New sensor technology supports a thriving ocean economy 

News release

Two Dartmouth-based startups receive federal support for game-changing ocean tech

November 26, 2020 · Dartmouth, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canada’s ocean startup ecosystem continues to bring new technologies to market, creating jobs and strengthening Canada’s position as a leader in sustainable ocean practices.

Innovating Canada’s ocean economy

Dartmouth-based ocean technology startups, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies and Sedna Technologies are developing and commercializing sensor solutions to support aquaculture and other ocean enterprises. Both companies are located at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Enterprises (COVE), a collaborative hub for applied innovation in the ocean sector.

Federal investements to strengthen aquaculture

Today, Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced a total of $547,500 in repayable contributions to Dartmouth Ocean Technologies and Sedna Technologies. This support will allow the companies to pursue technology development and commercialization projects.

Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to Canadian businesses – helping them not just survive, but thrive. Projects like these will help ensure ocean entrepreneurs have the tools and resources they need to contribute to Canada’s economic recovery.

Quotes

“Now more than ever, supporting Canadian innovation is critically important. That is why we are helping Canadian businesses bring new products and industry-changing technologies to market, so they can create good jobs, provide solutions to real-world challenges and participate in Canada’s economic recovery.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

“The ocean research and technology sector is providing good jobs here at home, while attracting new talent and companies to Nova Scotia. A strong regional economy is essential to Canada’s economic recovery. We are proud to support the work of the incredible entrepreneurs at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, as they help the Atlantic region gain more momentum in this vital sector.”

Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour

“Dartmouth Ocean Technologies (DOT) will be better able to respond to the market pull for our innovative leading edge microfluidic Lab-On-Chip (LOC) technologies with this support from ACOA. Our Phosphate Sensor and environmental DNA (eDNA) Sampler capabilities are seeing strong demand world-wide for a variety of applications. This support has already resulted in additional hires at DOT with more to come in the near future.”

-   Arnold Furlong, CEO, Dartmouth Ocean Technologies 

“With the support of ACOA we have been able to continue expanding on our research and development to help better serve our clients. The funds we received will help create new jobs in a growing ocean economy here in Atlantic Canada.”

-   Sheamus MacDonald, CEO, Sedna Technologies

Quick facts

  • The ocean technology sector is a vital contributor to Atlantic Canada’s economy, providing more than 350,000 jobs in the region and supporting more than half of Canada’s $30-billion ocean economy.

  • Dartmouth Ocean Technologies (DOT) is receiving a $472,500 repayable contribution to purchase new manufacturing equipment and commercialize its proprietary sensor technology that detects phosphate in water.

  • Sedna Technologies is receiving a $75,000 repayable contribution to hire expertise to test, manufacture, launch and market its proprietary micro water quality sensor for commercial fishing and seafood.

  • Sedna Technologies CEO Sheamus MacDonald was recently named one of the top 30 Under 30  by Atlantic Business Magazine.

  • The funding for both projects is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

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Contacts

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages
Catherine.Mounier-Desrochers@canada.ca

Chris Brooks
Communications Director, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-830-3839
Chris.Brooks@canada.ca

Sheamus MacDonald
CEO
Sedna Technologies
902-318-0631
SMacDonald@sednatech.io

Arnold Furlong
President & CEO
Dartmouth Ocean Technologies
902-229-3923
Arnold.Furlong@dartmouthocean.com


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