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SUBJECT: Canada’s premier oceans conference takes place in St. John's
DATE: Oct. 14, 2010

The eighth annual Ocean Innovation Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Delta Hotel and Convention Centre in St. John’s from Oct. 17 to 20. 
Canada’s premiere oceans event and an initiative of the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ocean Innovation 2010 has attracted significant national and international interest from a range of maritime market segments. This year’s theme, Underwater Vehicles, will bring together key representatives from government, industry and academia to discuss and debate the present and future state of underwater vehicle technology. 
Investigating the crushing depths of the ocean; enabling the recovery of offshore oil and gas; and shedding light on history, underwater vehicles transport us to shadowed places and times. Wonders of technology and ingenuity, these robots unveil the hidden frontiers of inner space.
The Ocean Innovation 2010 agenda will ensure that a wide range of issues related to underwater vehicles are fully explored focusing on four sub-themes – engineering, exploration, enterprise and education. In all, some 25 presenters from around the world will address delegates. Glenn Blackwood, executive director of the Fisheries and Marine Institute, will give the closing remarks on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m.
More than 200 representatives from government, industry, academia and regulatory bodies will come together at Ocean Innovation 2010 to discuss the various facets and positions of remotely operated vehicles operating in our vast oceans.
A parallel trade show will also take place with 20 to 30 exhibitors in the industry.
In addition to delivering the keynote address, Dr. Albert Bradley, principal engineer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will also present at a Sunday Afternoon Public Lecture on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 2-4 p.m. Held in conjunction with the City of St. John’s as a part of Ocean Week, this event is free of charge and open to the public.
For additional information regarding the conference agenda, or to register, please visit www.oceaninnovation.ca.

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