(St. John’s, NL; 30 Jan. 2015)Anthony Patterson, chairperson of OceansAdvance Inc., and President and CEO, of Virtual Marine Technology Inc., and Barry Snow, Executive Director of OceansAdvance,today released the election results from the Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers for the Board of OceansAdvance Inc. There were 70 voting members on hand who were entitled to vote for up to three potential board members from a slate of nine very capable candidates.


The AGM was held Thursday, January 29, 2015 in St. John’s at the National Research Council’s – Oceans, Coastal and Rivers Engineering research facility. Patterson identified the elected members as Sam Bromley, co-founder, Whitecap Scientific Corporation, Michael J. Maguire, senior research and development advisor for Husky Energy, and Mark Murphy, portfolio business advisor with NRC – Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering.


During the AGM, Glenn Blackwood, Vice-President of Memorial University for the Fisheries and Marine Institute delivered a motivational keynote address updating the OceansAdvance membership on MI’s Vision 2020 and MI’s support of the OceansAdvance Cluster.


Barry Snow, OceansAdvance Executive Director said, “the amount of interest from the community in participating in the growth and diversification of this innovation ecosystem was evident at the AGM.” As evidence he pointed to the “quality and quantity of the sector leaders running for the board, and the record attendance from a diverse range of interests including research, business, academia and all three levels of government.” Snow said the “positively charged atmosphere” fuelled “incremental partnerships and collaborations now under consideration as a result of networking opportunities facilitated at our AGM.”


“I would like to thank the outgoing board members for their very significant contributions to the growth of our cluster,” said Patterson “I would also like to welcome the newly elected members to the board,” he said. “They have much to offer the existing board bringing as they do experience in business start-ups, the oil and gas sector and international marketing.”  Patterson said he looks forward to working with all of the board during the coming year, “as we advance the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador, in Canada and around the world.”


“I would also like to extend a sincere thank your to everyone who stood for election. It is very gratifying to know that OceansAdvance has such a deep bench and that we can attract such highly skilled professionals to offer their valuable volunteer time to serve on the board,” said Patterson. “Their generosity is inspiring and speaks to the strength of our ocean technology cluster and the innovation environment in which we prosper.”


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