COAST Talks: Cross-Coastal Collaboration in the Blue Economy

July 20, 2021  |  , ,

VICTORIA, BC — Media and members of the public are invited to join COAST Talks: Cross-Coastal Collaboration in the Blue Economy. With the rapid rise of the blue economy, Canada has the potential to emerge as a leader in the development of solutions that support greater ocean health and productivity.

To do this, we must build innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that can enable this growth. Join Don Grant, Executive Director of the Ocean Startup Project, for a conversation about the work underway to build these ecosystems coast to coast to coast and what’s needed for Canada to rise to the opportunity.

Eric Siegel, Executive in Residence at the Ocean Startup Project, works with early-stage ocean innovators to inspire, initiate, and grow better ocean tech companies.  Eric will be speaking about the ocean startup ecosystem in Canada and how entrepreneurs are improving ocean sustainability through science commercialization.

Derek Puzzuoli, Co-Founder and CEO of Seahawk Robotics (Vancouver, BC), partners with academic and industry leaders to develop marine drones that maximize access to ocean data while minimizing impact to the environment.  Derek will provide an overview of the applications for multi-domain drones and the critical role entrepreneurial accelerators play in scaling ideas into thriving companies.

Melody Pardoe, Chief Engagement Officer of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, drives an industry-led, national ocean cluster that’s growing the ocean economy in a digital, sustainable, and inclusive way. She will share how they are bringing together startups, scaleups, and mature organizations from coast-to-coast-to-coast to foster new partnerships and innovative projects built on collaboration between industry, research, not-for-profits, investors, and government.

Each speaker will provide a presentation of their innovative work followed by a moderated discussion.

Date: Wednesday, July 21
Time: 11 a.m. to noon PDT
Location: This is an online event. Register here.

About COAST:

The Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) is an emerging innovation hub for our region’s ocean and marine sector, including entrepreneurs, corporations, academia, investors and government, to strengthen our position in the immense and emerging blue economy. More info at

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster:

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led, national ocean cluster that’s growing the ocean economy in a digital, sustainable, and inclusive Together with members and partners, the Ocean Supercluster is accelerating the development and commercialization of globally-relevant ocean solutions, and advancing Canada’s position as a global leader in ocean. More info at

About Ocean Startup Project:

The Ocean Startup Project works to kickstart and nurture new, high-quality ocean startups in Canada. They also encourage existing startups to pursue ocean applications for their technologies. With their ocean lens, they create and deliver activities supporting ideation through commercialization, and their offerings complement existing industry accelerators, incubators and other support organizations across the innovation ecosystem. More info at

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