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

Posted on November 01, 2018

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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.
 
Sincerely,
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.