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Sheila Paterson

Chief Operating Officer


Sheila joined the COVE team in February of 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. In her role, Sheila builds relationships with industry, researchers, facilitating organizations and governments for the initiation, support, application and commercialization of world-class scientific research.


Sheila spent eight years with the Province of Nova Scotia, most recently as a Business Development Executive at the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, working to enhance the capacity of the local energy sector supply chain and advance the provinces’ international links. She previously worked with International Relations at the province’s Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, with International Commerce strategy at the Department of Economic Development, and with the Air Quality group at Nova Scotia Environment. Earlier in her career, Sheila held process engineering roles with a high-tech electronics manufacturer, led a custom electronics product design group, and worked in the aerospace sector in continuous improvement engineering. She graduated from Dalhousie University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Science.


As COO, Sheila has been instrumental in the development of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship. Located on the deep-water port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, COVE is a collaborative space where ocean technology companies can start, grow, and prosper.

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