Atlantic Canada delegation participates in international conference to promote the region’s marine science technology sector 

News release

Ocean tech companies, researchers and key sector stakeholders attend the Oceanology International Americas Conference (OiA23) in San Diego to build partnerships and seek opportunities to grow Atlantic Canada’s ocean economy

February 13, 2023 · Moncton, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The blue economy is a driving force for innovation, skilled job growth, and export development in Atlantic Canada. By championing Canada’s ocean technology sector on the global stage, the Government of Canada is supporting companies of all sizes as they work to expand operations, reach new markets, and create well-paying jobs in their communities.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, wished success to the Atlantic Canadian delegation attending the 2023 Oceanology International Americas Conference (OiA23) in San Diego, California, February 14 to 16.

Led by Invest Nova Scotia, the delegation includes representatives from fifteen companies from Nova Scotia, seven from Newfoundland and Labrador and one from New Brunswick. They will travel to San Diego to seek new business opportunities, pursue additional market prospects, develop relationships, and discuss emerging trends in the blue economy. For more information on these companies, please see the backgrounder.

This trade mission supports the Trade and Investment pillar of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which helps coordinate federal and provincial government investment in business development activities that support Atlantic Canadian companies working to increase exports to markets across North America and around the world.


“Surrounded by three oceans, Canada has the potential to become a blue economy superpower, and Atlantic Canada is leading the way. It’s important to champion our region’s innovative ocean tech companies and organizations as we continue working together to build capacity and expand market access for this dynamic sector of the global economy. I am pleased ACOA is supporting Invest Nova Scotia to promote the region’s world-class ocean technology at international events like OiA23.”

-       The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

Quick facts

  • OiA23 is North America’s leading marine science and ocean technology exhibition, bringing together over 175 companies to showcase innovative ocean technologies and discuss key issues facing the sector.

  • ACOA is supporting Invest Nova Scotia to enhance networking, partnering, and marketing opportunities for the Atlantic Canada delegation thanks, in part, to a non-repayable contribution of over $248,000 through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program.

  • Canada’s ocean industries contribute approximately $31.7 billion annually in gross domestic product (GDP), and support close to 300,000 jobs. 

  • Atlantic Canada accounts for 53% of Canada’s overall blue economy GDP and 43% of ocean industries jobs.

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Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Media Relations
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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