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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster $1.6M AI-Driven Sensors for Seaweed Measurement Project

Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the AI-Driven Sensors for Seaweed Measurement Project. This project is a collaboration between ocean monitoring company Coastal Carbon, Kitchener, Ontario, and the seaweed farming company, HoldFast, St. John’s, NL, to develop a small, non-intrusive, AI-enabled sensor for online remote biomass monitoring of seaweed growth. This project will have significant benefits for the greater seaweed farming community in Canada.

This project will directly support the Canadian seaweed aquaculture at large. The sensors designed by this project will form the foundation for further leveraging AI for ocean biomass measurement. Beyond the project consortium, access to high quality inexpensive biomass monitoring has the potential to positively impact all Canadian seaweed farmers. Farmers in remote or small communities with limited measurement ability and resource constraints are positioned to see the most economic benefit. Many of these farmers and communities are Indigenous, and this low-cost, minimally intrusive monitoring offers a pathway for Indigenous-led knowledge and understanding of their own seaweed sites.

As part of the funding allocated to the OSC through the Pan Canadian AI Strategy (PCAIS) Program, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster has committed $485,000 to the almost $1.6 million AI-Driven Sensor for Seaweed Measurement Project, with the balance of funding coming from project partners.

Both project participants, Coastal Carbon and HoldFast NL, are dynamic startups at the forefront of innovation in Canada’s ocean sector. Coastal Carbon is dedicated to the remote monitoring and measurement of ocean biomass, facilitating regenerative seaweed farming, ocean restoration, and the scaling of blue carbon initiatives. In parallel, HoldFast NL is committed to revitalizing Canada’s east coast through regenerative seaweed farming. As this project reaches its conclusion, it will not only yield crucial strategic and technological advancements for these participants but also position them favorably to secure private investment, thereby fostering growth and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the ocean industry.

Quotes:

“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. Through this biomass monitoring project, one of nine projects announced today by OSC, seaweed farmers will be able to optimize their capital deployment, enhance harvest planning, and ultimately scale their operations more effectively.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the AI-Driven Sensors for Seaweed Measurement Project which will use sensors and AI to advance biomass measure measurement in a way that provides an inexpensive solution for seaweed farmers in Canada.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Media Contacts:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project

(Montreal, Quebec) Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project. The project will demonstrate the capacity to cultivate oyster spat while effectively mitigating challenges such as parasites, disease, change effect, and increasing commercial yield for oyster farmers.

The Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project will employ AI for Clean Valley CIC’s Neptune’s Hatchery, a system using algae and oysters for water filtration of aquaculture, where algae nourish the oysters. IntegraSEE Research Inc., will develop AI technology to optimize and oversee oyster well-being, including decisions on environmental factors like water temperature, ammonia levels, and pH through oyster monitoring. This scalable technology extends to oyster spat in Clean Valley CIC’s Neptune Hatchery, with the potential to produce over 18 million spat annually.

Led by Clean Valley CIC, and partner IntegraSEE Research Inc., with collaborators Aqua Production Systems, Sober Island Oyster Farmers, SEAentia and Eco Canada, the project has a total value of $1,054,307 where Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is investing almost $415,000 with the rest of funding coming from project partners.

Clean Valley and IntegraSEE aspire to expand their market reach with the knowledge generated from this project that will provide significant market differentiation and alignment with ocean industry demands. The project’s resulting AI SaaS system will also enable the optimization and predictive analytics of the global oyster industry, providing better insight into oyster husbandry. The implementation of AI technology to this system would provide real time data as well as optimize production performance. This AI will create a competitive edge in the market for operators and producers of oysters who adopt this technology providing higher yields, quality and reliability through the data produced.

Quotes:

“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. Poseidon’s Biofilter is one of nine projects announced today by OSC, and it will allow oyster farm operators to control operating conditions and reduce climate change–related impacts.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Maximizing Oyster Production through AI-Enabled Monitoring Project which will increase the industry’s ability to measure and help ensure the health and best growth conditions for oyster production. In a changing climate, the role of Artificial Intelligence and advancing technologies is critical to how we adapt.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“The shellfish industry of Canada has been quietly innovating in the Ocean for best practices, quality, and sustainability. We are honoured to contribute to this industry, to listen to its many leaders from it’s East, to West to the Northern Ocean coastlines, and bring them solutions that increase their triple bottom line. We build technology the Canadian way, proactively looking forward, to last the harshest climate conditions, and it’s no wonder the global Ocean community is looking with great interest for what we bring to the world stage.” – Nicholas LaValle, Lead consortium team member, Clean Valley CIC’s Founding CEO

“It is essential we prepare our industry now for long term effects of climate change and the disruption of global supply chains.”-Trevor Munroe, President of Sober Island Oyster Farmers

“Proud to be part of a Made in Canada technology solution, using AI to contribute to the oyster’s habitat health and optimal growing performance.” –Lawrence Taylor, CEO, IntegraSEE

“These hatcheries play a crucial role in the sustainability and conservation of oyster populations, as they allow for the controlled reproduction and selective breeding of oysters to enhance their genetic diversity and resilience. Oyster hatcheries aid in the restocking efforts of oyster farms and natural habitats, ensuring a steady supply of oysters and maintaining the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. By providing an ideal environment for oyster larvae to grow and develop, hatcheries contribute to preserving this valuable seafood resource for future generations.”- Wayne Carter, CEO, Aqua Production Systems

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Media Contacts:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces FishVue AI Platform Project Commercially Integrating AI in Fisheries Monitoring

(Montreal, Quebec) – Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the Fishvue AI Platform Project led by Archipelago Marine Research in Victoria, BC. The project is designed to create efficiencies and reduce costs for fishery regulators and industry members by introducing AI tools to the data review workflow. For fisheries that utilize Electronic Monitoring (EM) on-board vessels, FishVue AI will reduce data review time when compared to existing human review methods while still providing industry and fisheries regulators with high-quality data to inform their decisions. The reduction of time and costs for data review will encourage wider adoption of Electronic Monitoring (EM) in Canada and globally.

The FishVue AI Platform Project will be an important step forward in providing more effective fisheries management in Canada, leading to sustainable harvesting practices, optimized quotas, and better resource allocation. This will contribute to preserving fish stocks, support the livelihoods of fishers, and ensure the long-term viability of the fishing industry.

This project will be led by Archipelago in collaboration with Barnacle Systems Inc, the Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society, the Canadian Sablefish Association, the Pacific Halibut Management Association, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the University of Victoria. With a total project value of $581,500, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is investing $148,500 to the project from its allocation under the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS) Program with the balance of funding coming from project partners.

The project is also positioned to stimulate growth and foster innovation in Canada’s ocean economy through EM expansion. By deploying cutting-edge technologies, attracting investment, and supporting research and development activities, the project can drive the emergence of new business, and new job opportunities.

Quotes:

“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the government is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. The FishVue AI platform project, one of nine projects announced today by OSC, will help preserve fish stocks, support the livelihoods of fishers and ensure the long-term viability of the Canadian fishing industry.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Fishvue AI Platform Project today, focused on advancing the technology and tools available to the fishery and regulators in data review. This supports more cost effective and efficient monitoring and decision-making in an industry that is part of the fabric of the economies of many Canadian communities and workers.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“The required effort and cost for EM data review has been a challenge since the inception of EM. The longer the fishing trip and the more cameras carried by the vessel, the more hours of footage that require human review. This can mean higher costs for our clients. Large scale introduction of AI tools into the data review process is a big step forward to reduce those costs and increase the use of EM in Canada and around the world.” – Archipelago President and CEO, Gord Snell

“Archipelago has been a trusted global leader in EM data collection, data stewardship, and data analysis in fisheries for more than 20 years and we are thrilled to have the support of the OSC and our project partners to move forward with this development. Taking AI-assisted data review from a trial and testing mentality to commercial implementation across hundreds of vessels represents a huge shift in the use of AI in fisheries monitoring.” – Archipelago President and CEO, Gord Snell

About Archipelago Marine Research
Archipelago pioneered EM in the late 1990’s and have continued to be a global leader in the advancement of the technology for more than 20 years. They currently support 600+ vessels carrying their EM products. Through their data review software, FishVue Interpret (formerly EM Interpret), clients review more EM fisheries data each year than any other software tool in the world.

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Media Contacts:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Funds Scient Analytics Inc.’s Lithoscope Project: Next generation of multi-modal sediment characterization solution

(Montreal, Quebec) Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the Lithoscope Project. The project brings the latest advancements in non-destructive imaging technologies to tackle the under-characterization of seafloor sediment samples, which hold crucial information about the subsurface environment, including its suitability for offshore infrastructure like wind turbines.

By employing Artificial Intelligence and hyperspectral imaging (HSI), Scient Analytics is leading the commercialization of the next generation of data collection and analysis methods for these samples.

The project aims to develop a scalable and robust approach for analyzing field surveys which is a growing and sustainable sector of the blue economy and will provide a solution that meets industry needs in a fast, non-destructive, and objective manner, and to predict the key physical properties of the seafloor. This project significantly benefits Canada’s ocean economy, supporting sustainable seafloor studies, renewable energy generation, and pollution monitoring.

The project is led by Scient Analytics Inc together with project partners National Research Council Canada, University of Montreal and DeepSense. With a total project value of $451,000, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is contributing $149,000 through its allocation through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS) Program and where the balance of funding is coming from project partners.

Quotes:

“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. This project, one of nine projects announced today by OSC, will positively impact Canada’s ocean economy by supporting sustainable seafloor studies, renewable energy generation and pollution monitoring.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Lithoscope Project which uses AI and advancing technologies to characterize the seafloor, collect important information about the environment, and support decision making around industrial activity including the installment of wind turbines, for example.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“This project brings the leading-edge technologies in natural resources exploration to the ocean space. The solution developed through this project can address the growing need for scalable analysis of the subsea environment with orders of magnitude finer resolution compared to the status quo. Sediments can reveal economic potentials in offshore environments, from the geomechanical suitability of the seabed for offshore infrastructure, such as wind turbines, to energy resources lying underneath.” – Dr. Masoud Aali, the CEO and Founder of Scient Analytics

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Media Contacts:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces $2M Autonomous Robotic Capabilities for Aquaculture Project

(Montreal, Quebec) Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) today announced the $2 million Autonomous Robotic Capabilities for Aquaculture Project (ARCAP). This project aims to create a complete autonomous system for the aquaculture industry, using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to provide valuable data pertaining to fish health, quantity, size, infrastructure, and water quality.

ARCAP will advance automation in aquaculture, providing enhanced introspection of net pens, more efficient stock health detection, and increased operational data. This will boost seafood yields and quality in sustainable seafood. Improved observability will enhance sustainable practices, waste reduction, and early environmental impact detection. This project is also expected to yield valuable AI techniques and methodologies with broader applications, contributing to AI advancement in general.

The project is led by Independent Robotics with partner Innovobot both based in Montreal, Quebec, along with their collaborators including Cooke Aquaculture, Fleming College Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP), Fleming College Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT), and SINTEF Ocean AS. The project has a total value of $2 million, with $1 million in funding from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, under its allocation through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS) Program. The balance of funding will come from project partners.

Quotes:

“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. This autonomous robotics project, one of nine projects announced today by OSC, will improve the capability of aquaculture producers to operate sustainably by reducing waste and detecting environmental impacts more promptly.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Autonomous Robotic Capabilities for Aquaculture Project which will use Artificial Intelligence and advancing technologies in an autonomous system to provide important data about the fish and their environment, and thereby helping optimize operations, inform decisions, and contribute to sustainability.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“The team at Independent Robotics is proud and excited to be part of such a worthwhile project that is so critical to the aquaculture industry”, says Pedro Gregorio, CEO of Independent Robotics. “Aquaculture is a billion-dollar business in Canada that plays a vital role in offering a sustainable complement to the traditional fishing industry. Some 70% of all finfish consumed come from the aquaculture sector. We thank Canada’s Ocean Supercluster for selecting us and we look forward to working alongside our project partners to help make aquaculture more sustainable and productive”.

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

 

Media Contacts:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces Visual Assessment of Aquaculture Pens Project

(Montreal, Quebec) Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) today announced the launch of the Visual Assessment of Aquaculture Pens Project. This project will develop visual assessment capabilities for Independent Robotic’s (IR) Aqua2 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) which enables autonomous observation of aquaculture net pens, supporting aquaculture production processes.

The project’s scope includes the development of algorithms for visually assessing fish health by counting, performing mass estimation, and evaluating cage infrastructure, as well as detecting population mortality levels, expressed as “mort” in the industry. Independent Robotics is leading this endeavor to address the challenges of assessing fish health in open-water aquaculture pens, detecting and removing mort in a timely manner, and identifying and repairing damage to cage infrastructure. To execute these tasks, IR will be deploying its updated Aqua2 Mk3, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

The project’s immediate goals focus on visual assessments for fish, mort, and infrastructure. It also lays the foundation for this broader vision by providing valuable insights to aquaculture operators in the short term, while aligning with long-term objectives.

Independent Robotics will be working alongside collaborators Cooke Aquaculture, Fleming College Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP), and Fleming College Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT). This project has a total value of $300,000. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is investing $150,000 with the balance of funding coming from project partners.

Quotes:

“Through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada’s Ocean Cluster as it drives AI solutions for Canadian ocean companies. This project, one of nine projects announced today by OSC, will make aquaculture production processes more efficient by equipping autonomous vehicles with the capacity to inspect open-net pens.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“AI in ocean has the potential to help transform the way we do ocean business. Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Visual Assessment of Aquaculture Pens Project which leverages the power of AI and advancing technologies to monitor and assess aquaculture pens as the industry continues to grow in response to global demand for protein.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“The Aqua2 is the ideal technology for such a project. Its unique fin propulsion system, quieter than traditional propellers, is more easily accepted by marine fauna, making close-in observations feasible. Its AI-enabled operating software incorporates machine learning and deep learning for real-time data capture and analysis that will drive efficient decision-making. We cannot wait to get started.” – Independent Robotics CEO, Pedro Gregorio.

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Media Contacts:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and Innovate UK team up for first-ever joint call for ocean innovation solutions

Canada-UK: Collaborative Ocean Solutions Program to invest up to £4 million in projects

Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) and Innovate UK announced a joint Call for Proposals called the Canada-UK: Collaborative Ocean Innovation Solutions Program. With a current project portfolio of more than $400 million, this marks the OSC’s first joint international Call program as it seeks to continue to expand its momentum, project portfolio, and benefits of the cluster.

Combined, the OSC and Innovate UK will invest up to £4 million to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally-relevant ocean solutions. Recognizing the synergies and shared opportunities in bringing Canadian and UK companies together to collaborate on ocean projects, both the OSC and Innovate UK have initiated this parallel Call for Proposals, inviting consortiums to submit innovative project proposals.  

Now open, the Canada-UK: Collaborative Ocean Solutions Program is designed to foster new partnerships in the development of digital, sustainable and inclusive ocean solutions, while also creating new market opportunities. Applications should fall under one of the following program themes:

  • Alternative energy
  • Aquaculture systems
  • Seaweed cultivation and production
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Autonomous vessels or ocean systems
  • Robotics and drones
  • Ocean sensors and environmental monitoring

The Call for Proposals involves a two-step assessment process, including an initial country specific assessment, followed by joint assessment and selection by both the OSC and Innovate UK at the Expression of Interest and Proposal phases. Expressions of Interests will be accepted until 8:00PM ADT/7:00PM EDT/4:00PM PDT, October 18th, 2023. More information on the program, templates, and how to apply can be found here. Applicants in the UK should visit apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/ for further information.

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC)

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 85 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Quotes

“As one of Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters, this marks the first time Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will partner on an international Call for Proposals. We know the sustainable ocean economy will outpace the growth of the broader economy by 2030, and it’s through collaborative programs like the Canada-UK Collaborative Ocean Solutions Program, that we will not only catalyze exciting new ocean solutions to add to our portfolio, but also generate strong economic benefits and global partnerships in the process.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“This new competition provides the opportunity to support UK and Canadian organisations to accelerate the development of innovative Ocean solutions by collaborating internationally with funding provided by Innovate UK to support business-led innovation, together with our partners from the Canada Ocean Supercluster.” Jon Hazell, Innovate UK – Partnership Manager North America

Media Contact:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

OSC announces $15.7M in new activity to support the transition to zero-emission vessels and maritime infrastructure

Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the $15.7 million Commercialization, Expansion and Securing a Future for Corvus ESS Project. This announcement represents expanded project activity for the phase one OSC project, Field Validation of Energy Storage System Project, as part of the OSC’s Capacity and Supply Chain Expansion (CASCE) Program to help members scale up and expand as they continue to gain momentum and develop stronger relationships in the supply chain and ecosystem. The project team is expanding on Corvus’ Blue Whale Energy Storage System (ESS), Orca ESS and Dolphin ESS working on the transition to zero-emission marine vessels and maritime infrastructure.

The Commercialization, Expansion and Securing a Future for Corvus ESS Project will focus on the enhancement, certification, product release and/or demonstration of three energy storage system product lines and shore-side charging infrastructure. The project is expected to create and maintain 90 jobs through its development, expanded battery laboratory and test facilities, as well energy storage system production capacity with automated robotic manufacturing equipment.

Led by Corvus Energy out of Richmond, BC with partners AKA Energy Systems out of Montague, PEI and Seaspan Ferries of North Vancouver, BC, the total value of Commercialization, Expansion and Securing a Future for Corvus ESS Project is $15.7 million. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is providing $5 million, with the remainder of funding coming from the project team.

To date, the three Corvus ESSs have reduced GHG emission by over 9 megatonnes of CO2e. The project ensures continued supply of the lightweight Dolphin ESS, demonstrates first-ever in North America clean energy shore charging of the high-power Orca ESS, and increases production capacity for the multi-megawatt hour Blue Whale ESS as demand for longer duration zero-emission capabilities mounts. Corvus estimates that the incremental global impact of Blue Whale could be 450,000 tonnes CO2e/yr after five years.

Calls for proposals under the OSC’s 2021 CASCE Program were launched under the cluster’s first round of funding. The project announced today is in addition to the 16 projects announced in April that build on the success of active OSC projects with expanded scope and will help industry access and acquire the capability Canadian companies need now to become and stay globally competitive. The CASCE Program is helping to strengthen and grow supply chains and increase the capacity of Canadian ocean-focused companies, de-risking the acquisition of critical assets that are needed to accelerate commercialization and enable existing projects to meet the growing demand for their products and services.

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The OSC has approved 86 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 130 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca

Quotes

“This important project is yet another example of how the Ocean Cluster and its partners are helping to shape the marine industry of the future. By commercializing these new energy storage solutions, Corvus will help to significantly reduce emissions from marine vessels. Our government will continue to seize every opportunity to build a cleaner future, while positioning Canada as a strategic green supplier of choice.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Most of the world’s goods are moved through marine shipping, and today accounts for about three per cent of global emissions. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is proud to be a catalyst in developing collaborative partnerships and funding for projects that will not only help Canada meet its net-zero targets, but also create significant economic opportunity and jobs in the process. We are proud to work together with BC’s Corvus Energy and Seaspan Ferries, and PEI’s AKA Energy Systems to contribute to the health and productivity of our ocean, and our planet.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“We are grateful to the OSC for continued support of these important initiatives, which are critical to the shipping and marine transportation industry’s transition to cleaner energy alternatives. Canadian maritime cluster companies are emerging as innovators in the technology and knowhow needed to support North America’s marine transportation and port infrastructure energy transition, and Corvus is proud to count ourselves as a leader among them.” – Richard Wing, Chief R&D Officer at Corvus Energy

Media Contact:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
nancy.andrews@oceansupercluster.ca

 

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is recruiting industry leaders for its next Board of Directors

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) is recruiting industry leaders for its next Board of Directors.

The OSC is guided by a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of seasoned industry leaders who draw on their diverse experiences and background to provide strategic direction to the organization. At a high-level, the Board provides valuable insight to guide the Pan-Canadian deployment of ocean industry and Government funding; ensures organizational operations are carried-out in alignment with approved strategy; sets goals and objectives; actively manages risks; oversees the CEO; ensures effective organization planning; provides sufficient resources; and makes certain the organization fulfills its program funding compliance and legal obligations. Organizationally, we are committed to promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) in Canada’s ocean economy, and as such, we seek Directors for our Board who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, gender and race.

If you are interested in joining the OSC Board of Directors and strategically leading the OSC as it drives sectoral collaboration, accelerates innovation, and grows Canada’s ocean economy, please submit this completed Nomination Form together with your CV (together in one PDF file), to nominations@oceansupercluster.ca no later than August 18, 2023.

Nomination Form

Canada’s oceantech ecosystem leads first-ever OceanFest for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors

Canada’s oceantech ecosystem leads first-ever OceanFest for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors

MONTRÉAL (July 13, 2023) ― National and regional organizations that support and drive Canada’s blue economy gathered today in Montréal for OceanFest 2023. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, the Ocean Startup Project and Novarium rallied to hold this first-time, in-person event that focused on entrepreneurship and early stage oceantech companies. OceanFest took place as part of the annual Startupfest, which over the past 13 years has earned billing as one of the world’s must-attend startup conferences.

“Canada is home to some of the best ocean startup ecosystems in the world, where early stage companies are increasingly looking at ocean applications and first-use cases for their innovation. The global ocean economy is set to outpace the growth of the broader economy by 20 per cent and in the work we do every day we see first hand that this is a space where Canadian companies can lead,” said Kendra MacDonald, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

From presentations to pitches, from booths to networking, and from expert advice to informal meetings, OceanFest provided entrepreneurs, founders, innovators, startup teams and investors with plenty of opportunities to explore Canada’s blue economy. OceanFest partners engaged with hundreds of people throughout the day.

“The ocean startup ecosystem in Canada has so much momentum. OceanFest brings together founders, partners, industry and a growing number of ocean investors. Oceans represent one of the biggest economic and impact opportunities Canada has in the next century and OceanFest will showcase that.” said Don Grant, Executive Director of the Ocean Startup Project.

In addition to the three propelling partners for this event, the ecosystem partners for OceanFest included: Altra | Sanexen, Aqua Action, DeepSense, FLOTS, Port of Montréal, Port of Québec, and Secretariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes.

“Bringing together nearly a hundred partners at OceanFest is proof of our determination to perform better and to structure the development of the blue economy in Quebec and in Canada. More and more startups are offering solutions with strong growth potential for the development of maritime resources and the application of technologies in marine engineering and intelligent navigation. We must continue to accelerate the deployment of these solutions worldwide, thanks to our many international collaborations, so that Québec innovations are recognized globally,” said Martin Beaulieu, founder of Novarium and CEO of La Zone Bleue.

For more information about OceanFest, visit startupfest.com/oceanfest

About the Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly capable, inclusive workforce. The OSC has approved 86 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 130 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information, visit oceansupercluster.ca

About Novarium
Novarium is an innovation campus dedicated to the blue economy and that is generating synergies between Quebec entrepreneurs, research centres, investors and industry. Its vertically-integrated accelerator FLOTS supports startups and industrial partners in the development and commercialization of sustainable solutions that tackle the most pressing climate challenges, such as ocean preservation. Founded by Martin Beaulieu, PhD, entrepreneur and CEO of La Zone Bleue, Novarium is also part of an international blue economy innovation network, and acts as a major catalyst for maritime knowledge with more than a hundred researchers involved in the fields of oceanography, marine biotechnology, marine engineering, data management and marine biology. For more information, visit novarium.co

About the Ocean Startup Project
The Ocean Startup Project is making Canada the best place in the world to start and grow an ocean company. As a co-funded national collaboration, our offerings complement existing industry accelerators, incubators and other support organizations across Canada’s world class innovation ecosystem. The Ocean Startup Project’s activities are possible thanks to support from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and our partners: Genesis Centre (NL), Invest Nova Scotia (NS), Creative Destruction Lab (CDL – Atlantic), New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NB), Prince Edward Island BioAlliance (PE), Springboard Atlantic, Technopole Maritime du Québec (QC), and the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (BC). For more information, visit oceanstartupproject.ca