Shaping future ocean clusters: the view from Iceland & Canada

DECEMBER 9, 2019 | 17:00 CET | 75 MINS



Around the world, the ocean economy is gaining speed. From solving the problems of ocean plastics, to sustainable aquaculture and clean energy, the ocean economy is becoming more and more important. In fact, countries are starting to realize they hold vast, untapped potential for innovation, growth and economic development in the ocean space.

  • Globally, around 2,5% of GDP comes from the ocean economy
  • For the UK the number is 2,7% of GDP
  • For Norway over 25% of GDP

For most countries, this leaves significant room for development. Enter, ocean-based Innovation Clusters. Clusters are the ideal vehicle for nations to start developing a larger, more advanced and more knowledge-driven ocean economy. From Denmark, Canada and Norway, ocean-based clusters are rapidly on the rise, expected to create new technologies, new scale ups and new collaboration across the vast ocean space.

Few countries have done this better than Iceland. The Iceland Ocean Cluster has driven growth, collaboration and new investments in the ocean space. Founder, Chairman and author Thor Sigfussen joins as special guest to share his work building the Iceland Ocean Cluster and present his latest book, the New Fish Wave: igniting the seafood industry.

In Canada, the new Ocean Supercluster positions Canada to become a global leader in the knowledge-based ocean economy.  New relationships, new collaboration models and a new mindset is emerging. CEO Kendra MacDonald joins us as special guest to share how , with a highly ambitious five-year strategy, the Ocean Supercluster aims to transform Canada into a global hub for ocean innovation and collaboration.

What you can expect:

00:00  Welcome

00:02   Opening, Christian Rangen, & Björgolfur Hávardsson, NCE Seafood Innovation: Why clusters in the ocean space matters

00:10    Shaping future ocean clusters: the view from Canada

00:25   Shaping future ocean clusters: the view from Iceland

00:40  Accelerating innovation through global ocean impact startups: Katapult Ocean

00:50  Discussion: how can we collaborate cluster to cluster in the ocean space

01:00   Wrap up Q&A

01:15    End of Webinar

Keynote Speakers:

Kendra Macdonald |CEO, Canada Ocean Supercluster

Kendra MacDonald is the CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, responsible for driving innovation in the ocean economy. Kendra was previously a partner in Deloitte’s Atlantic Risk Advisory practice and the Chief Audit Executive of Deloitte Global. Based in St. John’s, NL, Kendra joined Deloitte in 1993 and built a wealth of national and international experience having previously worked in Deloitte offices in Ottawa, Montreal, Sydney, Australia, Moscow, Russia and Hong Kong.

Thor Sigfusson | Founder, Ocean Cluster House

Thor Sigfusson is an Icelandic entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is globally recognized as an authority in the field of innovation and startups in seafood. He has written six books on topics such business, globalization and fish. Dr. Sigfusson is founder and chairman of Iceland Ocean Cluster and The Ocean Cluster House which have become global models of best practice in creating new seafood ecosystems. The Ocean Cluster network is now expanding globally with the sister clusters established in the US and supporting cluster initiatives around the globe.

With contributions from…

Björgólfur Hávardsson | Research & Development Manager, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster

Björgólfur Hávardsson is innovation manager at NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster. Based in Bergen, Norway, the Cluster is on a mission to help change how the seafood and aquaculture industry innovates. Björgólfur has a special focus on helping early-stage startups grow and connecting corporates and startups to accelerate industry-wide innovation. Björgólfur has been instrumental in leading several new cluster innovation initiatives, including developing a new framework for open innovation across the Seafood Cluster. 

Ingrid Kylstad | COO, Katapult Ocean

Ingrid Kylstad is the COO of Katapult Ocean – the world’s leading ocean impact accelerator. At Katapult Ocean, she invests in and scales startups with positive impact on the ocean. As COO, she manage partnerships, the accelerator program and work alongside the team to make Katapult Ocean attractive to both start ups and investors.


Christian Rangen | CEO, Strategy Tools & Engage // Innovate

Over the past 18 years, Chris has advised companies and governments globally on strategy, innovation, transformation and developing ecosystems. Over the past three years, he has worked extensively on Innovation Superclusters, working closely with the Malaysian and Norwegian Governments to support their national innovation programs. Chris has led multiple National Transformation Projects, including launching new accelerator programs, venture builders and early stage VC funds. He is an active angel investor in disruptive technology firms.