Project Partners

OceansAdvance is the voice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Technology Innovation Cluster. The Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Technology sector is comprised of companies, institutions, and organizations dedicated to ocean and marine-related technology, education, training, research and development, promotion, delivery and application. The technology is used to deliver solutions and generate efficiencies through safe and sustainable exploration, development, monitoring and use of ocean resources.

econext is an association of businesses that accelerates clean growth in Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador is a province with immense clean growth potential. Its vast untapped clean energy resources provide for substantial renewable energy, hydrogen, and clean fuels opportunities. It is an innovator in creating value from waste streams, and is home to a world-leading cluster of expertise in the sensing, characterization, and monitoring of the environment. Its current strengths in its natural resource sectors, from offshore oil and gas to mining, are helping to pave the way for the energy transition. econext works on behalf of over 200 members to foster environmentally sustainable economic development.


The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) is a member-based non-profit organization that represents the interests of aquaculturists in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are passionate advocates on behalf of our members to facilitate and promote the responsible development of the aquaculture industry. NAIA exists to promote excellence in the aquaculture industry of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mission is to assist the aquaculture industry to achieve its full wealth creation potential, to be a strong voice on behalf of our members and take a leadership role in the development of strategies and services that will match the needs of our industry and to assist our members to attain excellence in safety, quality, environmental sustainability and profitability.


COMPASS is a national non-profit association representing the marine transportation, fisheries and oil and gas sectors. We advance the marine industry and demonstrate its ties to social and economic sustainability while driving new strategies to address human resource issues. COMPASS is committed to member networking and information sharing, advocating member interests to policy makers offering training Programs for member companies, while enhancing public perception of marine professionals across the country.


For more information on how your company can get involved with our virtual mentoring program or become a host company for summer interns get in touch with:

David Tipton

As Program Manager for the Ocean Careers Immersion Project, David is focused on connecting youth with professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador's essential ocean technology sector through internships and online mentoring.

Prior to joining OceansAdvance, David worked as Manager of Field Operations and Outreach with Oceans Learning Partnership, fostering partnerships and supporting experiential education programs with ocean science educators and scientists across the province. He credits much of his leadership style and team building skills to his own mentorship while working with Mountain Equipment Co-op in Ontario.