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File #: 2021-0228    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Passed
File created: 5/12/2021 In control: Board of Port Commissioners
On agenda: 6/15/2021 Final action: 6/15/2021
Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DISTRICT TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED PORT DISTRICT AND CANADA'S OCEAN SUPERCLUSTER TO ADVANCE A COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO COOPERATIVELY EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROGRAM ALIGNMENT AND INVESTMENT TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT AND SCALING OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT PROMOTE THE BLUE ECONOMY AT PORTS
Attachments: 1. 6. 2021-0228 Attachment A, 2. 6. 2021-0228 Draft Resolution
DATE: June 15, 2021

SUBJECT:

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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DISTRICT TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED PORT DISTRICT AND CANADA'S OCEAN SUPERCLUSTER TO ADVANCE A COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO COOPERATIVELY EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROGRAM ALIGNMENT AND INVESTMENT TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT AND SCALING OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT PROMOTE THE BLUE ECONOMY AT PORTS
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Since 2020, with support from the Consulate of Canada in San Diego, the District's Aquaculture and Blue Technology team has been exploring collaborative partnership opportunities with Canada's Ocean Supercluster (OSC). OSC is a private sector-led partnership concentrated in Atlantic Canada that brings together startups, scaleups, and mature organizations to increase sustainable innovation and modernization across oceans sectors. District and OSC staff have identified various collaborative opportunities that may benefit each organization and emerging businesses in their respective Blue Economy innovation ecosystems. To move these opportunities forward, and to establish a collaborative partnership with OSC, staff requests authorization for the President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or their designee to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with OSC (Attachment A). The purpose of the MOU is to advance a collaborative partnership to cooperatively explore opportunities for program alignment and investment to support the development and scaling of innovative solutions that promote the Blue Economy at ports.

RECOMMENDATION:

Recommendation
Adopt a resolution authorizing the President/CEO or their designee to enter into a "Memorandum of Understanding" with Canada's Ocean Supercluster to advance a collaborative partnership to cooperatively explore opportunities for program alignment and investment to support the development and scaling of innovative solutions that promote the Blue Economy at ports.
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