Sub-sector Spotlight: Oceans

Canada is making waves in ocean sciences 

Bounded by oceans on three sides, Canada's coastline is as vast as it is diverse. With one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, Canada is taking a global lead in developing its blue economy in a sustainable way. Innovators in areas that span from fisheries and aquaculture to marine renewables and ocean technology are all coming together to develop solutions to confront the greatest challenges facing our oceans.  
With this deep expertise, Canada’s oceans sector hubs are a natural draw for conferences across a wide range of sub-sectors. When combined with vast landscapes, diverse cities and culture, dynamic culinary and entertainment experiences, and unique opportunities to explore groundbreaking ideas, it’s easy to understand why organizations the world over are choosing Canadian locations to host their business events.  
When conference-goers meet in Canada’s ocean sciences hubs, they can tap into our brain trust, connect with some of our brightest minds and preview made-in-Canada solutions. They can also explore Canadian technologies powering the future during B2B exchanges, technical tours and more. And when top performers of ocean-related global corporations are recognized and rewarded with incentive trips to unparalleled destinations and distinctive experiences in Canada, they’ll return home refreshed, inspired and ready to perform. 
Canada’s global leadership in the ocean technology and sciences sector will be on full display during our signature event, Innovate Canada, taking place in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on July 25 to 28, 2022. Learn more here

Canada's Oceans Centres of Excellence

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Learn more about Canada's Oceans sub-sector

Oceans Sub-sector spotlight

Ocean technology 
Aquaculture and fisheries 
Ocean defence

Marine bio-products 
Marine renewable energy 
Offshore oil and gas 
Marine transportation

Ocean sciences centres of excellence

Canadian success stories 

Canada leads the way in large ship construction. In fact, approximately $2.54B worth of new construction contracts were awarded to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards and Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in 2020, over a project period that runs until 2029. 
Aspin Kemp & Associates, based in Montague, Prince Edward Island, developed the world's first hybrid power system for tugboats.  
The PIER (Port, Innovation, Engagement and Research), Canada's first living lab for marine transportation, supply chain and logistics, opened in November 2021 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
The new Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate is an industry-led initiative that is committed to expediting the transition to a zero-emission shipping industry in British Columbia. By supporting the mobilization and implementation of green technologies, the initiative will help ship owners and the supporting land-based infrastructure reach zero emissions faster. 

Research and innovation 

The Bedford Institute of Oceanography is Canada’s largest centre for oceans research with 600 scientists, engineers and technicians. This federal research lab is a focal point for Halifax’s ocean research and academics. 
The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of PEI and Nautilus Biosciences Croda in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island have isolated an antibiotic producer from marine sediment using genome sequencing. 
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador has a concentration of harsh marine environment institutes and facilities that are unparalleled in the world. For example, the city is home to one of the world’s longest ice tanks, the world’s largest flume tank, numerous marine simulators and a state-of-the-art wave tank. 
Quebec-based Merinov is the largest integrated centre in Canada for applied research in fishing, aquaculture and the processing and development of aquatic products. 


The team at Destination Canada Business Events helps global organizations meet with purpose in Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Specific information regarding Canada's sector expertise
  • Recommendations on destinations based on their sector strengths
  • Introductions to industry leaders, academia, and economic development agencies
  • Recommendations of expert speakers to augment events
  • Assistance in sourcing RFPs for conference placement