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COVE Connect | July 2023

Ocean Connector: Sociable!

17 August 2023 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (ADT)

Brightwood Brewery Beer Garden | 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4W1

Join COVE at Brightwood Brewery Beer Garden for our annual summertime social event! No presentation or keynote speakers – this Ocean Connector is about networking with the marine tech community. We hope to see you there!

Family friendly event: OffshoreWind4Kids Interactive Showcase

13 August 2023 | 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. (ADT)

Rissers Beach | 5366 NS-331, Petite Rivière Bridge, NS, B0R 1C0

Looking for a fun and educational summer activity the whole family can enjoy? Love going to the beach? Add the OffshoreWind4Kids Interactive Showcase to your 2023 beach agenda and learn how to build and test mini offshore wind turbines and learn how they benefit the renewable energy sector!

You and your family are invited to join Kat Mataya, Education and Outreach Manager, and Sydney Silver, Training and Education Coordinator at COVE, for the interactive event on August 13th, from 11:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Rissers Beach (rain date is August 20th). The event is recommended for ages 8 – 13 and youth must be accompanied by parentals.

Register for the event, and check out our recap in the Activity at COVE section for more information about what the event entails!

Save the date! Exclusive Tour of ESL Labs: Military Spec standard Testing Lab

21 September 2023 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (ADT)

ESL Labs | 221 Joseph Zatzman Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1M6

ESL Labs’ environmental product and material testing lab provides an extensive range of testing services delivered by a highly experienced and knowledgeable team that has been serving the testing requirements of the defense, marine, oil & gas, and aerospace industries for the past 25 years. ESL Labs is also a Military Spec Standard testing lab.

Join us at ESL Labs for our Ocean Connector on September 21, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for an exclusive tour of their state-of-art facility and learn about their environmental testing lab and capabilities, and network with fellow members of the marine technology sector.

OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast Conference and Exposition

25-28 September 2023 | Mississippi, US

Don’t miss COVE’s Director of Workforce Development, Tanya Lush, deliver her seminar, Building a Diverse and Inclusive Talent Pipeline for the Ocean and Marine Sector of Atlantic Canada, Tools for Best Practice and Lessons Learned, at the Oceans 2023 Gulf Coast Conference and Exposition!

OCEANS is an annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. At OCEANS2023 Gulf Coast, industry thought leaders gather for four days to highlight relevant topics and current trends while creating a community of learners and influencers who consistently advance research, practices, and policies for the marine field.

The conference, which will have over 2000 attendees and unprecedented networking, will include:

  • Over 500 professionally reviewed technical papers, including sessions focused on local themes.
  • Plenary sessions with leaders from industry, academia, the military and government.
  • 100+ exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products and services.
  • A student poster session featuring outstanding projects from around the world and other student activities.

Training Sessions, workshops, demonstrations, government listening sessions, social and networking opportunities, professional field trips, and much more.

Rostock Ocean Convention 2023

14-15 November 2023 | Rostock Germany

The Rostock Ocean Convention brings together companies and scientists in the marine sector from across Germany, Europe, and worldwide. The convention focuses on the current developments, trends, and projects in maritime and underwater technology.

COVE has a strong relationship with German industry and government, having signed an MOU to strengthen capabilities in commercializing new technologies and to create opportunities for collaboration focused on innovation and growth. Melanie Nadeau, CEO, Michel Lechmann, VP of Growth, and James Kesten, Director of Strategic Partnerships at COVE, will be attending the convention to focus on joint commitments and to build new connections with those across the marine industry.

In addition to focusing on current developments, trends, and projects, other topics of discussion will be:

  • Digital underwater technology
  • Talents / International Ocean Accelerator
  • Political and regulatory framework for sustainable use of the ocean
  • Offshore maintenance and energy supply
  • Aquaculture
Free Transport Canada approved NSCC course: High Voltage Safety and Switch Gears for Marine Engineers

31 July – 4 August 2023 | Strait Area Campus | In-person learning

The High Voltage Safety and Switch Gears for Marine Engineers course, provides high voltage training solutions for operational management level marine engineers. This course may be helpful for anyone going into hybrid and electric propulsion.

At the end of this course, you will know how to:

  • Describe safe practices and procedures for management of marine high voltage operations as outlined by STCW Convention and Code.
  • Outline design features of a marine high voltage system and the maintenance of distribution capability to the extent expected of management level officers.

Detail safe procedures, practices and methods for troubleshooting and reconfiguring a marine high voltage system to maintain supply.

The Clean Foundation introduces Custom Employment Support Training Bursary

Curious about career opportunities in clean energy – one of Canada’s fastest growing sectors? Apply for the Custom Employment Support Training Bursary to get the funding you need to kickstart your career!

Bursaries can be used to cover:

  • Course tuition/fees at educational institutions (programs up to one-year in length).
  • Certifications from training institutes or community organizations.
  • Cost of tools and equipment.
  • Much more—tell the foundation how they can help!

The Clean Foundation will support bursary recipients that enter careers in:

  • Renewable energy (solar panel installer, wind turbine technician, engineering technology, etc.).
  • Energy efficiency and Green Building (Energy Advisors, etc.).
  • Trades or technical work (Electricians, insulators, construction, etc.).
  • Or tell us about your desired career.
The Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association and Dominion Diving Ltd. celebrate milestone anniversaries

On June 23rd, The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) celebrated their 25th anniversary at their annual general meeting!

NSBA was established in 1998 by a small group of leading boatbuilders who shared a common vision of growing and diversifying the industry beyond its original domestic fishing boat market.

NSBA’s mission is to support the success of their members in building, repairing, and selling quality boats by:

  • Promoting the industry to markets in Canada, the US, and around the world;
  • Promoting industry careers;
  • Managing and administering the Nova Scotia Boat Builder and Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Programs;
  • Coordinating other training to meet industry needs;
  • Building partnerships with organizations who have aligned goals and values;
  • Representing the boatbuilding industry with various orders of government; and
  • Providing technical and market advice to boatbuilders and repairers.

NSBA is the first point of contact for the boatbuilding and repair industry in Canada’s Maritime provinces.

Congratulations, NSBA, on all your successes over the years!

On July 20th, Dominion Diving Ltd. celebrated their 54th anniversary!

Dominion Diving headquarters and Marine Operations Terminal, Duck Rock, are centrally located in Halifax Harbour on the Dartmouth side, providing an unmatched advantage to their clients for swift 24-hour marine service response.

Dominion Diving’s team is comprised of personnel who operate and maintain their fleet of six Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), seven multipurpose vessels, as well as numerous barges, vehicles, and more. Dominion Diving also has a specialized Multicat adaptive tug, the DOMINION WARRIOR.

In addition to their fleet of vessels and ROVs, their facility includes a CWB certified welding shop, hydraulics shop, electronics shop, and a variety of readily available equipment including all-terrain cranes and forklifts.

Dominion Diving serves and supports the operations of an array of industries such as construction, offshore energy, scientific research, marine shipping, and fishing to name just a few.

Congratulations, Dominion Diving Ltd., on all your successes!

DIANA launches three pilot challenges to help solve critical defence and security problems

Deadline: 25 August 2023

The DIANA challenge program starts with a competitive call for proposals targeting three strategic focus areas: energy resilience, secure information sharing, and sensing and surveillance.

Derived from defence and security needs across the Alliance, informed by the state-of-development of commercial technologies, and designed for deep tech innovators – DIANA’s program seeks help in solving critical dual-use (civilian and defence) challenges.

Innovators who are accepted into the challenge will receive grant funding to support their technology development and demonstration, participate in a customized commercial and defence-focused accelerator program, gain access to test and evaluation resources across the Alliance, and benefit from curated exposure to investors and end users to support technology transition and adoption.

COVE and OffshoreWind4Kids empower and inspire the next generation of clean energy leaders

Nova Scotia has an ambitious plan to introduce offshore wind power to triple the province’s current total energy output of 2.5 gigawatts. Meeting this goal requires a skilled and knowledgeable workforce for the future by inspiring young minds to explore and pursue careers in the growing marine technology and sustainable energy industries.

COVE has responded to that goal by delivering programs that promote marine renewable energy education and awareness among youth, nurturing the next generation of leaders who will drive Canada’s transition to a net-zero future.

On July 30 at Rainbow Haven Beach in Nova Scotia, COVE and OffshoreWind4Kids, a non-profit organization based in Belgium, partnered to deliver the first OffshoreWind4Kids Interactive Showcase in Canada to educate and inspire children about the potential of offshore wind energy. Through hands-on activities and engaging sessions, the OffshoreWind4Kids Interactive Showcase aims to spark curiosity and passion among the youth, encouraging them to explore careers in the renewable energy sector.

Both COVE and OffshoreWind4Kids understand that the future of offshore wind energy relies on developing a skilled workforce and fostering innovation. By empowering the next generation of leaders, these organizations are building a sustainable and prosperous future for the global offshore wind industry. Through their initiatives, they are equipping young minds with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration needed to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and drive the transition to clean energy.

The next OffshoreWind4Kids Interactive Showcase will take place on August 13 (rain date August 20) at Rissers Beach at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Special thanks to the RBC Foundation through RBC Tech for Nature for sponsoring the events.

COVE receives $8.5 million in funding from the Province of Nova Scotia

On July 20th, Economic Development Minister Susan Corkum-Greek, joined by MLA Kent Smith, Deputy Speaker, announced $8.5 million in funding from the province that will help COVE continue to lead the marine technology sector.

Nova Scotia is at the forefront of the innovation sector, and COVE is a proven leader in the knowledge economy and will continue to enhance technology and innovation for all. The contribution from the Province charts a long-term course for COVE to continue propelling Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s marine economy, and we will continue elevating Nova Scotia’s role and impact on global marine innovation.

Marine Thinking introduces Acadia RIB at COVE Demo Day

Did you miss Acadia’s debut at COVE Demo Day? Marine Thinking presented Acadia, an electric rigid inflatable boat (RIB), on the showcase stage during Demo Day. The RIB was built by Covey Island and is powered by Marine Tensor, a technology developed by Marine Thinking.

While on the Showcase Stage at Demo Day, the boat was controlled by a tablet as it drove through the harbour; however, the vessel can be piloted and monitored from a mobile station or an office, both of which Marine Thinking displayed at Demo Day to give the audience an idea of the sensor data that can be received sitting in an office right in your control centre.

On board Acadia there is LiDAR, thermal camera, sonar, a gimbal camera, various communications networks, and there’s the possibility of adding just about any type of sensor a customer could ask for.

COVE is hiring a Technical Project Manager!

Deadline to apply: 14 August 2023 | 5:00 p.m. (ADT)

Do you have strong project management skills and enjoy collaborative teamwork? COVE is hiring a Technical Project Manager to contribute to achieving COVE’s strategic goals and advancing technical projects in the marine sector. In this role, the Technical Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the successful execution of technical projects at COVE, including digitalizing the Halifax Harbour and decarbonization initiatives within the marine sector. The Project Manager will be responsible for the management of timelines, resources, and budgets to ensure project objectives are met in line with scope requirements.

To learn more about the opportunity and to apply, scan the QR code! The deadline to apply is August 14th at 5:00 p.m. ADT.

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