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Director, OSC AI Program

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

www.oceansupercluster.ca

 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an innovative and imaginative organization with National scope that is ensuring we as Canadians, achieve sustainable economic growth in our ocean-based industries while preserving the health and protection of one of our greatest natural resources.

The OSC’s mandate is to collaborate with investors and partners from across ocean industries to develop and commercialize innovative solutions to shared challenges. The OSC guides ideas from the conceptual to the actual; partnering with industries who have big goals and innovative concepts. Actualizing these ideas is our passion and the process is our mission.

 

The OSC is creating a new program stream focused on Artificial Intelligence.  The OSC intends to partner with industry to accelerate the translation of AI science and research into commercial innovations that generate economic and social benefits for Canadians. Specifically, the OSC intends to make investments in projects underneath its AI program stream that will:

  • Generate new products, processes and services and positioning firms to scale, integrate into global value chains, and become global market leaders;
  • Advance a range of business-led innovation and technology leadership activities that will boost performance and Canada’s competitiveness in areas of economic strength;
  • Coordinate with existing functions in the organization for success of the program; and
  • Foster a critical mass of growth-oriented firms, and strengthen connections and collaborations between private, public and academic leaders pursuing private-sector led innovation and commercial opportunities.

 

We are seeking a Director for our AI Program that will lead our efforts to establish our AI program stream, help shape its design, identify opportunities for OSC investment and ensure successful delivery of the program.  This is an exciting opportunity to lead a new program stream for the OSC.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

 

  • Overall responsibility for OSC AI program, which will include committing and disbursing program funds, managing assigned staff, and actively overseeing portfolio/program initiation, design, implementation, and reporting of the OSC AI portfolio, including but not limited to, the following at both the project and, where applicable, the portfolio level:
    • Help establish annual and overall AI program objectives, strategy and milestones;
    • Develop and maintain strong and trusted relationships with Supercluster members and key stakeholders
    • Creation, and ongoing management, of program guidance documents for program applicants, OSC staff and program evaluation committees as applicable
    • Creation, facilitation and moderation of project selection processes, project selection committees, and program advisory networks and groups
    • Design and deliver program-related events, information sessions, advisory group meetings, and working group sessions as appropriate to achieve program outcomes.
    • Ensure a holistic, 360-degree, multi-department approach is taken to decisions associated with all AI program activities and decisions
    • Work with project delivery manager on ongoing program reporting and management and project tracking versus schedule, milestones, outcomes etc.
    • Lead, design and actively manage efforts and activities as required to ensure that the program is on track to commit and disburse funds to projects by its program end date
    • Ensure documentation, information and relevant data on program activity is collected and stored in the applicable OSC system/application
    • Create and maintain/enhance, where required, project management tools, definitions, processes and policy documents, etc. as required
    • Ensure approved project work scopes meet OSC requirements. Liaise and support OSC in the contracting of projects on matters related to project scope and delivery.

 

  • Liaise with other OSC resources and stakeholders to lead the coordination of OSC communications to OSC AI program applicants and participants and occasionally the OSC Board.
  • Present and report updates to senior leadership teams, project partners, key stakeholders and the OSCs Board and any relevant committees of the Board
  • Support the development and refinement of the OSC AI strategy, strategic plans and provide project data and information to the OSC’s Corporate Plan, Annual Plans and any other related corporate requirement.
  • Ensure OSC AI program IP and Data assets are leveraged to maximize the commercialization benefit to Canadians.
  • The Employee will assist the senior management team in the general operations of the organization

 

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • 10+ years of combined relevant experience leading programs, program/portfolio management and in R&D/technology
  • Experience leading/designing programs or elements of program delivery is preferred
  • Experience working with innovation-oriented, project/portfolio development and management processes
  • Experience working with executive-level advisory groups and program governance processes
  • An understanding of how to initiate, plan, and manage collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience dealing with private sector, government, research laboratories, and educational institutions
  • Past experience leading teams and managing direct reports
  • Experience in and understanding of ocean technologies and ocean operations
  • Experience in coaching and providing advice to companies and organizations
  • Experience/expertise in AI applications preferred, but not required

 

We are excited to continue building our team with experienced professionals who are passionate about realizing Canada’s opportunity and growing the ocean economy in a digital, sustainable, and inclusive way. 

 

Apply Now: HR@oceansupercluster.ca  

 


Director of Cluster Workforce Growth

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an innovative and imaginative organization with National scope that is ensuring we as Canadians, achieve sustainable economic growth in our ocean-based industries while preserving the health and protection of one of our greatest natural resources.

The OSC’s mandate is to collaborate with investors and partners from across ocean industries to develop and commercialize innovative solutions to shared challenges. OSC guides projects from the conceptual to the actual; partnering with industries who have big goals and innovative concepts. Actualizing these ideas is our passion and the process is our mission.

This journey is not for the faint of heart; we are charting new territory; we move with urgency to see these projects launch and create new ways of collaborating, thinking, and executing to completion. Our team of professionals are dedicated to our vision and are eager to succeed. We are seeking a new team member to come aboard this journey.

Reporting to the Chief Engagement Officer (CNO), the Director of Cluster Workforce Growth is responsible for developing and overseeing impactful talent programs and partnerships that support the transformation and growth of Canada’s ocean industries.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Job Functions:

  • Act as a leading voice for the ocean economy regarding talent development, equity, diversity and inclusion and demonstrating impact to stakeholders through program outcomes and strategic engagement.
  • Engage with the Innovation Ecosystem (IE) to understand member needs and create inclusive talent development programs aligned to achieving identified opportunities.
  • Managing the design, development, and implementation of all projects and programs to address current workforce opportunities, and emerging/future workforce needs.
  • Ongoing review and adaptation of our initiatives to maintain impactful and best in class offering and experience for members.
  • Collaborating with Senior Leadership and IE team to anticipate needs, gather requirements and benchmark industry trends and best practices in recruitment, training and development.
  • Budget responsibility for all talent attraction and workforce development initiatives
  • Identify and pursue new funding sources for talent programming and initiatives
  • Contribute to communications and marketing of talent programs and the OSC’s overall strategic direction, including internal human resources best practices.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of national stakeholders.
  • Workshop facilitation and presentations to stakeholders, including senior executives.

Key Qualities:

  • Digital savvy – you are familiar with technologies that enable virtual engagement and relationship management (CRMs).
  • Proven track record in planning, implementing, and managing multiple projects and supervising a team.
  • A people-centric way of working – You need to be passionate about people because everything we do needs to be by, for, and with our people. You also deeply care about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values and best practices.
  • Bilingual (French and English)

Experience & Qualifications

  • Relevant undergraduate degree, certificate or related business experience
  • 7-10+ years in a professional role relevant to talent and workforce growth
  • Experience within the blue economy or ocean industry
  • Previous experience/exposure to a start-up environment
  • Certificates and/or experience in equity, diversity and inclusion programs and policies.
  • Governmental affairs experience considered an asset

If this sounds like you and you have a passion to bring value and contribute to an organization that is making an enormous impact, we want to hear from you. Submit a combined PDF document of your resume, highlighting your relevant experience with a cover letter outlining why you are ready to join a self-driven team of professionals with the subject line: ‘OSC’s New Director of Talent with a compelling cover letter as to why you are the best candidate for the role. Please send to: hr@oceansupercluster.ca

We embrace diversity are focused on maintaining an inclusive professional working environment.  Please feel free to indicate in your cover letter if you belong or self-identify in any underrepresented group: Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity.


Intellectual Property and Data Lead

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

www.oceansupercluster.ca

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (“OSC”) is an industry-led, national ocean cluster that’s growing the ocean economy in a digital, sustainable, and inclusive way.

Bringing together startups, scaleups, as well as mature organizations from coast-to-coast-to-coast across the fishery, aquaculture, bioresources, offshore resources, marine renewables, defence, shipping and ocean technology, the cluster is fostering new partnerships and innovative projects built on collaboration between industry, research, not-for-profits, investors, and government. Together with members and partners, the Ocean Supercluster is accelerating the development and commercialization of globally-relevant ocean solutions, and advancing Canada’s position as a global leader in ocean.

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, the IP and Data Lead will focus on delivering upon the organization’s IP and Data Strategies.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation, administration and delivery of all requirements and processes set out in the OSC’s Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy and Data Strategy including the development and growth of IP and Data Registries and associated records, objectives, engagement with members, stakeholders and project teams,
  • Guide proponents and members in developing project IP rationales and Data exchange strategies, including the related development of project commercialization strategies and detailed review, evaluation, and advice on project proposals and contract scopes of work.
  • Develop and maintain strong and trusted relationships with OSC project teams, program applicants, supercluster members, government, Canadian superclusters, and other stakeholders as it relates to successful execution of IP and Data initiatives and IP/Data asset exploitation.
  • Ensure successful completion, documentation and publication of OSC IP and Data assets on OSC’s IP and Data registries.
  • Drive KPI development and tracking for IP and Data, as well as any strategic milestones related to IP and the OSC’s Data Strategy;
  • Develop and manage documentation and reporting processes and deliverables associated with IP and Data, including OSC program and IP/Data guidelines, OSC Annual Plans, OSC Annual Reports, ISED IP Reporting
  • Present and report updates to senior leadership teams, OSC members, project partners, government, key stakeholders and from time to time the OSC Board
  • Design, coordinate and facilitate workshops and meetings centering or involving IP and Data.
  • Assist members in identifying and maximizing the opportunities to develop, protect, commercialize and share IP and Data assets;
  • Help members develop their internal competencies in managing IP through education and support services.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • 5+ years of combined relevant experience in R&D, innovation, technology development and commercialization, and/or program management.
  • Demonstrated fundamental understanding of and/or specific experience in IP strategy creation, management or oversight
  • An understanding of how to initiate, plan, and manage collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in and understanding of technologies and operations
  • Ocean-related work experience or experience with funding programs considered an asset
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and a sometimes ambiguous environment, with ability to meet tight deadlines when required

We are excited to continue building our team with experienced professionals who are passionate about realizing Canada’s opportunity and growing the ocean economy in a digital, sustainable, and inclusive way. 

Apply Now: Email HR@oceansupercluster.ca