Industry Directory

This directory lists affiliates, collaborators, partners and industry partners with our Ocean Innovation Centre (how to be listed in this directory). 

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Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia

The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS) was incorporated in 1995 to assist in the pursuit of aerospace and defence industry growth and development opportunities. ADIANS acts as a facilitator linking companies to each other, to government, agencies and the larger aerospace companies seeking suppliers, partners and collaborators. ADIANS supports a growing and diversified aerospace and defence industry base, employing approximately 6,000 skilled and experienced workers, generating approximately $600 Million in revenues, and operating in both the defence and commercial aerospace markets. ADIANS is also focused on emerging sectors such as marine security, ocean and space technologies and working to create a cluster of advanced technology companies that align with Nova Scotia's interest in driving a stronger innovation culture. ADIANS also acts as an advocate for the industry with the Federal and provincial governments.

Alcatel-Lucent (ASN)

From network upgrades to new deployments, from regional to transcontinental networks, Alcatel-Lucent provides every part of a global transmission network, all tailored to its customers’ needs. The company has played a key role in the development and implementation of most the major submarine projects in operation today, from the Asia-Pacific to the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent is applying its experience into emerging applications like scientific and offshore networks, including the MARS (Monterey Accelerated Research System) deep-water test-bed in California, the NEMO undersea telescope in Italy, and now NEPTUNE Canada.

Alcatel-Lucent's dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical submarine systems transmit light undersea via submarine networks for voice, data and Internet communications. Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks was awarded a contract ($50M) to design, manufacture and install the infrastructure (backbone and spur cables, branching units, repeaters and nodes) for NEPTUNE Canada.

AML Oceanographic

Formerly Applied Microsystems Ltd., AML Oceanographic designs, sells and supports CTD, sound velocity, and environmental instrumentation.  Their customers are located in more than 100 countries and include organizations involved in the fields of hydrography, science and research, offshore construction, and environmental monitoring.  Their tagline - Xchange your old ideas - brings to life our commitment to bring fresh, innovative ideas to our industry.

In 1995, AML Oceanographic pioneered the design of the time-of-flight sound velocity sensor.  Today, they are a vendor of choice for sound velocity measurement for a wide range of marine survey organizations and manufacturers of multi-beam, single-beam, ntrusion detection, and USBL / LBL positioning systems. 

In March of 2008, they launched the market's first field swappable sound velocity sensor.  SV•Xchange allows users to field-swap their sound velocity sensors, essentially eliminating instrument down time.  Since that initial launch, they have added to our list of field-swappable sensors with P•Xchange, T•Xchange, C•Xchange, and Tu•Xchange.

Working in partnership with Ocean Networks Canada, AML Oceanographic field tested new UV•Xchange and Cabled UV products. In a controlled experiment with four ocean sensor instruments monitored by a video camera, the UV•Xchange bathed selected surfaces in ultraviolet light for twenty minutes out of every forty. The protected sensors remained clean and operated accurately, delivering real time data for over 15 months. Learn more.

ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.

ASL provides a full range of physical oceanographic consulting services including satellite and air born remote sensing services. ASL manufactures a line of underwater acoustic instruments as well as providing custom instrument design and manufacturing. Their products include: the Ice Profiler- measures ice-keel depths; the Wave Profiler- measures non-directional wave height from the safety of the ocean floor; and the Multi-Frequency Water Column Profiler- monitors the presence and location of zooplankton, fish or sediments.

Their custom instrument projects have included a number of real-time, autonomous systems connected by cable or radio telemetry links to shore. ASL engineering staff develops both the hardware and software for these systems. The company maintains a strong internal research and development program, supporting continuing innovation and improvement in its products and services. ASL also has a large lease pool of oceanographic instruments with related mooring design, deployment services and data processing.

Axys Technologies Inc.

AXYS is an ISO 9001-2008 registered Canadian company with over 30 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of remote environmental monitoring systems worldwide. AXYS applies its extensive knowledge and experience to freshwater, marine, land-based monitoring stations, and offshore wind resource assessment systems that measure aquatic, oceanic and atmospheric parameters. Offered in addition are technical field services to train and support customers in the operation and maintenance of all products. AXYS systems and turnkey solutions utilize proven cost-effective technology related to a wide range of applications.

AXYS has built and commissioned more than 250 meteorological and oceanographic stations of various types around the world, in over 30 countries. Clients include international military agencies, environmental agencies, coastal engineering firms, oil & gas companies, mining companies, wave energy research companies, port authorities, meteorological agencies, and oceanographic research institutes.

Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe)

The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network is a strategic partnership between university researchers and government - predominantly Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) - scientists. The Network aligns Canadian marine science capacities in order to address a need to develop scientific guidelines for conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity resources.

CHONe is a Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Network that has been funded for 5 years, beginning in 2008.

CHONe is deliberately broad in scientific and geographic scope because our outputs must flow from scientific discoveries on basic processes in the ocean to the implementation of well-defined policy and management that will have real and measurable impact on conservation and sustainable ocean use. Policy decisions that lack a strong scientific justification are likely to fail because ocean stakeholders will be reluctant to support conservation initiatives if there is no concrete evidence that any change in access to resources will produce tangible benefits. CHONe will deliver products to test conservation approaches and assumptions, and provide a suite of tools that can be used in new applications to ensure that future policy and management decisions are grounded in the best science possible to obtain the desired outcomes for all stakeholders.

Canadian Navy Maritime Forces Pacific (DND/MARPAC)

Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) is responsible for maintaining multi-purpose, combat-capable maritime forces to conduct operations in Canadian waters and in support of national objectives primarily in the Pacific Rim Region but also anywhere in the world.

CanPac Divers Inc.

CanPac Divers Inc. is a premier diving company in all water depths and a leader in safety, deep-water diving, underwater welding, subsea completions, in-water surveys, ship husbandry and work-class ROV projects. The Company also provides project management services and is fully conversant with all aspects of diving and marine work.

CanPac Divers Inc. is ISO-9001 and COR certified. The Company is also approved as a certified service supplier by ABS, DNV, Germanischer Lloyds and Lloyd’s Register to conduct in-water surveys and undertake ship husbandry work.

Cellula Robotics

Cellula Robotics is a world leading engineering solutions company that specializes in the turnkey design and production of seafloor intervention and subsea robotic systems. Cellula’s products are primarily used for geotechnical and geophysical applications around the world.

Through its dedicated team of highly-skilled engineers, designers and technicians based in Vancouver Canada, Cellula has developed extensive experience in projects that require integrated mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and software elements in a subsea environment.

Cellula’s has been involved in projects deployed offshore from the UK to Japan, Papa New Guinea to the Gulf of Mexico.  Cellula supports these international projects with dedicated offshore personnel, on-call staff and a  growing network of agents. 

With a client base spanning mineral exportation to Oil and Gas majors, Cellula has developed a rigorous ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and corporate Health, Safety & Environmental policy that continues to meet and exceed client expectations.”

CFN Consultants

CFN is a leading consultancy firm specializing in defence and security issues. Partners and Associates have particular expertise in dealing with the Canadian Forces, departments of the Canadian Government, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). With experts in defence, industry, business, materiel, information management and information technology, CFN knows how to help your company.

From a modest beginning in 1983, CFN has grown steadily to its current strength of three Partners and a larger number of Associate Consultants, with a consulting horizon well beyond its initial, focused interest in the defence procurement and services processes. In addition to the Ottawa office, CFN has established an office in Halifax known as CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc. and a presence in Victoria, and affiliates in Belgium and Italy. The professionals at CFN offer clients a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience built on their background in senior positions with the Canadian Forces and the Federal and Provincial Governments, in the following roles.

Defence R&D Canada (DRDC)

The Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) is an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence responding to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Forces. Its mission is to ensure that Canadian Forces remains scientifically and operationally relevant. (a division of Whitehall Policy Inc.) is a Web2.0 technology, instructional media and consulting firm focused on the knowledge / decision interface. provided support services to NEPTUNE Canada and the Centre for Global Studies for theDigital Fishers project, focussing on UI/UX design, usability, user management and project evaluation components.

Environment Canada (EC)

Environment Canada's mandate is to preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment; conserve Canada's renewable resources; conserve and protect Canada's water resources; forecast weather and environmental change; enforce rules relating to boundary waters; and coordinate environmental policies and programs for the federal government.

GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc.

GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. produces hydrophones, sources, and acoustic sub-systems. They produce a line of standard products that can be found on their website (below), but excel at producing specialty products to your requirements at short notice and affordable prices. GTI also provide consulting services and have designed transducers for a number of customers for their own manufacture, as well as built arrays for marine mammal surveillance, swimmer detection and deterrent, diver communications, and calibration systems.

IBM Canada Ltd.

In today's networked world, IBM maintains a strong and unique presence in Canada, making important contributions to this country's economy, technology leadership and the communities where we live and work.

On 14 April 2014, IBM Canada announced its collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada to equip BC coastal communities with a monitoring and prediction system to respond to offshore accidents, tsunamis and other natural disasters. IBM is investing $12 million in cloud computing infrastructure, analytics software, services and skills training to support this next phase of Smart Ocean.

IBM is one of the largest technology, services and consulting organizations in Canada. They help clients of all sizes and in all industries transform their operations through the use of technology, infusing intelligence into the systems that help run businesses, society and the world.

This intelligence makes it possible to harness the vast amount of data created by the trillions of connected devices in today's world, and turn it into knowledge that can be used to anticipate, forecast and even predict changes in our systems. This is the vision behind IBM's Smarter Planet strategy.

Canada is home to the largest team of IBM software professionals outside of the United States. Their software development lab sites in Markham, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria—collectively known as the IBM Canada Lab—are responsible for delivering IBM software solutions that are used worldwide.

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

Instrument Concepts Inc.

Instrument Concepts designs and manufactures subsea instruments used for offshore engineering, ocean observation and environmental monitoring. Specialties involve underwater acoustics, digital signal processing & low power electronics.

The company's new product, icLISTEN, passively listens for sounds in deep or shallow water. The icListen provides a unique feature set, being small, robust, low power and easy to use. The smart hydrophones provide data in real-time and can store data on its internal disks. Data is output in a format compatible with users needs, for example, WAV file, Spectrum, or specific events. Services include product sales, custom instrument design, system integration, installation & training and service.

Instrument Concepts' excellence in product engineering, research and innovation, combined with a team of professionals dedicated to customer satisfaction give the company its strong reputation. The company is based on the shore of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada.

International Submarine Engineering

ISE was formed in 1974 to build remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for the commercial, scientific and defence communities. Since then, they have delivered more than 230 underwater vehicles to clients in 20 countries around the world. Their products include electro-hydraulic work-class ROVs, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), manned submersibles, autonomous semisubmersibles, actively controlled towfish, robotic manipulators and control systems. ISE retains a permanent design and engineering capability, combined with an experienced in-house software team that enables them to offer a customized design service for all of theirvehicles. They have also provided custom robotic applications for subsea, terrestrial and space applications.


JASCO Applied Sciences (Canada) Ltd.


JASCO Applied Sciences provides consulting and research services for assessing and mitigating underwater noise. Since its origin in 1981, JASCO has been developing and implementing acoustic technologies ranging from advanced acoustic recorder design to complex acoustic modelling algorithms to comprehensive field monitoring and data analysis. We provide services for all stages of environmental reviews and assessments of underwater noise. We work with the oil and gas, marine construction, energy, fisheries, and defence sectors. 

JASCO began collaborating with the Ocean Networks Canada’s Innovation Centre in 2012 on a product development and demonstration project related to their Autonomous Multichannel Acoustic Recorder (AMAR). The AMAR is JASCO’s advanced system for collecting and delivering precisely calibrated acoustic and oceanographic data for ocean monitoring. It enables scientists to collect data from numerous oceanographic instruments including arrays of underwater microphones (hydrophones). The information can be transmitted in real time when the instrument is connected to cabled observatories such those deployed by Ocean Networks Canada off the BC coast. Learn more.





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Nanometrics Inc.

Nanometrics Inc. is a world-class provider of precision instrumentation, network technology and software applications for seismological and environmental research. Nanometrics products are employed for the study and monitoring of regional, national and global seismicity; natural resource exploration; environmental data communications; and other scientific applications. Deployed in over 100 countries and on every continent, Nanometrics real-time and portable systems are utilized by the world’s leading scientific institutions, universities, corporations and test ban treaty monitoring organizations.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) / 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. NRCan is also helping ONC in delivering on the Earthquake Early Warning system that is being put in place on behalf of Emergency Management BC.

Visit the GSC website

Nichiyu Giken Kogyo (NGK Ocean)

NGK is a Japanese R&D company contributing to the safety and reliability in various fields from deep sea to space. Under contract with NEPTUNE Canada, NGK designed and developed our Vertical Profiler System, an innovative integrated sensor platform for studying water properties and marine biology through a 400m seafloor-to-sea water column near the the head of Barkley Canyon.

Ocean Industries British Columbia

OCEAN Industries BC works for people who support a clean, safe and secure, ocean and marinespace economy in British Columbia and Western CANADA.

OIBC's Board of Directors runs as a Results Governance Board, as opposed to an “Operating” Board of Directors. The purpose of the board, on behalf of the people who value the establishment and growth of ocean and marinespace economy in British Columbia, is to see to it that OCEAN Industries BC:

(a) achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost, and

(b) avoids unacceptable actions and situations.

Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG)

The Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG) aligns industry, academia and government to ensure that Canada is a leader in providing ocean energy solutions to a world market.  OREG works to advance the wave energy, tidal energy, and in-stream (hydrokinetic) energy industries in Canada and internationally.

OceansAdvance Inc.

OceansAdvance Inc. was formally established in 2005. with a mission to foster and promote the growth and development of the ocean technology cluster in Newfoundland and Labrador by aligning industry, academia, research and government. OceansAdvance is governed by a Board of Directors whose members come largely from the private sector.

ODIM Brooke Ocean

ODIM Brooke Ocean - part of the Rolls-Royce Group - offers a variety of hardware lines to the marine science, naval and seismic sectors. Their specialty is the development of equipment and systems to operate in harsh marine environments, incorporating simple, yet innovative designs.

ODIM Brooke Ocean manufactures advanced data collection systems for each of its sectors. They manufacture products including the Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP™), SeaHorse wave-powered profiler, Free Fall Cone Penetrometer (FFCPT™) and Laser Optical Plankton Counter (LOPC™).  They also supply Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) for payloads including unmanned vehicles, oceanographic sensors, towed bodies, and manned submersibles as well as engineering services.

OEA Technologies

OEA’s consultants specialize in marine applications of remote sensing technologies. Services include assessment of environmental data requirements, identification of suitable sensors, data collection, processing and fusion strategies, staff training and operational integration.

OEA Technologies provides technical support services for all models of CODAR SeaSonde HF radars, including site selection and network analyses, installation, operational monitoring and maintenance. The company also represents Pro Oceanus Systems throughout the Caribbean.

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.

Precise Design

Precise Design is a full-service mechanical engineering group offering innovative design and in-house manufacturing solutions. With dedicated project management as the foundation of our team, Precise Design is committed to our customers’ needs and actively engaged at every step of the process. Our areas of expertise include concept and product development, prototyping, project management, mechanical integration, design and build, and complete manufacturing solutions. We take on the full responsibility for projects allowing our customers the flexibility to allocate their internal resources around their core business.