(Lisbon, Portugal) – Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) and Fórum Oceano have announced their new, collaborative partnership to promote sustainable investment and growth of the blue economy in regional and international networks. This agreement, signed yesterday at the Canadian Embassy in Lisbon, will formalize the partners’ collaboration particularly in the areas of data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Enhanced international cooperation is needed to unlock the potential of data and AI solutions to address global ocean challenges. In their pan-Atlantic partnership, the OSC and Fórum Oceano will work together to exchange competence and experience within operation, development and governance of the ocean clusters to advance work in these spaces.
The partnership between OSC and Fórum Oceano will include:
- Knowledge exchange and transfer on the use of AI in ocean economy
- The facilitation of pan-Atlantic collaboration in R&D in ocean data and AI
- Increase collaboration of Atlantic coastal cities in climate resilience planning and climate change adaptation
- Shared and cross promotion and public awareness on the advancement of the blue economy
- Access to the services offered by the innovation centers included in the Blue Hub Portugal Canadian innovation, research and development spaces
- Collaboration between partners in each cluster to undertake projects, events and partnership opportunities
“Sharing knowledge, experience and data is key to a successful blue economy,” said Kendra MacDonald, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. “We are excited about the potential of this partnership with the Fórum Oceano where we will work together with our memberships to cross collaborate and advance solutions in the global blue economy.”
Canada has recognized the need to support the commercialization of AI driven ocean solutions by funding the launch of the OSC’s new AI Ocean Program, as part of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS). This program stream represents, for one of the first times in Canada, the launch a program dedicated to funding ocean innovation using AI platforms.
“Cooperation is strategic for making a sustainable blue economy happen. The challenges are systemic, as also the opportunities. We are very excited with this MoU with Super Ocean Cluster from Canada,” said Ruben Eiras, Secretary General of Forum Oceano. It opens new horizons for synergies with our recent innovation ecosystem projects financed by the EuropeanCommission: Blue Hub Portugal, a network of 7 blue innovation centers for Blue economy in ports; Portugal Blue Digital Hub, an European Digital Innovation Hub for Blue Economy, where we will have 1 million euros a year for financing blue Digital startups and SMEs.”
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.
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster