Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is the most modern shipbuilder and in-service ship support provider in North America. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, their team and innovative facilities provide efficient building, fabrication, conversion and serving of vessels and offshore platforms. Irving Shipbuilding is working with the Royal Canadian Navy on the next class of Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) and Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). NSS is Canada’s 30-year plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.

In March 2017, Irving Shipbuilding announced they are contributing $4.52 million over 5 years for programming and operations at COVE. Irving Shipbuilding’s funding is part of its Value Proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The funding was directed to IORE, who manage the programming at COVE. Irving Shipbuilding’s investment in COVE helps grow Canada’s marine innovation and commercialization cluster, a key part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Additionally, the Marine People Partnership, a $950,000 commitment over 5 years, announced in 2014, is a project managed by IORE for COVE to explore workforce development issues and advise on a national human resource development strategy was conceived from Irving Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition commitment.
Ocean Frontier Institue

Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) was established in September 2016 through a partnership led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island. OFI is a collaborative research initiative to harness the vast potential of the world’s ocean. An international hub for ocean science, OFI brings together researchers and institutes from both sides of the North Atlantic to understand our changing ocean and create safe, sustainable solutions for development.

COVE is partnered with OFI as a conduit for knowledge mobilization. Through COVE’s connections within the industry, OFI enables researchers to put their science to work — applying and testing their theories through projects with the eventual goal of achieving commercialization. This partnership also goes the other way, so that ocean industry has access to the quality research being done by OFI.

Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers over 120 certificate and diploma programs in five academic schools, reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC’s primary goal: student success. In its annual graduate survey, the College has found 87% of graduates are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those living and working in Nova Scotia.

Since the inception of COVE, NSCC has served as lead post-secondary institution for the development of the facility. By leveraging its unique assets, capabilities and technology leadership, NSCC envisions strengthened industry and academic collaborations through COVE,realizing new opportunities for applied research, industry training and student engagement. With a teaching and innovation focus, the College’s work will assist in enhancing the competetiveness and growth of the marine sector, helping to unlock the growth potential for our province, region and country.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

The Agency has a wide variety of business development tools and resources available to businesses setting up operations in Atlantic Canada to support them throughout all stages of the business life cycle from the time they are thinking about setting up a new business, to the time they are planning for growth and expansion.

ACOA has been a partner with COVE since the beginning of the project, supporting the development of on-site programming for companies at COVE. In addition, ACOA’s enterprise development programs are available for companies at COVE. These programs help improve the business climate and lend a hand for individual business start ups, modernizations and expansions.

Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is the private sector led business development agency for the Province of Nova Scotia. To strengthen and grow the Nova Scotia economy, NSBI supports Nova Scotia businesses by providing access to business advisory services, skills development and training, market intelligence, access to financing, and support accessing global markets. NSBI also attracts innovative, globally competitive companies to establish a business location in Nova Scotia.

At COVE, NSBI offers these services to COVE members as they grow, assisting with the companies’ trade development. NSBI also showcases COVE as the right place for global ocean companies to open business and foster.

Develop Nova Scotia

Develop Nova Scotia (previously Waterfront Development)

Develop Nova Scotia is the province’s crown corporation responsible for the development of strategic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia. This includes real property, improvements to land, and physical assets with demonstrable, direct and indirect benefits to support strategic sector and population growth. At the centre of its work is the concept of place as a catalyst for economic development. Creating great places like COVE contributes to the development of a compelling and differentiating value proposition for Nova Scotia on a world stage, which is important not only to attract population, but also to drive strategic sector growth such as the oceans sector.

The COVE property and facility are owned and managed by Develop Nova Scotia who handle tenant leases on site. Develop Nova Scotia also coordinates the marine infrastructure and access to the wharves on the COVE site. Their team is active on site, ensuring the safety and security for COVE members.



Based in Halifax, Innovacorp is Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. It finds, funds and fosters innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. The goal is to help those start-ups commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace.

In addition to risk capital, Innovacorp gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help accelerate their companies.

With ocean technology as one of its target industries, Innovacorp manages Start-Up Yard, the incubation space and accelerator at COVE. Start-ups grow stronger, faster with Start-Up Yard’s acceleration programs, incubation space and services, funding, shared equipment, wharf access, expertise, events and mentoring.

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,800 students from around the world. The university blends transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast. The university is Canada’s leading ocean research university with expertise in research capacity, and facilities, contributed from many of the university’s faculties – Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Law, and Management.

Dalhousie’s internationally recognized researchers are creating global solutions to the complex challenges facing our life-sustaining ocean. Dalhousie’s ocean research has the potential to ignite our economy and continue innovation in ocean science and technology.

Dalhousie is present at COVE as a tenant, taking advantage of the waterfront access and shared workshop spaces for their ocean research programs. However, Dalhousie is also a partner with COVE in several projects such as DeepSense, OFI, AIF, and others. The university is open to discussions regarding partnering with industry for applied research and other projects.

Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise

Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)

The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise's (IORE) focus is growing the ocean economy. Formerly named the Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI), IORE was established in 2011 as a Canadian Not-for-Profit corporation. IORE partners with industry, academia, and government agencies to inspire and facilitate world-class scientific research, and to apply and commercialize its results. Moving forward we are deepening our industry engagement across all sectors of the ocean economy by leading the development and programming of COVE.

IORE’s projects include Marine People Partnership (MPP), SmartAtlantic, COVE, Deep Sense and several mid-sized projects. All these projects help IORE maintain its objectives and support the overall purpose of COVE.

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