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Oceans Advance Newsletter March 31, 2023


CWOIL Update: CWOIL Conference May 9-11, 2023

The Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) Conference will take place May 9-11, 2023, at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Conference will bring together 150+ ocean professionals in the ocean sector, including representation from equity seeking groups: 2SLGBTQ+ community; Indigenous communities; persons with disabilities; and racialized people. The CWOIL initiative aims to attract, develop and retain a robust, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline that includes women from all origins to enable and accelerate Canadian innovation, research and technology development, and market and export leadership, in ocean industries.  From May 9-11, 2023 the CWOIL Conference will see further discussions that will formulate an action plan for ensuring more women become leaders in ocean industries. Additionally, there will be a celebration of current female leaders in ocean industries.


COAST  receives significant funding boost from BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

The Journal of Ocean Technology Winter edition is now available online

Blue Economy Regulatory Review is officially underway

As part of the third round of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s targeted Regulatory Reviews. The Blue Economy Regulatory Review will be led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, working in collaboration with other government departments.

Input from ocean industry stakeholders, Indigenous peoples, other levels of government and other organizations or individuals interested in regulatory issues related to the Blue Economy, is being sought through the Blue Economy Regulatory Review project using the online engagement platform being piloted by Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Let’s Talk Federal Regulations

OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast Welcomes You!

Welcome back to Gulf Coast! After hosting a virtual conference in 2020, the OCEANS conference returns to the Gulf Coast in 2023 for an in-person OCEANS Conference & Expo. Get ready for an exciting week of content and networking events that you do not want to miss. We look forward to seeing you in Biloxi!

Our theme is Blue Economy: Locally Sourced, Globally Driven, emphasizing the fact that all our local efforts are integrally linked to the larger world-ocean, and we must all work toward sustainability together. The Mississippi coast is home to a number of U.S. Navy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offices.  It only makes sense that both would serve as Federal Honorary Co-Chairs for OCEANS 2023.  Representing the U.S. Navy will be Admiral Ron Piret, Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.

Call for Abstracts now open click here to submit your Papers & Posters. Deadline to submit April 17th

Association of British Columbia Marine Industries Events and Conferences: ABCMI will once again co-exhibit within the Canada Pavilion at OTC 2023 (1-4 May 2023). The Canada Pavilion is located within prime exhibit space.

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) 57th Congress  May 28 to June 1, 2023 

The theme of the Congress is “Connecting on the Rock: From the Marine Environment to the Blue Economy”, recognizing that this is the first time in several years that the CMOS community will meet face‑to‑face. We hope that this Congress will remind us of the connection we share with each other and the connection between science and society, particularly with respect to a better understanding of extreme events and fostering a Blue Economy.

Oceans 2023 Limerick – June 5-8, 2023 

Early Bird Registration is open until April 25th!  Are you part of the Pan Atlantic Canadian Pavilion?

On behalf of the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, the OCEANS 2023 Limerick Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is honoured to invite your participation in this prestigious event. We seek engaging and cutting-edge technical presentations for our conference.  The OCEANS 2023 Topics align with the conference theme “Blue Ocean Planet Earth”. These topics, along with the standard core offerings of the OCEANS Technical Program, incorporate a local focus as well as addressing national and international interests in marine technologies, environment, and maritime domain activities.

Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) is at the forefront of the next wave of ocean exploration and applied technological innovation to harness the vast potential of Pacific Canada  Our purpose at COAST is to realize the opportunities of the sustainable blue economy by advancing technological solutions that serve the restorative and innovative exploration of our oceans.

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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.

City of St. John’s has released the 2022 Economic Review

The City of St. John’s has released Economic Review 2022, our annual report on economic indicators for the St. John’s Census Metropolitan Area.

NL Seafood Farming Sector Recognizes Leaders, Innovators with Aquaculture Hall of Achievement Awards. February 21, 2023, (GANDER, NL) The NL Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Aquaculture Hall of Achievement Awards, presented today in Gander, NL.

Turning the Tides 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.

DFO is pleased to announce the release of the sixth issue of the joint Canada’s Ocean Decade and Oceans Research in Canada Alliance (ORCA) Newsletter.

SubC Imaging has just launched a new Autonomous Camera System for long-term time lapse footage. 

Oceans Startup Project will launch new Oceans Communities Challenge March 28th.  The Challenge will be an exciting opportunity to showcase Canada’s momentum and increased engagement in the Blue Economy.


The Ocean Careers Immersion Program (OCIP)OCIP helps youth explore careers in the ocean sector by providing work-integrated skills development through project-based internships and online mentorships to NL high school students. Reach out to David Tipton, Program Manager Youth Outreach and Mentoring for more information: [email protected]

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

MI’s Dr. Liz Sanli is recruiting a MSc student for a research position starting this fall in our Master of Science in Maritime Studies (Safety: The Human Element) program

Applicants interested in applying should email their application package to Dr. Liz Sanli at [email protected].

Virtual Marine is hiring a sales Director to join their team in St. John’s.

DOF Canada is looking for a Project Engineer.

MUN Business Co-operative Education

Job competition: – Spring 2023, Work Term 3, Round 1

Should you wish to hire a student or have questions about our Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Degree program, please contact me.  Joyce Drodge [email protected]

Schools of Business and Information Technology and Engineering Technology are currently seeking 12 to 16 week Summer work terms beginning in May 2023. 

Our Software Development and Computing Systems Engineering Technology students bring work experience, education and technical skills to our co-op employer partners’ workplace.  Please consider the benefits of hiring our Co-op students. 

Click here for more information or contact: [email protected]  Co-operative Education Coordinator.

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.

Innovation Centre Project in Newfoundland and Labrador

In the last few years, established companies and innovation leaders in NL have thus looked to their industry associations techNL, Energy NL, Energy Research and Innovation NL and the Ocean Supercluster to develop a place in which they could collocate and collaborate to better address their needs, especially on technology development related to remote/digital operations.

Cleaner Waters: Smart, Practical, Long-Term Solutions to Sea Conservation

Cleaner Waters is a division of Kane Industries Inc. With generational knowledge of caring for and responsibly living off of the sea, they are a multi-industry company with 20+ years in the commercial construction and aquacultural industry. Click here to watch a YouTube demo of their Collec’Thor skimmer.

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.

City of St. Johns Business Information Centre Are Here to Help Answer Your Questions About Starting a Business 
At the City of St. John’s Business Information Centre, their staff can help find the answers you need. Conveniently located at 348 Water Street, they are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can reach them at 709-576-8107 or [email protected] to book an appointment or to arrange a video call.

WAGE / FEGC has launched the new Equality Matters Newsletter.   

Mitacs Seeking to Hire Various Positions Across Canada 

Mitacs has current openings in various different positions and provinces across Canada.  

Poseidon Marine Consultants Welcome Resumes From Those With Post-Secondary Naval Architecture Degrees or Diplomas 

Poseidon Marine Consultants welcome resumes from those interested in potential employment with the company, who can demonstrate the following competencies, such as a degree or diploma from an accredited post-secondary program with a specialization in Naval Architecture and eligibility for registration with PEGNL or ATTENL.

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 Wise is recruiting youth (19 – 30) for its life-changing Ocean Bridge and Direct Action programs. These programs provide direct experience in ocean conservation and public engagement skills through the lens of community service. Learning from experts in marine conservation, and supported by Ocean Wise, youth are empowered to take action and become impactful leaders in their communities and ocean ambassadors. Applications can be made here for Direct Action and for Ocean Bridge. We’d like to see a tidal wave of young Canadians applying for these free incredible programs funded by Canada Service Corps.

Transport Canada is currently accepting funding applications for the Ballast Water Innovation Program until May 10, 2023 (13h00 EST).

The Ballast Water Innovation Program (BWIP) aims to fund projects that will help to address technical and operational challenges with Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River (GLSLR) region, whose waters are cold, fresh, and mixed with sediment.

The Journal of Ocean Technology Our fall 2023 issue will focus on ocean vehicles with guest editor Bethany Randell from the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology. We invite the submission of technical papers, essays, and short articles for this issue. We’d like to hear about your work with autonomous and remotely operated vehicles. Deadline May 19.


Ocean Business, April 18 – 20, Southampton, UK

This free event brings professionals together to help define the future of ocean technology.

Canadian Pavilion at Off Shore Technology Conference, May 1 – 4, Houston, Texas  ABCMI has secured prime space within the Canada Pavilion at the conference, which explores the future and innovation of offshore energy.

Ocean Allies Speaker Series:

April 12, 2023

Practices Supporting a Diverse Workforce, with Leah Lewis-McCrea

April 20, 2023

Your role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with Stephanie Howlett, CEO diversity NL.

May 17, 2023

Marine Sector Workforce Development with PIER at the seaport’s Dr. Sherry Scully & eddy Carvery

April 19, 2023

Virtual Networking April 19, 2023 Event hosted by PIER an the Seaports Eddy Carvery.

Ocean Allies invites you to participate in a complementary two-part workshop series on  DE&I Workshop Series Delivered by Shumba Consulting

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster 

Save the date: Ambition 2035 growing Canada’s Ocean Economy to $220 Billion – May 15-16, 2023 Registration opens in February

The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS),  is pleased to announce H20 Home to Overseas Conference June 12-14, 2023.

COVE Demo Day 2023 Save the Date June 14. Join COVE for on-water demonstrations of the latest and most innovative new ocean technologies. 

COVE Ocean Connector: Advancing carbon dioxide removal technologies May 23, 4-6pm.

ICTC if offering wage subsidies for students.  Every Wednesday at 11:00am from April 5 to May 31 join Tim Perron to learn about the WIL Digital student wage subsidy program subsidy program.

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.  

Marine Technology Society (MTS) is now accepting application for the EMERGE program. Scholarships available. 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has launched a Canada-wide Call for Proposals under its new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ocean Program. This program aims to trigger new incremental investment into ocean AI solutions and accelerate the adoption of AI by Canadian ocean companies. The application process is now open. For consideration, organizations must submit a completed Expression of Interest (EOI) by March 31, 2023, at 8 p.m. Atlantic / 4 p.m. Pacific. 


ACADA presents Defence Trends Symposium 2023 Monday May 1, 2023, Moncton, NB.

HR Essentials for SMES –  Join the experts at ethree consulting for a 2-hour interactive webinar session. This workshop will use the employee cycle as a framework (Attract & Recruit, Onboard & Engage, Performance & Wellness, Reward, Exit) to provide the latest in HR essentials for SMEs.

Ocean Research in Canada Alliance (ORCA) 2023 meeting will be held June 1-2 at the Sheraton Hotel.  

Call for Posters is currently open.

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