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.



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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.

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


Marine Renewables Canada & WiRE Establish Partnership

Marine Renewables Canada is excited to announce a new partnership with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE). WiRE’s mission is to advance the role and recognition of women working in the energy sector. Inclusive of all renewable energy and clean technologies, its programming includes capacity-building field trips, networking meet-ups, an awards recognition program, student bursaries, speed mentoring and more!

To learn more about WiRE visit:

Marine Renewables Canada adds industry expertise to 2018 Board of Directors

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its 2018 Board of Directors. The new directors bring experience and strong expertise from the marine renewable energy and broader energy sectors. The three new directors also add representation from across Canada — British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia — supporting and strengthening the association’s national mandate.

The new members of the 2018 Marine Renewables Canada Board of Directors are:

Tidal power playing a role in Canada’s transition to a clean-growth economy

Today Cape Sharp Tidal announced that its recent deployment of a 2 MW tidal turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Center (FORCE) in the Bay of Fundy is successfully delivering electricity to the Nova Scotia grid – a first for the tidal energy sector in Canada.

“This is a huge milestone for our marine renewable energy sector – demonstrating that tidal energy will play a role in Canada’s transition from fossil fuels to a low-carbon future,” says Marine Renewables Canada executive director, Elisa Obermann. “It comes at a time when our federal government is looking for solutions to achieve its climate change action goals. Tidal energy is now closer to being one of those solutions.”

Wales and Canada continue to build marine energy relationship




Marine Energy Wales will be making a momentous visit across the Atlantic to attend the Marine Renewables Canada 2017 Conference, to share knowledge and experience of their work within the marine energy sector.

The annual conference which is taking place in Ottawa on the 8th and 9th November is the biggest event in the Canadian calendar. The event will bring together Marine Renewables Canada members, government, academia, other industry, and delegates from around the world to discuss current marine renewable energy activities, and needs for the sector in Canada and globally.

The mission forms part of the MoU signed by both organisations last year to share knowledge and support the development of marine energy across the world. Both countries are leading the way in marine energy development and this positive collaboration and relationship-building aims to strengthen the industry through shared learning.

Amanda White, Operations Director at Marine Renewables Canada said, “Wales is recognized as a leading jurisdiction in marine renewable energy development and Marine Energy Wales attendance at our conference will allow us to share lessons learned, discuss potential collaborations, and strengthen the ties between Canada and Wales.”

The theme for this year’s conference will be to explore the path forward for marine renewable energy, examining what the strategy going forward could look like, and how the growing focus and priority on renewables by society, investors, and governments will play a role. The agenda features highlights on Canadian achievements to date as well as updates on the global industry, insights on strategies and policies which could accelerate sector development and future opportunities and challenges.
Marine Energy Wales will form part of an international delegation visiting the conference, funded by the Government of Canada, who will connect and inform the Canadian sector about progress, opportunities and lessons learned across the world.

David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales commented, “We are delighted to accept the invitation to attend the Marine Renewables Canada conference as this event will be important for us to strengthen our ties with the Canadian industry. Our two organisations have been key drivers for marine energy in our respective nations, and we share many of the same aims and objectives. We have already agreed to welcome MRC and their members to our 2018 conference and so we look forward to continuing to build on this important relationship.”

Online registration for the conference is open on the Marine Renewables Canada website here where further information can also be found on the event and the programme.


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Notes to Editors:

Marine Energy Wales
Marine Energy Wales brings together technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable marine energy generation, making a significant contribution to a low carbon economy.
The benefits of this industry are being felt throughout the country with the creation of green sustainable jobs, growth and skills providing significant development opportunities for Wales.

Formally known as Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, the group was set up in 2010 to provide support and guidance for the sector, and has been instrumental in building a positive and unique collaboration between industry, government and academia. In 2016 Marine Energy Wales was launched to represent the sector at a national level due to industry demand.
Marine Energy Wales is a project run by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum CIC.

For more information visit:

Marine Renewables Canada
Marine Renewables Canada is the national association for wave, tidal, and river current energy, representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the association 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.

For more information visit:

Marine Renewables Canada leads trade mission to Ireland

This week Canadian representatives of the growing marine renewable energy industry will showcase the sector’s expertise and capabilities to an international audience in Cork, Ireland. Marine Renewables Canada, with support from the Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia, is leading a trade mission of 32 delegates to the 4th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), an event that is increasingly playing a role in building research and business partnerships.

Since a Canadian delegation last attended EWTEC in Nantes, France in 2015, significant strides have taken place in the Canadian marine renewable energy industry that establish Canadians as one of the leaders in the global industry.

“Canadian companies and researchers have been building experience and expertise through research, deployments, and demonstrations across Canada and internationally,” said Elisa Obermann, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada. “Many of the delegates attending EWTEC are involved in Cape Sharp Tidal’s project in the Bay of Fundy, wave energy R&D in British Columbia, and river current energy demonstrations in Manitoba. The mission provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge, build relationships, and highlight the strengths of Canada’s marine renewable energy sector.”

EWTEC is a steadily growing event, now attracting about 600 participants. Through participation in conference presentations, a pavilion, and side business and networking events the mission will serve to showcase Canada’s strengths, attract investment, and help participating organizations develop potential business and research relationships in the global industry.  This mission is part of the Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia’s efforts to support trade and investment through the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

The following organizations are participating in the mission to Cork:

  • Acadia Tidal Energy Institute
  • Axys Technologies Inc.
  • Blu-tility
  • Cape Sharp Tidal Venture
  • Cascadia Coast Research Ltd.
  • Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre
  • Dalhousie University
  • Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd.
  • Envigour
  • Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy
  • Glas Ocean Electric
  • Mersey Consulting
  • Nova Scotia Department of Energy
  • Offshore Energy Research Association
  • Rockland Scientific

More details about the 2017 European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference can be viewed at:




Media contact:   Amanda White

Marine Renewables Canada


Wales and Canada strengthen marine energy ties







PRESS RELEASE: Nov 23, 2016

Marine Energy Wales have signed an agreement with Marine Renewables Canada to share knowledge and support development of marine energy. The two organisations have been key drivers for marine energy in their respective nations, and share many aims and objectives. This agreement demonstrates the commitment to a worldwide marine energy industry and the economic and low carbon opportunities associated with the emerging sector. This marks an important step towards positive collaboration between the two countries, both of which are leading the way in supporting marine energy development.

With €100.4 million of EU structural funding prioritised for marine energy in Wales, 2 Demonstration Zones, seabed agreements in place for three separate tidal stream projects, and a number of proposals for significant tidal range projects, Wales is well on its way to creating a strong, sustainable industry. Companies that have already benefited from this funding include Marine Power Systems, Minesto and Wave-tricity, and this will see them build, deploy and test their devices in Wales. Canada is also progressing the marine energy sector and is home to FORCE, a grid – connected test site with 64 MW capacity and has significant wave, tidal and river current resources across the country. Several developers have targeted the Bay of Fundy as a site for development with global tidal energy leaders such as OpenHydro, DP Energy, Atlantis Resources, SCHOTTEL, and Tocardo planning on deploying devices there over the next few years.

On this relationship David Jones, Director of Marine Energy Wales commented,

The ultimate goal is to create a new low carbon global industry, where skills and knowledge are exportable worldwide. With significant progress being made by Morlais on the tidal Demonstration Zone off Anglesey, Minesto on the Deep Green project and a number of upcoming wave projects, Wales is developing those skills. Collaborating with Marine Renewables Canada and sharing experiences will be a real benefit moving forward.”

Although divided by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada and Wales share many common qualities and this new collaborative approach will aim to build on the work that has already been accomplished by each.

Elisa Obermann, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada said,

“As a new industry, marine renewable energy still faces many challenges – not just in Canada, but across the globe. By working together, Marine Renewables Canada and Marine Energy Wales can help industry collaborate on key issues, build partnerships, and share information that will support advancement of the global industry.”

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “ This link up with Canada is excellent news and I am pleased to see the international interest that has been created by Marine Energy Wales within weeks of the new organisation being launched. The renewable marine energy sector has real potential for Wales which is a key location for the development and deployment of new innovative technologies and this new agreement with Canada will help promote these capabilities.”

To find out more about Marine Energy Wales or Marine Renewables Canada visit their websites: