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Oceans Advance Announces Retirement Of Executive Director And Appointment Of Successor

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Oceans Advance Announces Retirement of Executive Director and Appointment of Successor

St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador– December 20, 2023 – OceansAdvance, the voice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Technology Innovation Cluster, announces the retirement of Cathy Hogan, who has served as Executive Director for over 20 years, and the appointment of Shelly Petten as the incoming leader, effective December 18, 2023.

Cathy Hogan, with her unwavering dedication and remarkable contributions, has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of OceansAdvance. Her commitment to student engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion has elevated the impact of the cluster locally, nationally, and internationally. Ms. Hogan looks forward to retiring, spending quality time travelling, and visiting with family and friends throughout the country and the US.

Dr. Paul Brett, Board Chair, expressed gratitude for Cathy’s leadership, stating, “We are immensely grateful for Cathy’s unwavering dedication, vision, and leadership during her tenure. Under her guidance, Oceans Advance has continued to be the voice of the ocean community in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her impact on our organization will be remembered and cherished.”

Shelly Petten, the newly appointed Executive Director, brings over 17 years of experience in the ocean technology sector from both private industry and the public sector. Having previously worked as an Economic Development Officer with the government of Newfoundland & Labrador and, more recently, with Kraken Robotics and PanGeo Subsea, Shelly is well-equipped to lead Oceans Advance into its next chapter. Her extensive professional relationships and past experiences will contribute to the growth of the ocean technology sector and position the province as a leader in the ocean sector.

“I am so excited to join Oceans Advance as the new Executive Director. I have been involved with this organization in different capacities over the last 20 years, and I firmly believe that the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador is full of opportunities for growth; I see a future of continued growth and endless possibilities,” said Shelly Petten.

Oceans Advance expresses its heartfelt appreciation to Cathy Hogan for her outstanding leadership and warmly welcomes Shelly Petten as she embarks on this new role. Dr. Paul Brett, Board Chair, expressed confidence in Shelly Petten, stating, “I am confident that Shelly Petten is poised to pick up the challenge to bring Oceans Advance to new levels under her leadership. The experience she brings to the cluster is well known, and the board looks forward to working with Shelly in this new capacity. She will take us to new depths in the cluster’s mission.”

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