Canada Showcases its Ocean Technology Expertise at Oi Americas
Oceanology International Americas (OiA), a San Diego-based ocean technology, engineering and science event, has announced the addition of a Canada Pavilion. Canadian companies have the opportunity to showcase their thriving marine technology sector.
Canada’s marine technology industry is made up of highly international companies with dual or multiple use technologies that they sell to a variety of markets. It is a major player in the modern ocean economy, serving various wealth-generating ocean industries, including maritime transportation, defense and security, coastal and marine management, fisheries and aquaculture, offshore oil and gas exploration, seabed mining and marine renewable energy.
Because of its extensive coastline, Canada has natural importance in marine economics. The country’s marine industry enjoys a growing reputation for marine observation, attracting designers, manufacturers, experts and innovators to showcase their latest products and services in areas such as underwater acoustics and imaging, marine communications and navigation, robotics, arctic technologies and sensors.
Canada also leads the world in terms of the number of marine-related resources, including research institutes, centers of excellence, universities, researchers and institutions.
Center for Innovation and Discovery
Bridget Archibald, Export Development Manager at Invest Nova Scotia, who will lead the Canada Pavilion at Oceanology International Americas, is delighted to present a range of Canadian companies and their ocean-related capabilities to an interested international audience: “We are delighted to bring our contingent of 20 exhibitors to San Diego in February. These companies will be supported by approximately 10 exciting newer companies who have joined the delegation and will accompany the show. In total, we expect a delegation of over 50 people to attend OiA with us, including partners: the Canadian government and marine ecosystem organizations.”
A must-visit exhibitor within the Canada Pavilion is The Launch, a center for innovation, discovery and leadership at the Fisheries and Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Director of The Launch, Kelley Santos, who will be attending OiA, says: “The Launch is strategically located in Holyrood, NL, at the southernmost point of the Labrador Current, bordering some of the coldest and most pristine waters in the world with access to deep water, Research and development in the cold ocean, almost all year round. OiA gives us a great opportunity to showcase the benefits of working in our safe, reliable environment near the Arctic to the US and other markets.”
eSonar, a co-exhibitor at the Canadian Pavilion, demonstrates the sheer diversity of Canada’s marine leadership in improving access to underwater environmental data with advanced sonar and underwater acoustics knowledge. eSonar technologies help improve catch rates for target species, protect endangered marine mammals, save fuel, reduce trawling time and monitor equipment.
The benefits of exhibiting at Oi
Canada has had a very positive experience attending Oceanology International shows – the country last exhibited at Oi London in March 2022 and followed a similar trade pavilion approach, Bridget Archibald continues: “OiA gives us the same opportunity in North America and helps companies to establish new relationships in this market, to reach an international audience again and to deepen existing relationships. San Diego is an ocean city and has an amazing blue economy. It has thousands of companies and organizations involved in marine, ocean, subsea and blue tech fields. San Diego has a large port, naval bases, world-renowned research facilities and is a hotspot for start-up culture, investors and incubators – a real hotbed for entrepreneurial activity.”
In the Canada Pavilion, visitors can speak to experts from over 20 companies in just minutes. To kickstart the networking activities, all OiA exhibitors and visitors are invited to a meet and greet event in the Canada Pavilion on Tuesday, February 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.