Students from one of the oldest universities in the world recently toured Ocean Networks Canada with staff hosts Claire de Grasse and Tom Dakin, business development specialists in ICT and Sensors and Instruments.
Visiting from Hunan University— located in Changsha, China and said to be over 1,000 years old—these students are mostly senior managers or executives in a variety of public and private sector organizations.
After introducing them to ocean observing technology, the VENUS and NEPTUNE observatories, and explaining why it is important to monitor the oceans, Claire and Tom focused on commercialization possibilities associated with the Observatory and what the Innovation Centre is doing to advance and support technology transfer, in Canada and with international collaborators.
"I was impressed with the energy and questions from this group of students,” reflected de Grasse. “They had thoughtful questions about the long-term goals of the observatory and how these goals supported the mandate to demonstrate socio-economic benefits to Canada.”
The seventeen students were visiting ONC as part of a special six-day program hosted by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, UVic’s internationally accredited school with a focus on the development of global business leaders.