June 7, 2018HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada

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Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia, in particular, is home to a strong cluster of ocean industries and to ground breaking ocean research. This region is quickly becoming a globally recognised hub of oceans expertise with the potential to be a significant contributor to a number of Global Value Chains associated with the oceans sector, including, but not limited to, Marine Defence, Marine Energy, Marine Observation, Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology, Marine Tourism and Marine Transportation.


Halifax hosts the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), the globally acclaimed Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) and a short drive away on the Bay of Fundy the Fundy Ocean Research for Energy (FORCE) is located. The H2O Home to Overseas Conference is an ideal event to engage with local ocean technology industry. The Conference will include: ocean industry showcase, international delegates, research, development and commercialisation presentations and the oceans gala dinner. This year’s keynote gala dinner speaker is Kevin Forshaw, Associate Director, Innovation and Enterprise, National Oceanography Centre whose presentation is entitled, “Innovation to Enable The Ocean Economy.”


Presentations at the H2O conference will focus on topics such as: predictive analytics, marine related cyber security, autonomous transportation, economic leverages and growth strategies.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lake City Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Lake City Ballroom
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
B2B Meetings
McNab A
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Coffee Break
Harbourside Terrace
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Industry Showcase
City Terrace
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Lake City Ballroom
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lake City Ballroom
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Harbourside Terrace
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Lake City Ballroom
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Coffee Break
Harbourside Terrace
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lake City Ballroom
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lake City Ballroom
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pre-dinner Reception
City/Harbourside Terrace
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Oceans Gala Dinner
Lake City Ballroom
This schedule was last updated: Saturday, January 27, 2018.


Member rates apply to OTCNS and ACADA members.

Conference Registration

Register:   $180* (member)   |   $225* (non-member)
Includes: access to presentations, B2B meetings, industry showcase, lunch and a ticket to the gala dinner.
Students: free — Students must show valid ID; student entry excludes gala dinner.

Day Rate

Day Rate:   $100* (member)   |   $125* (non-member)
Includes: access to presentations, B2B meetings, industry showcase and lunch.

Industry Showcase Exhibit Booth

Booth:   $325* (member)   |   $375* (non-member)
Includes: one ticket to the gala dinner and access to presentations, B2B meetings and lunch for two people. As an exhibitor you may purchase up to two additional gala dinner tickets for $75 each.

All exhibitors receive the following: 6’ x 6’ booth space · Pipe and drape consisting of 8 ft. high back wall, and 3 ft. high side walls · One skirted 4 ft. table · Internet access. Please note power is not provided so please ensure any devices at your exhibit are charged.

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner Individual Ticket:   $125* (member)  |   $150* (non-member)
Please note, if you purchase a full conference pass or exhibit booth, one gala dinner ticket is included with your registration.

Gala Dinner Table of 10:   $1,250* (member)   |   $1,500* (non-member)

*All registration fees are subject to 15% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).


The H2O Conference Partnership Program provides an array of opportunities to organizations and corporations to allow you to select the benefits to best suit your organizational objectives. The H2O conference partnership benefits maximize organizational visibility to your target audience and provide various onsite and online promotional opportunities. As we continue to develop and establish the 2018 conference, cultivating a relationship with partners will be vital to a successful event. Please see our partnership package.


Kevin Forshaw

Associate Director, Innovation and Enterprise
National Oceanography Centre, UK

Kevin Forshaw has been engaged with support for the Marine and Maritime sector for over 15 years, acting as the interface between University’s and Research Organisations and Industry. He established a Marine Thematic Group whilst working for the European Commission’s Innovation Relay Centre, and has since worked for three Universities before joining the NOC. During this period he has established numerous collaborative research projects focussed on vessel efficiency, and now increasingly Marine Autonomous Systems, that have leveraged many £millions of supporting EC and UK public funding. Supporting business has also recently been enhanced by the setting up of the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at NOC, that has attracted many SMEs members, and larger end-user companies as supporting organisations—all working on a portfolio of in excess of £10m of R&D projects to develop the Marine Autonomous Systems of tomorrow.

Kevin also sits on various UK national and regional committees including the Marine Industries Leadership Council, Marine Industries Leadership Group and the Solent LEP’s Solent Marine and Maritime Working Group. His work here is focussed on economic development, and how the NOC and other Research Organisations can assist with the development of high-value marine science businesses that will stimulate job creation and benefit the UK economy.

The National Oceanography Centre  
The NOC is a world-leading Oceanographic Research Centre that undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. Working with our partners we provide long-term marine science capability including; major facilities, sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey, data management and scientific advice.


The H2O Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth

DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth

101 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Phone: +1-902-463-1100

DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth offers an ideal location, overlooking the beautiful Halifax Harbour. Just minutes from downtown Halifax, this modern hotel is situated next to the MacDonald Bridge, offering easy access to the ferry terminal, Alderney Landing and the bustling shopping district at Dartmouth Crossing. Business travelers appreciate close proximity to both Halifax and Dartmouth business areas, including Burnside Industrial Park.

Preferred Room Rate for Conference participants:


Per night + tax
Hotel registration deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018
Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. Please contact the hotel directly to book your room. Reference H2O Conference to take advantage of the preferred conference rate. Rooms will be assigned on a first come first served basis, based on availability. Rooms are available until Friday, May 4, 2018 or until rooms in our limited block sell out.

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