Members, Partners, Colleagues and Stakeholders,

During these difficult times we wanted to share some good news stories to hopefully brighten people’s days and give everyone a little hope for the future. Even in these difficult times, OceansAdvance members such as Virtual Marine Technologies, Kraken Robotics and Genesis Centre are accomplishing great things as highlighted below. Thanks to The Telegram and to the Marine Technology Reporter for highlighting our work with our cluster and with youth in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

It is exciting to see such keen interest from young people in the ocean technology sector.

We’ve had outreach from and discussions with our partners at TCII, ACOA St. John’s and ACOA Halifax to ensure that when these challenging times pass we will be ready to hit the ground running.

If you have good news, a new technology or even a job opening you wish to highlight; please feel free to send it along to Susan: and she will ensure we get it out to our global network and onto our website.

#StaySafe #StayHealthy everyone !

Diving into Newfoundland and Labrador’s historic connection to the ocean
Newfoundland and Labrador has the largest ocean economy in Canada, and its an industry that’s changed a lot over the last 20 years. That’s why Cathy Hogan, the Executive Director of OceansAdvance, says they’re making it a priority to inspire young people to think about a future in ocean tech.  Read more.

OceansAdvance Pilot Project: Young Women in Ocean Tech
The ocean technology sector has been identified as a growth area for Atlantic Canada. OceansAdvance is committed to fulfilling the vision of the Atlantic Growth Strategy…Read more.

Applicants and mentors wanted for Lab2Market Oceans
Lab2Market (L2M) is the first national-level program in Canada to fund and equip graduate students and their faculty supervisors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to assess the commercial viability of their university-based research innovations.  Lab2Market Oceans will fund entrepreneurial Ph.D. students and postdocs who have assessed that their university-based research innovations are commercially viable. For more information click here.

Free Webinar Series Launched to Inspire and Celebrate Ocean Innovators
Ocean Startup Project Update – Individuals in Atlantic Canada and around the world can participate virtually through a weekly, interactive webinar series designed to engage people who have ideas for ocean companies and technology solutions to help boost the ocean economy.  For more information click here.

Climate Change in Newfoundland & Labrador
The Paris Accord has the goal of keeping global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius this century, with efforts to keep it to less than 1.5 degrees.  As part of its obligations, Canada has agreed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% from 2005 levels, before 2030.  What actions are being taken by local companies?  Questionnaire here.

Virtual Marine Technologies
Virtual Marine Technology is making waves with its at-sea simulators. Thanks to a boost of $500,000, the company will create three new lifeboat simulators for bases in Scotland, Qatar and Trinidad. Read more.

Genesis Centre – Ocean Startup Project Announced
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster latest funding project. Along with its Atlantic Canadian partners, Genesis will help to execute the project over the course of the next two years with the $6.8 million in funding. Read more.

Kraken Reports Contracts Worth $2.8 Million

Kraken Robotics Inc. is pleased to announce new contracts for batteries, sonar sensors, and support totaling $2.8 million. Read more.

Canada’s Ocean Asset Map and Database – Update Your Map Listing
Throughout recent months our team have identified 2,000 organizations across Canada who operate within the ocean sector. This listing is now available for you to review online and, should you choose to, provide any relevant changes or updates to your information…click here.

SubC Imaging is hiring a Channel Account Manager.  For more information click here.



AFN National Fisheries Forum: “Rebuilding Fish Nations”
June 2 – 5, 2020
Fredericton, NB.
Join The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) for their fisheries tradeshow that will showcase innovative technologies, tools to better manage your fisheries, boats, crew and gear. For more information click here.

H2O Home To Overseas Conference and Exhibition
June 15 – 17, 2020
Halifax, NS
The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship is pleased to present the H2O: Home to Overseas Conference.  For more information click here.

Aquaculture Canada and WAS North America 2020
August 30 – September 2, 2020
St. John’s, NL
In partnership with World Aquaculture Society and the Aquaculture Association of Canada, NAIA will host the largest aquaculture focused conference in Canadian history. The conference will feature hundreds of world class speakers and delegates from around the globe on the science, technology, business and social aspects of aquaculture. For more information click here.

Innovate Canada 2020 to Spotlight Ocean Technology & Science Sector
August 31 – September 3, 2020
St. John’s, NL
Canada’s global leadership in the ocean technology and science sector will be on full display.  For more information click here.

Atlantic Ocean Technology Delegation to SMM Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
September 8-11, 2020
As the leading International maritime trade fair, SMM Hamburg is a great opportunity to meet with shipbuilders, technology partners, and companies in the Marine technology supply chain. For more information click here.

OCEANS 2020 Gulf Coast
October 19-22, 2020
Mississippi Coast Convention Center
The event for global maritime professionals to learn, innovate, and lead in the protection and utilization of the world’s largest natural resource – our Oceans. For more information click here.

BlueTech Week
November 16 – 20, 2020
San Diego, USA
BlueTech Week is all about the companies and the people driving the sustainable Blue Economy. It’s the annual event where hundreds of senior international participants gather in San Diego to highlight collaboration and innovation in sustainable ocean and water technologies and the entrepreneurs making it happen.  For more information click here.

Save the Date!!
Ocean Frontier 2020…Vision for the Future Conference
November 17 – 20, 2020
Halifax, NS
More details to follow soon!

Atlantic Maritime Strategy Forum – Proposed Oceans “cluster collaboration” event
November Nov. 2020
Brest, France
If you are a company active in the ocean technologies sector and looking to explore business opportunities in Europe, this is your chance to do so. For more information click here.