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Winter 2018
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Nova Scotia Business Inc. is pleased to share The Insider — our monthly newsletter featuring initiatives, events, missions, resources and stories about doing business in Nova Scotia, and around the globe.

Opportunity Runs Deep in Nova Scotia

What's inside: On the heels of the recent ocean supercluster announcement, we’re taking a deeper dive into the ocean technology economy — from taking a closer look at the opportunities and amenities of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) to understanding how data and the ocean integrate, and meeting a ConnectNS Global Advisor who played a role is establishing the Ocean Cleanup. We also do a CETA follow-up with Sanjeev Chowdhury, Director of the Free Trade Agreement Promotion Task Force at Global Affairs Canada.
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Opportunity Runs Deep
The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. Where ocean technologies in various industries — from energy, fisheries and aquaculture, to marine transportation, defence, and tourism — are realized.
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Data and oceans sector integration
How Data and Oceans Integrate
Water covers more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface, yet an estimated 95% of our oceans remain unexplored. Researchers and users have seen a true explosion in data collected from various ocean technologies over the past fifteen years and now there is more information at our fingertips than ever before — but how can we make use of it?
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Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA)
10 Questions with a CETA Expert
The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union is changing the global business landscape for two of the world’s largest economies. But what does this mean for Nova Scotia companies, and how can we take advantage of this new free trade opportunity to grow local businesses? To answer these questions, we talked to Sanjeev Chowdhury, Director of the Free Trade Agreement Promotion Task Force at Global Affairs Canada. 
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The Ocean Cleanup
From Marine and Environmental Law to The Ocean Cleanup
ConnectNS Global Advisor Nicholas Katsepontes has been occupied by the state of the oceans for a long time. Several years ago, he was inspired by a TED Talk delivered by Boyan Slat, just a teenager at the time, about the Ocean Cleanup and finding a way to remove the large garbage patches consisting mostly of plastic in the oceans. Intrigued, Nicholas volunteered as Executive Counsel & Legal Advisor for The Ocean Cleanup, which was still in the very early stages of becoming a not-for-profit.
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Atlantic Canada Ocean Supercluster receives funding
Atlantic Canada Ocean Supercluster receives funding
The federal government has announced Atlantic Canada’s successful proposal for an Ocean Supercluster. One of five superclusters receiving federal support up to $950 million in funding, the Ocean Supercluster is a private sector-led partnership bringing companies together to boost innovation and modernization in Canada's ocean industries.

Companies from different ocean sectors, from large multinationals like Clearwater and Emera, to small to medium-sized business like Ocean Sonics, Metamaterial Technologies, MetOcean Telematics, will co-invest to adopt and commercialize technologies to solve shared challenges.

A tremendous opportunity for the Atlantic Canada region, the Ocean Supercluster will develop and retain workforce talent, improve supply chain opportunities, and foster ocean start-ups to build the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, all backed by industry investment and matched federal funding.

This opportunity puts Nova Scotia on the global stage for innovation in our Ocean industries.

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Upcoming Events
 March 20, 2018

Export Controls Workshop

Sector: Multi Sector

 April 16-18, 2018

Trade Mission to Food & Drink Expo 2018

Sector: Agri-food & Beverage

An Opportunity to Connect
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Oceanology International London 2018
Oceanology International London is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the ocean technology and marine science communities, improving their strategies for measuring, advancing, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. If you’re in London, UK, March 13-15, 2018, come check us out at the Canada Pavilion at Stands E400 & E401.

Could someone in your global network be attending Oceanology International London? Let’s connect! Contact us at:
Training and Workshops
Export Development Education Export Development Education Courses are now available
Companies that export are more profitable. Want to learn more? Sign up today for an export development course near you.
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What's Happening
Video game boom a boon for Nova Scotia
Video games are turning computer code into cash for developers in Nova Scotia, with the growing industry putting millions of dollars into the provincial economy each year.

Steinhart Distillery shortlisted for award
Best known for its maple vodka, Steinhart Distillery of Antigonish County is branching out to other spirits and was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Icon of Gin Awards.

'Black Cop' drama acquired by distributor
Cory Bowles’ Halifax-shot drama 'Black Cop'' has found a U.S. and Latin American home with distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Velsoft looks ahead
The co-founder of New Glasgow-based education and training company Velsoft looks back on how far the company has come as it continues to grow.

Halifax-based BlockCrushr accepted into Techstars accelerator
BlockCrushr Labs and its TokenClub unit, which aim to produce projects and companies based on blockchain, have been accepted into the prestigious Techstars accelerator.

Dragons' Den seeks pitches in Halifax
Dragons’ Den will be back in Halifax on March 3, and the CBC wants people to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season.

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