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Oceans Advance Newsletter – BOD Announcement – July 2, 2024


Oceans Advance Unveils New Brand Identity

We are excited to announce that Oceans Advance has undergone a complete rebrand, and we invite you to explore our new look and feel.

While our core mantra of Connect, Engage, and Advance remains steadfast, our evolution reflects our commitment to becoming Your Portal into Ocean Tech in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Our new brand identity encapsulates our vision of leading the ocean technology ecosystem in Newfoundland & Labrador. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Enhanced Digital Presence: Our revamped website offers a more intuitive and user-friendly experience. It’s designed to be your go-to resource for the latest in ocean technology news, events, and innovations in our region.
  2. Stronger Community Engagement: With our new brand, we aim to foster even greater collaboration among our members. Stay tuned for upcoming networking events, workshops, and forums where you can connect with industry leaders and peers.
  3. Innovative Initiatives: We are launching new programs and initiatives designed to support the growth and success of our ocean tech community. From start-up support to industry partnerships, we are here to help you thrive.
  4. Expanded Resources: Our commitment to providing valuable resources is stronger than ever. Whether you are looking for market insights, funding opportunities, or training programs, Oceans Advance is your portal to the tools and information you need.

We are excited about this update and look forward to continuing to support and celebrate the incredible work of our members. Together, we will drive the growth and success of the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Visit our new website to learn more about our rebrand and how we can help you connect, engage, and advance in the ocean tech industry.

Board of Directors Announcement

We are excited to welcome our newly elected board members, Megan Murphy and Dr. Freeman Ralph to the Oceans Advance board. Congratulations to Ashley Noseworthy and Natasha Hudson on being re-elected for another two-year term.

We also extend our thanks to our outgoing board members, Elizabeth Lawrence and Stephen Green, for their dedication and commitment throughout the years. Their leadership and support have been invaluable to our mission.

We welcome the new board members along with our current elected board members for 2024-25:

Call for Proposals

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is seeking Canadian project ideas in scaled ocean energy, sustainable seafood, marine transportation, and ocean climate solutions. This Call for Proposals focuses on key growth areas in the ocean sector and will help contribute to the 5X growth ambition set out by Ambition2035

You’re invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by September 6th, 2024 at 8 PM ADT, 7 PM EDT, 5 PM MDT, or 4 PM PDT. Please submit your EOI proposal and budget template to [email protected].

Upcoming Events

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our upcoming webinar where we will be unveiling exciting opportunities through the Trade Commissioner Service’s Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program. This session will spotlight the upcoming Boston Blue Technology CTA, a unique initiative designed to propel Canadian ocean tech companies onto the global stage. 

To register for this webinar on July 10 at 10 am NST follow this link.

This session will offer:

  • Exclusive Insights: Learn about the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program and its impacts on business growth and international expansion.
  • Focused Information: Gain insight on opportunities in the New England market and discover the strategic benefits of participating in the Blue Tech CTA.
  • Networking Opportunity: Connect with Canada’s Oceantech lead in New England and meet your Atlantic TCS team.

The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program offers an unparalleled opportunity for high-potential Canadian companies to access global markets, establish partnerships, and accelerate their growth.

We are looking for leading-edge Canadian companies with differentiated solutions in:

  • Marine robotics, sensors & related software products
  • Software targeting the marine industry (digital twin, virtual modelling, simulation, etc.)
  • Fisheries/aquaculture-related technologies
  • Dual-use marine technologies (products with applications for both defense and commercial industries

Don’t miss out on this chance to explore how the CTA program can support your international expansion and connect you with valuable resources and networks in high-potential markets. 

We look forward to seeing you there and discussing how we can help your business navigate the waters of international trade and technology.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Call for Proposals Webinar

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is excited to announce the launch of their Ocean Technology 2024 Call for Proposals. This initiative underscores the critical role of ocean technology in driving innovation and sustainable growth in the marine sector.

They invite you to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) by September 6th, 2024. To assist you in preparing a compelling application, OSC will be hosting a webinar. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the application process, funding opportunities, and eligibility criteria. Their experts will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have about submitting a successful EOI for the themes outlined in the call.

Join them for this informative webinar and bring your questions. They look forward to helping you navigate the process and encouraging your participation in this exciting opportunity.

Wednesday, July 10th at 1:00 PM ADT | 12:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM MDT | 9:00 AM PDT

The 14th Annual SEUS-CP Business Forum focused on business-to-business meetings will be held August 4-6, 2024, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Business Forum offers valuable opportunities for participants to connect with potential partners from across the Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces. Participants can forge new relationships, understand the market expansion prospects, and discover supply chain opportunities. Noteworthy companies such as Airbus, Mississippi Polymer Institute, Mississippi Power, Mullen Automotive, Port of Pascagoula, Skydweller Aero, and The Coca Cola Company, and Ingalls Shipbuilding will be in attendance.

The Business Forum provides:

  • Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with potential buyers and partners.
  • Participation in panel discussions to gain insights into market trends and intelligence.
  • Premium networking opportunities to engage with influential business and government figures throughout the event, including during meals, a gala dinner, and receptions.
  • Access to key decision-makers in a more intimate setting.

This year’s forum will emphasize Advanced Manufacturing and the Blue Economy, focusing on organizations involved in advanced manufacturing and ocean technologies, covering various components, materials, technologies, logistics, and services.

Key topics for discussion include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Exploring the use of new technologies in transportation.
  • Ocean Technology Industries and The Blue Economy: Exploring growth opportunities through sustainable technologies and practices.
  • Workforce Development: Addressing current and future demands in the workforce.
  • The Changing Landscape of Ports: Rethinking the future of port operations.

Travel stipends will be available for eligible applicants. For more information about the conference, please contact Gillian Chatman at [email protected].

Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum + Summer Social

August 15th, 2024 | Halifax & Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 

Marine Renewables Canada invites you to our annual summer event, featuring two great events in one day!

Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum

With Atlantic Canada in the early phases of establishing an offshore wind industry, it is the optimal time to focus on building a strong and competitive supply chain to support industry needs. Our forum will focus on building a strong supply chain to support this burgeoning sector. Whether you’re new to the offshore wind market or looking to expand your involvement, this event will provide valuable insights and opportunities for collaboration.

Summer Social & Lobster Dinner on the Lake

Join us for an evening of networking, delicious lobster (or chicken), live music, and fun activities by the beautiful Lake Banook. It’s the perfect chance to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections!

Join Us for the 29th Annual Cold Harvest Conference and Trade Show

On behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry, we are thrilled to invite you to our 29th Annual Cold Harvest Conference and Trade Show. Cold Harvest is Canada’s premier aquaculture conference, dedicated to promoting and developing the business of aquaculture for the prosperity of our sector and communities.

This event is a prime opportunity for farm management and service sector professionals to build their knowledge and foster new business connections. Expect exciting and informative discussions on aquaculture innovation, technology, science, and service sector advancements. With world-class keynote speakers and themed sessions, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Highlights of Cold Harvest 2024:

  • Learn about the latest in aquaculture.
  • Explore new technologies at the trade show.
  • Enjoy the fantastic restaurants and entertainment in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Please note that booths are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Have the following information ready before booking:

  • Names and emails of up to 2 people for registration badges
  • Company profile for the program booklet (up to 100 words)
  • Company logo
  • Preferred booth locations (up to 3) from the map provided on the main page
  • Credit card payment information

If you have any questions about registration, exhibiting, sponsoring the event, or advertising, please email or call 709-538-3454 or visit

Upcoming Events


Journal of Ocean Technology Call for content.  The winter issue of JOT will focus on “Safety first: humans at sea”.

The spring issue of the Green Marine Magazine is a must-read to stay updated with Green Marine’s progress and the maritime industry’s environmental initiatives – particularly those undertaken by the program’s members.

Green Transition Fund Expression of Interest Open

Following the success of the Province’s initial Expression of Interest in 2023, the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology is announcing the second Expression of Interest for the Green Transition Fund program. Applicants have until July 12, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. NDT to apply.

The Green Transition Fund provides financial support to businesses, organizations, post-secondary institutions, and industry associations to assist with the province’s transition to a green economy. The program will de-risk commercial and non-commercial activities that facilitate collaboration, investment, and industry growth required for the transition.

The Green Transition Fund targets the greening of commercial operations in traditional sectors and development of new opportunities related to the growth of a green economy. The program also supports research and development projects related to green transition and green economy supply chain improvement. 

The Canadian Ocean Enterprise Study 2024

The Ocean Enterprise includes companies that provide platforms, technology, and information services for ocean observations, measurements, analyses, and forecasts, supporting operations in the Blue Economy. The Canadian Ocean Enterprise Study is vital for measuring and showcasing the innovation and technological development of these companies in Canada.

COVE conducted the first Canadian Ocean Enterprise Study in 2020, with a follow-up in 2022. This study is also carried out in the USA every five years and annually in the UK, providing valuable data for national and international comparisons.

Participating in the survey raises awareness of the sector, tracks industry evolution, and influences policy and investment.

We want to include Ocean Advance member companies in the 2024 Canadian Ocean Enterprise Study. Your participation will help us understand key industry changes, identify trends, and enhance our analysis.

Your support is crucial to the success of this study. Thank you for your continued participation.

Upcoming courses at the Gardiner Centre

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