IBRD launched Oceans of Opportunity: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ocean Technology Sector Strategy. The purpose of this five-year strategy is to increase the level of ocean technology activity in Newfoundland and Labrador. In line with the broad initiatives and programs of the innovation strategy, it is designed to improve supports to business, strengthen ties between institutions and industry, and develop a new marketing approach for select target markets.

To fully capitalize on the sector’s potential, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s
created a dedicated Ocean Technology branch within IBRD, including a new Assistant Deputy
Minister for Ocean Technology. As part of the preparation of this strategy, sector profiles were completed by consultants in 2006 and 2010. This information now needs to updated and refined so that IBRD and other stakeholders can have a current and accurate profile of the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. A sample list of relevant studies and reports, including the 2006 and 2010 industry profiles of the sector, is appended to the RFP.

The successful consultants will have two primary tasks:

  1. Develop a current profile of the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To maintain consistency and to allow for comparison of results, the successful consultant should use a similar methodology to that which was utilized in the 2006 and 2010 sector profiles.

Included in an analysis of the overall scope and nature of the sector, the profile must include information and statistics related to:
•    Sales revenue
•    Sales growth
•    Primary, secondary & tertiary markets (by country and/or region)
•    Primary, secondary & tertiary markets (by sector)
•    Usage of print, digital and social media marketing
•    Identification of key trade shows, conferences and events
•    Total employment & change in employment
•    Educational experience of workforce (highest level of education etc.)
•    Salary ranges for key employee groups
•    Usage of co-op & graduate students
•    Gender breakdown
•    Intellectual property (e.g. # of patents, trademarks, industrial designs held)
•    Research & development expenditures
•    Participation rates in R&D support programs (SR&ED etc.)
•    Membership in national and/or international standards, regulatory or policy bodies
•    (e.g. IMO sub-committees)
•    Other factors as identified by IBRD

2. As part of the contract the successful consultant will also develop a comprehensive directory of ocean technology sector participants in the province, including a short description of their core activities and markets, along with detailed company or organizational contact information.

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Media Contact: Scott Barfoot, Director of Communications, Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, 709-729-4570, 690-6290, scottbarfoot@gov.nl.ca