June 6, 2013 10:14 AM
More Nova Scotians are getting good jobs, and more young people are planning careers in the province’s thriving ocean technology sector.
Innovative businesses from across the province showcased products and the wide range of career opportunities available to Nova Scotians, today, June 6, at the Oceans Career Fair and Industry Showcase.
“Nova Scotia’s ocean technology sector has doubled its revenues from $500 million to over $1 billion in just a few years. This growth creates good jobs and exciting career opportunities for our young people,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.
“Today’s event gives students an opportunity to meet employers, and celebrates talented Nova Scotians who are inventing, developing and producing sophisticated, innovative products made here for the world.”
Ocean Sonics, in Great Village, Colchester Co., specializes in instruments to record and process ocean sound. The company’s Smart Hydrophones are used around the world to provide precise measurements of ocean sound.
“Nova Scotia is home to world-class knowledge and innovation in ocean technology. All of the research and development happening here is helping small businesses like ours to compete and succeed globally,” said Desiree Stockermans, operations director, Ocean Sonics. “We’re looking for smart students who want a career in ocean technology, and to stay and build their lives here in Nova Scotia.”
More than 80 Nova Scotian students enrolled in ocean technology, engineering and science programs at universities and colleges, along with close to 30 ocean technology companies, are participating in the event.
“As a student soon to be entering the workforce, I am optimistic about Nova Scotia’s growth in the marine and ocean technology industries,” said Leah McConney, Master of Marine Management Candidate in Dalhousie University’s Marine Affairs Program. “The interdisciplinary education I received has prepared me well for the future and given me a competitive advantage in my career search.”
With more than 200 companies, including 60 businesses that make their own high-tech products and deliver innovative services, and hundreds of marine researchers, Nova Scotia is quickly becoming an international leader in this sector. Ocean technology companies account for 20 per cent of all research and development by Nova Scotia businesses.
The province is also home to globally recognized, ground-breaking oceans research at places such as the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the National Research Council Marine Biosciences Facility.
The province released an update today to its 2011 sector profile, Defined by the Sea: Nova Scotia’s Oceans Technology Sector Present and Future. It outlines Nova Scotia’s progress and the potential the sector continues to hold. It is available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/docs/ocean-technology-update-June-6-2013.pdf .
The Defined by the Sea report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/sectors/oceans/ .
The career fair and showcase, the province’s first ever for this sector, is organized by the Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia. It is one of many events being held across the province to mark Oceans Week, June 3 to 8.