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Mind the Gap: Technologies of Optimization – AI, Robotics and Automation

February 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Part 2 of a 6-part series to inform & support SMEs as they expand their ability to use data effectively and advance their digital maturity.

About this Event

According to a report by Startup Canada, 42% of Canadian start-up businesses plan to adopt AI (EDC, 2018). Numerous reports predict that AI will be ubiquitous in Canadian companies across industries in the near future. Yet it has not been a priority among ocean tech firms to develop leaders in areas of new technology. These gaps can and will soon put our Ocean Tech industry at a competitive disadvantage. Workforce unfamiliarity with the various technologies, capabilities, materials, and techniques means that companies are not investing in new technologies or not leveraging them to their full utility.

Join us as three local industry leaders share their own experiences with adopting AI, robotics and automation technologies, and explore how these current and emerging technologies can support companies in the ocean tech industry.

About the Series

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.

Watch episode 1 on our YouTube channel at, and join us every second Wednesday to learn what’s new and relevant to your business, and consider how a technology awareness strategy can help you mind the gap.


February 10, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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