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COVE Connect | September 2023

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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 21st, 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.

Click HERE to register.

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 on September 25th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

  • 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.

Click HERE to learn more and to register for the conference.

DEFSEC Atlantic 2023

3-5 October 2023

Halifax Convention Centre

DEFSEC Atlantic, presented by the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association, is a major networking opportunity for the Aerospace, Defence and Security industries – the second largest of its kind in Canada. Focused on showcasing Atlantic Canadian opportunities, the show’s worldwide reach creates partnership potential for all attendees.

Incorporating elements of both a trade show and a defence procurement conference, it provides access to “the right people” in an engaging and professional setting. All attendees have opportunities, through B2B meetings program, social events, presentations & expert panel discussions and communications tools, to interact with all levels of defence, industry and government participants.

The COVE team will be present at DEFSEC to network with others in the aerospace, defence, security, and marine industries. Throughout the conference, you can also find us at booth B917 to learn about COVE’s most current initiatives.

James Kesten, Director of Strategic Partnerships at COVE, will also be featured on a panel discussing the COVE and Thales Canada Naval Technology Innovation Challenges. Stay tuned for more details to come.

Click HERE for more details and to register for DEFSEC 2023.

Rostock Ocean Convention 2023

14-15 November 2023

Rostock Germany

Continuing the collaboration with the marine industry and decision-makers in Germany, COVE’s senior staff are attending the Rostock Ocean Convention to increase connections among members, identify supply chain partners, and facilitate commercial opportunities to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Melanie Nadeau, CEO; Michel Lechmann, VP of Growth; and James Kesten, Director of Strategic Partnerships; at

COVE will attend the Rostock Ocean Convention to focus on joint commitments and build new connections with those across the marine industry.

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

Click HERE for more details and to register for the convention.

COVE Resident Company Scores International Award, and Business Exposure, at Aqua Nor Conference

Nova Scotia-based Marin X Sensor Globe, also under the same ownership as Sedna Technologies, turned heads at the world’s largest aquaculture technology conference with its unique sensor that allows fish farmers to track, among other things, water temperatures, oxygen and pH levels in real time.

The 95 mm sphere promises to be a powerhouse of data collection and the industry appears to have taken notice.

The Sensor Globe won the Innovation Award at the August 21-24 exhibition in Trondheim, Norway.

Click HERE to read more.

Pure Marine Receives US$1.7 M in Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $10 million for seven innovative projects that will accelerate development and testing of marine energy technologies.

Pure Marine, a participating company of the COVE and Innovate UK Ocean Scale-Up Accelerator Program, received US$1.7 million for their U.S. company, Sea Potential, from the U.S. DOE Powering the Blue Economy Initiative. This funding will allow for Pure Marine’s U.S. company, Sea Potential, to deploy, test, and accelerate commercialization of the DUO-DS Wave-Powered Desalination device, which pumps seawater through a reverse osmosis membrane to generate freshwater.

Click HERE to read more.

COVE Community Attends Ocean School in Rostock Germany

Early career professionals in the COVE community headed to Germany to share knowledge and expertise with their international counterparts.

Representatives from COVE, Centre for Marine Applied Research, LeeWay Marine, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies Inc., and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. started Rostock’s Ocean Technology (RoOT) Summer School on September 11th, a two-week course based in and around the Ocean Technology Campus (OTC) in Rostock Germany.

All participants, from academia and industry, will have the unique opportunity to gain insight into various interdisciplinary aspects of ocean technology, with a special focus on the five fields of innovation which make up the Cluster OTC Rostock:

  • Subsea Mobility & Autonomy
  • Ocean Lense
  • Digital Mission
  • Sustainable Ocean Use
  • Open Innovation

Specially tailored lectures and experiential programming will provide the participants with the required know-how to tackle real-world problems within various practical applications both on land and at sea aboard Rostock’s research catamaran Limanda.

The COVE representatives presented COVE’s Stella Maris Testing Solution to the class and had an engaging conversation about the data collection, infrastructure and client hardware. They also assisted with phytoplankton tows aboard the Limanda.

Click HERE to learn more about RoOT Summer School.

COVE is Enabling the Workforce of the Future

As a nation with nearly 250,000 kilometres of sprawling coastline, the ocean has always been central to Canada’s prosperity. Marine tourism, fisheries and aquaculture, energy, marine transportation, and defence and security sectors are driving innovation and leading to unprecedented growth in the formation of companies focused on marine technology. Referred to as Ocean Enterprises, these companies are growing in Canada at a pace outperforming our global counterparts.

As the Blue Economy grows, the need for programming and initiatives leading to a robust and talented workforce grows with it.

It is estimated that in Nova Scotia, the Marine Renewable Energy sector alone will require 22,000 workers by 2040. Furthermore, new research by the Maritime Just Transition Task Force cautions that as many as 800,000 seafarers will require additional training by the mid-2030s to help meet decarbonization goals. These significant numbers highlight the fast-approaching need for an ocean-focused workforce, and building talent can take decades. It has become clear that we need to start today to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

Click HERE to read the full blog.

The Future of Maritime Technology

Listen to COVE discuss the future of marine technology in the Canadian Defence Review Radio podcast or read the feature article in Canadian Defence Review Magazine on pages 45 and 46 in volume 29, issue 4.

The podcast and article take a deep dive into COVE’s position as a leader in Canada’s marine innovation ecosystem, the partnership with Thales Canada on industry challenges, driving dual-use technologies, and how COVE is supporting the sector with skill development, evolving multi-stakeholder technical projects, and expanding accelerator programs to grow the global COVE community.

Click HERE to read the article.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast.

Charting a Course for Success: COVE's Ocean Scale-Up Accelerator Program

Read COVE’s article in the August 2023 issue of Ocean News & Technology Magazine!

The feature takes a deep dive into how COVE partnered with Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE for the Global Incubator Program, which provided eight innovative, high-growth, and scaling businesses to build long-term relationships with a world-leading innovation hub in Canada.

Click the button below to read the article and learn more about the bespoke program accelerating business growth in Canada’s marine sector.

Click HERE to read the article.

We’re Hiring: Accounting Coordinator

Deadline to apply: September 22, 2023 | 5:00 p.m. ADT

COVE is seeking an Accounting Coordinator to work in a fast-paced and cooperative team environment in which you are challenged to think of new ways to do things and will be responsible for supporting COVE’s accounting and financial operations.

Do you have experience keeping financial records accurate and up to date, preparing reports, and processing invoices and payroll? Click the button below to check out the job posting for Accounting Coordinator at COVE, or scan the QR code. The application deadline is September 22, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. ADT.

Click HERE to apply.

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