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COVE Connect | March 2023

Ocean Connector: Advancing carbon dioxide removal technologies

23 March 2023 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Colin MacLean Hall

Join Dr. Dariia Atamanchuk and COVE to discuss ocean alkalinity enhancement, research strategies, implementation and technology.

Ocean carbon removal approaches aim to enhance or accelerate natural biological or chemical processes that sequester carbon in the ocean. Improving our understanding and facilitating the development of oceans’ carbon removal mechanisms are essential to addressing climate action.

On March 23rd, Dr. Dariia Atamanchuk discusses ocean alkalinity enhancement effectiveness, sustainability and environmental impacts, stakeholder involvement and participation from the local tech community.

COVE Demo Day

14 June 2023 | Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Calling all demonstrators!

Don’t miss your chance to demonstrate at COVE Demo Day, the premier event for on-water demonstrations of the latest marine technology innovations. Present your innovative marine technology to hundreds of global manufacturers, service providers, and business leaders on June 14, on-site at COVE’s facility in Dartmouth! The deadline to submit an application is March 31.

Interested in having your brand in front of a global audience? Be a sponsor at COVE Demo Day! Our website boasts a variety of sponsorship packages along with their associated perks.

2023 Maritime Symposium

12 – 13 April 2023 | Virginia, USA

Join COVE’s Director for Workforce Development, Tanya Lush, at the 2023 Maritime Symposium, April 12 – 13 in Virginia at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. Tanya will present on the Maritime Workforce panel.  This panel will discuss current and future maritime workforce issues, what is being done to close the workforce gap, and what future skills are needed in the maritime industry. It will also cover how key maritime segments are aligned in addressing these workforce needs.
Ocean Business 2023

18 – 20 April 2023 | Southampton, UK

The hands-on ocean technology exhibition and training forum, Ocean Business 2023, is taking place in  Southampton, UK, at the National Oceanography Centre from April 18-20th. The networking event will include over 300 suppliers with the latest products, technologies, and demonstrations.

James Kesten, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Rachel Cox, Accelerator Program Manager at COVE, will attend the event. While at Ocean Business, connect with James and Rachel to discover opportunities in COVE’s ecosystem, market-readiness programs, and how to participate in COVE Demo Day on June 14th.

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership

9 – 11 May 2023 | St. John’s, Newfoundland 

The CWOIL initiative aims to attract, develop and retain a robust, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline that includes women from all origins to enable and accelerate Canadian innovation, research and technology development, and market and export leadership in ocean industries.

COVE’s Director of Workforce Development, Tanya Lush, and Marine Technical Specialist, Kennedy Sittler, will take the stage at the conference to speak on how COVE is creating a pipeline for talent who want to work in marine tech and stay in Atlantic Canada.

Halifax is ready to host NATO's Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA)

Halifax has been selected by Canada as a regional office for NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA). NATO will finalize its decision for Halifax at the NATO Summit in June in Madrid. The other regional office is in London, England. This is a significant opportunity for Halifax. DIANA will bring end-users together with the Alliance’s best and brightest start-ups, scientific researchers, and technology companies to develop the most impactful dual-use technological solutions for the Alliance’s defence and security needs.

Nova Scotia is known for its numerous universities and research centres and has over 40% of Canada’s military assets, including Canada’s largest naval base. COVE, submerged in Canada’s expansive marine innovation ecosystem and beyond, works with more than 200 defence-related businesses participating in venture development programs, scaling of businesses, testing and validation. We look forward to assisting and working with NATO and National Defence personnel on the next steps to establish the regional office in Halifax. COVE is ready to be a part of the initiative and sharpen the Alliance’s technological edge.

Marine Studies Scholarships and EMERGE Program

Students, apply today for the MTS Marine Studies Scholarship!
Each year Marine Technologies Studies (MTS) awards significant scholarship funding to senior high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who are accepted into or enrolled in full-time marine-related programs (with a focus on marine technology, marine engineering, or marine science). Applications are open to Canadian and US students. Apply before April 15.

As a member of the Marine Technology Society, COVE actively works with MTS to find career-enhancement opportunities for students in Canada and the United States. COVE encourages all eligible students to apply for applicable scholarships. Applying for scholarships can help students advance their education financially and build relationships to help start their careers in the marine technology sector, supporting the blue economy.

Now accepting applications for the Naval Technology Innovation Challenges

COVE and Thales Canada are excited to announce applications are now open for the Naval Technology Innovation Challenges!

COVE and Thales Canada invite Start-Ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Atlantic Canada to provide innovative naval maintenance and dockyard technology solutions. The Digital Dockyard Challenge focuses on delivering an innovative digital dockyard solution, and the Vessel Maintenance Optimization Challenge on a methodology to evaluate and test condition-based maintenance solutions.

Winners will be awarded $175,000 per challenge. 

The two challenges will further propel the digital transformation of in-service support, highlighting the value and the impact of the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS), known as AJISS contract as they strengthen Canada’s defence sector.

Collaborating with Thales Canada on these challenges will result in real-world solutions for AJISS and the Royal Canadian Navy. This innovative approach provides opportunities for SMEs to contribute to Canada’s defence sector. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) has provided funding for the Naval Technology Innovation Challenges.

Oneka Technologies expands presence with new office at COVE

Oneka Technologies, a leader in the development of wave-powered desalination solutions, recently signed a lease at COVE in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This move expands Oneka’s presence in the Atlantic region and strengthens its commitment to providing innovative and sustainable desalination solutions. With an office at COVE, Oneka will join the marine innovation community, and this will open many doors for collaboration with companies working in the marine economy. Oneka will also leverage the resources of COVE to explore new business opportunities and partnerships in the marine technology sector.

“We are proud to have Oneka Technologies establish an Atlantic Canada office at COVE and join our growing hub of companies propelling Canada’s ocean technology sector,” said Melanie Nadeau, CEO of COVE. “Joining COVE’s global high-tech innovation hub builds a strong business development presence in Atlantic Canada for Oneka Technologies to advance its sustainable ocean technology. We look forward to Oneka Technologies collaborating with COVE resident companies to grow Canada’s marine sector and find opportunities with international markets.”

OCEANOVATION Dive In Podcast featuring Melanie Nadeau

COVE CEO Melanie Nadeau recently spoke with Elodie Delagneau, Director at OCEANOVATION, for their Dive In Podcast based in South Africa!

Tune in to episode four of the Dive In Podcast to hear Melanie discuss her career in the marine sector, and share her thoughts on opportunities for tech and innovation in the global marine economy, the challenges faced in the sector, the idea of COVE being the support between government, industry and the research community, and more.

COVE launches online Deep Dive into Data Program

COVE’s Deep Dive into Data program is making waves across Canada in the national education system, training junior high and high school teachers from coast to coast on how to bring ocean data into the classroom.

Digital skills and data literacy are in high demand, particularly in the marine technology sector. This program allows junior high and high school teachers from British Columbia to Newfoundland become familiar with a curriculum designed to pair marine technology and real-time data collected from the ocean, thus engaging students to dive into ocean data exploration through group activities and coding tasks, navigate real-world situations using creative approaches, and valuable skill-development used in the marine sector.

Educators across Canada can now register for an online version of the Deep Dive into Data program. Led by COVE’s Ocean Insitute Facilitator, Emily Allen, the online version allows teachers to complete the course at their own pace. It will cover topics such as the role of data and other information in gaining a holistic understanding of the ocean, data interpretation, understanding the skills acquired during exploratory data analyses and coding tasks, and exploratory analyses of real ocean data sets using coding to uncover exciting information and complete objectives.

Teachers will receive a versatile toolkit of resources which includes: activities, case studies, coding tutorials which use code for data analyses, additional educator resources such as mini-lessons and hands-on activities, Indigenous Knowledge and learning in the classroom, assessment tools, and more!

After completing the online course, participants will receive a FREE lab kit (valued at $300), allowing students to explore ocean acidification.

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