Presented By

February 25, 2020

7:30 - 17:00

The Westin | Ottawa, ON

Mario Pelletier

Canadian Coast Guard

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Ravi Kumar, M.A.Sc, P.Eng

Senior Naval Architect and Sales Manager, Lloyd’s Register Applied Technology Group

Capt(N) Jacques P. Olivier

Director Naval Platform Systems, RCN

Matthew Douglass

Technology Transfer Officer
University of New Brunswick

Catherine O'Carroll, MSc, BSc, MRAeS

Global Campaign Director – Integrated Test & Evaluation


Mark Keneford

General Manager, Marine Solutions, Wärtsilä Canada Inc.

Abigail Fyfe

Senior Research Development Officer, Marine RD&D, Innovation Centre, Transport Canada

Jim Hanlon

CEO, Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE)

Eric Fournier

Director General Innovation for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology)

Serge Carignan

Superintendent, Quality Engineering Test Establishment, DND

Sandy Thomson

Innovator, Thordon
Bearings Inc.

Tony Winter

Vice President, Project Delivery, Victoria Shipyards

Ryan Sookhoo

Director New Initiatives
Hydrogenics Corporation

Stewart Cramer

Chief Manufacturing Officer, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Capt(N) Ian Parker (Re'd)

Director of Naval Affairs, Naval Association of Canada

James Bond

Director, Polar Research and Government Business Development, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Drummond Fraser

Senior Policy Advisor, Transport Canada

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

7:30 – 8:45

Registration, Breakfast & Networking


8:45 – 8:55

Welcome Speaker

Terri Pavelic, Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard

8:55 – 9:30

Opening Keynote

Challenges for the Design and Build of Future Arctic Ships

Ravi Kumar, Senior Naval Architect and Sales Manager, Lloyd’s Register Applied Technology Group

9:30 – 10:00

Presentation 1

Demand Driven Innovation – The IDEaS Program

Eric Fournier, Director General Innovation, IDEaS, Department of National Defence

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Break

15:00 – 16:00

Panel 3

Tackling the Climate Crisis –
how the Marine sector plays their part

James Bond, Director, Polar Research & Ice Class Ships, ABS


Drummond Fraser, Arctic and Large Vessels, Design and Equipment Standards, Transport Canada

Mark Keneford, General Manager, Marine Solutions, Wärtsilä Canada Inc.

Ryan Sookhoo, Director New Initiatives, Hydrogenics Corporation

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:30

Luncheon Keynote

Icebreaking and support services in Canada’s North

Mario Pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

14:30 – 15:00

Networking Break

16:00 – 16:05

Closing Remarks

16:05 – 17:00


10:30 – 11:00

Presentation 2

Global Success for Thordon Bearings Stems from RCN Commitment

George A. ‘Sandy’ Thomson, Innovator, Thordon Bearings Inc.

11:00 – 12:00

Panel 1

Improving component and vessel performance

Cathy O’Caroll, Global Campaign Director, Integrated Test & Evaluation, QinetiQ

Serge Carignan, Superintendent, Quality Engineering Test Establishment, DND

CaptN Jacques Olivier, Director Naval Platform Systems, RCN

Tony Winter, VP, Project Delivery, Seaspan

13:30 – 14:30

Panel 2

Made-in-Canada Innovation

Jim Hanlon, CEO, COVE


Stewart Cramer, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Matthew Douglass, Technology Transfer Officer, University of New Brunswick

Abigail Fyfe, Senior Research Development Officer, Marine RD&D, Innovation Centre, Transport Canada

Tech Presentation/Demo Schedule


Arctic Logistical Challenges – Amphibious Mobility

Darlene Seligman  |  Arktos Developments Ltd


The Future of Unmanned Aerial System

Dr Armin Strobel  | AS Works


Advanced Hull Monitoring Solutions by Use of Fiber Optic Technology

Arnstein Stavnheim  | Light Structures


Multi-Axis Motion Compensated Deck Machinery

Ivan Barroeta | Maritime Hydraulic


Remote Sensing Technology for Preventative Maintenance and Security

Brandon Wright | Barnacle Systems Inc.


Innovation in Shock and Vibration Monitoring at Sea

Blake Moyen | Coast Dynamics Group


The Future of Sustainment and MRO

Denis Morais | SSI


Run Better Ships with Better Data

Andrew Boswell | Rimot IO


Refit Optimizer – Toward an Intelligent Scheduling System

Daniel Lafond, PhD | Thales


AI and Data Analytics for Navigation & Monitoring of Vessels

Syed Imtiaz |  Memorial University, Process Engineering, Faculty Engineering & Applied Science


Combat the Data Breach Crisis with Circles of Trust

Nandini Jolly |  CryptoMill


Digital Twin Technology of Gas Turbine Engines

Dr Ashok Koul |  Life Prediction Tech


Vessel Management System

Ivana Drcec  |  Seashore Maritime Services


Immersive Future of the Shipyard

Sam Sannandeji  |  Modest Tree


Artificial Intelligence that Co-Create Virtual Worlds

Harold Dumur  |  OVA

The ShipTech Forum is a one-day conference that is intended to showcase emerging technologies, address a range of marine and shipbuilding issues as well as ship repair and the advantages they provide for growth and export.

This event facilitates meaningful dialogue between industry, government and military so as to provide stakeholders with the knowledge and share lessons learned from a technological perspective with the aim to showcase successful investments in cutting-edge technologies.

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This forum is an opportunity to explore Canada’s excellence in technical shipbuilding, future technologies and the impact on economic growth and export.

  • Stay informed about innovative technologies and strategies
  • Expert insights on market trends and challenges
  • Source solutions and opportunities for placing your organization at the cutting-edge
  • Engage in timely discussions with your peers that will allow you to gain a plethora of ideas and insights

Why should you attend?

  • Marine Industries: Shipbuilding, Ship Maintenance & Repair, Coast Guard, Logistics & Support, Classification Societies
  • Government: Federal, Provincial, Regional Development Agencies
  • DND and Royal Canadian Navy
  • Industry Contractors: Primes, Tier 1, Suppliers
  • SMEs and Consultants: Suppliers of Parts, Services, Support

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Reception Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Coffee Sponsor

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With multiple network breaks, receptions and sitdown meals, you have ample oppourtunties to connect with your desired audience. Partake in the conference sessions and gain firsthand insights on what the industry is looking for so you can better position your product and/or service offerings.


Demonstrate your company’s expertise and authority with a customized speaking platform. The oppourtunity to participate directly in delivering educational content increases receptivity to your brand and sales efforts. Be top of mind when industry practicioners are looking for advice and solutions.


Consider the marketing exposure you will receive through our print and digital efforts, both internally and via our media partnerships. You will get weeks of pre-event exposure to your target audience. Think of it as a consolidated media buy.

Why Sponsor?

For more information on sponsorship or registration, please contact

Terri Pavelic



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