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04 Oct

Krista Beardy

Krista Beardy completed her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University and is an MSc candidate with the department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Her research in the field of marine pollution focuses on microplastic concentration in the intertidal sediments and the potential for impact on benthic dwelling species in both the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of St. Lawrence regions. As a First Nations scientist, Krista also studies the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge and its application to Canadian scientific initiatives.
04 Oct

Sunday Panel

Ocean Technology (Sunday Panel)


The ocean economy is forecasted to double by 2030 to $3 Trillion by the OECD and 75% of Canada’s ocean economy is here in Atlantic Canada. The future of ocean technology is strong, and Canada is aligned to maintain our role as a world-class source of underwater, surface and above water technology. This panel brings together four individuals with unique perspectives on not only the current state of the sector but also the future of the field — offering insight, inspiration, and tools to enter and thrive beneath the waves.



  • Anna Naylor, Manager of Learning and Development, Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship


  • Dr. Anya Waite – Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean), Dalhousie University, and Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute.
  • Dr. Mae Seto – Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and the Irving Shipbuilding Research Chair, Dalhousie University.
  • Maggie Nate – Survivability Engineer, Gibbs & Cox.
  •  LCdr Sarah Roberge – Senior Staff Officer Materiel Readiness Program, MARLANT, Fleet Engineering Readiness
04 Oct

Maggie Nate

Maggie Nate joined Gibbs & Cox in 2017 as a Survivability Engineer and temporarily relocated from Northern Virginia to Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family in order to provide on-site support for Canadian naval programs.  When she returns to Virginia at the end of the year, Maggie will transition into the role of Department Manager for Survivability. Prior to joining the Gibbs team, Maggie had a variety of naval platform assignments in the areas of Survivability and Test and Evaluation for various countries including serving as a Senior Test Engineer providing LFT&E support to PMS377, the USN amphibious warfare program office.  Originally an aerospace engineer, she has also previously worked at NASA Langley supporting Human Factors Integration and AAI Corporation on the Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle program. 


Maggie is a born and raised Virginian having grown up in Newport News and attended college in Blacksburg before settling in the Alexandria area.  Outside of work, Maggie is active in both the Chesapeake and Canadian Atlantic Sections of SNAME and serves on the editorial board for (mt) Magazine and the Journal of Ship Production and Design.  In her spare time, Maggie enjoys triple integrals in spherical coordinates, taking keelboat sailing lessons with her husband (Justin), and cheering on the Hokies every chance she gets.

04 Oct

Anna Naylor

Anna joined the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship team in 2016, in the newly created role of Manager of Learning and Development. Anna is supporting and managing human resource development initiatives and programs within the mandate of the Marine People Partnership (MPP). Anna has former experience with COVE in her work as an independent consultant on MPP related activities. She brings her background in marine management and experience in ocean education and curriculum development to this role.

 After graduating from Dalhousie University with a Masters in Marine Management, Anna co-founded OCEANS-NS, a registered not-for-profit organization that seeks to enhance and strengthen oceans education in Nova Scotia. Partnering with different organizations such as the Early Education and Childhood Development (EECD), Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS), International Oceans Institute (IOI) and Dalhousie, OCEANS-NS completed numerous projects that helped raise awareness of the importance of the ocean sector and opportunities in ocean-related careers in Nova Scotia. In 2015, OCEANS-NS received the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award for their work and dedication.

 As a diver and open water swimmer, Anna spends her spare time travelling in search of new bodies of water to explore. Swimming once from New Brunswick to PEI for GiveToLive: The Big Swim, a fundraiser for Brigadoon Village, Anna is constantly on the lookout for other awesome challenges