In 2005, a group of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Research, Academic, Industry and Government leaders converged to create an ocean technology cluster management organization. Its initial mission was to unite and excite the development of an ocean technology sector in NL, by aligning industry, academia, research and government toward a shared long-term vision of economic diversification.

Today, OceansAdvance’s membership consists of more than 90 export-driven companies; research and technology organizations; highly engaged municipal, provincial and federal governments plus a number of post-secondary academic institutes and trade associations focused on producing the next generation of ocean leaders.

As the organization representing one of Canada’s most dynamic innovation clusters, OceansAdvance is led by groups of professionals who spearhead cutting-edge oceans research; who have award-winning and growing expertise in operating safely and efficiently in Arctic marine conditions; who are leaders in the global Blue Economy; and who lead an impressive innovation ecosystem. OceansAdvance enjoys many mutually-beneficial relationships from its expanding network of global innovation partners.

This multi-stakeholder technology cluster is underpinned by innovation, commercialization and export and is influenced by Newfoundland and Labrador’s burgeoning offshore energy, transportation, fishing and aquaculture sectors. Locally developed ocean technologies and the innovators who develop them are employed in laboratories, on barges, tankers, vessels, production platforms and submersibles. They are deployed at every depth of the ocean column, from the high water mark to the depths of the Marianas Trench.

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