Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Establishes Collaborative Partnership with New York-Based “The Plant” to Further Advance Opportunities in Sustainable Blue Economy

Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and The Plant announce their new, collaborative partnership to foster opportunities for Canadian and US innovators to work together to develop ocean solutions that help tackle climate change and drive inclusive growth in the blue economy. Based just upriver from New York City, The Plant is a global home for climate solutions designed to gather and engage a true diversity of people in addressing the climate crisis. 

“The Plant is situated on New York’s famed Hudson River, a tidal estuary where saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean meets freshwater running off the land. It is a powerful place to gather the world’s people in pursuit of climate solutions, and blue economy solutions in particular, “ said Tenzin Seldon, The Plant’s President & Co-Founder. “We are so proud to partner with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster in driving climate innovation that spans our national borders, crosses disciplines, and centers critically underrepresented voices, such as Indigenous peoples who have lived on these lands and waterways for 10,000 years.”

In their partnership, the Ocean Supercluster and The Plant will focus their collaborative efforts on:

  • Accelerating the development and commercialization of ocean-based climate solutions; 
  • The creation of highly-skilled, well-paying jobs in the ocean economy; and 
  • Strengthening linkages between the ocean economies in both Canada and the United States with particular focus on Indigenous and under-represented communities to promote diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystems. 

“This meaningful partnership further strengthens the relationship between innovation ecosystems in Canada and the US, as we work collaboratively to support diverse entrepreneurs who are solving climate issues and supporting the global path to net-zero” said Melody Pardoe, Chief Engagement Officer of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. “We’re pleased to work closely with The Plant to advance our shared objectives and increase the impact of sustainable ocean solutions.”

About OSC
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 Ocean Supercluster has approved 64 projects to date with a total value of more than $320M which will deliver more than 100 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world.

About The Plant

The Plant is a New York City-based real estate development company that specializes in transformative adaptive-reuse projects. The initial developments are housed in two historic properties located 30 minutes from New York City on the banks of the Hudson River, facing the scenic and historic New Jersey Palisades. The Plant is where the most innovative minds will come together to incubate new ideas, accelerate new initiatives, and address the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. The facilities will house offices and open desk space, conference and convening space, a Techstars climate solutions accelerator, and the Epic Institute’s earth data observatory, among other projects and programs. The buildings themselves are being reimagined by one of the world’s leading architects, Bjarke Ingels, whose work marks the forefront of sustainability.  

Media Contact:
Nancy Andrews
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster