Monday, June 12, 2023

Program time zone is Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
7:00 am – 10:00 am
Exhibitor set up
7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Desk open
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Ocean Technology Ecosystem Presentations – International Delegates Briefing
Welcome: Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax Regional Municipality;
Moderator: Chris Bourque, Executive Director, Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia; Presenters: Cathy Williams, International Business Development Officer – Ocean Technology Sector, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); Shelley Hessian, Manager Start-Up Yard at COVE, Invest Nova Scotia; Bridget Archibald, Export Development Executive, Invest Nova Scotia; Jonathan Coles, Investment Attraction Executive, Invest Nova Scotia; Jigme Choerab, Economist & Business Attraction Specialist, Halifax Partnership; Jeff Stockhausen, Strategic Advisor, Office of the Director General, Atlantic & Nunavut, Industrial Research Assistance Program, National Research Council Canada; Troy Sawler, Trade Commissioner Ocean Technologies and ICT Global Affairs Canada – Trade Commissioner Service; Cathy Hogan Dixon, Executive Director, OceansAdvance
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10:00 am – 10:15 am
Welcome and Opening Comments
Paul MacInnes, Vice Chair, Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS); Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Halifax on behalf of The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry;
Ocean Outlook Intro
Moderator: Jeff Stockhausen, Strategic Advisor, Office of the Director General, Atlantic & Nunavut, Industrial Research Assistance Program, National Research Council Canada
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10:30 am – 4:30 pm
B2B Meetings
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Global Innovation Clusters and Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Introduction: Andrea Johnston, Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED); Moderator: Kendra MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster; Presenters: Jennifer LaPlante, Chief Growth and Investment Officer, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster; Eric Siegel, Chief Innovation Officer, Ocean Frontier Institute, and Executive in Residence, Ocean Startup Project; Donald Grant, Executive Director, Ocean Startup Project;
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11:15 am – 11:45 am
Break (in exhibit hall)
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Industrial Technology Benefits Investment Framework: Policy and Practice
Moderator: Matthew Johnson, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Panelists: Chris Pogue, President and Chief Executive Officer, Thales Canada; Aaron Plamondon, Director, Industrial Participation, Irving Shipbuilding; Emily Smits, Chief Executive Officer, Modest Tree; Kyle Tucker, Acting Director, Aerospace, Defence and Marine Directorate, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency;
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11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Room 109
Dutch Ocean Group Presentation
Presenters: Johan Stam, Dutch Ocean Group; IHO Hydrography Education; Q Sea Consultant; G2surveys Offshore Wind And Cable Survey; P3 Survival Technology
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12:45 pm – 1:55 pm
Lunch (in Industry Showcase Exhibit Hall)
1:55 pm – 2:00 pm
Samqwane'jk Presentation — Barry Stevens, 3D Wave
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Innovation Pipeline: Programs, Acceleration and Procurement
Moderator: Jeff Stockhausen, Strategic Advisor, Office of the Director General, Atlantic & Nunavut, Industrial Research Assistance Program, National Research Council Canada; Presenters: Brad Goodyear, Director General, Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC); Philippe Hebert, Director General, R&D Innovation and IDEaS (Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security) at DRDC (Defence Research and Development Canada), and Canada's representative on NATO DIANA’s (Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic) Board of Directors; Suzanne Wilkinson, Director, Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA), Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC);
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3:00 pm – 3:05 pm
Samqwane'jk Presentation — Adam Kennedy, Sma’knis Maritime Safety & Security Inc.
3:05 pm – 3:30 pm
Break (in exhibit hall)
3:30 pm – 3:35 pm
Samqwane'jk Presentation — Richard MacLellan, Miawpukek Horizon Maritime Services
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Canadian Federal Government Marine Procurement Outlook
Chair: Marc Baril, Acting Director General, Marine Services and Small Vessel Sector, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC); Presenters: Emily Wehbi, Director Marine Services and Strategic Initiatives, PSPC; Commander Susannah Chen, Acting Director Maritime Equipment Program Management (Non-Combatants), Department of National Defence (DND); Adam Watt, Director Marine Engineering, Integrated Technical Services, Canadian Coast Guard (CCG); Tyler Lacombe, Executive Director Ferry Programs, Transport Canada (TC);
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5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Opening Reception (in exhibit hall)
6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Oceans Gala Dinner
Keynote: Tobias Stapleton, PhD, Director, Blue Venture Forum

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Program time zone is Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Registration Desk open
9:00 am – 9:15 am
MC: Matthew Johnson, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
9:15 am – 10:00 am
Private Sector Investment in the Blue Economy
Moderator: Tobias Stapleton, PhD, Director & Co-Founder, Blue Venture Forum; Panelists: Adam de Sola Pool, Investor, Blue Angels, Special Advisor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI); Jake Russell, Operating Partner, Propeller VC; Blaine Grimes, Venture Director, Gulf of Maine Research Institute/Gulf of Maine Ventures; Julie Niedzwiecki, Managing Director, Great Mountain Partners;
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9:40 am – 4:20 pm
B2B Meetings
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Increasing Industry Capacity Through Skill Development
Moderator: Tanya Lush, Director of Workforce Development, COVE; Panelists: Simone Le Gendre, Director, Immigration Programs, Province of Nova Scotia & Education Consultant, Eduhaus; Kimberly White, Director, Workplace Initiatives, Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Government of Nova Scotia; Jeff Myers, Director, Community Partnerships & Projects, Dalhousie University Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development; Melinda Whalen Wicks, Manager, Talent Management, Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
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10:00 am – 10:45 am
Room 108
Doing Business with Canada Workshop
This workshop, offered by Procurement Assistance Canada, will demystify and simplify the federal procurement process
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Break (in exhibit hall)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Room 109
Business to Business Indigenous Networking Event
Please join the Government of Canada for a marine industry networking event to explore partnership and participation opportunities with Indigenous suppliers and communities.
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Building an Ocean Tech Company
Moderator: Don Grant, Executive Director, Ocean Startup Project; Panelists: Sabrena Mackenzie, CEO & Founder, SeaChange Biochemistry; Julie Angus, CEO & Co-founder, Open Ocean Robotics; Brandon Jaunky, CEO & Co-founder, GC Lipid Tech Inc.
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12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch (in exhibit hall)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Uncovering Today’s Challenges in Underwater Communications
Moderator: Erica Rogers, Business Development Manager, Naval Systems, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc.; Panelists: Dr. Ulas Gunturkun, Founder and CEO, Aquaband (Marecomms); Dr. Bruce Armstrong, Founder and VP - Technology Advancement, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc.; Dr. David Barclay, Associate Professor (Department of Oceanography), Dalhousie University Dr. Mae Seto, Associate Professor (Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dalhousie University;
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2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Break (in exhibit hall)
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Vessel Decarbonization
Moderator: Melanie Tingley, Technical Sales Manager, Atlantic Canada, Jastram Wagner; Panelists: Ryan Church, Founder & CEO/CTO, Biome Renewables; Michael Eaglen, Co-Founder & CEO EV Maritime; Marcel Botha, Sales Director, Sonihull;
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3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Planning and building an offshore wind farm: Opportunities to accelerate sustainable buildout thru innovation
Moderator: Laura Morse, Director, Environmental Compliance and Strategy, Invenergy; Panelists: Scott Carr, CEO JASCO Applied Sciences; Howard Posluns, Chief, Advanced Technology, Multi-Modal R&D, Innovation Centre, Transport Canada; Charline van Kesteren, Sales Administration Manager, Current Scientific Corporation; Michael Bartlett, Practice Lead, Regulatory Approvals, Permitting, & Compliance, Environment & Society, North America, Advisian;
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4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Autonomous Vessels in Complex Environments
Moderator: Neale Ryan, Senior Programme Manager, Land and Maritime Transport, Innovate UK; Panelists: Gary Dinn, Chief Technology Officer & Director, eSonar; Alan Parslow, CEO, Deep Vision Inc.; Neil Tinmouth, CEO, ACUA Ocean Limited;
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Closing Reception & Demos (The Pier)
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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Program time zone is Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Program time zone is Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
The H2O conference, in partnership with Invest Nova Scotia, is pleased to provide various tour options for our out of province/international delegates on Thursday, June 15. Learn more...

Thursday & Friday, June 15‑16, 2023

Program time zone is Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT).
2-Day Event
OceansAdvance will host delegates post H2O 2023 for a 2-day program in St. John’s and Holyrood, NL for site visits, B2B meetings, and networking opportunities. Learn more...
This schedule was last updated: June 12, 2023.

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