Mark your calendar now for the Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers for the Board of OceansAdvance Inc. Barry Snow, Executive Director of OceansAdvance has announced that the annual meeting will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Ocean Coastal and River Engineering- NRC Building, Memorial University Campus, St. John’s, NL.

To ensure your place, and to help with logistics, at your earliest convenience, please RSVP no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 26.

Snow has also announced this year’s guest speaker: Mr. Glenn Blackwood, Vice President of Memorial University for the Fisheries and Marine Institute. In his presentation, Mr Blackwood has chosen to speak on the Ocean Technology Cluster and the innovation ecosystem in Newfoundland and Labrador, where it is today, its history and its role in the future.

Election of Officers

Nine candidates have stepped forward for election to three positions on OceansAdvance Board at the Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers at 3:00 p.m., Thurs., January 29, 2015, In the Atlantic Room, NRC Building, Arctic Avenue, Memorial University Campus, St. John’s, NL.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and vote. To aid in your decision please read the candidate bios below in this article.

In order to give all Cluster Members an opportunity to vote, and recognizing that not everyone is available to attend the AGM, OceansAdvance will once again be holding an advance poll. Advance poll voting can be done either electronically or via postal mail.  Marked ballots will be accepted until 12:00 noon , Friday, January 23, 2015.


Please forward your advance e-ballot to  As in the past all advance ballots will be held in the strictest confidence.

If you wish to send your vote via Canada Post our address is: OA AGM, Cathy Hogan, C/O OceansAdvance Inc., Arctic Ave, MUN Campus, Box 12093, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3T5

Members attenbing the AGM will have an opportunity to vote at the Event. If you plan to attend this event Please RSVP to Cathy Hogan  no later than 4:00 P.M. Monday, January 26, 2015 at

Thank you and we hope to see you at the AGM!

Bios of Candidates for OA Election of Officers, Jan. 29, 2015

The following list of candidates is in alphabetical order
1. Sam Bromley, Whitecap Scientific Corporation

2. Steve Dodd, GRI Simulations Inc.

3. Gary Corbett, Town of Holyrood

4. Adam Gobi, Sulis Subsea Corp.

5. Stephen Hale, Rutter Inc.

6. Lee Hedd, Oceanic Consulting

7. Michael J. Maguire, Husky Energy

8. Mark Murphy, Ocean Coastal and River Engineering

9. Metzi Prince, Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador


Please note that there has been no effort to edit or alter these bios in any manner by OceansAdvance. The profiles are presented as submitted or previously approved by the candidates. The style and presentation therefore varies according to the preferences of each individual.

Sam Bromley

Co-founder – Whitecap Scientific Corporation


Specializing in 3D underwater sensing systems and their application to underwater construction, inspection, maintenance, and intervention, Sam’s work includes postdoctoral work with some of the more innovative companies in the province. He also serves as a Director at Large with Nati.

As a lead on the Whitecap team, he bring a extensive background in end-to-end concept-to-commercialization systems software design and implementation. Technological innovation around real challenges to bring combined hardware and software technologies to market. Proficient programming in multiple languages from systems-level to high-level graphical user interfaces. Extensive experience in custom from-scratch data visualization and analysis tools. Expertise in Linux platforms. Software management success in two high technology multi-million dollar projects.

Prior to founding Whitecap, Sam, as Senior Research Scientist, was the lead designer for PanGeo Subsea Inc. and contributor to the company’s data analysis and visualization software. He was chief architect of systems control and data collection software for ROV-mounted synthetic aperture sonar pipe and cable volumetric scanning systems; use of INS systems for 3D precision tracking and 3D scene reconstruction; inventor of the Generic Sonar File Format stream-able packet-based file format for cutting edge high-bandwidth sensor data collection and 3D analysis.


Steve Dodd

Vice President -GRI Simulations Inc.


A graduate of Memorial University with a BA in 1977 and an MBA in 1986, Steve is a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Business in the area of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has held management positions in marine technology including plastics manufacturing and Geo-Resources Inc. starting in 1998.

Steve and his business partner, Russell Pelly, bought GRI Simulations Inc. in 2003 and have since grown the company  from a staff complement of three to its current staff of 22 people, while at the same time pioneering and defining the field of ROV simulation.


Gary Corbett

Chief Administrative Officer – Town of Holyrood


Gary Corbett began his career as Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Holyrood in February, 2009 having previously spent 32 years in the field of Education. During the time period of 1975 to 2007, Gary was effectively engaged in a number of positions in the provincial education system including Eastern District Program Specialist for Physical Education, Active and Healthy Living, Administrator at Avalon West School District, an Administrator at Western Avalon School Board and an Administrator and Physical Education Teacher at Conception Bay Centre. Gary was also engaged as consultant on variety of educational projects both provincially and internationally.

These educational projects includedi) Project Lead Active for Life: Physical Education in Newfoundland and Labrador;ii) Canoe and Small Craft Safety Program – Curriculum Linkages, Transport Canada:iii) Outdoor Education & Canoe and Small Craft Safety Guidelines, Transport Canadaiv) Physical Education and Physical Activity Best Practices and Implications Paper, Province of NL

Each of these positions enabled Gary to engage in planning and developing programming which would influence the delivery of educational programs to all levels of the public education system. His ability to recognize the value of education in the growth and viability of communities globally transcended to the individual and importance of challenging each and every individual to reach their potential.

Gary’s dedication to empowering individuals to combine creativity and commitment to all life experiences assisted in developing innovative solutions to lingering questions in the education system.

Gary’s management style is one of an organizational learning theory and throughout his profession he has developed and delivered numerous professional development modules. He is most notable know for the positive and cutting edge “change process” that he brings to organizations.

In his position as CAO of the Town of Holyrood, Gary has helped open the Town to a new and exciting opportunities which continue to grow and broaden the pursuit of initiatives that is diversifying the economy, creating recreational and healthy living awareness and securing the engagement of an age friendly community. He has assisted the Town in their recognition of the need for growth and the importance of retaining heritage and culture.

Gary has designed an approach to economic sustainability and growth through the development of a strategic development plan which identifies research and cutting edge innovation as proven tools to encourage and generate competitiveness amongst companies. This competitive advantage will change the face of possibilities for local Newfoundland companies, and more specifically will establish a need to further our presence in sectors such as Oceans.

His vision is supported by the National Research Council in its study which identified Research parks are seen increasingly around the world as a means to create dynamic clusters that accelerate economic growth and international competitiveness. As Gary assists in navigating Holyrood toward a Technology Park and Innovation Centre, he is continuously reaching out to others for best practices and shared opportunities.
Gary has a distinguished sports career provincially and nationally spending 25 years as a player and 15 years on the provincial executive President. He is in the Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame player category.

Gary is well known for his involvement with Softball Newfoundland and Labrador, Softball Canada and the International Softball Federation where he was selected chairperson of organizing committees for three national and one international softball events. One of his most prestigious honors was to be selected by the Bahamas Softball federation to develop a Strategic Softball Plan for 6 of the Islands in the Bahamas.
Gary has an extensive list of personal skills which ensure quality work, practical understanding, honesty, integrity and shared decision making. Tolerance and acceptance of differences are key components of his interactions with others.

Gary was born April 14, 1953 and was raised in Holyrood where he continues to live with his wife Sandra. He has four children and two grandchildren.


Adam Gobi

President and CEO – Sulis Subsea Corporation


Adam Gobi (B.Eng., M.Sc.) is the founder and CEO of SULIS SubseaCorporation, a Newfoundland-based ocean engineering R&D company thatworks to create leading-edge subsea imaging and robotics technology. Adam has been conducting ocean engineering R&D for over ten years, in both academic and industrial settings, locally and abroad.

Prior to founding SULIS, Adam participated in various academic research projects, authoring several journal and conference publications. More recently, he served as lead camera engineer for James Cameron’s DEEPSEACHALLENGE (DSC) project. Out of Sydney, Australia, he lead a team that created technology to enable the DSC submersible to capture groundbreaking imagery of the deepest places on earth, discovering 68 newspecies during an expedition in 2012.

Later that year, Adam returned home to Newfoundland to start SULIS, continuing the ideals of the DSC program and aiding other organizations as they continue exploratory efforts into the deep. Some of the work includes a collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in 2013, where they worked together to outfit DSC camera technology on WHOI’s former flagship vehicle, Nereus, before embarking on a successful expedition to the Cayman Trough to explore hydrothermal vents.

Under Adam’s leadership, SULIS has become an active member of OceansAdvance and the cluster. He continues to run local R&D projects,with the aim to adapt some of SULIS’s technology for use in NL’s offshore oil industry. As well, SULIS is involved in an international collaboration with the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), a non-profit foundation established in 2009 by Eric Schmidt. In an effort to advance oceanographic research and exploration, SOI is building a highly advanced robotic undersea research vehicle, and has contracted SULIS to research,design and build an extensive array of imaging systems as part of theproject.


Stephen Hale

Software Architect and Research and Development Manager – Rutter Inc.


Over the past 16 years, Mr. Hale has been involved in a wide range of development projects in the telecommunications, mobile and marine industries.

From 1998‐2006 he was an employee of Nortel Networks where he worked on various products in the enterprise ATM and SMB data/voice product lines as a Software Engineer and Project Leader.  During that time he worked both in new product design and introduction as well as interfacing with offshore contracting firms.

Before joining Rutter Inc., Mr. Hale spent two and a half years at Consilient Technologies developing mobile email and advertising applications for J2ME enabled and Windows Mobile phones as a Senior Software Engineer and Client Software Development Manager.

With Rutter, Mr. Hale has worked as Software Architect and Research and Development Manager.  He was responsible for the hardware and software development of the Network Radar Module, an IEC60945 approved network‐based radar processing unit.  He then moved on to manage the development of the RSi‐5000 Rutter’s new PCI radar capture card for the S6 product line, the Dual Polarized Ice Detection and Navigation Radar program, and Rutter’s SeaFusion platform development.

Currently Mr. Hale manages various programs within Rutter’s and OceanWaveS GmbH’s R&D programs, and is heading the market development and expansion of Rutter’s R&D department.


Mr. Lee Hedd

Director of Business Development – Oceanic Consulting


Mr. Hedd has nearly 20 years of experiencing managing maritime design and scientific research projects across the globe. Throughout the darer he has approached challenges by focusing on the practical interpretation and analysis of complex marine systems.

His professional experience has ranges from developn8ig designs to for large high-speed catamaran ferries, providing design –construction liaison expertise for multiple vessel types, developing concepts for novel marine vehicles, through to managing hydrodynamic studies for America’s Cups programs at Oceanic.

Mr. Hedd is responsible for strategic planning and coordinating of senior consulting staff to ensure that the firm is best positioned to respond to the ever-changing needs of the marine industry. Mr. Hedd serves on the Advisory Board for the Provincial Wooden Boat Museum and the Winterton Heritage Advisory Board, and he is also a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Mr. Hedd is a Naval Architecture graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s  Marine Institute and has served on the executive committee of the Canadian Atlantic Section of SNAME for several years and serves on the Advisory Board for the Provincial Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Michael J. Maguire

Senior Research and Development Advisor – Husky Energy


Michael Maguire is a Professional Engineer with more than 27 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas and marine transportation industries. Currently serving as Senior R&D Advisor to a leading Canadian oil and gas operator, Mike manages a diverse research and development strategy and portfolio focused on E&P opportunities and challenges in harsh marine and ice-prone environments.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architectural Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is registered as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the United Kingdom Engineering Council and the European Federation of National Engineering Associations. He also maintains memberships in the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Mike started his career with Lloyd’s Register’s Offshore Division in London,  as a project manager for verification and certification of high-value offshore development projects for the UK North Sea, Australia’s Timor Sea, offshore Vietnam, the South China Sea and the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Mike returned to Newfoundland in 1999 to certify the Terra Nova field development, and subsequently joined Husky Energy’s project management team as Quality and certification Manager for the successful White Rose development.

Mike has made significant contributions to development of Canadian and ISO Standards for Offshore Structures and Arctic Operations, including as Chair of the Canadian Working Group for Floating Offshore Structures. Mike is the current Chair of the advisory committee for the NSERC CREATE Training Program for Offshore Technology Research at Memorial University, and serves on a number of other industry and academic technical committees.

Mark Murphy

Portfolio Business Advisor – NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL / OCRE

Work Area


I started at OCRE as r (PBA) on September 3, 2013. My role is to provide business leadership to the Portfolio and its external clients and collaborators.  With in-depth market intelligence and market-driven objectives and plans, my major responsibilities are to drive impact to NRC’s stakeholders and to secure external financial revenue at a level appropriate to support the programs.

Career Highlights

I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the top Tier 1 companies in the world.  I started my career with Proctor & Gamble as Assistant Brand Manager for Olay, their flagship beauty care line and achieved double-digit growth through new product launches and innovative co-marketing initiatives. I was the first recipient of P&G’s recognition award for outstanding contribution to the business for increasing sales by +40% on the Olay gift set line. I also won two P&G Marketing Awards: Best Insight-Driven & People’s Choice, for my advertising campaign, CONFESSIONS. After several years, I was then recruited by the Campbell Soup Company as Brand Manager for Meal & Snack Solutions, a $50+ million portfolio and successfully achieved double digit growth via new product launches and line extensions.

Most recently, I was the VP of Marketing & Business Development with a local technology company focused on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions.  Our business focused on the oil and gas value chain and establishing a global reseller network and again managed to deliver double-digit sales growth.

Origin and Educational Background

I was born in Halifax and raised in St. John’s. I completed my Bachelor of Commerce in the Co-Operative Program at MUN, graduating in 1998.

Home life

Marital status and children I got married 2 years ago to Claire Miller who also grew up in St. John’s. Claire is a certified yoga & pilates teacher and owns her own studio called Newfound Movement (

Favourite Hobbies and pastimes

I enjoy snowboarding/rollerblading and walking my 8-month-old Boxer, Rosie. I also play guitar and am a lead vocalist in a 5-piece band, called “Any Other Tuesday”.


Metzi Prince

Project Delivery Manager – Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador


Responsible for the portfolio management of all major joint industry projects at Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador, Metzi ensures consistent and successful delivery on behalf of their stakeholders. These projects vary from early-phase applied research, to full-scale technology adaptation or development.

Before joining Petroleum Research she worked for ten years in project management with xwave delivering the implementation of Information Technology and Telecommunication projects for clients across various industries.

In addition, she worked at Bell Aliant for two years in account management with local oil and gas companies and suppliers. Her work prior to this has been in the Information Technology sector both nationally and internationally. Metzi’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in ComputerScience and Math and a Masters Certificate in Project Management. As a volunteer, she has been involved at various levels in numerous community organizations as well as international child advocacy efforts.
She currently serves on the Board of OceansAdvance Inc.

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