Mark your calendar: Marine Renewables Canada’s 2020 Lineup

Events & services to support Canada’s marine renewable energy sector

Every year, Marine Renewables Canada (MRC) hosts a number of events and trade missions to support its members’ business efforts and facilitate advancement of the marine renewable energy sector. With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, this year is obviously much different for all of us. We have been planning and pivoting our activities to ensure that we can deliver services and events that support the industry, while making health and safety a top priority.

Now that restrictions are being eased, we are excited to announce that we will be offering a mix of both virtual and in-person activities that will be launched over the remainder of 2020! All in-person events will adhere to the most current public health directives which means smaller gatherings, physical distancing, etc. – but we are thrilled to create an opportunity for our members, industry, and stakeholders to connect face-to-face in the near future!

MRC Connect App – COMING SOON!

With fewer opportunities to meet in person and conduct business development opportunities, MRC has created a new tool to allow members to connect virtually. This summer, MRC will be launching an app for members that will allow them to directly engage in informal networking and relationship-building with other members, identify local, national, and international business opportunities, and profile their capabilities. More details to come soon.

Nautical Networking Event | August 13, 2020 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Join us for our annual summer event on the Tall Ship Silva. This will be a wonderful evening featuring a cruise on Halifax Harbour, live music, and an opportunity to re-connect with colleagues!

Event size is limited to the maximum capacity the Silva can hold with required gathering limits and physical distancing requirements implemented. Registration will open on July 6th and will initially be available to MRC members only. Non-member ticket sales will open August 1st.

Contact Amanda White for more information on sponsorship opportunities: or 902-717-0716

 Marine Renewables Canada Golf Tournament | September 17, 2020 – Grandview Golf & Country Club, Westphal, Nova Scotia

We’ll be hosting our first ever golf tournament, creating an opportunity to make connections and build relationships with professionals across marine, offshore, and energy industries. Join us for a day out on the green followed by a BBQ dinner.

Event size will adhere to current gathering limits and physical distancing requirements. Registration will open on July 13, 2020. Contact Amanda White for more information on sponsorship opportunities: or 902-717-0716

Fall Forum & Info Sessions | October & November – Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia; other event locations TBD

We recognize that this is a challenging year to host large events. To address limitations and ensure that we are supporting our members and industry across the country MRC will be hosting a series of smaller events in lieu of an annual conference. These will include a Fall Forum in Halifax on November 5th, with both virtual and in-person attendance options. We are also planning on hosting a series of smaller events in different locations to provide information about opportunities in the marine renewable energy sector. More details to come soon.

 All of these activities are designed to be flexible to any changes in public health directives. With uncertainty and challenges created by the pandemic, MRC is committed to delivering services and events in the best interest of our members and the sector.

We will be providing updates on all of our activities frequently. Please visit our website for more information about each activity at

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Call for Nominations – 2018 Board of Directors

2018 Board of Directors Elections – Call for Nominations


(CLICK HERE for a PDF of the below details)

The Marine Renewables Canada Board of Directors is comprised of nine directors from across Canada, representing the interests of companies and organizations working in wave, tidal, and river current energy. Marine Renewables Canada aims to have a diverse Board, with representation from across Canada and expertise from across the sector. Board terms are for three years.

There are THREE (3) seats open for the 2018 Board of Directors:
– Two (2) Seats open – Western Canadian* members
– One (1) Seat open – Open to all members

* Western Canadian members include those that are located in the Western Canadian provinces or are currently active in marine renewable energy development in a Western Canadian province. This year’s Call for Nominations is allocating two seats solely to Western Canadian members in order to ensure a balance of representation on the Marine Renewables Canada Board of Directors. As a national association, it is critical that the Board represents the interest and activity of the sector across Canada.


The Call for Nominations, beginning September 6th, will run until September 29th. Nominations will be conducted electronically (via email). Any Full Member or Marine Energy Leader Member, whose dues are current, is eligible to nominate individuals who wish to run in the election. Self-nominations are eligible.

Nominations will also be taken from the floor during the Annual General Meeting on November 8th (CLICK HERE for more AGM details), although it is highly recommended that you send nominations in early to ensure that they are part of the electronic voting process and therefore, reach the most of people.

Anyone running for a Director position must be a member of the association.

How to Nominate (DEADLINE IS SEPT 29th):
To nominate an individual or self-nominate, please email, and include nominee’s full name, title, company, contact information including email and phone. A confirmation will be sent to you verifying receipt and acceptance of the nomination. When nominating, you must clearly state whether your nomination is for one of the two western seats or the one open seat.

All Nominees will be required to provide a one-page bio on themselves for the purposes of the election.  These will be distributed to members when voting opens.

Voting will be carried out from October 4th to October 27th and will also be conducted electronically (via email). Any Full Member or Marine Energy Champion/Leader Member whose dues are current is eligible to vote.

For questions, please contact Amanda White at / (902) 717-0716

Marine Renewables Canada 2017 Annual General Meeting





Marine Renewables Canada will be holding its Annual General Meeting of the Association on November 8th, 2017 during the associations upcoming Annual Conference, being held November 8-9, 2017 in Ottawa, ON.

All members are encouraged to attend as we will be reviewing the association’s activities throughout the past year and electing new members to the Board of Directors.

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

Meeting Details: 
Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm 5:30 pm (immediately after the last session ends)
Location: The Westin Ottawa Hotel, Saskatchewan Room
~ 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON ~

2017 AGM Meeting agenda – CLICK HERE

2017 Annual Report – CLICK HERE

2016 Audited Financials – CLICK HERE

2016 AGM Meeting Minutes – CLICK HERE

MRC WORKSHOP (Aug 9, 2017): Doing Business internationally – Focus on the EU






Wednesday, August 9, 2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel ~ Harbour Suites (1181 Hollis St, Halifax)

As part of our international business development workshop series, Marine Renewables Canada will host a workshop on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 in HalifaxDoing Business internationally: A Workshop with focus on the EU”.

See below for all needed details and CLICK HERE for a PDF.

Workshop Description:

As the global marine renewable energy sector evolves, new trade and export opportunities are being created that could be seized by Canadian companies. While a new market, marine renewable energy has the potential to be significant with estimates of 748 GW of marine renewable energy development potential by 2050.  This is a major opportunity for Canada to establish a supply chain that can export innovation, technologies, and expertise to an estimated $900 billion global market.

Are you thinking about doing business in the EU? Are you attending EWTEC 2017?

This workshop will take you through the framework for doing business in the EU (with special focus on Ireland and France). Key topics presented during the workshop will include:

  • Procurement and payment system in the EU
  • Main advantages of the Canada European Trade Agreement (CETA)
  • Links to key EU sites
  • Market Entry Strategies
  • How to get the most out of a Trade show
  • Cultural differences in international trade

Workshop Details:
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (light refreshments will be served)
Location: The Westin Nova Scotia Hotel ~ Harbour Suites – 1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS

***RSVP: Please RSVP to Amanda White by August 7, 2017 at

Workshop Agenda:

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  Welcome  / State of the EU Marine Renewable Energy Sector
– Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm:  Doing Business Internationally (part 1)
– Pernille Fischer Boulter, CITP, *Arctic *Canada *EU, Kisserup International Trade Roots Inc. (CLICK HERE for a biography on Pernille Fischer Boulter)
~ Procurement and payment system in the EU
~ Main advantages of the Canada European Trade Agreement (CETA)
~ Links to key EU sites

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Refreshment Break

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Doing Business Internationally (part 2)
– Pernille Fischer Boulter, CITP, *Arctic *Canada *EU, Kisserup International Trade Roots Inc.
~ Market Entry Strategies
~ How to get the most out of a Tradeshow
~ Cultural differences in international trade

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Questions & Answer / Wrap-up & Concluding remarks
– Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

***Please RSVP to Amanda White by August 7, 2017 at

For questions or more information, please contact Amanda White at  / (902) 717-0716