We are thankful for our many partners in industry, government, research and higher education.

To see lists of different types of partners, select items in the Category box below then click Apply.

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) is a shared campus of the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, and Simon Fraser University.

Perched on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, BMSC provides access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater, and cultural sites of the North East Pacific basin. With 3,000 sq m of modern laboratory space, it can support research in almost any field of study.

Situated in the town of Bamfield, within the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation in Barkley Sound, and adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BMSC offers unparalleled access to a wide array of environments, including unique coastal, marine, and rainforest habitats, and exceptional species diversity.

BMSC was established in 1972 by the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society (WCUMSS) in order to provide a permanent base for marine-oriented field research and marine science education on the west coast of Canada. WCUMSS has a mandate to:

  • Provide world-class research infrastructure for marine and coastal scientists from the member universities and from other Canadian and International institutes
  • Offer senior undergraduate and graduate courses and programs in marine and coastal sciences
  • Provide training for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and technicians in practical aspects of marine and coastal research
  • Offer in-residence programs in marine biology and general science to schools, colleges, First Nations. and other public groups

BMSC provides ongoing logistical support for Ocean Networks Canada operations in Folger Passage and Barkley Sound, including ship and dive-based maintenance on our Folger Pinnacle instrument platform.

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BC Ferries

BC Ferries is one of the largest ferry operators in the world, providing year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels. The BC Ferries are an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services.

Ocean Networks Canada has partnered with BC Ferries by instrumenting vessels transiting between Vancouver Island and the mainland. The high resolution data collected every 10 seconds by these instruments will allow researchers to monitor changes occurring throughout the Strait within any given day, and allow comparisons between seasons and years. This quality of monitoring will allow identification of conditions which demand rapid responses such as storm surges, and improve our understanding of Fraser River salmon runs.

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BC Maritime Museum

Opening in 1955, the BC Maritime Museum (BCMM) has been a treasure within the City of Victoria; making the former Supreme Court Building in Bastion Square its home. The museum has engaging exhibits, retelling the history of BC’s nautical roots, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the famous marine adventures of 3 sailboats –the Dorothy, Trekka and Tilikum. Not to mention the museum’s collection of historical documents, pictures, library and outstanding nautical charts. ONCCEE is collaborating with the Museum to bring a new dynamic to the current exhibits – ocean science! ONCCEE is assisting in the creation of an ocean science exhibit and the development of educational resources for the museum.

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Centre for Global Studies (CfGS)

The Centre for Global Studies was created in 1998 with a mandate to conduct collaborative, policy-oriented inquiry into the impacts of globalization on a broad spectrum of inter-related issues encompassing international governance and finance, the environment, security, and sustainable development. Building on the university’s existing base of interdisciplinary expertise, the Centre provides a vehicle for bridging scholarship with the needs of policy-makers for concise and accessible analysis in response to the pressing challenges of global change.

Since its formation, the CFGS has evolved rapidly to establish an extensive program of international research and development assistance activity. Through its innovative “centre of centres” model, the CFGS provides infrastructure and administrative support to a diverse group of associates, who operate within the following six core divisions:

  • Division of Globalization and Governance
  • Division of Technology and International Development
  • International Institute for Child Rights and Development
  • Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative
  • International Women's Rights Project

Common themes that unify the research work of associates at the Centre include an engagement with action-oriented approaches to democratic reform and capacity building, and an overriding commitment to the advancement of human and environmental security objectives. The Centre is also concerned with issues of state security, an interest it pursues through participation in a variety of global and multilateral initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict and arms proliferation.

In addition to its core team of associates, the Centre sponsors multiple student internships, and maintains an extensive network of international research partners, with whom it collaborates on a project-to project basis.

The Centre for Global Studies is financed by revenues from an endowment fund, as well as from grants from a number of public and private funding sources.


Visit the Centre for Global Studies (CfGS) website

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.

Ocean Networks Canada works closely with many DFO scientists to plan experiments and share results. The Canadian Coast Guard has provided generous ship time aboard the CCGS Tully and CCGS Vector, supporting observatory installation and maintenance work. Ocean Networks Canada also hosts data gathered by DFO drifters in the Arctic waters of Nunavut; these data are available through our data search and download facilities. More recently, ONC and DFO have entered into collaboration agreements to work on pilot projects related to glider data management, hydrophone data management, fisheries science reporting and the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System.

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French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER)

Ifremer is France's national public institute for marine research. It is one of the most integrated marine research institutes with the broadest range of skills and expertise worldwide. Underwater technologies, biodiversity, fisheries science and aquaculture, coastal environments, mineral resources, biotechnologies and operational oceanography are all part of its research missions and its areas of skill and excellence.

Ifremer's integrated instrument platform Tempo-Mini has been deployed at NEPTUNE's Endeavour site and Ifremer's piezometer instrument was installed at NEPTUNE's Cascadia Basin site. Ifremer has also provided engineering and technology consultation for Ocean Networks Canada.

ICSU World Data System

In 2014, Ocean Networks Canada became a member of the ICSU World Data System (WDS). The World Data System is an Interdisciplinary Body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) created by its 29th General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique in 2008. ICSU's long-term vision is of:

“a world where excellence in science is effectively translated into policy making and socio-economic development. In such a world, universal and equitable access to scientific data and information is a reality and all countries have the scientific capacity to use these and to contribute to generating the new knowledge that is necessary to establish their own development pathways in a sustainable manner.” 

World Data System goals:

  • Enable universal and equitable access to quality-assured scientific data, data services, products and information
  • Ensure long term data stewardship
  • Foster compliance to agreed-upon data standards and conventions
  • Provide mechanisms to facilitate and improve access to data and data products
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Institute of Ocean Sciences (DFO/IOS)

The Institute of Ocean Sciences is one of a network of nine major scientific facilities across Canada operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Located in Sidney, approximately 30 km from Victoria, the Institute is home to scientists, technicians, support staff and ships' crews whose common interests are the coastal waters of British Columbia, the Northeast Pacific Ocean, the Western Arctic and navigable waters east to the Manitoba, Saskatchewan border

Jacobs University, Bremen

Jacobs University Bremen is a highly selective, private institution for the advancement of education and research. Its academic programs and cultural environment prepare graduates for international leadership and global citizenship. Multinational students, faculty and researchers of distinction, with educational partners around the world, collaborate in learning, creating and disseminating information and new knowledge.

A team of researchers and technologists at Jacobs University designed and developed NEPTUNE Canada's benthic crawler, which will be used to study methane flux variations and gas hydrate dynamics at the Barkley Canyon hydrate outcrops.

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Let’s Talk Science (LTS)

Let’s Talk Science (LTS) is a national organization that is inspiring youth to become engaged with science through free hands-on and experiential activities. Student volunteers at over 30 universities and colleges across Canada encourage K-12 students to discover science right in the classroom using kits that specifically link to Canadian Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs). ONCCEE has been in collaboration with LTS at both the national and local (UVic) level through the development of marine themed activities for the classroom kits, the development of LTS’s CurioCity Website and the coordination and facilitation of a high school Ocean Science Symposium!

Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)

Established in 2012, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) is a Network of Centres of Excellence based at Dalhousie University in Halifax. MEOPAR has assembled a team of outstanding Canadian researchers dedicated to addressing critical issues related to human activity in the marine environment, and the impact of marine hazards on human activities in coastal regions. MEOPAR is a Network of Centres of Excellence based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, supporting a national team of outstanding Canadian researchers dedicated to addressing critical issues related to human activity in the marine environment, and the impact of marine hazards on human activities in coastal regions.

Ocean Networks Canada collaborates with MEOPAR on research initiatives by contributing resources to specific projects that can advance ONC’s services to users and in the hosting of regional science-focused workshops.

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Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

At the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, microbiologists, molecular biologists and biogeochemists work together to understand basic principles of marine microbial ecology. Their focus is on the anaerobic (oxygen-free) world below the sediment surface, because this is where many interesting and hitherto unknown life forms exist that play a crucial role for the coupling of element cycles – and hence for the chemistry of the oceans. The researchers at the institute cover a broad range of disciplines and areas of expertise, from microsensors to microbiology, from geochemistry to genome analysis, and from molecular ecology to mathematical modelling.

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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) / Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)

Scientists at GSC are engaged in geoscientific research aimed at increasing our understanding of the geological history, processes, and hazards affecting Canada. NRCan is also helping ONC in delivering on the Earthquake Early Warning system that is being put in place on behalf of Emergency Management BC.

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Ocean Exploration Trust

The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration. Our international programs center on scientific exploration of the seafloor and many of our expeditions are launched from aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to conducting scientific research, we offer our expeditions to explorers on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the field. We also bring educators and students of all ages aboard during E/V Nautilus expeditions, offering them hands-on experience in ocean exploration, research, and communications.

Visit the Nautilus Live video portal

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Oceans Observatories Initiative (OOI)

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded OOI, is a networked observatory of science-driven sensor systems that measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables of the ocean, seafloor, and near ocean atmosphere. The OOI consists of seven arrays located across the North and South Atlantic and Pacific, including one cabled, two coastal, and four global arrays. The OOI infrastructure is made up of 89 platforms, carrying over 830 instruments, providing over 100,000 data products. The OOI is designed to provide continuous observations for up to 25 years, transmitting data back to shore to be accessed by anyone with an internet connection.

A portion of the OOI Infrastructure is located in the Northeast Pacific to the north and the south of the ONC NEPTUNE Array. The Global Station Papa Array is to the north in the Gulf of Alaska, while the Cabled Array and Coastal Endurance Array are located to the south off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Infrastructure at these sites consists of instrumented platforms that provide continuous data from the seafloor to the air-sea interface at multiple sites, as well as from a seafloor cabled network of extensive instrumented platforms across the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate.

While the OOI and ONC each make unique contributions to our understanding of earth system processes, the proximity and complementarity of the ocean observing tools of these two networks helps to provide a more comprehensive story of the ocean in the Northeast Pacific.

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Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations in oceanography and atmospheric science. Current PMEL programs focus on open ocean observations in support of long-term monitoring and prediction of the ocean environment on time scales from minutes to decades.

The Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium. Its mission is to conserve aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. Its education programs include: school programs, teacher resources, and aquakits. All embrace a strong hands-on component to enable children and youth to learn about the ocean and its marine life through direct experience.

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University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.

The University of British Columbia is one of 12 Canadian institutions comprising the consortium that developed Ocean Networks Canada. UBC faculties and scientists collaborate frequently with Ocean Networks Canada and also provide support for regional workshops and ongoing experiments.

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University of Victoria (UVic)

The University of Victoria is a leading Canadian research university, and has a reputation as a centre of innovative and interdisciplinary research. UVic researchers are making major contributions, advancing and applying knowledge for the benefit of society. UVic faculty rank among the top universities in Canada in research funding from national granting councils. The University of Victoria, as host institution for NEPTUNE Canada, has provided extensive in-kind support for the project, including facilities, administrative, legal and communications support, and other services valued at $1.4 million.

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University of Victoria - Science

The University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences is recognized internationally for its excellence in Earth, ocean and atmospheric systems research and education. Established in 1991, the school was the first university department in Canada to develop an integrated multidisciplinary approach to Earth system science. The school's faculty members and graduate students are actively researching acoustical oceanography, geochemistry, biogeochemistry, climate modeling, geophysics, hydrothermal systems, ocean acoustics, ocean physics, ocean turbulence, aqueous geochemistry, petrology geochemistry, structural geology, plankton and deep sea benthic ecology, paleontology, and deep sea ecology.

Aside from the school of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria researchers in the fields of marine biology, ocean engineering, geography, and ocean physics are involved in marine science.

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University of Washington (UW)

The University of Washington is helping develop science and education programs associated with studies of the northeast Pacific Ocean off the Washington and Oregon coasts. The technologies and infrastructure supporting this work are described on websites for the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and the Regional Scale Nodes component of the OOI being developed at the University of Washington.

The University of Washington School of Oceanography is an internationally recognized leader in ocean research and education and the home institution of several key scientists and engineers contributing to the NEPTUNE project.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, Massachusetts) is a private, non-profit research facility dedicated to the study of marine science and to the education of marine scientists. It is the largest independent oceanographic institution in the world.