About Us

The genesis for a collaborative marine research institution was sparked at a Global Ocean Forum in Halifax in March 2009. Following two years of consultation with our founding partners, The Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) was formed, with a formal launch held in June 2011 as part of Dalhousie Oceans Week.  Since its inception, HMRI has undergone a name change to better define itself as a vehicle for creating sustainable economic activity from ocean research in Atlantic Canada. In January 2014, HMRI changed its name to the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE).

Atlantic Canada hosts several federal research laboratories, multiple universities and a growing private sector focused on oceans. IORE is building partnerships among these groups to both boost marine research and translate it into real economic opportunity. IORE is the core outreach vehicle for the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology.

Jim Hanlon

Jim is a 30-year veteran of the Canadian tech industry, having worked in design, marketing and management for companies in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and New England. His career has spanned the aerospace and defence sectors as well as the marine environmental monitoring field. Over the years, Jim has worked in senior management positions with several large publicly traded multinationals. He has also sampled the waters of the entrepreneurial well as an owner in two separate high tech companies that have successfully grown and been purchased by multinationals.

Until February of 2012, Jim was the President of Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems in Halifax, NS. He and his partners sold their company to Ultra Electronics Inc. in May of 2008. Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems is one of the oldest continuously operating electronics design and manufacturing operations in Canada and the largest electronics product design company in Atlantic Canada.

Jim’s personal passion is innovation and its impact on the competitiveness of Canadian industry. Jim is a proud alumnus of the Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering) with a degree in electrical engineering. He also has an MBA in marketing from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and is a registered professional engineer in Nova Scotia.

Doug Wallace

DwallaceScientific Director
Douglas Wallace is a world leader in developing new technologies to measure changes to the world’s oceans.

Before becoming Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology, Dr. Wallace was professor of marine chemistry at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany. There, he also served as deputy director and head of the Marine Biogeochemistry Research Division. He holds a PhD in chemical oceanography from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Dr. Wallace spent more than a decade working as a scientist at the prestigious Brookhaven National Laboratory in the United States. He also made significant scientific contributions to his field through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the US Department of Energy, where he developed the first survey to measure the global distribution of fossil-fuel carbon in the oceans.

Dr. Wallace is highly skilled at building successful multidisciplinary research teams, including CARBOOCEAN, a five-year study of the ocean carbon cycle, and SOLAS, a global project investigating interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean. He also led the development of an ocean and atmosphere observatory on the Cape Verde Islands off the West African coast.

Board of Directors

Below you will find biographies for all nine members of the IORE Board of Directors.

Martha Crago – Chair

CragoVice-President (Research) – Dalhousie University

Martha Crago is the Vice-President (Research) and Professor in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-Rector (International and Governmental Relations) at the Université de Montréal, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Associate Provost (Academic Programs) at McGill University.

Dr. Crago is presently the Canadian academic member of the federal government’s Joint Canada-Brazil Committee. She is a director of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR), the Network of Centres of Excellence-Knowledge Mobilization on Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts as well as the Nova Scotia Carbon Capture and Storage and Ocean Networks Canada. In addition, she has been on the Advisory Councils of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada and the National Research Council – Institute of Marine Biosciences as well as the Board of Genome Atlantic. She has served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, and as a member of the University Advisory Group at Industry Canada and the Career and Development Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

At Dalhousie University, she chairs or is a member of a variety of other research institutes’ governing councils and committees such as the Brain Repair Centre Coordinating Committee, the Life Sciences Research Institute Governing Council, the Institute for Research on Materials, the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centres, the Health Law Institute, and the Ocean Tracking Network Council.

Dr. Crago is an active member of the Vice-Presidents (Research) of the U 15 group of Canada’s research intense universities, and of the Vice-Presidents (Research) Group of the Atlantic Association of Universities. Previously, she was a member of the American Association of Universities graduate studies group, the Universities 21?s Research Directors and graduate Studies Group and the Board of the US Council of Graduate Schools. She was the founder of the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities and one of the founders of the International Forum for Public Universities, a consortium of 21 non-English language world-class universities.

Anthony Patterson

AnthonyPattersonCEO – Virtual Marine Technology

Captain Anthony Patterson is the President and CEO of Virtual Marine Technology Inc., a spinout company from Memorial University and the National Research Council of Canada. He has extensive experience in converting research into innovative solutions for the maritime industry. While in the Canadian Coast Guard, he managed the Search and Rescue research program and significantly reduced search times through the development of computerized search planning along with advanced drift detection tools. While serving as the Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Capt. Patterson initiated a program to improve worker performance in harsh maritime environments. The program included the development of advanced simulation-based training technologies as well as the investigation of human factors on performance in harsh environments.

David Simpson

President Emeritus of the Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS)

DWS_PPC_PHOTO copyDr. David Simpson is President Emeritus of the Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology (IRIS). A consortium of 120 U.S. universities, 28 educational affiliates, and 110 foreign affiliates, IRIS is the world’s leading source of seismological data and a leader in public earthquake and seismology education. As a seismologist, Dr. Simpson has targeted the problem of earthquake prediction, and studied the effect of human activity on earthquake activity.

A native of Nova Scotia, Dr. Simpson completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Physics at Dalhousie University before completing his Ph.D. in Geophysics at the Australian National University.

Dr. Simpson has served in an advisory role to numerous government agencies, and has been a member of a number of national committees, panels and delegations, in addition to authoring more than 60 papers in scientific journals and books. His accomplishments have been recognized with the Medal of the Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1995), the Waldo E. Smith Medal of the American Geophysical Union (2012), and an Honorary Doctorate from Dalhousie University (2014). 

David Burns

david_burns_1-200x300Vice President (Research) – University of New Brunswick

David Burns spent more than 19 years at McGill University cultivating the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship before taking on the role of Vice President (Research) at University of New Brunswick. At McGill, Dr. Burns served as a chemistry professor, Scientific Director of the Respiratory Health Networks’ Centres of Excellence, Chief Scientific Officer of Molecular Biometrics, and Associate Dean for the Faculty of Science.

He has also worked at the University of Washington as a research fellow, research assistant professor and research associate professor.

Dr. Burns earned his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Washington (’84) and his Bachelor of Chemistry and Mathematics degree at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (’79).

His research has received millions of dollars in funding grants and awards, and his work has been recognized by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, BIOQuébec, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Society of Canada, among many others.

James King

Principal Consultant – CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc.

Vice Admiral James (Jim) King CMM, CD, RCN (retired) founded CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc., where he remains a Principal, after a 38-year career in King_J_30the Canadian Forces. He retired in September 2002 after completing a 4-year appointment as Canada’s Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Permanent Session in Brussels. He served at sea as an operations, communications and air control specialist in various Canadian and NATO warships including a tour of duty as the operations officer of NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic. He commanded a destroyer and destroyer squadron and acted as the Chief of Staff Operations for Canada’s initial deployment to the Persian Gulf for Operation DESERT STORM.

Admiral King served in several senior staff positions in Headquarters in Halifax and Ottawa in Personnel and Training, Force Development and Policy and Communications. He was instrumental in introducing several key personnel and training policy initiatives into the Canadian Navy; and he conceived and successfully promoted a number of naval equipment programs including the Canadian procurement of submarines from the Royal Navy. As Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy and Communications), he represented Canada as the Senior Canadian Military Representative on the Canada-US Permanent Joint Board of Defence. He led Canadian Defence Staff talks in Washington, London, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and Moscow and represented Canadian issues at the United Nations and NATO.

Admiral King has acted as Senior Military Advisor to four Ministers of National Defence on key issues involving NATO, the UN, Peacekeeping, NORAD, and Ballistic Missile Defence and Canada-US security relations. His military experience has involved him extensively with government and industry in Canada, the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific and he has been a key player in efforts to restructure and streamline staff organization and operations in Canadian headquarters in Halifax and Ottawa and in NATO headquarters in Brussels. Throughout, he has been active in promoting partnerships between the military and other government departments, non-governmental organizations and business and industry.

Admiral King holds a degree in International Relations from McGill University in Montreal and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, UK.

Josh Leon

Joshua-LeonDean of Engineering – Dalhousie University

Josh Leon is the Dean of Engineering at Dalhousie University. He previously was Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary, Dr. Leon was a faculty member in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal. He earned his BSc and Master’s degrees in Mathematics and a PhD in Biophysics at Dalhousie University. He is a Professional Engineer.

Throughout his career, Dr. Leon has been a very active researcher. He has published over 80 peer reviewed articles on computational science, electromagnetics, bioelectric phenomena and cardiac electrophysiology. His current research focus is on the acceleration of numerical software using Graphic Processing Units (GPU).

Dr. Leon is a co-founder of the publicly traded company Acceleware, a recognized world leader in GPU computing, based in Calgary, Alberta.

Kate Moran

katemoranPresident & CEO – Ocean Networks Canada

Kate Moran, the President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, is a world-renowned ocean engineer who recently completed a two-year term as assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.

Dr. Moran holds degrees in marine science and engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rhode Island and Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on marine geotechnics and its application to the study of paleoceanography, tectonics and seafloor stability. She has authored more than 45 publications on a variety of topics.

Dr. Moran started at Ocean Networks Canada as the Director of NEPTUNE Canada in September 2011. She was appointed President & CEO role in July 2012.

Mike Roberts

MRobertsPresident – Optimum Talent / Rosson & Gordon

Mike Roberts is the founder of the human strategy firm, Red Sky Partners. Previously, he was also Vice President, Corporate Development of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. from 2009 to 2012. In that role, he was responsible for Communications, Human Resources, Labour Relations, Health and Safety, and Security. Mike led the organization’s cultural shift to become one of Canada’s Shipbuilding Centres of Excellence. He represented Irving Shipbuilding in the formation of the ShipsStartHere partnership, which clearly demonstrated the power of a united community effort focused on a single economic opportunity.

Earlier in his career, Mike served as Vice President, Human Resources and Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs for Bell Aliant and has participated on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Roberts currently serves on the Boards of Directors of MEOPAR Inc., the Waterfront Development Corporation and the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Mike Roberts is a graduate of Mount Allison University and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991.

Larry Mayer

Professor and Director of the School for Marine Science and Ocean Engineering

MayerDr. Larry Mayer is a Professor and the Director of the School for Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. His current research deals with sonar imaging and remote characterization of the seafloor as well as advanced applications of 3-D visualization to ocean mapping problems and applications of mapping to Law of the Sea issues, particularly in the Arctic.

Dr. Mayer is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Marine Geophysics. After selection as an astronaut candidate finalist, he worked on the early development of the Chirp Sonar and problems of deep-sea sediment transport and paleoceanography. In 1982 he became an Assistant Professor in Dalhousie University’s Dept. of Oceanography, and in 1991 move to the University of New Brunswick to take up the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ocean Mapping.

During the last 37 years, he has participated in more than 90 cruises (more than 70 months at sea), and has been chief or co-chief scientist of numerous expeditions. Dr. Mayer is the recipient of the Keen Medal for Marine Geology and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm.

Peter Nicholson

PNicholsonFounding President – Council of Canadian Academies

Dr. Peter Nicholson was the inaugural president of the Council of Canadian Academies from February 2006 through December 2009. The Council supports expert panels that assess the science that is relevant to issues of public importance. The Council’s reports include a major analysis of innovation in Canada entitled “Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short.”

From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Nicholson was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Prior to that, he was Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the OECD. Dr. Nicholson’s varied career has included senior executive positions in the banking and telecommunications industries, as well as a number of public service positions including Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with Finance Canada (1994-95). Dr. Nicholson is also a Member of the Order of Canada.

Janet MacMillan

Partner – NATIONAL Public RelationsJanetMac

Janet MacMillan became a partner in NATIONAL Public Relations in December 2012 when it acquired a majority interest in MT&L Public Relations, a firm she co-owned and built for more than a decade. She specializes in such areas as stakeholder engagement and government relations, corporate communications and crisis and issues management.

Ms. MacMillan is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, and is a Fellow and accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She is also certified by the US-based Institute for Crisis Management and the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).

Over the course of her distinguished career, Ms. MacMillan has gained considerable governance experience as a director of the United Way (Halifax), Symphony Nova Scotia, the QEII Foundation, and the Canadian Board of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Most recently, she served as chair of the board of Mount Saint Vincent University.

Stephen Lund

Vice-President of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI)

LundStephen Lund is a Vice-President of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI), with responsibility for its IRB program and Value Proposition program (a commitment to invest $44M in the Marine Industry in Canada). He is also responsible for Community Relations, Government Relations and Communications at ISI.

Mr. Lund is a 30-year veteran of the financial industry and the former President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). Before joining NSBI, he was Vice-President of Working Ventures Canadian Fund, Canada’s largest national venture capital firm, where he led investing activities for the fund in Atlantic Canada.

Mr. Lund is a proud graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). In 2011, he was inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s prestigious Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame, and was recently recognized by Dublin-based publication, Financial Centres International, as one of the top 500 most influential people in financial centres worldwide.