9 am
What is Ocean Data Analytics?

The digital transformation of the ocean economy is already underway. Big ocean data has the potential to improve efficiencies, reduce business costs, protect ocean ecosystems, and minimize environmental cost of human ocean activities. We will look at some leading-edge ocean data analytics research projects, and the potential of academic-industry collaborative R&D to drive growth in the ocean economy, building upon the unique strengths of Atlantic Canada and support the creation of new exports to ensure the region is properly positioned to be an ocean economy leader for decades to come. We will discuss the process for companies to engage with academics through R&D partnerships, and the available local expertise and resources. Deep Sense, a high-performance computing platform powered by IBM, will be a catalyst in ocean data analytics in our region.

10:30 am
Launch Oceans

Launch Dal has been involved in the entrepreneurial community here in Nova Scotia since 2012 having held numerous events encouraging students to come up with innovative ideas for new business ventures. Identifying the growth potential in the local oceans sector, the Launch Oceans innovation weekend event was held this past March to foster both interest and ideas in this sector which resulted in formation of a number of new business ideas. Participants from the Launch Oceans event will present their ideas to the audience.  The teams are comprised mostly of students and researchers from local universities and colleges have worked on ideas that touch on ocean related topics including energy generation, monitoring, and aquaculture.  Their early-stage venture solutions to these problems will be presented with the hopes of generating input and interest.

11:15 am
Supporting innovation in subsea technology with an underwater lab in the Baltic Sea
Presenter: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Freiherr von Lukas, Head of Competence Center Maritime Graphics,
Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD

Developing subsea technology is quite a demanding task: products to be used by the oil & gas industry, offshore wind parks or marine mining have to resist harsh conditions and must be extremely reliable. Experienced engineers from companies and academia face this challenge with well-defined development and testing procedures. However, the gap between simple sea trials in a harbour basin and usage in the future offshore context is quite large. This is addressed by our concept of an underwater lab in the Baltic Sea near the city of Rostock. In a depth of 15 meters we plan to establish a testing area equipped with objects such as mono piles, jacket structures, sea cables, pipelines or underwater UXO mock-ups. Furthermore, this lab will offer a network of sensors to monitor the environmental conditions and an acoustic underwater positioning system.

11:30 am
Report Findings for the Ocean Technology Workforce Sector Study: Competency Assessment and LMI
Presenter: Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Learning & Organizational Development, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)

The Ocean Technology sector in Nova Scotia is rapidly growing, but where will we find skilled employees to carry the industry forward?  This presentation will provide an overview of findings, highlights, insights, and recommendations from the Ocean Technology Workforce Sector Study, conducted in April/May of 2017.   This study examined the competencies of high value and high demand roles in Ocean Technology firms across the province, that exist at present and that are predicted for the next 5 years.  Outcomes and insights from this study will support decisions regarding workforce development across the Industry at the level of recruitment, program and curriculum development and delivery, and provision of training services, all of which is aimed at addressing present and future workforce gaps in the Ocean Technology sector in Nova Scotia.

1:30 pm
New England Industry Panel
Moderator: Justin Manley, Just Innovation
Panellists: Roger Race, Boston Engineering, Jim Kirk, L-3 Ocean Server, Carl Mancuso, Falmouth Scientific, Jeff Smith, Riptide Autonomous Solutions         

This panel will feature industry leaders from the New England area discussing recent trends in the New England Marine technology industry.  The New England marine technology industry is comprised of approximately 500 marine technology firms located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. These companies employ over 55,000 people and total approximately $8 billion in annual sales. The region is also is home to world-class marine research institutions, universities, government agencies and commercial businesses active in marine technology development. Topics covered by the panel will include the evolution of the local marine robotics sector, recent acquisitions and investments, technology developments and opportunities for international collaboration.

3:00 pm
What will it take to grow companies through COVE?
Moderator: Jim Hanlon, CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE).

The panel will discuss the financial, technical and marketing enablers for rapid growth in the ocean technology sector.    Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE, will chair the panel which will include experienced pro’s from equity and lending organizations, as well as veteran ocean technology product engineers and ocean tech sales professionals.   The question to be considered by the panel is, “What combination of capital, engineering talent and sales talent will be required to needed to rapidly grow existing and new ocean tech companies through COVE?

4:00 pm
Advancing marine renewable energy through innovation in ocean tech
Introduction: Elisa Obermann, Marine Renewables Canada
Overview of the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) Program: Andrew Lowery, FORCE
Ocean technology companies’ panel discussion

Marine renewable energy is an emerging sector with the potential to create significant economic, environmental, and energy opportunities for Canada. Nova Scotia is recognized as the country’s incubator for this new industry with a world-class tidal energy resource, supportive policy, and a variety of existing capabilities to service the industry. A key aspect of advancing the industry will be the development of innovative technologies that can help assess and monitor the marine environment. This presents a new opportunity for companies working in the ocean technology sector.

This panel will explore work being led by the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) in partnership with local ocean tech companies to gather important environmental data and develop new, innovative tools and methods that will assist in environmental monitoring for high flow conditions.