June 23, 2021

Welcoming the World

IMPAC5 is an opportunity to bring together Indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world to embrace a collaborative approach and learn from Indigenous leadership in ocean conservation.

We are grateful to the Host First Nations —xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) — for welcoming us into their traditional territories for this Congress.

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Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) Presents Women of COVE

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day and recognition of International Day of the Seafarers, OceansAdvance and COVE are pleased to present the next Coffee with CWOIL.

This will be a panel discussion moderated by Shelly Petten of PanGeo Subsea and featuring the following Women of COVE:

Jasmine Droppers, PhD, Control Systems Engineer, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.
Jasmine Droppers received B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University. She worked as an aerospace engineer, an agricultural engineer, and a general engineering consultant before joining the marine engineering world. She now works as a Controls Engineer at Kraken Robotics where she puts her academic marine robotics experience to practical use on a variety of marine vehicles.

Jan Fullerton, MPNL, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association
Jan Fullerton is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, a role that she never expected but greatly enjoys. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Jan grew up surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and has spent time on and around the Pacific and Arctic oceans including driving on the frozen Beaufort Sea. She has spent much of her career in the nonprofit sector working with labour market development, picking up a Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership along the way before landing in her current role promoting and supporting the local boatbuilding and marine repair industry.

Sue L’Orsa. Glider Technician, Coastal Environmental Observation Technology and Research (CEOTR)
Sue works with both Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders and Teledyne Webb Research Slocum gliders. She is responsible for glider maintenance, mission planning, field operations and training Wave Glider pilots.

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COAST Talks: AR/VR in the Blue Economy

June 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT
Zoom Webinar

From training to product development to decision making in complex environments, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are rapidly transforming business and the economy. As adoption expands across industries AR/VR has the potential to deliver a $1.5 trillion boost to the global economy by 2030.

What does this mean for the blue economy? Join AR/VR leaders as they explore the possibilities of how these two emerging sectors can work together to build our understanding of oceans and drive innovation for decades to come.

  • Charles Lavigne, President and CEO, LlamaZOO Inc, will discuss LlamaZOO’s spatial data platform “Spatial BI” and how it is used today to enable better land stewardship by First Nations, engineering, planning by industry, and stakeholder alignment between all stakeholders including regulator, and how VR and AR play a critical role in the future of spatial data and the ocean economy.
  • Lieutenant Commander Chris Pedrick of the Naval Training Development Center will discuss his unit’s recent campaign to leverage from Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) modalities for ocean and maritime skills training. This includes but is not limited to using Augmented and Virtual Reality to practice maintenance routines as well as leveraging additive manufacturing to create mock-ups and expose sailors to industry 4.0.
  • Scott Dewis, CVO and Co-Founder, RaceRocks, will discuss how the power of technology enabled learning, specifically virtual reality (VR), is being harnessed to create truly immersive experiences to advance the state of training and deliver cost-effective opportunities, particularly when high risk, low asset availability, or high operation costs are associated with traditional live training methods.

Each speaker will provide a presentation of their innovative work followed by a moderated discussion.


June 23
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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