About Us

The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector.


Our mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Our primary goal is to support ocean technology commercialization.


Located in what was once the Canadian Coast Guard facility on Halifax Harbour, this hub is home to local and global ocean technology businesses, post-secondary institutions, researchers, and marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean sector. The COVE site features extensive marine facilities with two large, deep-water piers, office space, an incubator and space for shops and labs.


COVE is a community that brings together the best and the brightest to push ocean tech advances to market. It’s a space that fosters innovation and cross-pollinates expertise, ideas, and resources among members, COVE is where business growth, opportunity, and technical advances happen.


Members have access to shared equipment and infrastructure, and the resources of the management team to nurture partnerships in forming technology leadership projects. As well, with initiatives and a site designed to encourage formal and informal networking, COVE members can connect with the people, companies, and opportunities essential to grow their business.


The advances that are developed through COVE will have practical, commercial and revolutionary applications in ocean tech. There is a global need for ocean tech solutions. The impact of what happens at COVE has local, provincial, national and international significance.

Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)



Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise


The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise's (IORE) focus is growing the ocean economy. Formerly named the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI), IORE was established in 2011 as a Canadian Not-for-Profit corporation. IORE partners with industry, academia, and government agencies to inspire and facilitate world-class scientific research, and to apply and commercialize its results. Moving forward we are deepening our industry engagement across all sectors of the ocean economy by leading the development and programming of COVE.


IORE’s projects include Marine People Partnership (MPP), SmartAtlantic, COVE, Deep Sense and several mid-sized projects. All these projects help IORE maintain its objectives and support the overall purpose of COVE.

Facilities



The facility includes a mix of short and long-term workspace to support members locally and those visiting from other locations. These groups receive access to a range of services and shared infrastructure. There is also a full mix of programming that can be accessed on site and on a virtual basis. Members from across Nova Scotia will have access to services via regional node arrangements.


The amenities available to tenants of COVE include electronics fabrication and testing facilities, mechanical fabrication space, office space, storage spaces, waterside marine services and shared services such as reception and a large multipurpose room for training and events. There will be ongoing programming on-site.


Key Stats:

  • An 8-acre site, with a 13-acre water lot
  • 2,850 feet of docks & 2 finger piers
  • A water depth of 49 feet
  • 16,000 square feet of office space
  • 10,000 square feet of incubation space
  • 16,500 square feet of shop and lab space

COVE Board of Directors

COVE Staff


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