Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean

Plus, preparing for climate change under the sea

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Briefing. In this issue, read about funding for coastal food security, the regional spotlight shining on Victoria, silent autonomous boats, and the Canadian Council of Innovators’ new member.

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Preparing for climate change — under the sea

Nine Vancouver Island companies are set to receive funding through the Climate Ready B.C. Seafood Program. The province’s $1.7 million dollar fund is intended to increase understanding of ocean acidification and hypoxia and support B.C.’s coastal food security.

“We’re helping seafood producers prepare for and respond to climate change by supporting research and projects that promote the long-term health of B.C.’s oceans and the economy of our coastal communities,” said Pam Alexis, B.C. Minister of Agriculture and Food. “The continued partnership between scientists, governments and industry leaders will help ensure a strong, sustainable sector that provides people with fresh, local seafood for generations to come.”

Island companies selected for the funding round include:

  • Ocean Networks Canada

  • Redd Fish Restoration Society

  • Salish Sea Indigenous Guardians Association and Semiahmoo First Nation

  • T Buck Suzuki Foundation

  • North Island College

  • Maaqutsiis Hahoutlhee Stewardship Society

  • Vancouver Island University Green Lab

  • Nova Harvest

Eleven proposals were selected in total. Projects will run from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2026.

📰 More Victoria innovation news

 A star is born: In the latest Chamber Chat, Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams sat down with Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto to discuss the spotlight shining on the City of Victoria.

⛵️47 metres down: MaRS highlighted Open Ocean Robotics’ autonomous, solar-powered boats and the important role that the company plays in data collection and analytics. CEO and founder Julie Angus shared how Open Ocean Robotics came to be – including a rowboat trip across the Atlantic.

👑 The council: Victoria-headquartered Certn joined the Canadian Council of Innovators. Certn’s background check and screening solution is used by the likes of Tesla, Deloitte, WestJet and Saks Fifth Avenue.


Vote for your favourite restaurants in Victoria: The 2024 Tasting Victoria Awards are in full swing, and you can now vote for your favourites across 18 categories including best seafood, pizza, burger, hidden gem, patio, and more!

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