The OceansAdvance Board Appoints Cathy Hogan as Interim Executive Director

Cathy has been with OceansAdvance since its inception in April, 2003, fulfilling various roles including administrative officer, contract administrator, communications officer, and event manager.

In 2013 she accepted a 15 month secondment to assume the role of Project Manager of OCEANS’14. There she lead a Team of 22 local cluster members that organized the largest industry conference held in St. John’s, as well as one of the top three IEEE-MTS OCEANS events ever held in North America. Prior to her joining OA, Cathy worked as a consultant for the Provincial Department of Development and Rural Renewal as a Contract Administrator and Liaison between the Province and the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. She takes on this position with vast experience and expertise in the ocean tech community and has long-standing relationships with all of our members and key partners.

About OceanAdvance
In 2005, a group of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Research, Academic, Industry and Government leaders converged to create an ocean technology cluster management organization. Its initial mission was to unite and excite the development of an ocean technology sector in NL, by aligning industry, academia, research and government toward a shared long-term vision of economic diversification.

Today, OceansAdvance’s members include more than 50 export-driven companies; more than 20 research and technology organizations; highly engaged municipal, provincial and federal governments plus a number of post-secondary academic institutes and trade associations focused on producing the next generation of ocean leaders.

As the organization representing one of Canada’s most dynamic innovation clusters, OceansAdvance is led by groups of professionals who spearhead cutting-edge oceans research; who have award-winning and growing expertise in operating safely and efficiently in Arctic marine conditions; who are leaders in the global Blue Economy; and who lead an impressive innovation ecosystem. OceansAdvance enjoys many mutually-beneficial relationships from its expanding network of global innovation partners.

This multi-stakeholder technology cluster is underpinned by innovation, commercialization and export and is influenced by Newfoundland and Labrador’s burgeoning offshore energy, transportation, fishing and aquaculture sectors. Locally developed ocean technologies and the innovators who develop them are employed in laboratories, on barges, tankers, vessels, production platforms and submersibles. They are deployed at every depth of the ocean column, from the high water mark to the depths of the Marianas Trench.

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