Partners

We are thankful for our many partners in industry, government, research and higher education.

To see lists of different types of partners, select items in the Category box below then click Apply.


Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC)

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) was established in 1972 by the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society in order to provide a permanent base for marine-oriented field research and marine science education on the west coast of Canada. Situated within the traditional territory of the Huu ay aht First Nation in Barkley Sound, and adjacent the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BMSC offers unparalleled access to a wide array of environments - including unique coastal, marine and rainforest habitats and exceptional species diversity.

With NSERC support, BMSC has developed an educational website, Science On the Leading Edge (SOLE), describing many of the science topics being investigated by Ocean Networks Canada scientists, including:

The Bamfield Marine Science Centre provides ongoing logistical support for Ocean Networks Canada operations in Folger Passage and Barkley Sound, including ship and dive-based maintenance on our Folger Pinnacle instrument platform.

Visit the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre website


BC Maritime Museum (BCMM)

Opening in 1955, the BC Maritime Museum (BCMM) has been a treasure within the City of Victoria; making the former Supreme Court Building in Bastion Square its home. The museum has engaging exhibits, retelling the history of BC’s nautical roots, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the famous marine adventures of 3 sailboats –the Dorothy, Trekka and Tilikum. Not to mention the museum’s collection of historical documents, pictures, library and outstanding nautical charts. ONCCEE is collaborating with the Museum to bring a new dynamic to the current exhibits – ocean science! ONCCEE is assisting in the creation of an ocean science exhibit and the development of educational resources for the museum.

Visit the BC Maritime Museum website


Brentwood College School

Brentwood College School is a college preparatory boarding school located in Mill Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The school focuses on academics, athletics and arts in a unique tripartite curriculum.

This school is collaborating with the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria to host a data collection buoy that will remotely sense a range of environmental factors and transmit them to a website that will be available to Brentwood students for analysis. Cameras and hydrophones will allow students to view and listen in to the ocean fauna. The monitoring project forms part of CANARIE - Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network. It also links to the NEPTUNE and VENUS projects that are currently gathering data from the deep on both coasts of Vancouver Island.  In addition, Brentwood students will be using their own data gathering devices this year (with a portable data logger known as a LabQuest) to provide information on the changing salinity, temperature and nutrient levels within the Mill Stream estuary itself. 

Visit the Brentwood College School website


Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (Associate Member)

CSSF has been providing Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) services and related engineering since 1995. Specifically focusing on supporting scientific research and its unique and difficult challenges has led CSSF, with the ROPOS vehicle, to be the world leader in this field. In 2005 the vehicle and support systems were completely rebuilt with the new design focused on supporting undersea observatories; both the installation and efficient equipment and instrument servicing. The vehicle currently has capabilities and efficiency unmatched anywhere else in the world. This leads to safety and efficiency that keeps costs low and results high. Support for purely scientific research missions continues. Their team's dedication and support leads to continuous improvements keeping the ROPOS vehicle as the state of the art scientific research vehicle. ROPOS has been used extensively for deployment and maintenance of both the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observing systems.

Visit the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility website


Centre for Global Studies (CfGS)

The Centre for Global Studies was created in 1998 with a mandate to conduct collaborative, policy-oriented inquiry into the impacts of globalization on a broad spectrum of inter-related issues encompassing international governance and finance, the environment, security, and sustainable development. Building on the university’s existing base of interdisciplinary expertise, the Centre provides a vehicle for bridging scholarship with the needs of policy-makers for concise and accessible analysis in response to the pressing challenges of global change.

Since its formation, the CFGS has evolved rapidly to establish an extensive program of international research and development assistance activity. Through its innovative “centre of centres” model, the CFGS provides infrastructure and administrative support to a diverse group of associates, who operate within the following six core divisions:

  • Division of Globalization and Governance
  • Division of Technology and International Development
  • International Institute for Child Rights and Development
  • Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative
  • International Women's Rights Project

Common themes that unify the research work of associates at the Centre include an engagement with action-oriented approaches to democratic reform and capacity building, and an overriding commitment to the advancement of human and environmental security objectives. The Centre is also concerned with issues of state security, an interest it pursues through participation in a variety of global and multilateral initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict and arms proliferation.

In addition to its core team of associates, the Centre sponsors multiple student internships, and maintains an extensive network of international research partners, with whom it collaborates on a project-to project basis.

The Centre for Global Studies is financed by revenues from an endowment fund, as well as from grants from a number of public and private funding sources.

 

Visit the Centre for Global Studies (CfGS) website


Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.

Ocean Networks Canada works closely with many DFO scientists to plan experiments and share results. The Canadian Coast Guard has provided generous ship time aboard the CCGS Tully and CCGS Vector, supporting observatory installation and maintenance work. Ocean Networks Canada also hosts data gathered by DFO drifters in the Arctic waters of Nunavut; these data are available through our data search and download facilities.

Visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website


French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER)

Ifremer is France's national public institute for marine research. It is one of the most integrated marine research institutes with the broadest range of skills and expertise worldwide. Underwater technologies, biodiversity, fisheries science and aquaculture, coastal environments, mineral resources, biotechnologies and operational oceanography are all part of its research missions and its areas of skill and excellence.

Ifremer's integrated instrument platform Tempo-Mini has been deployed at NEPTUNE's Endeavour site and Ifremer's piezometer instrument was installed at NEPTUNE's Cascadia Basin site. Ifremer has also provided engineering and technology consultation for Ocean Networks Canada.

Visit the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea website


Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)

Scientists at GSC are engaged in geoscientific research aimed at increasing our understanding of the geological history, processes, and hazards affecting Canada.

Visit the Geological Survey of Canada website


Institute of Ocean Sciences (DFO/IOS)

The Institute of Ocean Sciences is one of a network of nine major scientific facilities across Canada operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Located in Sidney, approximately 30 km from Victoria, the Institute is home to scientists, technicians, support staff and ships' crews whose common interests are the coastal waters of British Columbia, the Northeast Pacific Ocean, the Western Arctic and navigable waters east to the Manitoba, Saskatchewan border

Visit the Institute of Ocean Sciences website


Jacobs University, Bremen

Jacobs University Bremen is a highly selective, private institution for the advancement of education and research. Its academic programs and cultural environment prepare graduates for international leadership and global citizenship. Multinational students, faculty and researchers of distinction, with educational partners around the world, collaborate in learning, creating and disseminating information and new knowledge.

A team of researchers and technologists at Jacobs University designed and developed NEPTUNE Canada's benthic crawler, which will be used to study methane flux variations and gas hydrate dynamics at the Barkley Canyon hydrate outcrops.

Visit the Jacobs University website


L-3 MariPro Inc.

L-3 MariPro Inc. is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, that specializes in undersea sensor network and water communication solutions. L3 MariPro is a subcontractor to Alcatel Submarine Networks to manufacture the nodes (as it is for the MBARI/MARS cabled observatory). L-3 MariPro is a subcontractor to Alcatel-Lucent for the manufacture the NEPTUNE Canada network nodes.

Visit the L-3 MariPro Inc. website


Laboratory of Applied Bio-Acoustics (LAB)

Bioacoustics is a cross-disciplinary science, which investigates sound production and reception in animals, including man, the biological acoustically-borne information transfer and its propagation in elastic media. Bioacoustics also refers to the organs of hearing and to the sound production apparatus, as well as to the physiological and neurophysiological processes by which sounds are produced, received and processed. Furthermore, bioacoustics attempts to understand the relationships between the features of the sounds an animal produces and the nature of the environment in which they are used, as well as the functions they are designed to serve. Finally, it includes the techniques associated with instrumental and biological sonar for its use in population monitoring, identification and communication encoding mechanisms and allows the assessment and control of the effects of human-made noise on animals.

The creation of the Laboratory of Applied Bio-Acoustics (LAB) is the necessary and mature response, from a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to the increasing acoustic degradation of the marine habitat in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic.

The LAB has the clear objective to respond with technological solutions to the progressive deterioration of the seas, limiting the effects of anthropogenic noise and contributing to the sustainable development of human marine activities. The research outcome will answer the increasing demand from local, national and European administrations and from the society itself, by providing the necessary expertise on the control mechanisms and a better understanding of the marine noise pollution.

The Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics was created with a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology and the institutional support from the City of Vilanova i la Geltrú and the Ports Directorate of the Catalan Government.

LAB collaborates with NEPTUNE Canada by processing and analyzing our hydrophone data and streaming it realtime on the Listening to the Deep Ocean website

Visit the Laboratory of Applied Bio-Acoustics's website


Let’s Talk Science (LTS)

Let’s Talk Science (LTS) is a national organization that is inspiring youth to become engaged with science through free hands-on and experiential activities. Student volunteers at over 30 universities and colleges across Canada encourage K-12 students to discover science right in the classroom using kits that specifically link to Canadian Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs). ONCCEE has been in collaboration with LTS at both the national and local (UVic) level through the development of marine themed activities for the classroom kits, the development of LTS’s CurioCity Website and the coordination and facilitation of a high school Ocean Science Symposium!

Visit the Let’s Talk Science website


Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network

Established in 2012, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) is a Network of Centres of Excellence based at Dalhousie University in Halifax. MEOPAR has assembled a team of outstanding Canadian researchers dedicated to addressing critical issues related to human activity in the marine environment, and the impact of marine hazards on human activities in coastal regions. Established in 2012, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) is a Network of Centres of Excellence based at Dalhousie University in Halifax. MEOPAR has assembled a team of outstanding Canadian researchers dedicated to addressing critical issues related to human activity in the marine environment, and the impact of marine hazards on human activities in coastal regions.

MEOPAR collaborates with Ocean Networks Canada on research initiatives and in the hosting of regional science-focused workshops.

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Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

At the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, microbiologists, molecular biologists and biogeochemists work together to understand basic principles of marine microbial ecology. Their focus is on the anaerobic (oxygen-free) world below the sediment surface, because this is where many interesting and hitherto unknown life forms exist that play a crucial role for the coupling of element cycles – and hence for the chemistry of the oceans. The researchers at the institute cover a broad range of disciplines and areas of expertise, from microsensors to microbiology, from geochemistry to genome analysis, and from molecular ecology to mathematical modelling.

Visit the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology website


McGill Ultra-Videoconferencing Research Group (McGill/CIRMMT-Ultravideo)

The Group is located at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Most of its projects are based in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) of the Faculty of Music. The group's main focus is continuing development of the McGill Ultra-Videoconferencing System for high-bandwidth, high-quality, and low-latency videoconference interaction. Members of this group (working under Dr. John Roston) are collaborationg with NEPTUNE Canada is developing and implementing web services software, user interface, video recording system and event detection software to be used for the underwater HD video component of our Oceans 2.0 project.

Visit the McGill Ultra-Videoconferencing Research Group website


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is a center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology through the development of instruments, systems and methods for scientific research in the deep ocean. Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) is a cabled ocean observatory operational since November 10, 2008 on the seafloor at a depth of 900m in Monterey Bay, California, about 40km offshore.

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute website


Oceaneering

Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense and aerospace industries.

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Oceans Observatories Initiative (OOI)

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a NSF Division of Ocean Sciences program that focuses the science, technology, education and outreach of an emerging network of science driven ocean observing systems.

Building on the heritage of the ship-based expeditionary era of the last century, oceanography is commencing a new phase in which research scientists increasingly seek continuous interaction with the ocean environment to adaptively observe the earth-ocean-atmosphere system. Such approaches are crucial to resolving the full range of episodicity and temporal change central to so many ocean processes that directly impact human society, our climate, and the incredible range of natural phenomena found in the largest ecosystem of the planet.

The OOI Program will conduct transformational ocean science using an integrated ocean observatory with a network of interactive nodes studying interrelated ocean processes on coastal, regional, and global spatial scales and through a continuum of time scales, from microseconds to decades. NSF will fund the planned facility through its Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account. The OOI is an outgrowth of scientific planning efforts by the national and international ocean research communities over the past two decades and is motivated in part by rapidly expanding development of computational, robotic, communications, and sensor capabilities.

Visit the Oceans Observatories Initiative (OOI) website


OceanWorks International (Member)

OceanWorks is an International Subsea Solutions Provider. They offer Subsea Cabled Observatory Network Systems, Atmospheric Diving Systems, Submarine Rescue Systems, and custom design-build projects for a wide range of subsea customers. OceanWorks has been involved in the design and manufacture of Cabled Observatories since 2005 and have successfully deployed infrastructure equipment on four separate Cabled Observatory Systems. With over 200,000 hours of operating time on our Scientific Instrument Interface Modules and Junction Boxes, OceanWorks is currently developing its fourth generation cabled network design. From system design, power management, cable modeling and physical simulation through to hardware development; OceanWorks’ commitment to providing product that works as part of a system has made them the world leader in subsea cabled network design and hardware. 

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OOI Regional Scale Node (OOI - RSN)

The Regional Scale Nodes component of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative provides unprecedented power (10 kV) and bandwidth (10 Gb/s) to scientific sensor arrays on the seafloor and throughout the water column using instrumented moorings.


Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations in oceanography and atmospheric science. Current PMEL programs focus on open ocean observations in support of long-term monitoring and prediction of the ocean environment on time scales from minutes to decades.

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The Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium. Its mission is to conserve aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. Its education programs include: school programs, teacher resources, and aquakits. All embrace a strong hands-on component to enable children and youth to learn about the ocean and its marine life through direct experience.

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University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.

The University of British Columbia is one of 12 Canadian institutions comprising the consortium that developed Ocean Networks Canada. UBC faculties and scientists collaborate frequently with Ocean Networks Canada and also provide support for regional workshops and ongoing experiments.

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University of Victoria (UVic)

The University of Victoria is a leading Canadian research university, and has a reputation as a centre of innovative and interdisciplinary research. UVic researchers are making major contributions, advancing and applying knowledge for the benefit of society. UVic faculty rank among the top universities in Canada in research funding from national granting councils. The University of Victoria, as host institution for NEPTUNE Canada, has provided extensive in-kind support for the project, including facilities, administrative, legal and communications support, and other services valued at $1.4 million.

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University of Victoria - Science

The University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences is recognized internationally for its excellence in Earth, ocean and atmospheric systems research and education. Established in 1991, the school was the first university department in Canada to develop an integrated multidisciplinary approach to Earth system science. The school's faculty members and graduate students are actively researching acoustical oceanography, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, climate modeling, geophysics, hydrothermal systems, ocean acoustics, ocean physics, ocean turbulence, aqueous geochemistry, petrology geochemistry, structural geology, plankton and deep sea benthic ecology, paleontology, and deep sea ecology.

Aside from the school of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria researchers in the fields of marine biologyocean engineeringgeography, and ocean physics are involved in marine science.

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University of Washington (UW)

The University of Washington is helping develop science and education programs associated with studies of the northeast Pacific Ocean off the Washington and Oregon coasts. The technologies and infrastructure supporting this work are described on websites for the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and the Regional Scale Nodes component of the OOI being developed at the University of Washington.

The University of Washington School of Oceanography is an internationally recognized leader in ocean research and education and the home institution of several key scientists and engineers contributing to the NEPTUNE project.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, Massachusetts) is a private, non-profit research facility dedicated to the study of marine science and to the education of marine scientists. It is the largest independent oceanographic institution in the world.

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