Jim is Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. COVE’s programs and operations are managed by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), of which Jim has been CEO since 2012. IORE is a Canadian Not-for-Profit corporation that partners industry, academia, and government agencies to inspire and facilitate world-class scientific research, and to apply and commercialize its results.
Jim is a 30-year veteran of the Canadian tech industry, having worked in design, marketing and management for companies in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and New England. His career has spanned the aerospace and defence sectors as well as the marine environmental monitoring field. Over the years, Jim has worked in senior management positions with several large publicly traded multinationals. He has also sampled the waters of the entrepreneurial well as an owner in two separate high-tech companies which were eventually acquired by international firms.
His personal passion is innovation and its impact on the competitiveness of Canadian industry. Jim is a proud alumnus of the Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering) with a degree in electrical engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Nova Scotia, and holds MBA in marketing from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
Jim is the panel moderator for The Digital Ocean Frontier. This session will explore the exciting opportunities and big challenges that lay ahead and the role of Big Data.