Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Members Elect Board of Directors 2019/2020

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) is pleased to announce the election of its Board of Directors for 2019/2020 at the OSC’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM), held virtually on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

The details of the OSC’s operations from the commencement of operations March 15, 2018 to March 31, 2019 can be found in the OSC’s Annual Report 2018/2019, available here –

During the 2018/2019 fiscal year, an interim board was in place to oversee the operations of the organization. Five of the original interim board members will remain on the 2019/2020 Board of Directors – they include:

Name – Company:

John Risley, Chair of the Board – CFFI Ventures Inc.

Chris Huskilson, Director – Emera Inc.

Robert Orr, Director – Cuna del Mar

Unni Fjær, Director – Equinor Canada Ltd.

Martin Sullivan, Director – Ocean Choice International

The newest 2019/2020 members of the Board of Directors include:

Glenn Blackwood, Director – Memorial University/Marine Institute

Moya Cahill, Director – Pangeo Subsea Inc.

Geoff Flood, Director – T4G

Rory Francis, Director – PEI BioAlliance

Angeline Gillis, Director – Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Peter Larden, Director – ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

Jennifer O’Donnell, Director – BioNB

Anya Waite, Director – Ocean Frontier Institute

Biographies of the newest Directors:

Glenn Blackwood – is Vice-President of Memorial University (Marine Institute), overseeing Canada’s largest and most comprehensive education and applied research institute for the ocean sector. Since assuming the role in 2005, Glenn has led the Institute though a highly successful expansion including broadening its range of industry-driven academic programs, establishing a new School of Ocean Technology and two new applied research centres in Applied Ocean Technology and Fisheries Ecosystem Research and launched six new Masters programs and a PhD program. The Marine Institute has been awarded the Distinction in Innovation Award by the Newfoundland and Labrador government in 2009 and 2012 and its people and centres have been recognized with numerous other National and International awards. Glenn is well recognized at the national and international level for his collaboration with industry to spearhead major projects and his ability to attract funding from private and public sector organizations, alongside his expertise in resource management.

Moya Cahill – is the co-founder and CEO of Pangeo Subsea Inc, a technology and service provider of high-resolution 3D sub-bottom acoustic imaging technology. PanGeo’s technology uses SAS (Synthetic Aperture Sonar) to provide enhanced sub-bottom data, imaging buried geohazards to mitigating risk for offshore installations both for the Oil & Gas and Offshore Renewable Energy sectors. A professional engineer holding a B.Eng. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Moya has over 30 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector and more recently in offshore renewables energy sector. With a vision for a global footprint, Moya has established a strong network of clients in Gulf of Mexico, United Kingdom, Norway, Europe, Chile and the Middle East.

Geoff Flood – is the President of T4G, an applied data services company that delivers analytical solutions to some of North Americans most recognizable brands, such as Loblaw Companies, Cooke Aquaculture, Disney, Telus, & Enbridge. Geoff oversees the growth and geographic expansion across T4G’s oceanside offices, which include, Saint John, Halifax, and Vancouver, and headquarters in Toronto. Geoff’s commitment to community and culture has never wavered, leading efforts that have placed T4G on the Top 50 Great Places to Work in Canada for the last 12 years running. His vision led T4G to become a registered B Corp – the first data and analytics firm in Canada. He also founded the Atlantic Big Data Congress, a not-for- profit organization serving to advance the data and analytics capability in Atlantic Canada. Geoff has been widely recognized for sum of community development efforts with a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from the University of New Brunswick in 2017.

Rory Francis – is the CEO of the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, a not-for-profit network of bioscience businesses, academic and research organizations, and government agencies. He is a founder of the Emergence Bioscience Business Incubator, and Natural Products Canada, a national natural products ecosystem and business accelerator. From 1991 to 2003 Rory held Deputy Minister positions in several provincial government departments, including Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Health and Social Services. A native of Prince Edward Island, he earned a BSc in geology and chemistry from Mount Allison University and an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo.

Angeline Gillis – is a practicing lawyer and has worked with The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) since October 2011, overseeing numerous files, projects and services offered to seven (7) Mi’kmaw communities in Mainland Nova Scotia. Angeline earned her undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in 2005 and her LL.B from the Schulich School of Law in 2009. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar Society in June 2010. In 2013, Angeline became the Director of Environment and Natural Resources after successfully establishing a number of environmental programs for CMM’s Member Communities.

Peter Larden – was appointed President of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. (EMC) in February 2019. He is responsible for the company’s upstream interests in Canada including as operator of the Hebron and Sable Offshore Energy Projects and lead owner in the Hibernia Project. Also responsible for EMC’s interest in exploration and production activities in Western Canada and exploration licenses offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Peter began his career in 2004 with Santos Ltd., Australia’s largest gas producer as a reservoir engineer. He joined ExxonMobil in Melbourne, Australia in 2005 and since then has held progressively senior technical, supervisory and planning roles in various assignments in Australia, the United States, United Kingdom and most recently, Africa, as the asset manager and operations superintendent. Peter attended the University of Adelaide where he received a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemicals), Honors and a Bachelor of Finance, Honors.

Jennifer O’Donnell – is the Executive Director of BioNB, New Brunswick’s bioscience agency. At BioNB, Jennifer provides leadership to the organization and works to support the commercialization of technologies in New Brunswick. BioNB works directly with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and government to drive economic development and align assets in research, business and natural resources. Graduating from Dalhousie University in 2003 with a M.Sc. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Jennifer subsequently worked in government research, diagnostic testing, genomics, and crop biotechnology. From 2006 – 2010 Jennifer launched and directed a high-throughput biotech research program for the Ag Tech company Targeted Growth. The program involved collaborations with several industry and academic partners.

Anya M. Waite – is the Scientific Director of the Ocean Frontier Institute, and Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean), Dalhousie University. Prior to this Anya was Section Head of Polar Biological Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven, and Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Biology at the University of Bremen. After completing a BSc Hons. in 1985 at Dalhousie University, she obtained her PhD in 1992 in oceanography at the University of British Columbia. She was appointed Postdoctoral Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) in 1992. Prof. Waite’s research career spans thirty-five years of education, service and international scholarship, with scientific research publications in areas as diverse as aquaculture, rock lobster fisheries, conservation genetics, physical oceanography, and the impacts of climate change. Her most recent work includes innovations in oceanographic technologies and sensors.

Ocean Technology Alliance Canada Leads Development of Canada-Wide Ocean Industries Asset Map

The global blue economy is forecasted to reach a value of $3 trillion (USD) by 2030. Canada’s ocean industries stand to benefit greatly from this growth. To help capture an inclusive, pan-Canadian picture of the private enterprise, research and educational institutions, and innovation ecosystem stakeholders in this country’s ocean economy, the Ocean Technology Alliance Canada (OTAC) with delivery partner OceansAdvance, is leading the development of a digital ocean asset map and database.

OTAC has contracted Triware Technologies Inc., to lead the research, validation and categorization of stakeholders in key ocean sectors including, but not limited to, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, ocean sensing, ocean mapping, underwater acoustics, and supply and service. The result will be a searchable database of Canada’s private, public and non-government ocean ecosystem, housed on Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s website.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is making a non-repayable investment of $250,000 in this initiative.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, made the announcement today.

Economic growth and the creation of good jobs for Atlantic Canadians require innovation and diversification. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is growing the innovation economy by working to sustain strategic clusters, and enhance the development and reach of business accelerators and incubators. Projects like this also contribute to the Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.


“The forecasted growth in the global blue economy represents great opportunity for our country and the Government of Canada is working hard to ensure we are not just part of that growth, but that we lead it. Our investment in Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and in projects like the Ocean Technology Alliance Canada’s inclusive, digital, pan-Canadian asset map, help strengthen our ocean capacity and set us up for continued success at home and abroad.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Maps are vital tools in our every day lives. From navigating our streets to sailing our seas, they allow us to discover new things and places, and to make connections. This initiative will not only allow Canadians to search valuable information about our country’s ocean sectors, it will also allow international stakeholders to do the same. This opens up unlimited potential for global partnerships and investments, further strengthening the world’s ocean economy and Canada’s place in it.”

– The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl

“The Ocean Technology Alliance Canada is excited to partner with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to drive the development of an ocean-focused Canadian asset map and database that will represent the collective strengths and capabilities of our industry’s ocean innovation ecosystem. This resource, while demonstrating the depth and breadth of our sector, will connect industry, research and academic partners across the country and around the world. We look forward to reaching out to partners across Canada to ensure everyone in the ocean space has an opportunity to participate in this important initiative.”

– Cathy Hogan, Executive Director, OceansAdvance, on behalf of OTAC

“This will be a tool for all Canadians focused on the ocean economy looking to collaborate Nationally and compete Globally. The Ocean Supercluster is pleased to partner with the Ocean Technology Alliance of Canada, ACOA and many other organizations to connect industry and communities as we grow Canada’s ocean economy.”

– Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster


L’économie bleue devrait atteindre une valeur mondiale de trois mille milliards de dollars américains d’ici 2030. Les industries océaniques du Canada bénéficieront grandement de cette croissance. Afin d’obtenir un portrait exhaustif pancanadien des entreprises, des établissements de recherche et d’enseignement ainsi que des intervenants de l’écosystème d’innovation de l’économie océanique du pays, Ocean Technology Alliance Canada (OTAC) dirige l’élaboration d’une carte numérique des atouts océaniques et d’une base de données, en partenariat avec OceansAdvance (en anglais seulement).

OTAC a retenu les services de Triware Technologies Inc. pour diriger la recherche, la validation et la catégorisation des intervenants dans les principaux secteurs océaniques qui comprennent, sans toutefois s’y limiter, l’industrie pétrolière et gazière, les pêches, l’aquaculture, la télédétection océanique, la cartographie des océans, l’acoustique sous‑marine ainsi que l’approvisionnement et les services. Le résultat sera une base de données interrogeable sur l’ensemble de l’écosystème océanique du Canada, y compris les secteurs privé, public et non gouvernemental, hébergée sur le site Web de la supergrappe océanique du Canada (Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, en anglais seulement).

Le gouvernement du Canada, par l’entremise de l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique (APECA), verse une contribution non remboursable de 250 000 $ à l’appui de cette initiative.

L’honorable Seamus O’Regan, ministre des Services aux Autochtones et député fédéral de St. John’s‑Sud – Mount Pearl, au nom de l’honorable Navdeep Bains, ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique et ministre responsable de l’APECA, en a fait l’annonce aujourd’hui.

L’innovation et la diversification sont nécessaires à la croissance économique et à la création de bons emplois pour les gens du Canada atlantique. L’appui accordé à ce projet est l’un des moyens employés par le gouvernement du Canada pour faire croître l’économie de l’innovation en soutenant les grappes stratégiques et en renforçant le développement et la portée des accélérateurs et des incubateurs d’entreprises. Les projets comme celui-ci contribuent aussi au résultat de la Stratégie de croissance pour l’Atlantique, c’est‑à‑dire la prospérité économique à long terme dans la région.


« La croissance prévue de l’économie bleue mondiale représente une excellente occasion pour notre pays, et le gouvernement du Canada travaille fort pour que nous stimulions cette croissance plutôt que de nous contenter d’y participer. Nos investissements dans la supergrappe océanique du Canada et dans des projets comme la cartographie numérique pancanadienne exhaustive des atouts d’Ocean Technology Alliance Canada contribuent à renforcer notre capacité dans les secteurs océaniques et à assurer notre réussite continue au pays et à l’étranger. »

– L’honorable Navdeep Bains, ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique et ministre responsable de l’APECA

« Les cartes sont des outils essentiels dans nos vies quotidiennes. Que ce soit pour parcourir nos rues ou sillonner nos mers, elles nous permettent de découvrir de nouvelles choses et de nouveaux lieux, en plus d’établir des liens. Cette initiative permettra non seulement aux Canadiens, mais aussi à des intervenants étrangers, de chercher des renseignements utiles sur les secteurs océaniques du pays. Cela ouvre des possibilités infinies de partenariats et d’investissements mondiaux, qui renforcent l’économie océanique mondiale ainsi que la place du Canada dans cette économie. »

– L’honorable Seamus O’Regan, ministre des Services aux Autochtones et député fédéral de St. John’s‑Sud – Mount Pearl

« Ocean Technology Alliance Canada est ravie de s’associer avec l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique et la supergrappe océanique du Canada pour diriger l’élaboration d’une carte des atouts des industries océaniques au Canada et d’une base de données représentant les forces et capacités collectives de l’écosystème d’innovation océanique de notre industrie. Cette ressource, tout en démontrant la profondeur et l’étendue de notre secteur, établira des liens entre les partenaires de l’industrie, de la recherche et des universités au pays et dans le monde. Nous nous réjouissons à l’idée de communiquer avec ces partenaires au Canada pour nous assurer que tous les intervenants du milieu océanique ont l’occasion de participer à cette importante initiative. »

– Cathy Hogan, directrice exécutive, OceansAdvance, au nom d’OTAC

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster & OSC Stakeholders Announce Exciting Milestone

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) is pleased to announce the conditional approval of the Supercluster’s first Technology Leadership Project.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, alongside the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services were present to deliver the exciting news to a full house of industry, academic, and government stakeholders and ocean community members.

The OceanVision™ project is led by Kraken Robotics, a St. John’s-based marine technology company that specializes in the design, development and marketing of advanced sensors, software and underwater robotics for Unmanned Maritime Vehicles. The Technology Leadership arm of the Supercluster Program co-invests in collaborative projects with strong expected commercial outcomes that meet the functional and cost requirements of multiple ocean industry end users, strengthening the Canadian supply chain and encouraging data exchange. Kraken Robotics has partnered with other OSC Members, including: Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador, Ocean Choice International, the Nunavut Fisheries Association, and Clearwater Seafoods, and a number of small to medium sized companies (SMEs), to develop an underwater technology service hub that will provide high-resolution images of the seafloor to a variety of ocean industries.

“We are excited to be announcing Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s first technology leadership project as a significant step forward in the journey toward accelerating ocean innovation in Canada”, says Kendra MacDonald, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. “This project brings together a rich set of partners across multiple ocean industries, including: fisheries, oil and gas and ocean technology, that will work in collaboration with each other to address shared ocean challenges. This project demonstrates the level of collaboration we aim to foster as we sustainably grow Canada’s ocean economy.”

The announcement was held at Kraken’s newest facility in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador.

About OceanVision™

OceanVision™ is a proposed 3-year project focused on the development of new marine technologies and products to enable an underwater robotics data acquisition and data analytics as a service business. It brings together multiple partners across sectors, leveraging emerging technology to capture and monetize ocean data. A high value activity for Canada’s ocean economy, it is aimed to assist Canada’s ocean operators in reducing the costs and risks of operating in ocean environments. The opportunity for further cross sectoral collaboration is present as additional stakeholders become involved and products are added to its scope – including the latest SMEs technologies and innovations.

Important Upcoming Event: Cluster Building Forum: IP, Data and the Strategy


Date: June 25th, 2019.

Location: Delta Hotels Conference Centre, St. John’s, NL.

Time: 12:45 – 6:00 pm

All OSC stakeholders are encouraged to come to the launch of the Ocean Supercluster’s IP and Data strategies, two integral components of technology leadership programs and projects, and important strategic frameworks for a strong and dynamic Supercluster.

The OSC has developed a forward-looking data strategy that aims to foster information exchange between ocean industries and provide a clear vision on how we can transform data generated from project activities into a strategic national asset.

The IP strategy aims to incent high-impact collaborations, provide a foundation for the development of flexible and predictable IP policies, ensure members are able to secure appropriate rights that are in line with their commercial interests, and position Canadian organizations to maximize the return of their innovations.



Newest Team Members of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Two familiar faces of the OSC interterm Executive Team are now full time with the OSC, being:

Susan Hunt: Chief Technology Officer

Melody Pardoe: Chief Engagement Officer

Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to the newest team members of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster:

Rob Barton – Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Having held managerial positions in finance and strategy for two large multinational organizations, to both set up and strengthen back office functional areas, Rob possesses a wealth of knowledge in administration. As CAO, Rob will oversee critical functional support services, such as Finance, IT and HR. Rob’s experience spans elements such as systems, solutions, policies and processes that will enable the OSC to support staff and ensure operational delivery for our members and ocean economy stakeholders.

Torrie George – Communications Manager

As the OSC’s Communications Manager, Torrie George brings extensive marketing know-how to Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, with work that has touched many facets of communications – in both the private sector and not-for-profit arenas. Having held communications positions focused on identifying and promoting the development of Atlantic Canada’s regional energy & resource development projects, Torrie possesses a keen understanding of engaging stakeholders across the ocean economy supply chain and will be working to leverage the profile of the OSC across the country.

Beverly Nowotczynski – Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Bev Nowotczynski comes to Canada’s Ocean Supercluster with over 20 years of experience providing meticulous office management support to senior management across Atlantic Canada – most recently as an Executive Assistant at Deloitte Canada’s St. John’s office. Bev has considerable experience in event and office management. As the day to day gatekeeper for the OSC, Bev is excited for the opportunity to assist in the OSC leadership team and its members in organizing a viable and sustainable future for our ocean economy.

Melissa O’Rourke – Innovation Ecosystem Program Manager

Curious about people and passionate about economic development, Melissa is a community builder who will be responsible for leading processes to build internal networks across the Ocean Supercluster’s Innovation Ecosystem suite of programs and activities. Prior to joining the OSC, Melissa worked as an Accelerator Program Manager with the University of New Brunswick’s Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) Centre. During this time, she helped 50+ new ventures launch and grow.

Matthew P. Johnson Jr. – Technology Leadership Program Manager
[Secondment – Development Officer (Atlantic), ACOA]

Matthew is a business development practitioner passionate about viable economic growth for this region and the country. He brings many years of business and economic development expertise to Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, by way of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) – most recently as the Atlantic Development Officer to the Advocacy and Industrial Benefits team at ACOA Ottawa. Prior to his return to ACOA, Matthew was the Director of Business Development and Client Relations at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE).

George Power – Technology Leadership Program Manager
[Secondment – Account Manager, ACOA]

A professional engineer specializing in technical and business evaluation, George has been involved in the acceleration of innovation projects across Atlantic Canada for over 40 years, with special focus on large scale financial assessment. George has mentored the business development and project delivery of various regional clients, including the intellectual property agreements for countless academic stakeholders. George’s expertise and knowledge spans cross sectorial advisory positions to alternate energy, oil & gas innovation, ice engineering, environmental projects and health innovation.

Andy Stone – Technology Leadership Program Manager
[Secondment – Director, Business Development, Genome Atlantic]

Having spent most of his career helping companies and organizations benefit and thrive from science & technology development, Andy’s experience with the multifaceted aspects of innovation management and his understanding of opportunity assessment, partnerships, de-risking R&D, and technology transfer will be an enormous asset to Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. As Director of Business Development for Genome Atlantic, he has led the successful implementation of an end-user led strategy with a focus on increasing Business Enterprise Expenditure on R&D (BERD). Under his leadership, Genome Atlantic’s cumulative project portfolio has expanded to more than $100 Million in funded R&D projects, with business investment now making up more than 25% of the current portfolio.

Ocean Supercluster Collaboration Event: A Recap

On Tuesday March 26th, over 450 stakeholders from across Canada came together to: learn about the value of becoming an Ocean Supercluster member, discuss ecosystem building opportunities, increase their understanding about how to initiate and develop collaborative technology leadership projects, and most importantly highlight the urgency of Canada’s ocean opportunity.

Thank you again to our event sponsors, Air Canada and Emergence Incubator!
Thank you to our partners who shared Virtual Reality experiences during the event, InnovaSeaOcean School and Invest in Canada!

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“I believe what we are trying to do is different and it is truly important to the future of our region and to our country. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
– Kendra MacDonald, Ocean Supercluster

“It’s not ‘a’ Supercluster or ‘the’ Supercluster; it’s ‘our’ Supercluster”
– Dave Shea, Kraken

“My presentation at the event gave GIT good visibility…we had a very productive day and were able to schedule 5 meetings with big industry players.”
– Mo AlGermozi, CEO of Graphite Innovation and Technologies


Q. Will the app be available after the event? 
A.YES! The app will remain available until a permanent solution has been developed, at which time the information you’ve provided in the interim will be transitioned, so keep those connections going, upload a profile or a video to your existing profile!

Q. Are members investing in specific projects, or the pool of all projects in the Supercluster? 
A. Members are investing in the collaborative projects that they choose to initiate and/or invest in, not a pool of all projects.

Q. Great event and Seminar, curious to know of the attendees here today, what percent represent a) industry and b) startup companies?
A. Industry: 38%
Startups/SMEs: 15%
Researchers: 13%
Community Partners: 19%
Government: 15%

Q. Are projects outside of the highlighted area welcome or open for consideration?
A. Any project that contributes to the growth of Canada’s ocean economy and meets the project criteria may be eligible, please reach out to the OSC, we would be pleased to discuss your idea.

A Message from Kendra MacDonald, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

The following message was sent to stakeholders and supporters of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. To join our mailing list, please fill out our online form.

Dear Stakeholders,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I begin my position as Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

This is a very exciting time for our country and I am ready to get to work. I am looking forward to meeting with members and stakeholders, in the near future to shape our collective vision for the supercluster. With the projected growth of the ocean economy, the opportunities are abundant and Canada can emerge as a global leader. There has never been a better time to capitalize on our ocean resources by fostering new partnerships, developing innovative technologies, addressing challenges related to sustainability, and building an ecosystem filled with highly qualified personnel. Together, we can build upon our world-class ocean-related business activity, research capacity, and expertise. Let’s get to work.

I’d like to recognize and express sincere thanks to two outgoing members of the interim management team: Matt Hebb and Jeff White.

Matt has been part of the Ocean Supercluster since it was merely an idea being discussed among colleagues and friends. His leadership, vision, and dedication brought the Ocean Supercluster to life, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to build on what he has accomplished to date.

Jeff joined the Ocean Supercluster earlier this year, bringing his senior financial leadership to the ocean sector. He has helped to create the conditions for success, working with the interim management team on financial agreements and structures that will allow the Ocean Supercluster to reach its objectives.

Thank you for your commitment to the future of Canada’s ocean economy.

I am looking forward to meeting many of you in the near future. In the coming weeks, the Ocean Supercluster will begin to formalize its operations and will be looking to formally onboard members. To express your interest, please fill out a form on our website.

Kendra MacDonald
CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Updates and Engagement Opportunities:

  • The Ocean Supercluster is now incorporated as a federal not-for-profit.
  • We have received Treasury Board approval and are working to finalize our funding agreement with the federal government. We are expecting activities will begin in early 2019.
  • To keep our members up-to-date on activity taking place across the ocean economy, we have built a calendar that will frequently be updated by partners in the region. These are great opportunities to connect and collaborate with members of the supercluster and the ocean sector.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Appoints Innovator and Global Leader Kendra MacDonald as CEO

ATLANTIC CANADA – Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kendra MacDonald as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). MacDonald will be responsible for leading the OSC to build Canada’s ocean economy into one of the country’s most significant and sustainable value-creating economic segments.

MacDonald brings extensive experience as an innovative leader and strategic thinker with a long history of capacity building in various roles that have spanned the globe. Skilled in engaging key stakeholders across international networks to accomplish outstanding results, she has led projects in a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, public sector, power and utilities, marine transportation and seafood with a focus on large public companies. Her experience, combined with her demonstrated leadership in information technology, governance, risk management and process efficiency and effectiveness, make her an ideal leader for this exciting initiative.

The OSC is an industry-led collaboration that is created around a critical mass of ocean-based companies in Atlantic Canada to tackle the shared challenges of multiple ocean sectors through a collaborative program of innovation activities. The OSC is a national undertaking, with investment from companies in eight provinces and one territory, and linkages initiated with indigenous groups and international partners.

The Ocean Supercluster is one of five superclusters receiving federal support as a part of the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The Initiative has allocated a small number of high-value, strategic investments in the form of non-repayable contributions to industry-led consortia. Selected superclusters will benefit from contributions totaling up to $950 million in funding that will be matched with private sector investment for maximum impact.

The core strategic priorities for the OSC are to formulate a shared innovation map to guide technology leadership projects, and to undertake a program of cluster building to enhance the quality of collaboration, while also extending their benefits widely. As the inaugural CEO, MacDonald will lead the forging of lasting relationships amongst the diverse stakeholders. She will also steward the necessary change and innovation to advance the OSC’s common agenda and lead the management and commercialization of new related R&D, science and technology activities in Canada’s Atlantic region.

Over the past 20 years, MacDonald has held progressive leadership roles in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. Most recently, MacDonald was the first Chief Audit Executive for Deloitte Global and was responsible for building internal audit function for Global. During this time, she also maintained a role as Atlantic Risk Advisory Partner for Deloitte LLP in St. John’s, a position she held since 2010, providing leadership in the areas of cybersecurity, governance, risk management, internal audit and external audit, to both large and small organizations within the private and public sectors.

“It is an honour to be the inaugural CEO of the Ocean Supercluster and to have the opportunity to lead an organization that will have such a dramatic impact on Canada’s ocean economy,” says MacDonald. “Together, with the support of our diverse partners, I look forward to building on the current momentum to realize the untapped potential of our oceans.”

With a long track record of community and volunteer leadership, MacDonald is currently the Chair and Acting CEO for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) and the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, BioCanRX.

Originally from Ontario, with family roots in Nova Scotia, and a graduate of the University of Ottawa, MacDonald currently lives in St. John’s NL with her husband and two children. She holds numerous designations including Institute of Corporate Directors, Director (ICD.D), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).

MacDonald succeeds Matt Hebb, who became interim CEO in April 2018, leading the interim management team.

“Matt has done an outstanding job of laying the foundation for the next steps for the Ocean Supercluster. We are grateful for the time, energy and leadership he has dedicated to this initiative over the past few months,” says OSC Board member John Risley.

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