Being an Ocean Technology Entrepreneur as an Engineer - Dartmouth

Oct 9, 2019 11:40 AM - 1:15 PM

Colin Maclean Hall, COVE (27 Parker St, Dartmouth)

Location: Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) - 27 Parker St, Dartmouth, NS

Date: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Time: Lunch and Networking: 11:40 am, Presentation: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cost: Free (lunch – please advise of any special dietary requirements)

RSVP: Please use our Online Registration process to register by Monday, October 7th, 2019.


This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the Engineers Nova Scotia CPD program.


Atlantic Canada’s leading Ocean Technology entrepreneurs sit down to discuss what it’s like to start and run a company with an engineering background, what their views are on the current environment for ocean tech companies, and offer advice for engineers who might be thinking about starting an ocean-related company. 



Jim Hanlon, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer

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 that have successfully grown and been purchased by multinationals.

Until February of 2012, Jim was the President of Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems in Halifax, NS. He and his partners sold their company to Ultra Electronics Inc. in May of 2008. Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems is one of the oldest continuously operating electronics design and manufacturing operations in Canada and the largest electronics product design company in Atlantic Canada.

Jim’s 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 also has an MBA in marketing from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and is a registered professional engineer in Nova Scotia.


Paul Yeatman, P.Eng.

Paul Yeatman has worked in the Ocean Tech and Marine Defence sectors for over 30 years. He specialized in hydro-acoustics starting in 1992 and has been working on sonar and other hydro-acoustic systems ever since. In 2006 Paul joined GeoSpectrum as a partner and has been President of the company for the last 8 years or so.

In 2012 Paul was asked to head up the Ocean’s Technology Council, which was officially inaugurated in Feb 2014. Paul continues to serve as the OTCNS Chairman and a board member for COVE.


Dr Sue Molloy, BSc, BEng, MEng, P.Eng., PhD

Sue Molloy, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is President of Glas Ocean Electric and is an active consulting engineer, researcher and adjunct professor in Ocean Engineering. Sue specializes in Electric Boats and Ships, Marine Renewable Energy and Sustainable Engineering. Through both Glas Ocean Electric and her consulting company, Sue’s current and recent projects have been for clients including the Canadian Space Agency, Transport Canada and Black Rock Tidal Power. Sue’s doctoral work focused on ship propulsion and diesel-electric propulsion. Sue has produced a number of reports for provincial and federal agencies that address marine testing facilities, tidal power, electric boats and marine noise. She is the international chair for the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) River Turbines Project Team (PT), a Canadian delegate on the Design PT of IEC TC114 Marine Energy and is a board member of Marine Renewables Canada. Sue has taught over 20 university courses including sustainable engineering and turbomachines for Dalhousie University, Faculty of Engineering and sustainable industrial design and renewable energy at OCAD University in Toronto. As an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie and also in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Sue is working on a range of tidal power research projects. Sue has been publishing regularly in Journals and at conferences since 2001, is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ocean Technology and the SUT Journal of Underwater Technology and regularly reviews for Elsevier and IEEE. Sue’s consulting clients include ocean related SMEs, tidal power project developers, non-profits, academia and government.


Chris Loadman, P.Eng., President and CEO of Turbulent Research