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Oceans Advance Newsletter – September 22nd, 2023


To the companies and students going to OCEANS23 in Biloxi Mississippi, we would like to wish safe travels to the conference. We look forward to hearing about your time spent away learning from other ocean professionals, and we know you will all represent Canada proudly!


eDNAtec was delighted to be the recipient of the Marine Innovation Leadership award from Turning the Tide. Congratulations on the achievement!

techNL CEO, Florian Villaumé has officially received the official ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. This certification is the culmination of an intense learning process over the past year on how a board of directors can maximize good governance and long-term success of the organizations they lead. Villaumé has already applied many of these insights in his role at techNL and he is looking forward to continuing to work with the techNL board on embracing good governance

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.

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.

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.

SubC Imaging looks into the role of cloud content delivery networks and edge architecture in subsea imaging systems. Discover how two technologies are optimizing content delivery, processing, and latency reduction for remote operations, subsea imaging, audio, and data applications.

Canadian Marine Industries & Shipbuilding Association’s On Watch Newsletter is out now. To read the latest newsletter, click here.

Ocean Robotics Planet latest newsletter is out now. Click here to read more.

ORCA presents: Canada’s Ocean Decade newsletter. To read the newsletter click here.

Business Development Bank of Canada (bdc) breaks-down 7 steps on how you can take to stabilize your situation faster and restore profitability.

Rising Economy podcast, released a new episode on August 16, host Kerry Slavens interviews guests Jill Climie and Sophie Warwick of The Thoughtful Co., to discover why the gap persists. Find out their change-making approach to supporting women for fair compensation and how they advise employers on gender equity.

Nortek is rolling out new and improved features on their DVL line. With the subsea vehicle space growing and changing, Nortek strive to remain on top of changing demands from users and modern vehicles.

Want to speak to an International Audience? Check out the following Agenda Agenda

There are speaking opportunities for Oceans Advance Members at BlueTech Week. If you have interest in being a speaker please contact [email protected]

COVE is now offering 2 cornerstone programs:

  • A new program COVE is introducing this year is the OffshoreWind4Kids/Wind 4 Kids program which offers interactive activities and lessons on offshore wind energy. The program focuses on renewable energy sources in Nova Scotia, the engineering behind wind turbines, and the offshore wind industry.
  • In addition to the student education programs, COVE are also continuing to offer our free teacher PD session, Deep Dive into Data. This program aims to provide educators with the resources and materials to introduce real ocean data and coding into the classroom. This September, COVE are launching an online course to allow participants to go through the training at their own pace, whenever it is convenient for them

For more information on all programs, please see the one-pager documents attached that provide an overview of the various COVE education programs.


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.

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

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.

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.

The MATE ROV World Championship is now taking teams for the 2024 competition in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. The MATE ROV Competition offers five different competition classes that are based on the sophistication of the skill and not strictly by age group.

econext in partnership with Atlantic Environmental Training & On-Site Services Inc., annually conducts two HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations & emergency response) courses – a 40-hour training and an 8-hour refresher.

The Mitacs Awards recognize outstanding students, fellows, and professors who have demonstrated excellence and leadership during work supported by the Mitacs Accelerate, Elevate, Business Strategy Internship, Training or Globalink programs.

You can now nominate a student or an academic colleague you think is deserving of a Mitacs Award. Mitacs promotes award winners and their research projects nationally, and they are often featured in local or national news stories. To learn more about the awards or to submit your nomination, click here.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is soliciting industry feedback, on behalf of Transport Canada (TC), for a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) Solution, to replace the current solution in support of the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness (EMSA) Initiative.

The primary objectives of EMSA initiative are to: provide maritime situational awareness for Indigenous and coastal communities in support of planning and conducting marine safety activities, environmental monitoring and protection. Create a common operating picture for collaborative planning and decision-making between the Government of Canada, Indigenous communities, and marine stakeholders.

The purposes of this RFI are to: determine if there is an existing commercial off the shelf (COTS) product that would be able to meet a majority of the non-technical and technical requirements of the EMSA initiative. Assess what would be the potential development cost and time required to fully meet the EMSA requirement if there is not an existing COTS product that meets the majority of the EMSA requirements. Learn if there are suppliers with experience developing solutions that have followed the First Nations Information Governance Centre principles of ownership, control, access and possession (OCAP®). Obtain industry feedback regarding Social Procurement considerations, such as Indigenous Participation and Supplier Diversity. Assess if there are suppliers with experience co-developing similar solutions with Users and Partners such as the current environment with EMSA. Refine planning and cost estimates.

This is not a bid solicitation. This RFI will not result in the award of any contract, nor will this RFI result in the creation of any source list. This RFI is simply intended to solicit feedback from industry.

The RFI was posted on CanadaBuys at the following link

Tender Notice / CanadaBuys The full RFI and attachments can normally only be accessed and downloaded when you log into your SAP Ariba account and have filled out your Government of Canada profile.

If you already have an SAP Ariba account, login here

If you have not already done so, please register for a free SAP Ariba account.

If you are new to federal procurement or CanadaBuys, please review our Guide for Businesses Registering on SAP Ariba, where you can find instructions to help you create and navigate an account. Begin your bidding journey today.

Respondents may direct their enquiries and email their responses to the Contracting Authority, Cinduja Chandramoorthy, [email protected]..

Call for Expressions of Interest for AMPLIFY (Fall/Winter 2023-24)

CSC NL, in partnership with the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS), is offering a limited number of AMPLIFY placements this fall.

AMPLIFY is a wonderful program with the objective of providing employment for targeted youth who may have little work experience or who may face challenges in locating employment. It also offers career and personal development as part of the paid employment period.  AMPLIFY encourages opportunities for the participants to build networks and connect with peers. We’d also love to reach out to newcomers to help deliver the program, CSC NL is seeking partners (nonprofit or business groups) to be Host Organizations who have experience in facilitating or creating employment for youth and delivering development learning to youth; some of whom will be referred by AMPLIFY.

Please see the attached AMPLIFY EOI Announcement and the Expression of Interest form. Apply online @

If you are interested in becoming a Host Organization, please return the Expression of Interest to CSC NL by September 22.  The selection of Host Organizations will be determined by a number of criteria such as:

  • regional distribution
  • where the referred young people reside
  • consideration of the number of targeted youth and the potential benefit for them
  • your ability to arrange meaningful work experiences and development opportunities carried out in accordance with published public health guidelines (
  • the type of job to be offered to the youth
  • the opportunity for team work
  • the number of participants to be employed, and
  • your plan for career development and personal growth opportunities.

We aim to be in touch to discuss your EOI by September 27. In the meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to get in touch with Corey Weir with any questions through: [email protected] or 709-682-7263.

Ocean Allies wants to recognize the great work our community does to support DEI&A, and time is running out for the Ocean Impact Award! 

Apply before the October 31st deadline for the opportunity to be recognized and celebrated as an organization that exemplifies DEI&A within Canada’s ocean sector.

If your organization or an organization you know is leading the way in fostering an equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible workplace, we encourage you to apply for the award. 

The recipient of the Ocean Allies award will be featured by Ocean Allies in December, and receive a cash prize to be donated to a charity of their choice.

If you are an organization in Canada’s ocean sector that exemplifies DEI&A, apply today!


Gardiner Centre welcomes opportunities to work with members of Newfoundland and Labrador industry and professional associations. The Gardiner Centre provides an extensive suite of skills-building and career-enhancing, practical professional development training delivers benefits beyond the classroom. Participants that learn together and share best practices build solid networks and bring valuable skills back to their workplace. Providing flexible training opportunities delivered both in person and live online mean learning that suits any schedule and location. In addition to the Open-Enrollment dates below, all of their courses and programs can be delivered in a customized offering for your organization.

Rising Economy conference is back in two parts! On November 21, 2023 municipal Mayors and Councils are invited to Local Leadership Day, a one-day event designed specifically for them, with discussions identifying and accelerating innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. From March 6 to 8, 2024, the Rising Economy Conference will return with an exciting lineup of thought leaders and experts for transformative conversations on innovation, diversity, housing, sustainability, our future workforce and more. SIPP invites community and business leaders to attend.

econext‘s announces it’s annual conference on October 26, 2023 in St. John’s, NL where you can hear about the latest developments in the province from decision makers and thought leaders relating to clean energy, green innovation, ongoing environmental challenges, and the pursuit of net zero.

COAST Talks welcomes Jennifer LaPlante, Chief Growth & Investment Officer for Canada’s Ocean Supercluster on September 28th, 2023. In her previous role at DeepSense she drove economic growth through increased comprehension and adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning in Canada’s ocean sector. She’ll share advice on seed funding for startups.

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