After completing nine years as the University of Victoria’s vice-president research, Martin Taylor has been appointed president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a new, not-for-profit organization created by the university to govern and manage the UVic-led international ocean observatories VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada. The new board of ONC announced today that Taylor will take over leadership of the entity on Sept. 1.

“Martin has overseen tremendous research growth at UVic and played a key role in positioning the university as one of the country’s leaders in oceans research,” says UVic President David Turpin. “I can think of no better person to lead this new organization, created to help the university’s ground-breaking ocean research projects achieve their full potential.”

ONC responds to the changing nature of university research. Traditionally project-based under the direction of a principal investigator, research is increasingly becoming more comprehensive, involving major infrastructure platforms that require more resources from a wide variety of public and private sources. Recognizing the need for an entity to govern and manage the university’s major ocean science initiatives such as NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS, UVic’s Board of Governors recommended establishing ONC and has approved funding for its first two years of operation.

“I feel very privileged to take up this position and look forward to building on the administrative responsibilities for VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada that I had as vice-president research,” says Taylor. “As the first of their kind in the world, these ocean observatories offer unprecedented opportunities to advance ocean science and its applications to public policy, economic development and public education. I consider it an honour to continue to work with these projects’ talented teams of researchers, technical staff and students and their colleagues across Canada and around the world.

“I welcome the challenge of building the partnerships with government, industry and the public sector that are essential for these world-leading facilities to realize their full potential.”

Among the primary objectives of ONC are: securing sustainable financial support for the on-going capital and operating costs of the observatories, promoting the economic development and commercialization opportunities of the science and technologies, and developing the public policy and public education applications of the research. ONC will also collaborate closely with the Ocean Observatories Initiative in the US which is responsible for the US component of the regional cabled observatory.

Media Contacts:
Martin Taylor (Ocean Network Canada) at 250-721-7973 or onet@uvic.ca
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca