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Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST)

Through a partnership with the City of Victoria, the Association of BC Marine Industries (ABCMI) and many private ocean-tech and marine businesses, SIPP is excited to help move this new initiative forward which will help the region realize its potential as a major driver of Canada’s Blue Economy.

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About the Project

The Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (formerly Ocean Futures Hub) is a response to input from our region’s marine sector to better enable large companies to address issues through innovation, and smaller companies to develop and grow alongside one another. The Centre, once established, will be a hub for solving tough challenges faced by our marine industry and allow companies in Greater Victoria and on Canada’s west coast to pursue major opportunities related to the global ocean and marine space.

“Along with providing shared resources, a space for collaboration and educational events, the Ocean Futures Innovation Hub is an accelerator and incubator, offering critical business resources and mentorship needed for early-stage companies to grow,”
– Julie Angus, CEO of Open Ocean Robotics

The Centre (Hub) will align with both federal and provincial economic and sustainability priorities. It will deliver the four pillars of Canada’s Grow West Strategy: Build a broader economy; Seize global opportunities; Talent for the new economy; Connected innovation and growth.

For more inspiration, visit the Canada COAST website

This investment in the Ocean Futures Innovation Hub is an investment in the future of B.C.’s economy. This innovation project will help nurture the growth of several promising sectors while leveraging Victoria’s long-time strengths. It will create good, well-paying jobs and helping diversify the local economy, and I look forward to seeing the impact it has on Vancouver Island and beyond.

Hon. Mélanie JolyMinister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

The creation of an Ocean Futures Innovation Hub on Canada’s west coast will assist in the region’s economic recovery through the creation of an eco-system that will help existing and future innovative businesses grow and build their markets nationally and internationally through technological and operational excellence.

Alex RuebenExecutive Director of Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI)

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