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Mind the Gap: Developing Technology Awareness for Business Optimization in Canada’s Marine Industry

January 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Technologies of Optimization – Additive Manufacturing 

This session will examine current and emerging technology trends relating to production and additive manufacturing. Studies have found that the skills gap for additive manufacturing is growing rather than shrinking, and that this is partly due to continuous change of the technology. As a result, many industry members are unfamiliar with the various technologies, capabilities, materials and techniques – or might not be exploiting its full utility. This session will examine scenarios involving bespoke parts and longer run production to demonstrate different AM technologies and criteria for determining when AM is the right answer. The program will also cover skill and training requirements to ensure your teams and using the technology well and fully and to support production optimization.


The emergence of digital technologies has catalyzed a shift to a digital economy. This digital revolution has seen sweeping changes in how work is done across industries, including Canada’s marine industries. A recent study found that industry members communicated a growing awareness of a skill gap, particularly among tenured workers. Regional marine employers have also expressed some concern that this gap, coupled with a gap in awareness of new technologies, could cause further lags in adoption of new technology and digital skill development – which in turn could shift our role from leading the blue economy to lagging it.

COVE brings you a six-part discussion series designed to inform and support SMEs as they expand their ability to use data effectively and advance their digital maturity. Led by a technical expert in the ocean industry, panelists will share their first-hand experiences with recognizing the technology gaps as they related to their business, the sore points of adoption, and the benefits of adoption to their own business optimization. Our moderator and guests will provide an overview of examples of existing technologies that support the topic of focus, describe how the technologies can further support businesses, and provide an overview of adoption considerations.

Starting on January 26th, 2021, from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, join us every Tuesday for 6 weeks and learn what’s new and relevant to your business, and consider how a technology awareness strategy can help you mind the gap.



January 26, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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