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PMI-VI Sept Dinner Meeting – Smart Oceans BC

Event details

Date: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Ambrosia

Presenter: Scott McLean, P. Eng

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Tickets: PMI-VI Member $35.00, CWCC CMC ISACA Member $35.00, Non-Member $45.00

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Join us for our September 2014 Chapter Dinner Meeting

Smart Oceans BC

presented by Scott McLean, P. Eng.

Director, Innovation Centre, Ocean Networks Canada

Ambrosia Event Centre; 638 Fisgard St, Victoria, BC Canada

To help us better plan for the event please register early.

Note that:

Ticket SALES will CLOSE at NOON on FRIDAY, Sept 19th


Join Scott as he introduces one of the most innovative scientific and technical projects in the West Coast of Canada: Smart Oceans BC

Smart Oceans BC is a multi-faceted program to support BC decision-makers faced with responding to natural disasters and hazards. It leverages the unique capabilities of the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories to inform public safety, marine safety and environmental monitoring. Made possible through funding from Western Economic Diversification and IBM Canada, Smart Oceans BC is the next phase in the world-class Ocean Networks Canada system that will position Canada as a global leader in ocean technology that delivers science and information for good ocean management and responsible ocean use.

Smart Oceans BC will combine existing and new marine sensing technology with its powerful data management system, Oceans 2.0, so that coastal and offshore areas of Canada, particularly those slated for resource extraction or transportation can be managed safely, following environmentally sound approaches.

Smart Oceans BC will include infrastructure for:

Marine safety

  • by monitoring and providing alerts on sea state and ship traffic

Public safety

  • through natural hazard warning for earthquake ground-shaking, underwater landslides and near-field tsunamis

Environmental protection

  • by gaining a baseline of critical areas, and providing real-time environmental observations for managing operations and accidents should they occur

Science-based decision making

  • leveraging the NEPTUNE and VENUS observatories to help support decision-making


All of these systems will use Oceans 2.0 and high speed, real-time analytics to monitor the hundreds of sensors.

Smart Oceans BC will provide opportunity for further economic growth in BC through commercialization of these advanced systems under the Ocean Network Canada Innovation Centre, a federally funded Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (  The Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre is responsible for bringing the advanced ocean observing technologies developed on NEPTUNE and VENUS to world markets.


About Scott:

Scott is a professional electrical engineer, with more than 21 years of ocean technology development experience. Previous to his appointment in Ocean Networks Canada, Scott worked in Halifax, where he worked for eight years as chief technology officer and vice-president of research and development at a high-tech oceanographic company. Scott’s areas of expertise include sensor development, observing system design and sensor integration into observing systems. From his experience in product development from concept through to creation, Scott has the proven ability to turn partnerships and technology transfers from Canadian and international groups into successful commercial products. In his role, he is the Program Sponsor for Smart Oceans BC, the largest ocean-based initiative in execution in Canada at this time.

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