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Oceans Advance Newsletter May 18, 2023


CWOIL Conference 2023: An Inaugural Event to Remember The Canadian Women in Ocean Industry Leadership Conference 2023, occurred last week, May 9th – 11th, in St. John’s Newfoundland. The inaugural event was a phenomenal success in promoting diversity and inclusion in the ocean sector.

With close to 200 ocean professionals in attendance, including individuals of varying ages, race, academic levels, government representatives, indigenous persons, 2ASLGBTQ+ community, varying cultural backgrounds, and so much more. CWOIL was able to create an inclusive environment where all voices were heard and valued, throughout the conference and through a collaboration with Gale Force Wins and Oceans Advance own Kelly Snarby , on the ‘Diversity in the Blue Economy’ Podcasts.

The sessions that took place, contained conversations on the importance of a diverse ocean sector recognizing the trials and tribulations of those who are underrepresented in the ocean industry.

CWOIL brought forward aspects of Newfoundland heritage and indigenous culture by showcasing live Irish Newfoundland music, traditional drumming, Inuit music, throat singing, and a loving Newfoundland dog. The conference provided an opportunity for attendees to deepen their understanding of the blue economy, and created a space for meaningful connections to form with each other.

By celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity, the conference emphasized the importance of a vibrant ocean industry that embraces individuals from all walks of life.

To those that attended we are eternally grateful for your support. This important event has started a wave of networks that we believe will last a lifetime.

We look forward to gathering again next year and reconnecting, celebrating our success and showcasing our achievements from the National Action Plan.

Stay tuned for CWOIL 2024 dates, coming soon!

CWOIL Website: Cwoil | Canadian Women In Ocean Industries Leadership
CWOIL Social Media Platforms:

Check out some of our Podcast Videos below from Gale Force Wins

Welcome to CWOIL
Interview with Cathy Hogan:
Interview with David Tipton

Marine Institute officially opens The Launch in Holyrood. 

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University officially opened The Launch the atrium of the new Arthur W. May Building Monday May 15th.

Located in the Town of Holyrood, The Launch is a state-of-the-art marine living lab that offers a safe, reliable, near-Arctic environment to test new technology, train in harsh conditions and explore the next advancements in ocean research — in, on and under the water.

The Qanittaq Clean Arctic Shipping Initiative is a unique partnership, co-led and co-developed by Memorial University and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada. It aims to address and respond to the increase in Arctic shipping, related environmental impacts affecting Arctic communities and support Inuit communities’ needs for safe and cost-efficient resupply. By working together on this critical project, we will position Canadians and Inuit as world leaders in Arctic shipping. 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Congratulations to our ecosystem partner Kendra MacDonald CEO, OSC on being named one of Atlantic Business Magazine’s to Top 50 CEO.


Check out the newest edition the Navigator Magazine, and the article on the CWOIL Conference on pages 77-83.

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. 

Now, as lead students for the project, Kaitlyn and Stephanie from Conception Bay South are in Grade 12 at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School and are eager to revisit Ireland to relaunch their miniboat. Your generous donations will help make this inspiring journey possible. Please consider supporting these young women as they embark upon this exciting adventure and hopefully we entice them to pursue a career in the oceans sector !

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

Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) is pleased to announce that Jason Goldsworthy has joined its team as Executive Director. As an experienced leader with a background in ocean technology, Goldsworthy will continue to build COAST’s reputation and international capability as Pacific Canada’s hub for the sustainable blue economy.

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.

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   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.

BDC Find the right type of financing for your business project. One of the most important things you can do as an entrepreneur to familiarize yourself with the different business loans available on the market. Click here to find out more.

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.

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  Titanic Researchers unravel a decades-old mystery with Rayfin Subsea Camera. Our partner, OceanGate Expeditions, used the Rayfin Mk2 Benthic subsea camera to solve a 26-year-old mystery and document life near the Titanic.

Public Procurement Agency, in partnership with the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology and the St. John’s Board of Trade, will host a ‘Meet the Buyers’ Reverse Trade Show at the Sandman Hotel, Kenmount Road, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has launched a Canada-wide Call for Proposals under its new Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Program. This call aims to increase the development of technologies that leverage the power of the ocean to generate electricity, reduce carbon emissions, and provide renewable energy sources. click here for more information EOI mush be completed and returned by June 20, 2023.

Community Sector Council in Partnership with the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills, if offering AMPLFY again in 2023. If you are interested in becoming a Host Organization, please return the Expression of Interest to CSC NL by June 12.

St. Francis Xavier University is hosting the Atlantic Economic Forum with will be hosted by the Brain Mulroney Institute of Government at StFXU from June 19-21.


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]

DOF Canada is looking for a Project Engineer.

MUN Business Co-operative Education

Job competition: – Fall 2023, Work Term 2,  Round 1

For more information click here. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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.

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 Allies Speaker Series:  June 14, 2023 Join Eleanor Haine from CC/UNESCO as they discuss gender equity.

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.

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.  

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

Call for Posters is currently open.

Atlantic Provinces Economic Council  Building Atlantic Canada Conference June 6-15, 2023  We are looking forward to hosting APEC’s annual Building Atlantic Canada (Major Projects) conference around the region (Halifax, St. John’s, and Dieppe) in early June. In the past, you have helped us promote our events within your networks and we would love if you would be willing to do the same this year! There are many ways to get involved and help support this event.

The Harris Centre Regional Climate Workshops. 

May 8th Regional climate Workshop Corner Brook Join the Harris Centre, in partnership with econext and CLIMAtlantic, for a regional workshop to discuss the impacts and opportunities associated with climate change in your region

May 11th Strategic Action Plan consultations 2023/24 In the Corner Brook area? Come help us plan the year ahead. Hear about our new programs and upcoming projects, and share your ideas for priorities, collaborations and programs.

Upcoming ACENET Training

  • Introductory Programming: Unix Shell, Git and Python May 17,24 click here for details
  • Introductory Programming: Unix Shell, Git and R May 18,25. Click here for details
  • ACENET Parallel Computing School, May 16-June 13, click here for details
  • Scientific Visualization with Paraview, June 15, click here for details

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.

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