Affiliated Applied Research and Development Centres


The Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC) was established in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1989. Its mandate is to collaborate with the Canadian marine information technology (IT) industry in the development of products and services that capitalize on the latest advancements in marine communications, navigation and information technology, and to facilitate strategic partnerships between industry, research centres, academia and government in support of the growth of the Canadian marine IT sector. Canadian companies and organizations direct CCMC and support it through membership.

Using core funding from the Canada/Newfoundland Agreement on Economic Renewal (ERA) and investment capital from other sources, CCMC is undertaking a series of strategic business and industry development activities targeted at establishing a prosperous marine information technology industry and infrastructure in Canada.


All of our business and industry development activities are undertaken within a framework of three programmes: Smartship™ (shipboard information technologies); InfoMarine (con-tent and applications); and, SeaComm (communication media and bandwidth). Specific initiatives within this programme framework include: Information Seaway™ (extension of the "Information highway" offshore); Marine Geomatics (data and value-added data products and services for the offshore hydrocarbon industry); Marine Intelligent Systems (marine applications of robotics and intelligent systems); and, Wireless R&D (development of new wireless technologies and applications).

Business Development

CCMC's success will be measured by the prosperity of the Canadian marine IT industry. Acting as both a technical and financial partner in each new business venture, CCMC has already demonstrated a significant positive impact on both the technical and commercial success of this industry. Since April 1997, CCMC has invested just under $2.6 million (CAD) in new business ventures under existing CCMC programmes and initiatives, and has used this investment to lever roughly $5 million (CAD) in support from other sources, including nearly $2 million (CAD) from sources external to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Industry Development

Various in-house and directed initiatives are undertaken by CCMC to support the development and growth of the Canadian marine IT industry as a whole. Core funding through ERA ensures that CCMC staff are able to maintain close liaison with an international network of professionals and organizations, as well as attend key trade shows and conferences. These activities ensure that CCMC maintains a core competency in marine IT and a strategic understanding of future technology, policy and "cultural" trends in the marketplace. This intelligence is communicated to CCMC members through our web site, CCMC Online, and various special reports.

All of our business and industry development activities are strategically designed to build, link-by-link, a prosperous Canadian marine IT sector comprising industry, government and academia. We feel very strongly that close collaboration between all elements of this network is crucial to the long term success of the Canadian marine IT industry in the global marketplace.


W.S. Read (Chairman)

L. G. O'Reilly (Vice-Chairman)
Executive Director
The Fisheries and Marine Institute of the Memorial University of Newfoundland

R.V. Newhook (President and CEO)
Canadian Centre for Marine Communications

C. Bailey
East Coast Manager
Husky Oil

P. Bellemare
Director, Hydrographic Planning and Applied Research
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Government of Canada

J.E. Clavelle
Director General, Marine Technical and Support Services Directorate (AMT)
Canadian Coast Guard

B. Coady
National Sales Manager
Canadian Marconi Company

F. Davis
Vice-President, Technology and Service
NewTel Communications

K. Healey
Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Affairs
Department of Industry, Trade, and Technology
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

C. Higdon
Manager, SIID Program
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

K. Keough
Vice-President, Research
Memorial University of Newfoundland

J. Leggat
Chief, Research and Development
Defence Research Establishment Ottawa
Department of National Defence

W. Meehan
Executive Director
Institute for Pacific Ocean Science and Technology

J. Rigley
Vice-President, Satellite Communications
Communications Research Centre

P. Underwood
Deputy Minister
Department of Fisheries
Government of Nova Scotia

M. Kearsey (Treasurer)
Canadian Centre for Marine Communications

D. Howse (Secretary)
Director, SeaComm
Canadian Centre for Marine Communications


President & CEO
Newhook, R.V., B.Eng. Memorial, P.Eng.

Vice President
Gillespie, R.T., M.Sc. Memorial, P.Geo.

Director, SmartShipTM
O'Keefe, W., B.Eng. Memorial, P.Eng.

Director, SeaComm
Howse, E.D., M.Eng., M.B.A. Memorial, P.Eng.

Director, Info Marine
Carter, W., B.Sc. Memorial

Director, Business Development
Hally, P., B.Eng. Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, P.Eng.

Manager, Wireless R&D
Cater, N.E., B.Eng. Memorial, P.Eng.

Investment Manager
Murakami, R., B.Sc., M.B.A. Western Ontario

Contracts Manager
Lee, A.M.

Corporate Communications Officer
Mitchell, J.D., B.Comm.(Co-op) Memorial

Kearsey, M., B.A. Memorial

Elms, K., B.Eng. Memorial

Davis, E.

Osmond, D.

Tucker, S.

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