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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces Cluster Building Vitality Project

Posted by SIM on November 19, 2020 in Research, News

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced four projects today including the cluster-building project called Vitality. The Vitality Project is a transformative approach to address the shared data challenges of the ocean economy. This project will capitalize on Canada’s ocean data to deliver definitive commercial outcomes to the businesses involved by advancing ocean data analysis, management and visualization capabilities, and products.

With a total project value of more than $3.8 million, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide funding in the amount of $1.5 million with the balance of funding coming from project partners. Vitality is led by Pisces Research Project Management Inc. together with project partners from across Canada including: Dalhousie University, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc., Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, University of Victoria, St. Lawrence Global Observatory, Tula Foundation and The Hakai Institute, Marine Renewables Canada, and COINAtlantic.

This project features SIM Associate Professor, Dr. Mike Smit. His quote from the release: “We’re still in the early days of a digital transformation that we didn’t invite but which we cannot avoid. Data plays an essential role in the Blue Economy, so the Vitality project is an essential investment in the people, infrastructure, and technology needed for Canada to remain internationally competitive.”

From Dr. Smit: The project is led by Pisces Research Project Management, Dalhousie is a partner along with a variety of players across Canada.  Our work is focused on data management and data training.  The total project is $3.8 million.

Title - Vitality: Leveraging CIOOS to Accelerate Industry
Opportunity: Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Accelerated Ocean Solutions Projects

Time frame: 2020-2022
Lead: Pisces Research Project Management
3D Wave Design
Dalhousie University (Mike Smit, Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System – Atlantic)
Perennia Food and Agriculture
Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE)
University of Victoria (Brad Buckham, Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery)
St. Lawrence Global Observatory
Tula Foundation
Marine Renewables Canada