Inaugural Nova Scotia Chapter Women in Renewable Energy Event ~ March 24, 2021

Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) is hosting its inaugural Nova Scotia virtual networking event on March 24th featuring opening remarks from Peter Gregg, CEO & President of Nova Scotia Power and guest speaker Jennifer Wagner, President of CarbonCure Technologies.

Marine Renewables Canada entered into a partnership with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) last year and our executive director, Elisa Obermann is one of the founding Nova Scotia chapter leads so we are really excited to see this first event happening! We hope you can attend this inaugural event – a great opportunity for women working in energy, renewables, and marine renewable energy to come together.

If you have ideas about future speakers/topics, please feel free to get in touch with Elisa

For registration and more info please visit:


Marine Renewables Canada Annual General Meeting – March 30, 2021

Marine Renewables Canada will be holding its Annual General Meeting of the Association on March 30, 2021.  This AGM will be held virtually and is open to all MRC members.

All members are encouraged to attend as we will be reviewing the association’s 2020 activities and finances and outlining plans and activities for 2021.

To register CLICK HERE (There is no cost to attend this meeting; Open to members only).

Meeting Details: 
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Virtual – via Zoom
**the Zoom meeting link and meeting materials will be emailed directly to registrants a few days prior the AGM

2021 AGM Meeting agenda – CLICK HERE

2020 Annual Report – to be posted soon

2020 Audited Financials – to be posted soon (audit in process)

Bylaw amendment recommendations – CLICK HERE (note that suggested amendments are included as highlighted “comments” on pages 4, 5 & 6)

2020 AGM Meeting Minutes – CLICK HERE

Marine Renewables Canada VIRTUAL Mission to ICOE 2021 – April 28-30, 2021

Marine Renewables Canada, with support from ACOA and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, is leading a robust VIRTUAL mission to the 8th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) being held virtually from April 28-30, 2021.

ICOE 2021 official website

The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent marine renewable energy industry development event, attracting international industry leaders, research experts, and government leaders from over 25 countries. The theme for ICOE 2021 is “Energizing a Powerful Blue Economy” and will showcase innovations in ocean energy technology research and development, prepare ocean renewable energy to benefit the larger “Blue Economy” and the electrical grid, and identify research needed to further advance the state of the technology.

This years unique all-virtual experience will bring together international stakeholders, experts and exhibitors from the ocean energy sectors (tidal, wave, ocean currents, ocean thermal gradients) with content and networking opportunities—available from anywhere in the world.

**ICOE 2021 is working in conjunction with NHA’s Annual Conference Waterpower Week, taking place virtually from April 27-29, to showcase the close partnership and cooperation of conventional hydropower and ocean energy waterpower technologies.

Marine Renewables Canada has developed a robust virtual mission for interested companies. Following are the mission activities that will be offered to all those who register to participate in this virtual Canadian Mission to ICOE 2021:

Canada Pavilion (virtual): This will be a large over-arching Canada pavilion that will include individual virtual booths for each participating company in the mission.

  • Each company will have the ability to brand their individual booth with banner graphics, logo, full company profile, website link, welcome video, digital marketing info etc. and can have up to 4 listed contacts,  Each virtual booth will have “interaction” options that will allow you to connect with and talk to delegates virtually visiting the exhibition. This includes a “request info” button  and a “live chat” button. Exhibiting companies simply include a schedule of when they will virtually be “manning” the booth and available to chat.
  • This virtual exhibition will be open 24/7 during the conference with a highlight on April 29th as the dedicated exhibition day.
  • Access to these virtual booths and company info will be available online for one year after ICOE 2021.

Full Delegate Pass: Each company will receive one (1) full conference delegate pass with their mission participation ($475-$650 US value).  This pass will allow you access to all aspects of ICOE 2021 including sessions, keynotes, plenaries, networking etc.

Matchmaking Services: As ICOE 2021 will not have a dedicated B2B platform as part of their conference,  we have contracted a matchmaker to work with all companies to assist in identifying companies to meet and connect with.  

  • Kinetic Cubed has been contracted to perform these matchmaking services and will  work with companies one-on-one to identify organizations of interest and set up virtual meetings.
  • The Zoom platform will be used for these B2B meetings.
  • Matchmaking/B2B will not be restricted to just the scheduled conference days.  As this is a virtual event we will also use the week prior and week after ICOE to schedule meetings.
  • Although the focus will be on attendees of ICOE, because this is virtual, Kinetic also has the ability to set meetings with companies/individuals outside of the the ICOE delegate list. Kinetic will work with each company on identifying these other potential meetings.
  • We will investigate the possibility of hosting a few “group” virtual meetings with other industry clusters or international organizations, allowing a number of selected companies to meet, provide short company pitches and chat as a group.
  • As this is a virtual mission and all B2B will happen virtually, Kinetic is offering a “added service” to interested companies where the matchmaker will sit in on meeting with companies to assist with the virtual interaction. The matchmaker representative responsible for setting the meeting would sit in on the meeting to help shape, advise on next steps and prepare a short memo of the summary. Companies can opt in this at no additional charge.

Pre-Mission Webinars and Briefing Session: MRC, in conjunction with the contracted matchmaker (Kinetic), will host 2 webinars leading up to the mission.  These webinars will provide companies with training / preparation for working at an event in a virtual environment and participating in virtual B2B meetings, an outline of all mission details, market intelligence and provide an opportunity for participating companies to ask questions of MRC and Kinetic. 

Digital Promotional Materials: To highlight Canada’s leadership role in the marine renewable energy industry and establish a global presence for Canadian firms, various digital marketing will be developed:

  • MRC will develop a digital “Canada booklet” to be hosted at the Canada Pavilion and will include participating company’s information (company name, logo, contact/website, brief company bio).
  • MRC will also work with each company to develop a digital one-pager that they can upload to their individual virtual booth. 

Support Staff: Marine Renewables Canada will be leading this mission and staff will be available to assist throughout the entire ICOE mission process.

Includes individual virtual booth (within larger Canada Pavilion), full delegate pass, matchmaking, pre-mission webinars and design of a digital one-pager company marketing piece (for virtual booth).
$400 + tax (per company)

CLICK HERE to register

Marine Renewables Canada welcomes two new board directors

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new directors bring experience from the broader energy industry that will assist the association in advancing the marine renewable energy sector across Canada.

“As Canada works to act on climate change and build its Blue Economy, marine renewable energy can support both endeavours,” said Marine Renewables Canada executive director Elisa Obermann. “Building this new industry requires perseverance and leadership. That’s why I am pleased to announce the appointment of new directors to our board: Marty Gaulin and John Wright—their experience and enthusiasm will benefit the association and the sector.”

Marty Gaulin is Vice President Tidal Energy Program with Sustainable Marine. He brings over 35 years of experience in engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and operations management in the energy sector. Marty started his career with Texaco Canada and Imperial Oil where he spent 10 years executing engineering and project management of upstream oil and gas projects from concept through to start up and operations. He then joined Colt Engineering/Worley and spent over 25 year leading teams in the execution of EPC projects for energy and resource companies in upstream oil and gas, downstream refining, offshore oil and gas, mining and power industries.

John Wright is Executive Director, Business Development with Northland Power, a Canadian based clean and renewable energy company with a 30+ year focus on successfully developing, building, owning and operating sustainable electricity generating assets across Canada and globally. In his role at Northland Power, John has been focussed on grid scale energy storage development and supporting Northland’s offshore wind development interests in Canada and the US.

Their directorship terms began on January 1, 2021.

The executive committee has been expanded for 2021 with Jason Clarkson, President of Halifax Offshore Consulting assuming the role of Treasurer. He joins Chairman of the board, the Honourable Michel P. Samson, Counsel at Cox & Palmer and Vice Chair, Peter Huttges, Director of Ports and Coastal at Atlantic Towing.

Marine Renewables Canada would like to thank the outgoing directors of the board for their contributions and leadership: Eric Bibeau (University of Manitoba/Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre) and Michelle Chislett (Northland Power).

For full Board of Directors’ biographies, please visit the Marine Renewables Canada website.

About Marine Renewables Canada
Marine Renewables Canada is the country’s tidal, offshore wind, wave and river current energy association representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the organization has worked to identify and foster collaborative opportunities, provide information and education, and represent the best interests of the sector to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive.

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Elisa Obermann
Marine Renewables Canada

Minister O’Regan gives keynote at 2020 Fall Forum

The Marine Renewables Canada 2020 Fall Forum was held on November 4-5, 2020 in Halifax and virtually. A smaller event than the annual conference, the Forum allowed the association to hold a safe event that was designed to encourage in-person participation with all current public health protocols implemented – and – will also provide the tools and ability for members and industry across the country and internationally to join virtually.

The Forum created an opportunity the industry hasn’t had for awhile – bringing  members, industry, partners, and colleagues together to re-connect, get updates on opportunities, and strategize on the path ahead.

Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan joined the Forum in-person to provide a keynote address which included the announcement of $28.5 million to Sustainable Marine for the development of its tidal array project at FORCE.

The Forum also featured an address from the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines for Nova Scotia and presentations and updates from the International Renewable Energy Agency, Natural Resources Canada, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, Ocean Energy Europe, multiple project and technology developers, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), Smart Grid Innovation Network, Clean Foundation, Nova Scotia Power, Sustainable Oceans Applied Research (SOAR), and several suppliers.


Thank you to all Fall Forum sponsors, speakers, session chairs, and attendees! It was a great day for the marine renewable energy sector in Canada. Marine Renewables Canada was so glad to bring everyone together in Halifax and virtually.

Introducing MRC Connect – a new app for MRC members

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a new member benefit – the MRC CONNECT APP!

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it challenging to carry out typical business development activities such as conferences, workshops, networking events, and even in-person meetings. Marine Renewables Canada has developed a new tool to support members’ business development needs during these times of distancing. The MRC Connect app will allow members to continue making new connections, foster relationships and engage in networking opportunities.

MRC Connect is designed to be used on a daily basis as a tool for members to connect with each other directly and informally, receive updates and business intelligence, and provide additional support for events and trade missions. The app allows members to connect with each other, group or private chat, stay up to date on important announcement and opportunities and much more. MRC will be using MRC Connect to regularly communicate with members, share information, host virtual events, etc.

For more information, contact Amanda White at  Members can also access the users guide here.



Privacy Statement: The developer of the MRC Connect App is Socio Labs (“Socio”), and it is their Privacy Policy that applies to the use of the Services and Apps, whether you are a customer or an end user of the Services. This Privacy Policy applies to information collected through your use of the Apps and any other means by which they may collect information. The Socio Privacy Policy describes the types of information they may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit their Apps or use our Services in general, and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information. Please review the full Socio Privacy Policy HERE

COVID-19 Business Support Resources for Members

Marine Renewables Canada is dedicated to supporting our members and the industry at all times and want to do whatever we can to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are monitoring policies and supports for businesses that are being established by government and will be compiling these for you. This information can be found on the Marine Renewables Canada Members’ Portal  here. Members have a password for this service – if you have forgotten it, please contact

We will also be emailing additional updated information on business resources periodically. NOTE: We will be updating these resources as regularly as possible, but policies and supports are evolving quickly and this resource might not always capture the most up to date information (we will do our best!).

Marine Renewables Canada staff have been working to connect with many of you to understand what challenges you’re facing and encourage you to call and/or email anytime if you’d like to discuss the impacts of COVID-19. Let us know where there are gaps in programming, supports that would work best for you, etc. Feel free to email Elisa Obermann at or call 902-817-4317 or Amanda White at or 902-717-0716 any time.  We will continue to communicate with governments on how our members and the industry are being impacted and advise on how your needs can be supported.

2019 Annual Report

2019 was significant for the marine renewable energy sector in Canada – a comeback year in many ways with industry perseverance paying off. In Nova Scotia, we are seeing the most activity to date with new entrants and projects. cross the country there has been continued interest in marine renewable energy solutions for remote and coastal communities, which is well aligned with the motivation to displace the use of diesel. Along with domestic opportunity, Marine Renewables Canada’s members have also been actively pursuing and engaging in the international market – establishing partnerships and collaborations that will also benefit the growth of Canada’s sector.

Marine Renewables Canada welcomes four new board directors, appoints executive committee

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. The new directors bring industry experience and unique perspectives that will add to the national leadership of the association.

“Producing clean energy from tides, waves, rivers and offshore wind across the country and internationally poses significant opportunities for Canada,” said Marine Renewables Canada executive director Elisa Obermann. “We have a goal to help build and support this new industry and to do that we need leadership that is enthusiastic about tackling the challenges and pursuing the opportunities. That’s why I am pleased to announce the appointment of new directors to our board: Jason Clarkson, Peter Huttges, Kim MacNeil, and Dragan Tutic – their engagement will benefit the association and the sector.”

Jason Clarkson is President of Operational Excellence Consulting Inc. and is currently managing a project for Sustainable Marine Energy Canada (SMEC). In this role, he is focused on supporting SMEC’s Grand Passage tidal energy project as well as the development slated in the Minas Passage at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). Jason has over 17 years of experience working in heavy industry primarily focusing on operational safety, regulatory compliance and risk management. He has been providing expertise and services to the tidal energy industry in Nova Scotia since 2014, working closely with industry including FORCE and Cape Sharp Tidal. Jason is also responsible for the “Lessons Learned – Minas Passage” report outlining the challenges and experiences that have been faced by tidal developers while operating in the conditions unique to the FORCE site.

Peter Huttges is Coastal Business Manager with Atlantic Towing Limited, responsible for all aspects of business development and customer and contract management, for the Coastal Division. In his role, Peter provides expertise and support for a range of industries including marine renewable energy, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine construction, mining and Arctic resupply. Over the past several years, Peter has been closely engaged in marine renewable energy development in Canada, having managed Atlantic Towing’s marine operations for a number of tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy.

Kim MacNeil is president and owner of Aviso East Consulting Inc. and is currently Head of North American Development with Nova Innovation. Nova is a tidal energy company based in Scotland and working to install a turbine in Petit Passage, Digby County, Nova Scotia. He brings extensive knowledge and expertise in environmental regulation and policy, having worked in the environmental department of two large mining companies and in a variety of positions with the Province of Nova Scotia. More recently he served as Acting Deputy Minister of Environment and then as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries & Aquaculture.

Dragan Tutić is co-founder and CEO of Oneka Technologies, a company based in Quebec that developed a wave-powered desalination technology that directly converts the motion of waves into drinking water for coastal communities. As he has been developing this technology, he has established experience in addressing technical challenges, raising capital, and navigating logistics and permitting requirements.

Their directorship terms begin on January 1, 2020.

A new executive committee has also been established, with the Honourable Michel P. Samson, currently Counsel at Cox & Palmer, appointed as Chairman of the board and Peter Huttges of Atlantic Towing appointed to the role of Vice Chair and Treasurer.

Marine Renewables Canada would also like to thank the following outgoing directors of the board for their contributions and leadership: Tim Brownlow (Atlantic Towing Limited), Sheila Paterson (Centre for Ocean Venture Entrepreneurship (COVE)), Carys Burgess (Independent), and Jeremy Poste (Independent).

For full Board of Directors’ biographies, please visit