THE H2O HOME TO OVERSEAS
EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE

June 7, 2018HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada

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ATLANTIC CANADA

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.

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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.”

PROGRAM

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Moderator: Kes Morton, President and CEO, Pisces Research Project Management

Autonomous vehicles in the ocean provide well known benefits for the owners, but also an opportunity for the ocean community to innovate. The advantages of autonomous vehicles over manned vessels are well known – they are less expensive, safer, can go farther. However, not everyone owns an ocean-going autonomous vehicle (yet) and like manned vessels, autonomous vehicles can often accomplish multiple purposes in a single mission, bringing people, sectors and industries together. At the same time there is an ever-growing demand for increased ocean data which is driving innovation of autonomous vehicle integrated devices. The result is the ocean community collaborating to meet this need, often through shared use of autonomous vehicles. This panel will present specific examples of autonomous vehicles nucleating partnerships and innovation, followed by an open discussion on how the ocean community can capitalize on this opportunity.

Ocean industries face potential threats from cyber-attacks to no less a degree than onshore industries. However, these threats have more often been overlooked when it comes to maritime operations, despite the fact that the security of operational, information and communication networks and the data they carry are just as critical. A cyber-attack on a marine shipping company could cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. Compromised Position, Navigation and Timing information could draw a ship off course and into harm’s way. An autonomous system and the data it collects could be lost entirely if its control systems are breached. This session will address these threats by considering cyber-attacks that have recently occurred on the global shipping industry, looking at the IMO (International Maritime Organization) response and position on Maritime Cyber Risk & Security, and how industrial partnerships are prepared to deliver solutions based on new and disruptive technologies.

Autonomous vehicles in the ocean provide well known benefits for the owners, but also an opportunity for the ocean community to innovate. The advantages of autonomous vehicles over manned vessels are well known – they are less expensive, safer, can go farther. However, not everyone owns an ocean-going autonomous vehicle (yet) and like manned vessels, autonomous vehicles can often accomplish multiple purposes in a single mission, bringing people, sectors and industries together. At the same time there is an ever-growing demand for increased ocean data which is driving innovation of autonomous vehicle integrated devices. The result is the ocean community collaborating to meet this need, often through shared use of autonomous vehicles. This panel will present specific examples of autonomous vehicles nucleating partnerships and innovation, followed by an open discussion on how the ocean community can capitalize on this opportunity.

Presenter: Luis Torgo, Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

The ocean is a key ecosystem in our planet and its sustainability is an important objective for policy makers. Given the complexity, dimension and amount of agents intervening on the ocean, data regarding different aspects, state and use of the ocean is a very important asset. Being able to use these data to anticipate the future state of the ocean, particularly deviations from normality, is an important tool to allow for preventive actions to be implemented. Forecasting the future based on past data is the main goal of predictive analytics. In this talk we will present and discuss the challenges imposed by the specificities of ocean data, a few possible solutions, and describe some example projects and applications. In particular, we will describe some past projects related with these topics, and present a few recent initiatives with a strong focus on ocean analytics.

Moderator: Dr. Sherry Scully, Director, Learning & Organizational Development, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise

This panel discussion will explore how anticipated change in ocean industries will effect workforce requirements and work environments of the near future. We will focus on how technology and social change are changing the workplace; informing skill and competency expectations, and requirements for training and learning. The goal is to develop clear messages about the need to anticipate change in our industry and how our workers contribute in an innovative workplace. This discussion will help to identify priority and high demand skills that will inform recruitment and training strategies.

These presentations were last updated: April 21, 2018.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Thursday, June 7, 2018

8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration
9:00 am – 9:10 am
Welcome
9:10 am – 9:40 am
Presentation: Canada’s Oceans Innovation
Iain Stewart; President NRC; Wendy Watson Wright; Oceans Frontier Institute
9:40 am – 10:30 am
State of the Nation(s): Oceans Supercluster
Matt Hebb, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster; Dr Toby Stapleton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE); Kevin Forshaw, Associate Director, Innovation and Enterprise, National Oceanography Centre; Dr. Barbara Cembella, Bremeninvest, Germany and Lori Woloshyn, Marketing Manager, Innovation Norway
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
B2B Meetings
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Industry Showcase
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am – 11:10 am
NSBI remarks
11:10 am – 11:55 pm
Readying the Workforce for Industry Change
Presenters: Dr Sherry Scully, Director, Learning & Organizational Development, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE); Dr. Ian Stewart, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Faculty, History of Science and Technology, University of King’s College; Jeffrey Taylor, Associate Vice President Applied Research & Innovation, NSCC; Jim Hanlon, CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) and Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE)
11:55 am – 12:15 pm
Selected Capabilities in the North Eastern USA
Companies represented include: SeaAhead; Prometheus Inc; PowerDocks LLC
12:15 pm – 12:20 pm
Lunch
Sponsor remarks: Toby Balch, Director of Research, Centre for Marine Applied Research
12:20 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm
COVE Start-Up Yard Pitches
Ashored Innovations; Acoubit Inc.; BlueNode; Happy Fish Technologies Inc.; Marecomms; Maritime BioLoggers
1:20 pm – 2:05 pm
Presentation: Predictive Analytics
Presenter: Luis Torgo, Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
2:05 pm – 2:25 pm
Presentation: Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE)
2:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Coffee Break
2:55 pm – 3:40 pm
Presentation: Ocean Technology / Maritime Operations Cybersecurity
Moderator: Jeff Stockhausen, Industrial Technology Advisor, Atlantic & Nunavut, Industrial Research Assistance Program, National Research Council Canada
3:40 pm – 4:40 pm
Presentation: Autonomous Vehicles : A Platform for Innovation
Moderator: Kes Morton, President and CEO, Pisces Research Project Management; Panelists: Justin Manley, Founder, Just Innovation Inc.; Karl Kenny, Chief Executive Officer and President, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc; Sue L’Orsa and Alan Parslow, CEO, Deep Vision Inc.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Industry Showcase Reception
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ocean Gala Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Forshaw, Associate Director, Innovation and Enterprise, National Oceanography Centre, UK
This schedule was last updated: May 23, 2018.

REGISTRATION

Member rates apply to OTCNS 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).

PARTNERSHIPS

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.

This showcase was last updated: May 23, 2018.

GALA DINNER KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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.

VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS

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:

$179

Per night + tax
Hotel registration deadline: Friday, May 11, 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. If booking online please use the promo code ACA. Rooms will be assigned on a first come first served basis, based on availability. Rooms are available until Friday, May 11, 2018 or until rooms in our limited block sell out.

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