The UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hold the
“Maritime Innovation: Connecting, training, and advancing” conference on Wednesday,
November 30, from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM , at 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA, 02723.

“The focus of this year’s conference will be on the challenges and opportunities of
doing business in the Arctic and it will bring together leading edge marine
technology companies, scientists, and policy makes to offer their perspective on
current trends in the industry, and showcase several exciting start-up
technologies,” said CIE Director Tobias Stapleton. “This is all part of our mission
to connect the university with industry, academic partners and other key
stakeholders to grow the region’s innovation economy.”

The event will include panel discussions, networking, elevator pitches, and
workshops on topics including arctic-related economic and environmental issues,
cross-border business with Canada, offshore wind energy, and more. Stephen McNeil,
the Premier of Nova Scotia and Jim Hanlon, the CEO of the Institute for Ocean
Enterprise in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be witnessing the signing of an MOU between
the UMass Dartmouth CIE and the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship.

Speakers include:
Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and
Economic Development
The Honorable Ralf Horlemann, Consul General, German Consulate in Boston: Germany’s
interest in the Arctic.
The Honorable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
Denis Hains, Director General, Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)
Commander Scott Hale, U.S. Coast Guard, Arctic Policy Coordination
Dr. William S. Weiss, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, U.S. Navy Task Force on Climate
Change
Erin Daily Donahue, Trade Commissioner, Defense and Ocean Technologies, Trade
Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada
Matthew Morrissey, Vice President, Massachusetts Deepwater Wind
Rich Hansen, Surface Branch Chief, U.S. Coast Guard Research & Development Center
Maryanne Burke, Senior International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service
Jim Kirk, Business Development Manager, Ocean Server Technologies
Richard B. Coffin, Chair, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Texas
A&M University
Changsheng Chen, Professor of Physical Oceanography, UMass Dartmouth School for
Marine Science and Technology
Robert O’Malley, iXblue
Pamela Neubert, Senior Associate, Stantec.