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Nova Scotia Works for Ocean Technology

March 25, 2021 @ 2:30 pm

Talented, Educated and Growing- This is Nova Scotia.

A globally connected and thriving ocean tech sector, we work on Canada’s East Coast- halfway between the Pacific Coast and Europe. Driven by world-class research, an emerging innovation district, booming ocean advancements and a skilled workforce.

As the second fastest growing region in Canada, Nova Scotia is continuously expanding and paving the way for new business.

From sensors and acoustics to autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, marine navigation and free universal healthcare, this is where community and opportunities converge. Our people are diverse, welcoming and well educated. Striving for excellence and innovation and a focus on the future.

If any of this sounds appealing to you, it’s only the beginning of what Nova Scotia has to offer. Have we mentioned an exclusive partnership with Tesla? Our unique incentives? Or as The New York Times describes us “A magical, virus-free world just one day’s drive away from the Empire State Building.”

Register below for our free event to see how we work for business


Mar 25, 2021 02:30 PM in Atlantic Time (Canada)


Jim Hanlon P.Eng. MBA FCAE

Ocean Entrepreneur

Jim Hanlon is an experienced technology entrepreneur with specialized knowledge of marine and naval defence markets. He was the founding CEO of the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), a $30 million 70 tenant ocean technology hub in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jim is a 40-year veteran of the tech industry, having lived and worked in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and New England. He has experience in the defence sector as well as the marine monitoring field. He has held senior roles in engineering, marketing and general management. Jim has worked in management positions with several large publicly traded multinational companies (Cobham PLC and Ultra PLC). He has also owned and operated two high-tech companies that have successfully grown and been purchased by multinationals.

Jennifer LaPlante

Executive Director @DeepSense

Jennifer LaPlante is the Executive Director of DeepSense, an organization that supports collaborative projects between businesses in the ocean economy and academic researchers to drive economic growth through increased comprehension and adoption of artificial intelligence, machine learning and the better use of data. She holds an MBA and is MSc in Computing and Data Analytics candidate. Jennifer is a member of the Public Awareness Working Group under the Government of Canada Advisory Council on AI and is a co-organizer of the Halifax Chapter of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS), a global organization that aims to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science.

Donald Grant

Executive Director @Ocean Startup Project

In early 2020, he took the helm of the Ocean Startup Project to steer various activities designed to grow the quantity and quality of startups contributing to Canada’s ocean economy, beginning with Atlantic Canada. As a proud Atlantic Canadian and partner in LeeWay Marine, Don Grant is no stranger to the ocean and ocean-related technology. For the Ocean Startup Project, Don has drawn on his in-depth expertise in business development and law, his collaborative approaches and interpersonal skills, and his experience partnering in an ocean startup, working at a multinational company and managing complex government projects.

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