OFI has access to unique research infrastructure as well as the experts to optimize its use. From lab space to in-water and analytical infrastructure, OFI has the tools that allow scientists to think big and create extraordinary research results.
OFI collaborates with a broad network of scientific organizations which include:
Noise in the ocean from shipping and other offshore industrial activity is becoming a significant issue due to its impact on protected marine species, especially great whales and other marine mammals who use sounds to communicate. MERIDIAN is a valuable tool for monitoring trends in the state of the ocean acoustic environment and will enable more timely, effective, and efficient protection of valued marine species and protected areas.Learn more about MERIDIAN
While the bulk of a researcher's data recording and analysis happens on land, it's on the water where most of the scientific action happens. OFI works with partners to share access to ship time and in-water infrastructure. By working together, we expect to reduce costs and accelerate the speed at which research is conducted.
Through connections within the industry, OFI enables researchers to put their science to work—applying and testing their theories through incubator projects with the eventual goal of achieving commercialization.
OFI has partnered with The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), which provides a home to ocean technology businesses, start-ups, researchers, and marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean technology sector.
With a prime waterfront location, on one of the largest harbours in the world, COVE is in close proximity to major ocean research institutes and world-leading companies focused on ocean-technology. It has rail and road access and is located 25 minutes from Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
The COVE facility includes a mix of short and long-term workspace. Amenities include electronics fabrication and testing facilities, mechanical fabrication space, office space, storage spaces, water tanks, waterside marine services, and shared services such as reception and a large multipurpose room for training and events:
OFI participates in the Ocean Supercluster — a private sector-led partnership that brings companies together to boost innovation and modernization in Canada's ocean industries. Companies from different ocean sectors will co-invest to adopt and commercialize technologies to solve shared challenges. The Ocean Supercluster will also invest to develop talent, improve supply chain opportunities, and foster more ocean start-ups to build the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Ocean Supercluster recognizes that ocean strengths and capabilities can be leveraged to accelerate the development and benefits of ocean resources for all of Canada: