(St. John’s, NL, January 27, 2014) Anthony Patterson, Chair of the Board of Directors for OceansAdvance Inc. has announced the appointment of Barry Snow as Executive Director, effective today. He takes the helm from Leslie O’Reilly, former head of Memorial University’s Marine Institute.

In making the announcement Mr. Patterson said, “In mid-2013, as we prepared to enter the next three-year phase of our strategic plan, Les advised the Board that the tide was right to make the transition to a new Executive Director.”  In early autumn 2013, the Board called for applications. After a rigorous screening and interview process, the Board of Directors selected Mr. Snow in late December as the candidate with the right set of skills to navigate OceansAdvance through its next stage of development.

“Barry’s appointment comes at a time when the ocean technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador is transitioning from an emerging cluster to a sustainable cluster with a significant international presence,” said Mr. Patterson. He pointed out that Mr. Snow has been involved in the provincial ocean technology industry for a number of years and has played a key role in building international contacts for the sector.

 “Barry comes to us from the Oceans Holyrood Initiative,” said Mr. Patterson. There, as the Chief Development Officer, he demonstrated leadership in cluster building and ramping up industrial capabilities. Mr. Snow led the processes of concept development, strategic planning and launch of the innovative initiative for this small town 50 km west of St. John’s. “He has shown that he possesses the ideal characteristics for an Executive Director at this stage in our development,” said Mr. Patterson. 

Prior to his work with Oceans Holyrood, Mr. Snow held executive positions in the public and private sectors developing the unique and compelling blend of experience and leadership that he now brings to the wheelhouse of OceansAdvance. That includes a decade working with international trade and investment promotion agencies on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. During that time he also served as the Province’s trade and investment attaché in key international markets such as New England and Ireland.

“I’ve worked with the local ocean technology cluster for close to twenty years,” said Mr. Snow.  “I’m proud of how it has developed and how internationally well respected OceansAdvance is for its work to advance the cluster.”  Mr. Snow said he is, “looking forward to this new role and helping to inspire provincial business and research to achieve even greater heights.”

In his concluding remarks, Mr Patterson commended outgoing Executive Director Les O’Reilly for helping to bring the ocean technology cluster to the point where they have now transitioned to a mature and sustainable industry.  “Les is widely known for his knowledge and his ability to foster successful business and research partnerships. He has been instrumental in ensuring that OceansAdvance is viewed internationally as the leading Ocean Technology cluster in Canada,” he said. “Les will be staying on in an advisory capacity for the next couple of months as Barry prepares to lead us into the future.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Mr. Barry Snow, OceansAdvance Inc., barry.snow@oceansadvance.net, Tel: 709-738-7059

ABOUT OCEANSADVANCE INC.—Established in 2005, OceansAdvance fosters and promotes the ocean technology cluster in Newfoundland and Labrador by aligning industry, academia, research and government in support of sector growth. The organization is governed by an elected Board of seven directors elected from its membership of more than 200 individuals representing the province’s private sector and research community.

OceansAdvance is a voice for the ocean technology sector in the province and an innovative platform for collaboration and alignment of cluster partners. It has a key role in promotion, alignment and facilitation, stimulating networking and building alliances to ensure that the cluster continues to advance as a leader in ocean technology solutions on a global scale.

OceansAdvance is also recognized as a marketing vehicle to advocate for ocean technology as a sustainable and expanding sector contributing to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador.