Mar 19, 2019

The CoveCOVE is excited to announce that IBM Canada has joined the ocean business park as a tenant, one of 50 currently in residence.
 
“We are very pleased to welcome IBM Canada to COVE,” says Jim Hanlon, CEO at COVE. “IBM has proven its commitment to the growing field of ocean data analytics and we feel this new tenancy at COVE further helps support COVE’s position as a significant hub for ocean technology, not just in Nova Scotia, but globally.”
 
IBM is one of Canada’s top 10 private R&D investors and last year contributed more than $478 million to Canadian research activities. In September 2018, it was revealed that IBM, along with COVE, Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Government of Canada, local industry and the Province of Nova Scotia, were collaborating on the rollout of DeepSense  – a world class big ocean data innovation environment.
 
“IBM is committed to supporting the development and commercialization of ‘made in Canada’ products and services, and we are proud to be present at COVE as they help to bolster the region's position as a global hub for ocean expertise,” says Calvin Gosse, Atlantic Public Sector Client Executive at IBM Canada. “COVE represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the ocean economy by sharing collaborative space with highly skilled local enterprises working together on major initiatives, such as DeepSense, advancing ocean analytics.”
 
IBM has a unique approach to collaboration that provides academic researchers, small and large business, start-ups and developers with business strategies and computing tools they need to innovate. Other areas of focus for IBM Canada include health, agile computing, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity.
 
About COVE 
Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is an ocean tech business park that encourages collaboration across sectors to connect local and international companies in the ocean sector. COVE brings together people, ideas, industry and research to help our community and members work in new ways. Together, we are a catalyst in creating the world’s next practical, commercial and revolutionary ocean tech advances. Irving Shipbuilding, as part of its Value Proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), has invested $4.52 million in COVE to support development of the programs and operations. www.coveocean.com  

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