Congratulations to newly elected and re-elected OceansAdvance Board of Directors 

Paul Brett, Head of the School of Ocean Technology, Marine Institute; Brian Burke, Executive Director Nunavut Fisheries Association (NFA);  Captain Christopher Hearn, Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation, Marine Institute; Mike Maguire, President, Currach Consulting Limited; Shelly Petten, Marketing and Communications Manager, PanGeo SubSea.

Sincere Thank You to everyone who put their names forward.

Member Spotlight

Girls Who Fish

Fishing for Success was established as a nonprofit social enterprise to transmit the intangible cultural heritage of Newfoundland & Labrador’s small-scale fishery.  They began to identify areas that needed specific targeted programming in order to help inform youth. A broad area that needed targeting is to simply make space for women in the boat! And that’s how the ‘Girls Who Fish’ program got started.

Teaching children to fish, especially girls, is a ‘gateway’ activity to piquing a child’s interest in so many other science careers! Fishing is such a multidisciplinary activity, and being a province that is surrounded by coastline, we are missing out on an opportunity to guarantee our children a place in the Blue Economy, if we don’t get them hooked!  Click here for more information.

Make sure you view this short video about the Girls Who Fish program that won a third place in an annual international competition held by Women in Seafood in 2018:


Ocean Startup Challenge 2021 edition will award up to $1.4 million to ocean innovators and entrepreneurs from rural, Indigenous, and urban communities across Canada and internationally.  Click here for more information.

ICTC’s WIL Digital Subsity is an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their business by providing students with meaningful Work Integrated learning.  Funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, offering subsidies of up to $7500. For more information click here.

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.  For more information click here.

The Business Development Support Program assists Newfoundland and Labrador SMEs with opportunities to increase their productivity and improve their competitiveness.  For more information click here.

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.  Click here for information.

TaskforceNL (Project Co-Operation) are helping support Memorial University, Marine Institute and College of the North Atlantic to ensure all students who want or need a work term this Spring/Summer have one.  Click here for more information.

The Grow Export 2021 Program is an export readiness program that builds the export capacity of small businesses in Atlantic Canada with the goal of enabling long-term economic growth in the region. Click here for more information.

Start taking advantage of global opportunities…At the Canadian Commercial Corporation, we share international bid opportunities so you can grow your business through exporting.  Click here for more information.

Climate Action and Awareness Fund– Advancing Climate Change Science and Technology Request for Proposals.  Click here for more information.


BlueTech Global Connect: Thursday, May 20, 2021
This month’s theme is Ocean Sensors and the Circular Economy. The BlueTech Global Connect (BGC) webinar series is designed to connect exciting BlueTech companies from around the world with potential advisors, investors and partners globally.  Register here.

Unpacking Unconscious Biases: Thursday, May 20, 2021
In this presentation, Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei will discuss unconscious biases, their varied forms, how they are formed, the mechanisms that work against human ability to recognize them, and the most effective ways of dealing with them at workplaces and institutional settings. Register here.

H2Home to Overseas Conference: June 7 – 10, 2021
Canada’s premier event for the Ocean Technology sector!! The H2O Conference is an ideal event to engage with the ocean technology industry.  Click here for more information.
COVE Demo Day: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Attendees of the H2O Conference will have the opportunity to watch the latest in ocean technology highlighted on Halifax Harbour.  One registration to the H2O Conference also gets you access to the COVE Demo Day broadcast

Good Bones: Building the Future of Collaboration between Rural NL and MUN: June 15, 2021
As we find ourselves on the edge of incredible challenges (a global pandemic, climate change, demographic shifts, and a disastrous financial situation,) how will the future of collaboration between our province’s university and its rural communities unfold?  Click here for more information.

Cybersecurity Ecosystem Development: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Gain insights into industry sector development & strategy for any industry; understand how collaboration among industries, various level of government, and academia can be leveraged for success; and learn about the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem.  Click here to register for this free webinar hosted by CMC Atlantic.

Underwater Technology Conference 21: June 16 – 17, 2021  
For more information click here.

Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit & Exhibition (GIPEX) 2021: June 28 – 30, 2021
Explore Unrivalled Business Opportunities At Guyana’s Premier Oil & Gas Summit. For more information click here.

Global Oceans 2021: September 20 – 23, 2021
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. Click here for more information.

Ocean Business UK21: October 12 – 14, 2021
This Hands-on Ocean Technology Exhibition and Training Forum is a free-to-attend exhibition for anyone in the ocean technology industry. For more information click here.

Business 2Sea: November 16-18, 2021
For more information click here.

Save the Date! BlueTech Week 2021: November 15-19, 2021