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Oceans Advance Newsletter – July 17, 2023


Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety (MASS) Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now live for the 10th annual conference July 25th – 27th, 2023 in St. John’s, NL.

This year’s event will focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with northern and maritime environments. Specifically, we will dive into the topic of emerging threats and how Atlantic Canadian companies are leading the way to provide a safe, secure, and successful future for Canada, North America, and the world with their innovative products, services, and research in this three-day international event.

EOI Oceans Advance and its partners are inviting Expressions of Interest from Atlantic Canadian companies interested in Exhibiting at the IEEE MTS OCEANS23 Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, September 25-28, 2023


PacifiCan announced $3-million in funding for South Island Prosperity Partnership, Greater Victoria’s economic development agency, to expand B.C.’s ocean and marine technology sectors and foster Indigenous-led entrepreneurship and the exploration of economic opportunities connected to ocean monitoring and conservation.

The Raven KASTER Relaunch Project  Students are looking for your support

In 2018, a group of Grade 8 students from Frank Roberts Junior High launched the miniboat Raven KASTER in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. After an incredible journey lasting 102 days at sea, the boat successfully landed in Achill Island, Ireland in 2019. They are eager to revisit Ireland to relaunch their miniboat

To learn more about supporting the Raven KASTER Relaunch Project, please email Thomas Sheppard at [email protected]. or to find more out more on this project click here

Your support will not only empower these students but also foster a sense of exploration, curiosity, and environmental stewardship among young minds

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presents Memorial University’s contributions to Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean innovation ecosystem as a best practice in how a university can support its regional innovation sector. Entitled “The Geography of Higher Education of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada,” the report assesses Memorial’s contribution to the economic development of the province by specifically focusing on the university’s contributions to the provincial ocean economy.

The report’s authors worked closely with Memorial and stakeholders as they researched and prepared their report, which analyses the university’s public engagement, entrepreneurship programming, ocean technology facilities and programs, and more.

Turning the Tide 6th Annual Marine Industry Awards. These prestigious awards were established to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made, and are continuing to make, exemplary contributions past and present to our marine sector. 

Call for Nominations.

Click here for to nominate an individual or organization.

Canada Marine Planning Atlas Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Marine Spatial Planning team is excited to announce the official launch of the Canada Marine Planning Atlas (the Atlas). The Atlas is an interactive mapping tool which will support marine spatial planning (MSP) by supplying decision makers, DFO partners and stakeholders and the public with access to curated information on economic, ecological and sociocultural activities occurring in Canada’s marine spaces.

Edgewise Environmental, Whale Seeker, and Black Bawks Data Science are thrilled to announce a collaborative project to advance marine conservation efforts. By combining their unique strengths and expertise, these three innovative organizations are committed to maximizing the impact of their businesses in protecting marine biodiversity and promoting sustainable ocean practices.


econext’s new clean energy work term initiative and am currently looking for businesses and organizations to host work term students during the Fall 2023 semester. econext’s objective with this initiative is to get both the workforce and companies thinking about clean energy in Newfoundland and Labrador in an innovative way.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP) is now open. The program is currently accepting applications for projects that will be completed by March 31, 2024. The application deadline for project proposals is July 31, 2023. This call out is in anticipation of confirmation of funds. Interested parties can download the application form from the FACTAP website.

Lab2Market (L2M) Oceans / Validate Applications are now open. L2M Oceans gives university research teams the skills they need to explore their ocean research idea in a new way and identify commercial opportunities (e.g., startup creation, licensing, partnering with industry). 

This program is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (with support from a faculty member) and includes $15,000 in Mitacs Funding. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review our information package or attend a weekly information session (June 12 – July 31st).

WAGE / FEGC has launched the new Equality Matters Newsletter. Click here for the newsletter, or click here to subscribe

Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) The winter issue will focus on smart ships. We invite the submission of peer-reviewed technical papers, essays, and short articles for this issue. All content is published online in open access format – making it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

We’d like to hear about innovations in digitalization on board ships – autonomous ships; alarm monitoring systems; power management; dynamic positioning; integrated navigation systems; control systems; simulators; human factors/crew safety; electronic chart tables; ship design and operations; AI, machine learning, and data management; and other related topics. Important deadline August 4, 2023.  

NATO DIANA is seeking components and systems for sensing and information gathering in subsurface coastal zones. Applications of interest might include, but are not limited to, novel techniques and/or advanced capabilities for seafloor mapping, undersea infrastructure monitoring, manmade object and marine-life tracking, climate-change-effects sensing, and patterns-of-life visualizations.The call for proposals will be open until 25 August 2023. The application portal can be accessed via DIANA’s official website.

The Department of National Defense is looking forward to seeing our Canadian Innovator Community actively participating in the NATO DIANA program and wishes you luck in this process. 

PoleMer and Campus mondial de la mer, are launching the 2nd Narwhal Challenge, an invitation for foreign startups and business to discover France’s first marine science and technology community.

Applications can be made until September 8th click here for more information.

Marine Technology Reporter’s MTR100: The Application is Open

The “MTR100” is Marine Technology Reporter’s (MTR) annual ranking and reporting on the 100 most dynamic and interesting companies, people and technologies serving  the global subsea sector. Now in its 18th year, the MTR100 has become the most anticipated edition of Marine Technology Reporter every year, and MTR remains the world’s largest, audited circulation publication serving the sector. To be considered for inclusion, you must  apply. Deadline is August 31, 2023.

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution who want to work and live in 1 of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces.

Interested in Learning More About the 2023 Mate ROV Competition? 

The MATE ROV Competition is an underwater robotics (aka remotely operated vehicle or ROV) challenge that engages a global community of learners each year.

ACOA Jobs and Growth Fund: Applications Open

The Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth.


WRDC’s Educational Resource Centre (ERC) offers a series of practical, hands-on career exploration programs, creating awareness of the exciting opportunities in trades and STEM, and empowering girls with the information and self-confidence needed to pursue these careers. 

Co-op Wage Subsidy Funding Programs

Employers of any size operating in Newfoundland and Labrador could qualify for a wage subsidy to hire a student from the College of the North Atlantic. 

The Business Development Support Program assists Newfoundland and Labrador SMEs with opportunities to increase their productivity and improve their competitiveness. 

Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) is partnering with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) to offer tuition opportunities to secondary and current post-secondary students, and financial support to graduating students, who demonstrate excellence in Skills Canada competitions.

Ocean Robotics Planet Magazine Issue 35 is out now.

The U.S. Navy is looking to supplement its submarine force with large diameter, scalable, (relatively) low-cost autonomous unmanned systems with persistent reach (range and depth) and payload capacity in the execution of Intelligence Preparation of the Environment (IPOE) and Subsea and Seabed Warfare (SSW) mission sets. In order to actualize these requirements, the Navy seeks to take advantage of industry advances in underwater autonomous technology to quickly evaluate, experiment with, and iterate on commercially available large diameter platforms.


Gardiner Centre supports individuals and organizations through skills-building and career-boosting practical professional development. Short courses and certificate programs are offered year-round in a wide-range of topic areas, available both in-person and online to fit any schedule or time zone.  

Genesis Centre has launched it’s Evolution Program. Validate your startup idea in 8 weeks! Evolution is Genesis’ pre-incubator program. It is an 8-week intensive program designed for early stage technology start-ups. With experiential learning at the core of the program, Evolution immerses entrepreneurs to engage their potential customers, while receiving mentorship from Genesis’ extensive advisor network. The program helps entrepreneurs quickly identify their markets, validate their idea, and find Problem Solution Fit.

The Harris Centre will be hosting Coast Lines and Coffee with Wayne Johnston and William Ping on Sunday August 13th, 2023. Featuring authors Wayne Johnston (Jennie’s Boy, BA’79, Honorary D. Litt.’07) and William Ping (Hollow Bamboo, BA ’18, MA’20) in conversation with Angela Antle (BA’91), this is the first in a series celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador literature. Books will be available for sale. Includes coffee/tea, continental breakfast, panel discussion.

econext is pleased to announce a dynamic and informative webinar session introducing the fundamental concepts and strategies of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) operating in the environmental and other sectors. As well as two webinars available on demand.

OCEANS 2023 will be providing Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) training results as part of the Thursday program in Biloxi. The session on July 19th, 2023, is instructed by Dr. Tom Cooper, who serves as a gateway to understanding the importance of ESG, exploring key tactics, and highlighting the potential benefits for your business.

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