Ocean Innovation 2016 will take place Oct. 4-5 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, bringing together representatives from northern communities, academia, business and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the sustainable development of ocean resources, sovereignty, climate change and coastal and maritime infrastructure in the North.
Ocean Innovation is an annual conference focused on topics centred on the latest developments in the areas of maritime safety, efficiency of maritime operations and sustainable ocean use, with a focus on uniting all segments of the oceans community — public, private and academic. This year’s theme is Adapting to a Changing Circumpolar North — Traditional and New Ocean Technologies.
“Ocean Innovation is an initiative of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University that attracts speakers and delegates from around the world,” said Randy Gillespie, director, Centre for Applied Ocean Technology, Marine Institute.
“Now in our 15th year, this year’s conference will focus on how traditional knowledge and new technologies can work together to help northern peoples better understand and prepare for changes occurring in the North.”
Delegates will hear from respected experts and have the opportunity to network to share knowledge and ideas. Amongst the attendees of this year’s conference are representatives from the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission of the International Hydrographic Organization, who will also host meetings in Iqaluit to discuss hydrographic activity and cooperation.
Harry Flaherty, president, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, will deliver the keynote address on Oct. 4. With over 30 years of experience with major projects in Nunavut, Flaherty is a recognized Inuit manager and business leader. He currently also serves as interim president for Nunasi Corporation and NCC Development. He is a long-time executive member and chairperson with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will also announce the recipients of $2 million to support research projects through the Nunavut Research Institute. Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Irving Shipbuilding is committed to investing in research and initiatives to support a sustainable shipbuilding and marine industry in Canada.
This year’s event is taking place at the Frobisher Inn in Iqaluit and is being co-hosted by the Nunavut Research Institute.