Ocean Futures Cluster Development

Credit: Ocean Networks Canada / University of Victoria Photo Services

Ocean Futures Cluster Development Roundtable

Facilitated by Mayor Lisa Helps on October 25, 2019 at City Hall, this roundtable was for anyone working in the ocean and marine sector, very broadly defined. Note: This workshop was by invite only in order to have a focused conversation on cluster development.

Presentation: What is a cluster and why should we consider one here?
Background Reading: Location, Competition and Economic Development: Local Clusters in a Global Economy, Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School

Key questions for discussion included:

1. What are the strengths and opportunities of our ocean and marine sector from a global point of view?

2. What are the weaknesses and threats of our ocean and marine sector from a global point of view?

3. What are the benefits and drawbacks of working in earnest to create a global facing, future focused, ocean cluster to strengthen the ocean and marine ecosystem, develop local supply chains and create more high value jobs?

4. Who from industry, academia and government is willing to form a small, action-oriented steering committee to explore next steps and report back to the larger group within two months?

5. What is one word you’d use to describe Victoria today? What is one word you’d like to be able to use to describe Victoria 20 years from today?

Interesting Read: 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas