OUR OCEAN PLAYGROUND – Education Day 2016

GRADE 7–8 TEACHER DEVELOPMENT DAY: EXPERIENTIAL OCEAN EDUCATION

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax Nova Scotia

Be part of an exciting event focusing on experiential ocean education. You will have a chance to participate in interactive investigations relating to 4 key ocean sectors in our province, led by regional experts from industry and academia. Participate in hands-on experiences that will link science, technology, engineering and math, with concepts relating to the ocean economy and ecology, careers, innovation & entrepreneurship, and local communities.

Aquaculture

All types of farming rely on a good understanding of lifecycles and ecosystems. Learn more about the controlled farming of freshwater and marine fish and aquatic plants, and gain insight into how this growing industry is contributing to the economy of small coastal communities across our region. (French/English)

Marine Renewable Energy

All movement is energy. Find out how energy is being harnessed from tides, waves and currents. Meet local innovators who are on the cutting edge of this technology, and build efficient turbines that best balance the need to capture energy with the interests of preserving aquatic ecosystems. (English)

Marine Optics and Acoustics

Explore how sight & sound and the behaviour of light and sound waves behave and vary in marine environments. Understand how local researchers and innovators use this science to develop technologies that help us to see and hear throughout the ocean – and see how this information helps to inform activities relating to ecology, the economy, and global societies. (English)

Shipbuilding and Boat Building

Investigate how the properties of materials and ocean water influence the design and construction of marine vessels. Explore cutting-edge technologies and careers that are emerging from these booming sectors, and discuss the impact on communities and the economy across the province. (French/English)

A new research study from the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) and the StFX Faculty of Education is looking to shed light on the career perceptions and intentions of Nova Scotia junior high school students, including perceptions on several emerging regional sectors.

Dr. Sherry Scully, IORE’s Director of Learning and Organizational Development, and StFX education professor Dr. Katarin MacLeod received a $15,000 Mitacs Accelerate grant to employ StFX education PhD student Laura Stiles-Clarke to analyze and recap results from a survey conducted with Grades 6-9 students across Nova Scotia.
The grant comes under the Mitacs Accelerate Program, which connects graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with companies through short-term research projects. Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that facilitates collaboration between academia and industry, government and other organizations.
“It’s been a wonderful partnership, and in some ways a model, in that academia and industry can work together to accomplish something for the good of the entire province,” Dr. MacLeod says.
Having both academia and industry work together on the research lends an added layer to the results, adds Dr. Scully, who brought the idea of a partnership to StFX.
Dr. Scully says the idea for the project was born out of earlier research she had completed, and a desire to look further into career literacy, to explore what young people are thinking about in terms of general career interests, and specifically about careers in the region and in the marine industry and skilled trades.
The researchers wanted to survey younger students still enrolled in general science courses to gain insight into when and how career perceptions are formed, she says.
Drs. Scully and MacLeod worked together to launch the pilot study, and working with the StFX Research Grants Office, put together the proposal for Mitacs.
“StFX has been endeavouring to expand its working relationship with Mitacs. This Accelerate Award is an excellent opportunity for one of our doctoral students in education to gain valuable applied experience in the industry and government sectors. We are also delighted to partner with the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise on this cutting-edge study of young science students’ perceptions of career opportunities in Nova Scotia,” says John Blackwell, Director of StFX’s Research Grants Office.
In January, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood, the researchers launched the Student Intentions and Perceptions survey in all English, French, and Mi’kmaq school boards across the province. The survey received almost 14,500 responses, nearly a 40 per cent response rate.
Dr. Scully says results could provide insights into the perceptions of careers in trades and technology, engineering, ocean sciences and marine careers, and the factors that influence these perceptions as well as key times for career counselling and awareness and exposure programs.
Ms. Stiles-Clarke says it’s been a wonderful opportunity for her to work on this research.
“It’s brought a whole other dimension to my learning,” she says, noting the networking and learning opportunities created.
“It’s been hugely valuable for me to develop my research skills. It also opened up new knowledge that wouldn’t have happened without the grant,” she says.
The project has produced several reports, including an industry report that has been presented to the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Dr. MacLeod says they believe the project has the potential for multiple journal articles as well as conference presentations and a later follow-up study.

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.

Quotes

“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

Contacts

Zach Segal
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

Véronique Taylor
Director of Communications
Finance & Transportation and Infrastructure
Province of New Brunswick
506-453-4138

Captain Andrew Rae
Vice President, Atlantic
Canadian Marine Pilots Association
902-497-9253

Paula Copeland, PPM®
Manager of Corporate Communications & Governance, Port Saint John
506-636-4674
Cell: 506-650-5288

Samantha Robinson
Public Affairs, Irving Oil
506-650-4947

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New weather and wave forecasting technology will help keep mariners safe

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and partners launch the SmartATLANTIC buoy project in Saint John

 

August 15, 2014            Saint John, New Brunswick                    Transport Canada

 

Today, Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, on behalf of the Honourable Claude Williams, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with other project partners,announced funding for the SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project to help improve the efficiency, safety and environmental stewardship of marine transportation in the Bay of Fundy.

 

In line with measures already taken to strengthen Canada’s tanker safety system, this project will help to further modernize Canada’s marine navigation system by providing accurate and real-time meteorological/hydrological data that will be used to produce high-resolution forecasts of weather and sea conditions, and for scientific research. The SmartATLANTIC buoy will also help minimize the potential for incidents, reduce the risk of an oil spill, and help support the region’s ship-based trade in energy products such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum products.

 

The marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters and researchers will be able to access this highly valuable, real-time information to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents. It will not only help improve safe navigation and environmental protection, but it will also maximize the efficiency of commercial traffic using Port Saint John, and lower costs for the marine industry in the area.

 

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Transport Canada will contribute up to $185,000 under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The total project cost is approximately $417,000.
  • The other project partners include: the Province of New Brunswick (contributing $91,000), the Saint John Port Authority (contributing $91,000), AMEC Environment & Infrastructure (providing in-kind services of $30,000), Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (providing in-kind services of $8,000), and the Canada Coast Guard (providing in-kind services of $12,000).
  • The Buoy will be owned by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE).
  • The annual operating and maintenance costs of the project will be equally covered by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Canaport LNG, Irving Oil, and the Saint John Port Authority. Technical support will be provided by AMEC Environment & Infrastructure and the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • The Saint John Harbour and the Bay of Fundy area is one of the top four tanker traffic zones in the country.

In 2013, Port Saint John handled 27.6 million tonnes of cargo; and over the past five years, Saint John has welcomed almost one million cruise ship passengers.

 

 

Quotes

 

“By allowing better access to weather forecasts, this buoy technology willincrease the safety and the efficiency of our shipping industry, as well as increase marine traffic and trade through the Saint John Gateway, an important Atlantic Gateway port.”

Rodney Weston
Member of Parliament for Saint John

 

“Advancements which promote and improve activities at the port are an important step forward for our province. We are being proactive with this initiative as traffic at the port is expected to increase significantly as new opportunities open up such as the proposed Energy East Pipeline.”
The Honourable Trevor Holder
Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

 

“On behalf of our Board of Directors we are pleased to contribute to this technological advancement. It is significant that our partners in industry and government are together enhancing marine operations at Port Saint John. Tools such as the SmartATLANTIC Weather Buoy not only reduce risk in marine operations but also strengthen our collective commitment to safe and efficient practices.”

Jim Quinn

President and CEO, Port Saint John

 

“Safety is the marine pilots’ number 1 priority – SmartATLANTIC is a huge step in the right direction. We sincerely thank The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the Province of New Brunswick and the Saint John Port Authority for funding the purchase of the buoy.”

Captain Andrew Rae

Vice President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association,

 and lead proponent for SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy Proposal

 

“The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy is a natural fit for I.O.R.E. As a facilitator of collaboration between industry, government agencies, and academic researchers, we’re excited to bring the benefits of scientific research to the real world challenges faced by New Brunswick’s marine community.”

Jim Hanlon

CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises (IORE)

 

 

Associated Links

 

 

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Contacts

Jana Régimbal

Press Secretary

Minister of Transport

Tel: 613-991-0700

 

Media Relations

Transport Canada, Ottawa

613-993-0055

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Here is a copy of a blog post recently showcased by the Greater Halifax Partnership about the work being done by IORE and other local organizations in the Oceans Science Industry:

In Halifax, marine science, research and industry set international standards. The city’s culture and economy has always been focused towards the ocean and many citizens have roots tied with the fishing and shipping industries. We have multiple government laboratories working on oceans research along with outstanding universities dedicated to ocean sciences. Also, there is a homegrown industry of ocean technology companies such as VEMCO and Satlantic who work with ocean acoustics and sensors.

Now Halifax has a new headquarters for research and collaboration that will attract even more oceans-related researchers, organizations and business.

Last year, five organizations moved into the newly named Steele Ocean Sciences building at Dalhousie University. They each share the goal of developing ocean science research and oceans industries. The organizations are unique in their research and field of study, but they all contribute significantly to growing the field.

The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology (CERC.OCEAN), the
Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction Response Network (MEOPAR), all work at the forefront of oceans research. Doug Wallace and his team at CERC.OCEAN work to predict and prepare us for unprecedented changes in the world’s ocean systems by looking at the chemical changes occurring. The Ocean Tracking Network is a $168-million global conservation project, and the world’s most comprehensive examination of marine life and ocean conditions. Finally, MEOPAR examines human activity in the marine environment and the impact of marine hazards on coastal regions. Recently, MEOPAR has also funded a project called “OceanViewer.org”. The website combines numerous streams of data points from the Atlantic Ocean and displays this local data on an interactive map for anyone to utilize.

However, not all of the organizations focus directly on research. The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) encourages bold undertakings and facilitates collaborative ocean research projects. By bringing together universities, colleges, government laboratories and private companies the IORE helps create an innovative culture in our region where marine based industry thrives.

Lastly, the Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology Research School (TOSST), is a joint Dalhousie-Helmoltz Centre for Ocean Research graduate school. TOSST links major centers of ocean research on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean: Maritime Canada and northern Germany.  This graduate school is a leading program for developing skilled researchers and professionals to help in the local industry.

With the work that is currently being done by this collective group, Halifax is on the forefront of marine science growth. Our skilled and educated workforce, innovative research and newfound center for collaboration will continue to grow the industry and economy.