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Innovation Economy Council: Oceans of Opportunity

August 23, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us to hear how Canada can clean up waste and eliminate pollution while providing jobs and growing the economy.

Join us on August 23 for a virtual broadcast exploring two topics: 1) How Canadian innovators can reduce maritime waste and 2) Play a role in the rapidly expanding global electric vehicle sector.

PANEL 1: Ocean of Opportunity: How Canadian Innovators Can Reduce Maritime Waste

12:05 – 12:35 p.m.

A discussion with several young companies working to innovate in the ocean waste space—producing biofuels, reducing shipping pollution, sequestering carbon, collecting data about ocean conditions and more — and leaders from the network of research institutes, technology clusters and accelerators that aim to increase the commercialization of groundbreaking research and technologies in our ocean sectors.

Moderator: Manjula Selvarajah, journalist, producer and syndicated tech columnist for CBC Radio One


  • Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Oceans Supercluster
  • Melanie Nadeau, CEO, Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE)
  • Kate Moran, President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada
  • Josh Hasdell, Manager, ESG Strategy & Impact Services, KPMG
  • Julie Angus, CEO & Co-founder, Open Ocean Robotics


PANEL 2: Pick a Lane: Canada and the EV Opportunity

12:40 – 1:10 p.m.

Despite the fact that the EV market will expand dramatically over the next two decades, the window of opportunity for Canada is narrow. China already has a dominant position in several segments of the EV value chain, such as buses and rare-earth mineral processing, while vertically integrated EV leaders like Tesla are investing on a global, as opposed to continental, scale.

Meanwhile, policy-makers face tough problems: How to secure access to the U.S. market in the face of protectionism? How to allocate public resources to ensure that Canada remains an attractive place for foreign direct investment by EV firms and suppliers? And how to create the conditions that will allow Canada to be an exporter of EV technology, not just an importer?

In short, Canada must determine what its post-2035 automotive sector is going to look like. What are we going to be good at? This panel will attempt to answer these questions.

Moderator: Laura Hensley, Digital Editor, Canadian Business, SJC Media


  • Christopher Gillis, Manager of Applied Research Business Development, Durham College
  • John Laughlin, CTO, NGen
  • Sumreen Rattan, Co-founder & COO, Moment Energy
  • Matthew Sachs, COO, Peak Power


Aug. 23, 2022

12:00–1:15 p.m.

Vimeo live broadcast



  • IEC members
  • Policymakers
  • Startups
  • Innovation hub leaders
  • Investors
  • Corporate partners



The Innovation Economy Council (IEC) is a coalition of tech-sector leaders dedicated to shaping Canada’s industrial innovation policy. The IEC works with active members of Canada’s innovation ecosystem to identify areas for in-depth analysis and offer timely insights to increase Canadian productivity and sustainable growth.


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