Marine Renewables Canada 2022 Conference Celebrates Accomplishments and What’s to Come

Last week we not only held the 2022 Marine Renewables Canada conference in Halifax, we celebrated what’s been accomplished and what’s to come for marine renewable energy in Canada.

It wasn’t so long ago that offshore wind was just mused about, but not thought of as a key contributor to Canada’s energy transition. It also wasn’t long ago that harnessing the tides in the Bay of Fundy seemed out of reach and now we have devices delivering electricity to the grid every day, with more to follow.

Only a year ago at Marine Renewables Canada’s 2021 conference, we pondered what offshore wind and green hydrogen could mean for Canada. There is now legislation being developed, an offshore wind target in place, active project planning, and a hydrogen action plan under development.
This is where optimism, collaboration, and perseverance gets you. But more importantly, it’s what needs to happen to reduce emissions and achieve net zero goals. Canada will need to tap into all of its renewable energy resources, including those from our oceans and rivers.

Thank you to our conference sponsors, speakers, volunteers and attendees for making the 2022 conference a success — our largest annual conference to date!

Key highlights included:

  • 350 attendees from across Canada and internationally
  • Keynote addresses from the Honourable Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia and the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • An MOU signing between Marine Renewables Canada and the Ocean Supercluster to collaborate on advancement of marine renewable energy in Canada
  • MRC Member Sessions focused on Indigenous engagement and effective communications, exclusive to MRC members as a pre-conference offering
  • 2nd joint “Women in Marine Renewables” event co-hosted by Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) and Marine Renewables Canada
  • “Taste of the Tides” – a guided wine tasting of Nova Scotia’s own appellation, Tidal Bay

We hope to see you in Ottawa for our 2023 conference – stay tuned for more details!