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Oceans Advance Newsletter – September 9th, 2023


Oceans Advance would like to congratulate our board member, Ashely Noseworthy for being nominated for the Positive Impact (Individual) – Ecosystem Impact Award hosted by VoltaRBC and Dalhousie Emera ideaHUB.


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.

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 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.

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.

Ocean Robotics Planet latest newsletter is out now.

ORCA presents: Canada’s Ocean Decade newsletter.

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

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


Memorial University Faculty of Business: Job Competition Dates – B. Comm (Co-op) have been announced. To see important dates to apply for a Business of Commerce work-term student at Memorial University for the Winter 2024 semester, click here.

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.

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.

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. 

SubC Imaging is hiring a Business Development & Strategy Manager, for the Offshore Energy Industry.

Marine Technology Society is hiring a Senior Director for the Ocean Enterprise Initiative.

Invest Ottawa has new job-postings and volunteering opportunities available.

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.

Port of Argentina invites qualified bidders to reponsd to a request for proposals for port electrification study. Proposals will be accepted up to 3:00 pm, NDT, Friday, September 22, 2023.

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]..


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.

Register Now for the Inaugural econext Clean Growth Ideathon

Embrace the Future of Clean Growth! econext is thrilled to announce its first ever Ideathon, paving the way for innovative solutions that will drive sustainable progress in Newfoundland and Labrador. The weekend-long event, open to Memorial University undergraduate students, will be taking place September 22-24, 2023. Deadline to register is September 15, 2023!

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.

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