Europe Leading Blue Energy (ELBE) trade mission to Halifax, Nova Scotia

June 12, 2022
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Date(s) - June 12, 2022 - June 17, 2022
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AREG (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group) is a partner in the ELBE (European Leaders of Blue Energy) consortium of seven Renewable Energy Cluster and is leading a trade mission to Canada that will be centered around the H2O Conference in Halifax.

In addition to attendance at the event, our wider agenda will include meetings and site visits with key industry stakeholders and prospective partners/clients for the European organisations that are participating. There is also a B2B facility for the conference that all companies in the ELBE delegation will be entitled to access free of charge.

The H2O – Home to Overseas Conference is organised by OTCNS alongside key government and industry partners, and is now one of Canada’s premier events for the Ocean Technology sector with topics of particular relevance to ELBE including Ocean Energy, Blue Economy, and International Partnerships.

Atlantic Canada is home to a strong cluster of ocean industries and leading organisations such as Marine Renewables Canada and the Ocean Supercluster that are expected to become important partners for ELBE.

In the energy sector the region has a strong history in the development of tidal energy (being the location of the world’s highest tides) and in more recent times has been positioning itself and the local supply chain to support wave and offshore wind projects.

This mission will be suitable for organisations involved in all aspects of Marine Energy including:
• Marine Energy innovators
• Project developers
• Supply chain companies
• Engineering, technology, goods and services
• Consultancies
• Environmental, Project Management etc
• Professional Services Firms
• Legal, Insurance etc

Provisional Agenda – Monday 13th June – Friday 17th June

Monday 13th

  • Group meeting with Dalhousie University
  • Welcome session on the Blue Energy Ecosystem in Atlantic Canada
  • Reception for International delegates

Tuesday 14th

  • Attendance at H2O Conference
  • B2B Meetings at conference via online platform
  • Participation in breakout sessions to promote ELBE expertise
  • Evening – Gala Dinner ($125 CAD per ticket)

Wednesday 15th

  • Attendance at H2O Conference
  • B2B Meetings at conference via online platform
  • Participation in breakout sessions to promote ELBE expertise

Thursday 16th

  • Technology Demonstrations at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and
  • Group meetings tbc e.g. Acadia Tidal Energy Institute, Marine Renewables
    Canada, Maritimes Energy Association
  • Group meeting with a Tidal Energy Device/Project Developer e.g. Sustainable
    Marine, Orbital Marine etc.

Friday 17th

  • Optional site visit to FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) or
    meetings with local supply chain and technology companies

Registration and Costs

Members of all ELBE clusters are invited to join the delegation to Canada – organisations interested in joining us should contact Neil McIntosh ([email protected]).

There is no cost to participate in the mission/conference/exhibition other than the optional $125 CAD for the Gala Dinner.

Flights and Accommodation are the responsibility of participants.

We recommend arriving in Halifax no later than Sunday 12th June and the AREG contingent will be staying at the Hampton Inn by Halifax Downtown.

Registration is open until Friday, May 20, 2022.

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise