The Ocean Supercluster leadership team will be touring Atlantic Canada next week to host information sessions as it continues to build its operational framework.
The sessions will be an opportunity for stakeholders to hear updates from the leadership team, learn more about membership opportunities and ask questions regarding the overall business model.
The first session will be held in Charlottetown on Monday, after which there will be sessions in Saint John, Halifax, and St John’s. Each session is free and will run from 8:30 a.m to 12 noon. The dates are as follows:
July 16, 2018: Charlottetown, PEI
July 17, 2018: Saint John, NB
July 18, 2018: Halifax, NS
July 19, 2018: St. John’s, NL
During the summer months, the Ocean Supercluster aims to finalize a funding agreement with government, formalize partnerships with industry investors, and engage its stakeholders and innovators.
Jeff White, the co-founder and COO at East Valley Ventures, was recently named the Supercluster's new Chief Financial Officer. The top priorities that remain for the leadership team are: incorporating the Ocean Supercluster as a federal non-profit organization; finalizing its contribution agreement with the federal government and finalizing its Ocean Supercluster members agreement.
In February, the Ocean Supercluster was chosen as one of five groups to share $950 million in federal funding to establish innovation hubs across Canada over the next five years. This means that Ottawa will fund more than $125 million over the next five years, which will be matched by investment from private industries.