Ocean Supercluster Announces Call for Proposals to Attract and Build Talent in Canada’s Ocean Economy

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has launched a second Canada-wide Call for Proposals under its Ocean Leaders Impact Program (OLIP). The program focuses on developing new opportunities and building on the experienced talent pool in Canada’s ocean economy. The Call will address important challenges in the innovation ecosystem by investing in projects that forge new partnerships, build on existing talent resources, and foster creative solutions that support small and medium-sized ocean enterprises (SMEs) as they grow.

“When we look at the trajectory of growth in the global ocean economy, we know Canada has the potential to play a significant role in the development of solutions that support both greater ocean health and productivity,” said Melody Pardoe, Chief Engagement Officer at Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. “In order to do this, we must build an expanded, more diverse ocean network where SMEs are well-supported with greater access to strategic and critical talent needed to play a leadership role in the future of our ocean.”

Pardoe says the new Call is designed to address talent and growth challenges for SMEs in Canada’s ocean sectors, unlocking new opportunities to increase Canada’s global competitiveness in ocean.

The Ocean Leaders Impact Program Call for Proposals is designed for projects with a term ending by March 31, 2023. The OLIP Call is specifically targeting strategic opportunities that will attract experienced ocean talent and invest in current ocean leaders, partnering with projects that will:

  • Expand the highly skilled ocean talent pool through domestic recruitment efforts targeted outside the ocean economy;
  • Support ocean SMEs ability to secure senior leaders and specialized talents from international markets;
  • Focus on the near-term career advancement of employees with senior leadership potential with Canadian Ocean SMEs; and
  • Advance leadership opportunities for diverse and underrepresented groups.

The application process is now open, beginning with the Expression Interest (EOI) process. For consideration, organizations must submit a completed EOI by February 21, 2021, at 4 p.m. Atlantic time.

The Ocean Supercluster will host a virtual information session on the Ocean Leaders Impact Program Call for Proposals on January 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. Atlantic time. To register, email OLIP@oceansupercluster.ca.

For complete detail on OLIP, visit https://oceansupercluster.ca/projects/ocean-leaders-impact-program


About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a national, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling the shared challenges of multiple ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions. This includes leaders in fisheries, aquaculture, offshore resources, bioresources, transportation, marine renewables, defence, and ocean technologies who are committed to leveraging collective strengths and working together to change the way ocean business is done. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster has approved more than 60 projects to date with a total project value of more than $320 million. For more information visit www.oceansupercluster.ca

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