HALIFAX, NS – June 27, 2016 – The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding Inc., released today the results of a Marine People Partnership report intended to inform the development of a sustainable national marine industry workforce.

The Marine People Partnership report addresses the challenges, needs and opportunities for strategic workforce development in the greater marine industry, which includes shipbuilding and ship repair sectors, as well as the companies that directly and indirectly support them.

IORE developed the report with funding received through Irving Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition commitment under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). NSS is designed to create a future of certainty for Canada’s shipbuilding industry and the companies that support it.

The Marine People Partnership report identifies six priority areas that comprise common challenges to workforce development in the marine industry, nationally, including:

  • The history of boom and bust;
  • The socialization and normalizing of workforce mobility;
  • Social and systemic challenges to attracting talent in skilled trades;
  • Developing essential skills, workplace skills and 21st century competencies;
  • Developing workforce capability among under represented workers; and,
  • Developing management and leadership capability.

In addition to the priority areas, the report also examines issues relating to workforce development in skilled trades and technology roles, in unionized environments, and of professionals.

The report identifies 25 recommendations to address the priority areas including:

  • Improving career literacy among young people and their parents;
  • Integrating more 21st century competencies into apprenticeship and technology training;
  • Developing more in-house training for customized marine oriented skills and knowledge;
  • Engaging unions to help actively build a stronger learning culture; and,
  • Improving the ocean literacy of our young people by building interest, engagement, awareness and knowledge base.

Since being selected in 2011 as Canada’s Combatant Shipbuilder under the NSS, Irving Shipbuilding has undertaken a number of initiatives to develop the workforce responsible for Canada’s future fleet.

The Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence has been established in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) to develop academic curriculum and state of the art training facilities for marine industry trades.

To enhance ocean literacy and awareness of careers in the shipbuilding industry among youth and their parents, the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence offers shipbuilding summer camps to youth across Nova Scotia in partnership with SuperNOVA, and offers school outreach including a shipbuilding activity day in grade six classrooms.

Irving has established partnerships with industry, union, Government and community organizations to offer education, apprenticeship and career opportunities to underrepresented workers through programs such as Women Unlimited, Pathways to Shipbuilding and the NSCC Centre of Excellence Bursary Program. As identified in the report, women, Aboriginal Canadians, visible minorities and people with disabilities have largely been underrepresented in shipbuilding, and Irving Shipbuilding is working to change that.

Irving has also recruited shipbuilders from the most established global shipbuilding leaders to help mentor, lead and train the Irving Shipbuilding workforce, which is over 95% Canadian workers, in modern shipbuilding techniques and establish Halifax as a shipbuilding centre of excellence, while cultivating domestic talent and experience. Currently, over 1,200 skilled trades and professionals are employed with Irving with that number expected to double during the peak of the NSS project.

The full Marine People Partnership Report is available for download here <LINK TBC>

Information on Irving Shipbuilding’s workforce development initiatives is available at www.shipsforcanada.ca


“A strong, sustainable marine industry and workforce puts Canadian shipbuilding at the forefront of innovation and longevity. Our people are our greatest resource and a proper strategy to develop and grow our workforce is critical to ensure Canadians benefit from the good paying, stable jobs created through the National Shipbuilding Strategy. By developing our workforce, we can assure we deliver the best value to Canada.”

Kevin McCoy, President, Irving Shipbuilding Inc

“For young people to become interested in a career in a particular industry, they need to have awareness of it. The National Shipbuilding Strategy will bring predictability and stability to the marine industry and build confidence that this is an industry worth investing in in terms of workforce development and infrastructure.  If there is one great outcome of the NSS, it is elevating the profile of the marine industry and the opportunities within it.”

Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Learning and Organizational Development, IORE

About the Marine People Partnership

The Marine People Partnership (MPP) was established to explore workforce development issues and advise on a national human resource development strategy. Conceived from Irving Shipbuilding’s Value Proposition commitment under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the objective of the MPP is to propose objective and relevant recommendations aimed at overcoming challenges to developing a highly trained, skilled and available workforce.

About IORE

Ocean expertise abounds on Canada’s east coast. In Nova Scotia alone, ocean-related activity generates $5 billion in revenue and produces 60,000 jobs – 14 per cent of provincial employment. More than 10 per cent of all researchers in Atlantic Canada are focused on oceans. And an increasing number of private sector companies are discovering new economic opportunities in key ocean-related sectors. The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) exists to align these assets to benefit the region and the marine science and marine technology sectors. By brokering partnerships among industry, universities, government and private institutions, IORE is working to enhance both the competitiveness of ocean industries and our knowledge base.

About Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) is part of the J.D. Irving, Limited Group of companies which includes operations in Agriculture, Construction & Equipment, Consumer Products, Energy, Food, Forestry & Forestry Products, Retail & Distribution, Transportation & Logistics, and Shipbuilding & Industrial Fabrication. ISI’s primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with four other locations in the Maritime Provinces. ISI was selected in 2011 as Canada’s Combatant Shipbuilder under the merit-based National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and is in the early stages of a 30-year military shipbuilding program. To date ISI has awarded over $1 billion in NSS contracts to over 200 Canadian companies creating over 9,000 direct and indirect jobs.


IORE is in the news!

Survey to Study Students Career Intentions and Perceptions

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is teaming up with the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise to gain valuable insight into whether or not students are aware of emerging industries and the job opportunities available in those industries.

Read the full article here! http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20160128003 


The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and the SmartATLANTIC Saint John Consortium celebrate the completion of the SmartATLANTIC Saint John Inshore Weather Buoy project

June 24, 2015 – Saint John, New Brunswick

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with the Honourable Roger Melanson, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, today announced the launch of the SmartATLANTIC Saint John Inshore Weather Buoy website. The weather buoy and on-line weather and wave forecasting tool technology will provide the marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters, meteorologists, researchers and scientists with online access to real-time weather and directional wave information in the Bay of Fundy.

Amec Foster Wheeler will use the meteorological and oceanographic information collected by the buoy to generate high-resolution weather, wind and sea state forecasts, which will help keep mariners safe while increasing productivity and reducing the cost of moving goods through Port Saint John, Canaport LNG, Irving Canaport and other facilities.

With accurate data, shipping companies will have additional information to safely navigate their vessels through the waterways leading into Port Saint John. This technology improves the port’s reliability, and supports better planning and more efficient operations by shippers and others using it.

The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Inshore Weather Buoy is an ODAS buoy (Ocean Data Acquisition System) manufactured in Canada by AXYS Technologies and is the first buoy of its kind to be deployed in the Bay of Fundy. It is an important new weather forecasting tool and platform for scientific research/education.

The public is now able to access the weather forecasts free of charge by visiting http://www.smartatlantic.ca/saintjohn – a website hosted by Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Centre for Applied Ocean Technology.

Quick Facts

  • The total project cost is approximately $417,000. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $185,000 through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.
  • Other project partners include: the Province of New Brunswick (contributing $91,000), the Saint John Port Authority (contributing $91,000), Amec Foster Wheeler (providing in-kind services of $30,000), Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (providing in-kind services of $8,000), and the Canadian Coast Guard (providing in-kind services of $12,000).
  • The buoy is owned by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), based at Dalhousie University. The annual operating and maintenance costs will be equally funded by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Canaport LNG, Irving Oil and the Saint John Port Authority. The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) will operate the buoy, with technical support provided by Amec Foster Wheeler and the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • In 2014, Port Saint John handled 834 vessels and 23.94 million tonnes of cargo and, over the past five years, has welcomed over one million cruise ship passengers.
  • Saint John marine pilots, employed by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, carry out about 1,800 transfers annually.
  • This buoy technology will increase the security, safety and efficiency of the shipping industry, as well as increase marine traffic and trade through Port Saint John, an important Atlantic Gateway port.


“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in this smart technology that will improve safety, reduce costs, and increase the efficiency of Port Saint John, while supporting Canada’s future economic growth. By providing the shipping community and other users with highly valuable real-time information to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents in the Bay of Fundy, this weather buoy will enhance navigation safety and productivity.”
Rodney Weston
Member of Parliament for Saint John

“The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy project is a great example of how innovation and technology can help drive economic growth in our province. The Government of New Brunswick is proud to be a contributing partner in this project which will further solidify Port Saint John’s reputation as a gateway to global markets.”
The Honourable Roger Melanson
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, New Brunswick

“Risk management is practised daily in all segments of the marine industry, and the Saint John SmartATLANTIC Buoy has significantly enhanced the risk management model within the Port. Whether you are a commercial fisherman, or the Master of a cruise ship, bulk carrier, container ship, or tanker, we now have modern tools to assist with critical decisions that directly impact safety and operational efficiency.”
Captain Chris Hall
Vice President Operations & Harbour Master, Port Saint John

“Ensuring the safety of our pilots and pilot boat crews during pilot transfer operations is a high priority at the APA. The data provided by the SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy will assist us in meeting this safety objective.”
Captain Anthony McGuinness
CEO, Atlantic Pilotage Authority

“For more than 50 years, Irving Oil has relied on marine transportation to serve the energy needs of our customers. Marine safety is paramount to our business and the SmartATLANTIC buoy project is a meaningful enhancement to the world-class marine tanker safety system that exists in the Bay of Fundy.”
Mark Sherman
Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Irving Oil

“The real time data, which this SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy will provide of sea conditions, will improve the current sea state forecast accuracy, making for greater efficiency in the berthing manoeuvers of the LNG ships calling at our Terminal.””
Fraser Forsythe
Security & Environmental Manager, Canaport LNG

“For the first time in the Bay of Fundy, real-time high-resolution weather and wave forecasting is available online to mariners, fishers, recreational boaters, and others. The SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project is a perfect fit for IORE – this collaboration between industry and researchers will enhance not only the safety and efficiency of port operations, but also Canada’s oceanographic and meteorological research capabilities.”
Jim Hanlon
CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises (IORE)

Associated Links


Zach Segal
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

Véronique Taylor
Director of Communications
Finance & Transportation and Infrastructure
Province of New Brunswick

Captain Andrew Rae
Vice President, Atlantic
Canadian Marine Pilots Association

Paula Copeland, PPM®
Manager of Corporate Communications & Governance, Port Saint John
Cell: 506-650-5288

Samantha Robinson
Public Affairs, Irving Oil

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Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) is pleased to announce that a call for proposals in support of joint research projects in Ocean Sciences and Technology has been issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS).  The call and program will be administered by Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) in Nova Scotia, Canada and FAPERGS in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Proposals are sought for research projects in any area of ocean sciences and technology, including biological, physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology and geophysics, interdisciplinary ocean sciences, marine (bio-) technology, and marine aquaculture. Proposed activities should have a duration of two years, and have a maximum budget of C$12,500 per year / C$25,000 total (for Nova Scotian activities) plus R$30,000 per year / R$60,000 total (for Brazilian activities).  The involvement of graduate students (Masters and/or PhD) and postdoctoral fellows is permitted and encouraged.

Eligible researchers in Rio Grande do Sul will be those who are linked to graduate programs in the field of ocean sciences and technology accredited by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel).  Eligible researchers in Nova Scotia will be those who are linked to university graduate programs in the field of ocean sciences and technology, within universities that are recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

The call document, with full details of this opportunity, is available at: http://iore.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NS-FAPERGS-Call-for-Proposals.pdf.  Application instructions for Nova Scotian applicants are available at: http://iore.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NS-FAPERGS-Instructions-for-Proposals-FINAL.pdf.

The deadline for applications is April 24, 2015, and questions related to this Call may be referred to:

Jim Hanlon, Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)
E-mail: jim.hanlon@iore.ca 


Who: Chris Loadman, President and Senior Electronics Engineer at Turbulent Research Incorporated
Software Defined Acoustic Instrumentation
(Sexton Campus, J Building, 1360 Barrington Street)
December 11, 2014 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Acoustic electronics and signal processing is perhaps the most widely used technology when considering underwater sensing applications.  Acoustics technology has been applied to a large number of diverse problems in the underwater world including passive monitoring, tracking, surveillance, communications, the measurement of waves, currents, flows and turbulence, underwater navigation and positioning and surveying the ocean floor to name just a few.

Turbulent Research has used its expertise in low power embedded electronic system design and digital signal processing to produce a new software-defined electronics platform, designed to support the underwater technology market.

This talk will focus on the software-defined acoustic instrument concept, and Turbulent Research’s new electronic signal processing platform from an architectural and practical point of view.  Particular focus will be placed on the use of a software defined acoustic instrument for the ocean technology researcher.  Real world examples of use cases including multi-channel passive acoustics, real time digital beamforming, communications and ultrasonic acoustic velocimetry for the measurement of turbulent flows will also be presented.