Ocean Innovation 2016 - October 4th & 5th, 2016, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Frobisher Inn
Icebreaker Reception October 3rd, 2016
Gala Dinner October 4th, 2016


Final Program & Agenda Now Available

Ocean Innovation 2016 Program  


Irving Shipbuilding announcement to take place at Ocean Innovation 2016 Gala Dinner

Irving Shipbuilding is pleased to support $2 million dollars in research projects through the Nunavut Research Institute. The recipients of the funding will be announced at Ocean Innovation 2016. Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Irving Shipbuilding is investing in research and initiatives to support a sustainable shipbuilding and marine industry in Canada.


Ocean Innovation (OI), now in its 15th year, has established itself as the premier Canadian oceans conference. An initiative of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, the conference attracts speakers and delegates from across Canada and around the world.

Northern peoples are some of the most innovative in the world today, although their knowledge and expertise tend to be under-valued when considered in the Southern context of innovation.  That being said, there can be no question that modern technologies may be of great benefit to Northern peoples as they struggle to deal with the challenges of sustainable development and use of ocean resources in the face of massive environmental change. Likewise, traditional knowledge and Northern innovation systems can positively influence the design and utilization of classical ocean technologies.

Ocean Innovation 2016 will bring together representatives from Northern communities, scientists, business people and policy makers – each innovative in their own way - to discuss challenges and opportunities pertaining to sustainable development of ocean resources (fish, energy, etc.), sovereignty, climate change and coastal and maritime infrastructure – all of which are of keen interest to the people of Nunavut and other northern jurisdictions. The event will be co-hosted with the Nunavut Arctic College and held in Iqaluit, Nunavut and will focus on engaging representatives from throughout the circum-polar region. The format of the meeting will be organized in a way that maximizes the influence of Northern values and culture.