Port Moody pursuing marine research potential

Port Moody will host a symposium of university and business leaders to discuss the potential of a marine science research centre. - FILE PHOTO
Port Moody will host a symposium of university and business leaders to discuss the potential of a marine science research centre.
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Port Moody's position at the end of Burrard Inlet makes it a prime spot for a marine research science centre, a concept that will be investigated at a symposium planned for September.

At Tuesday's special meeting, council approved funding for a High Technology Park Leadership Synergy Session to investigate the potential for a marine research science centre. Invitees to the session will include leading figures from various universities and the business sector to discuss community support, finance and marketing for the initiative.

"The idea is to brainstorm as to what a marine park would entail, what type of research that marine park would be doing and how it would be funded," said Coun. Gerry Nuttall, who is chairing the high-tech park sub-committee of the Economic Development Committee, which is organizing the symposium.

The idea of a marine research centre was floated soon after the sub-committee re-opened discussions last spring on a high-tech park.

"One of the first suggestions was marine technology," Nuttall said, noting it was Mossom Creek Hatchery co-founder Rod MacVicar's persuasive presentation on the subject that convinced the sub-committee it was "a really viable opportunity."

Given the potential for expanded oil shipping out of Burrard Inlet, a research centre studying the surrounding waters is a timely opportunity, Nuttall said, adding the goal is to bring "clean business" to Port Moody.

"We want to develop high-paying jobs that require relatively little space compared to heavy industry," Nuttall said. PoMo's location and recreational opportunities will "attract the type of employee the high-tech industry needs, people who like to live close to where they work, with lots of amenities and outdoor opportunities."

Facilitating the symposium this fall will be John Talbot, a consultant specializing in strategic planning, community and economic development and project management. Talbot has worked throughout B.C., nationally and internationally for more than 30 years.


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