Dr. Neil Bose

Vice President (Research)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Prior to his appointment as Vice-President (Research), Dr. Bose served as principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the national institute for maritime education, training, research and consultancy at the University of Tasmania. Dr. Bose was also a professor of maritime hydrodynamics at the AMC. From 2009 to 2011 he was director of the AMC’s National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. He joined the college in May 2007 as the manager of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre.

Before his move to Tasmania, Dr. Bose was a long-standing and respected member of Memorial University’s research community. He came to Memorial in May 1987 as an assistant professor in the naval architectural engineering program. In his time at Memorial, Dr. Bose served as director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, chair of ocean and naval architectural engineering program and, in 2003, was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

He received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research in 1992.

On Oct. 8, 2017, Dr. Bose received an honorary degree from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, the oldest technical educational institution, in Bulgaria.

Dr. Bose obtained his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and his PhD, also from Glasgow, in 1982.

Gary Dinn

Principle and Lead Consultant

M3 Sonar Inc.

Gary Dinn is a Professional Engineer and independent consultant with 3 decades’ experience in the marine transportation, technology development and subsea survey industries. Gary is a former director and Chair of OceansAdvance, last serving on its board in 2013.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and was a founding board member of the World Ocean Council, serving on its board for four years and as its treasurer for three.

Gary started his career with Ice Engineering Limited in St. John’s, working on offshore surveys from the Davis Strait to the Grand Banks, before starting his own company to pursue product development for marine and offshore industries.  In 1997, he was a founder of Rutter Technologies, serving on its board from inception through public listing.  More recently he served as VicePresident of PanGeo Subsea Inc., leading a team of scientists and engineers developing new subbottom geotechnical imaging sonar technology. Gary is also a part-owner and director of E-Sonar Inc., a company that designs and markets sonar technology for a variety of customers.

Gary has served on the board of the former Research and Development Corp, as well as on two IEC technical committees as a Canadian representative, and has extensive experience in marketing Canadian marine technology world-wide, including countries such as USA, Scandinavia, EU, Brazil, China, and Australia.  His current consulting activity has him providing services to government, institutions and private companies. 

Gary has also been active in the entrepreneurial space as the former CEO of Propel ICT and is currently on the board of the MUN Centre for Entrepreneurship, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Engineering.  He is a Futurpreneur mentor, helping new entrepreneurs get started in business, and also represents First Angel Network in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dave Finn

Chief Operating Officer

Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador

Dave is an engineer with over 25 years’ experience in applied research, project management, consulting and business development.  Dave is a graduate of Memorial University where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Naval Architecture in 1988. He completed his Masters in Ocean Engineering in 1991 during which his research focused on the response of fixed structures under dynamic ice loads.

Dave has worked in Houston, Ottawa and Newfoundland and Labrador with the National Research Council, ZeddComm, xwave, and Aliant Energy Services.

In 2006, he joined Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada, now known as Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL), where he is the Chief Operating Officer.  PRNL facilitates and manages R&D on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry.  His most recent efforts have focused on leading the development of a proposal to establish an Ocean Supercluster under Industry Science and Economic Development Canada’s $950M Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

Dave is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Dr. Michael Graham

Administrator – Applied Research (Burin Campus)

College of the North Atlantic

Dr. Michael Graham relocated to Burin NL in 1991 to teach first year University Transfer Biology at the Burin Campus of (then) Eastern College of Applied Arts, Technology and Continuing Education. In 2004 he left the classroom to become Campus Administrator and, since 2012, he has been the manager and lead researcher at the Wave Environment Research Centre operated by College of the North Atlantic in Lord’s Cove. During his tenure at Burin Campus Dr. Graham also served on the Board of Governors of the Schooner Regional Development Corporation, was an executive member of the Heritage Run Tourism Association, was president of the Burin Regional Council of the Rural Secretariat,  and served two terms as president of the Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Graham holds a BSc in Biophysics from Mt. Allison University, an MSc in Botany from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Agricultural Meteorology from the University of Guelph. He is also a Certified Engineering Technologist in instrumentation. Mike’s recent applied research activities have included such diverse topics as ice engineering, land-based aquaculture, alternative energy, data acquisition and system automation, and meteorological and oceanographic instrument development.

Stephen Hale

Director, Sales, Marketing and Business Development

Rutter Inc.

Over the past 19 years Stephen Hale, an electrical engineer, has been involved in a wide range of activities in the telecommunications, mobile and marine industries. A graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Stephen is currently the Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Rutter Inc. of St. John’s.  Rutter is a developer of advanced radar signal processing technologies for the marine safety, security, and environmental monitoring & protection industries.

Prior to joining Rutter in 2008, Stephen worked as a Software Engineer and Development Manager in the telecommunications and mobile industries.

Upon joining Rutter as their Software Architect and Research and Development Manager, he was responsible for the hardware and software development of various Rutter projects for the sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection, Small Target Surveillance, Ice Navigator™ and WaMoS® II products.  Later Stephen transitioned to head the sales and marketing division of Rutter as Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development.  He is responsible for Rutter’s direct sales activities as well as their international network of 40+ dealers, and for the development of Rutter’s international markets for both their products and their versatile R&D team that undertakes contracted research and development projects in a variety of areas.

Dr. David Murrin

Director General (acting)

NRC Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre

Dr. Murrin brings a record of achievement and demonstrated success initiating, negotiating and stewarding multimillion-dollar projects for the offshore. He has more than 15 years of experience addressing the technical challenges of harsh environments, from both operations and research perspectives.

Dr. Murrin is the acting Director General for the National Research Council’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre with offices located in both Ottawa and St. John’s. He is responsible for the management of human resources, facilities, research and business activities and stakeholder engagement as the head of the National Research Council’s Ocean Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre.

Previously, Dave was Director of Research at NRC, responsible for the leadership of research scientists, engineers and technologists who carry out R&D in the areas of naval architecture, ocean engineering, coastal engineering, water resources management and marine safety. He was also responsible for an extensive range of model test laboratory facilities that included multidirectional wave, coastal wave and large area basins.

Dr. Murrin was previously responsible for delivering on the Research and Development obligations of the Hebron Project on behalf of ExxonMobil. In that role he fostered strong relationships with academia, private R&D organizations and international oil and gas companies through the negotiation and stewardship of multimillion-dollar projects.

In 2011 Dr. David Murrin was appointed Executive Director for the Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD). In that role he was responsible for running and staffing CARD, interfacing with the Centre’s Industry Advisory Committee and engaging the local community while developing and executing a strategic research plan. CARD was launched through $16.5 Million in funding by the Hibernia and Terra Nova projects and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) to help unlock the potential of the Arctic’s natural resources.

In 2014 Dr. Murrin was able to broaden his corporate and industry experience as Operations Director Canada for Wood Group Kenny, located in St. John’s. As Operations Director Canada, David had full profit and loss operational responsibility for Wood Group Kenny in Canada and was responsible for strategic growth planning, negotiating agreements with clients, and understanding the offshore market and its potential for growth. Probably most significant, however, was his involvement in corporate matters, including international growth strategies, budgets, and mergers and acquisitions.

David holds undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, and worked as a visiting Assistant Professor at Memorial University. In 2012 Dr. Murrin was presented the Early Accomplishment Award from Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL). This award recognises exceptional achievement in the early years of an engineer’s professional career through outstanding work-related achievement and notable leadership in the profession and/or community.

Michelle Simms

President and CEO

Genesis Centre


Michelle joined the Genesis Centre in 2002 as a business analyst and was promoted to vice president in 2015.  She assumed the role of President and CEO in August of 2016.  With more than a decade of experience advising technology companies, Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurs and advancing the technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.   

Michelle’s passion for technology has led to her involvement with several national organizations.

She is a member of the board of directors for Oceans Advance and the CDMN Advisory Board and for two years was the Newfoundland Chapter Lead of Ladies Learning Code, a national non-profit established to teach technical skills to women.  She has served on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Business Incubation, and is the St. John’s hub lead for the Canadian Digital Media Network and the Genesis Centre’s Women in Technology Peer Group.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Memorial University. 



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