by Tina Olivero

    Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces New Project in Newfoundland & Labrador

    Alongside project partners, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced a new $5 million Adaptive Learning Technology Project – The Future of Marine Fatigue Risk Mitigation, led by Training Works, a Newfoundland and Labrador-based EdTech company. This project is creating a comprehensive tool for fatigue risk mitigation in marine organizations by leveraging combined advancements in biometrics, environmental data, and microlearning.

    The Honourable Sarah Stoodley, Minister of Digital Government and Service NL announced a provincial contribution of $335,000 towards the project. With a total project value of close to $5 million, the Ocean Supercluster will provide $1.9 million in funding, with the balance from other project partners. In the Adaptive Learning Technology project, Training Works will work with partners Compusult Ltd., Altera Infrastructure, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland & Labrador to develop a commercially viable fatigue risk mitigation learning technology which can be scaled across marine industries. The resulting technology will link biometric and environmental data to identify fatigue markers and provide individualized corrective action(s) and risk mitigation techniques through Training Works’ adaptive learning platform, Skilltinuous. 

    Through Training Works flagship educational technology Skilltinuous, the project will give marine workers the tools to recognize, understand and anticipate fatigue while providing moments of need microlearning to help mitigate the risk associated with fatigue – a critical advancement in a sector where irregular schedules, challenging operating conditions and operations across multiple time zones impact the level of worker fatigue and its associated risks. This comprehensive fatigue risk mitigation educational technology will equip marine organizations and their workers with a new tool that can stand alone or run alongside existing organizational fatigue management systems, to support human performance and help to create healthier, safer, and more productive work environments. 

    The Adaptive Learning Technology project will create and maintain 22 full-time jobs throughout its duration with the potential for more than 100 indirect jobs as a result. The first market for commercialization will focus on offshore workers within Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s membership. The project team will explore marine connections to create new opportunities to bring the solution to customers within the Canadian marine marketplace.


    “Supporting innovative companies such as Training Works helps to grow and diversify Newfoundland and Labrador’s tech ecosystem while advancing our innovation economy. The leading-edge technology created through this project will help to improve worker safety and productivity. We support collaboration, research and development, and commercialization of new digital ocean technologies that further position our province as a world leader in this sector.” said Honorable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy, and Technology.

    “With support from Canada’s Ocean Cluster, the project partners will develop a comprehensive program aimed at improving seafarers’ safety. We are pleased to support this project and to help those working on our seas return home safely,” said Honourable François-Philippe, Champagne Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry.

    “Fatigue at sea is a problem that spans all marine industries, and the impacts can be potentially catastrophic. With support from the Ocean Cluster, the project partners are working on a technological solution to help identify and mitigate fatigue and provide corrective actions, which will improve safety, reduce accidents and save lives. We’re proud to support this project for the positive impact it will have on workers.” said Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.

    “The Adaptive Microlearning Technology team is developing cutting-edge technology to make working on the ocean safer and more efficient for workers. As we help build the workforce of the future these are important tools in both traditional and emerging ocean industries,” said Kendra Macdonald, CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.

    “Fatigue and its associated risks is something widely acknowledged not just in the marine industry but across all industries. Our goal is to enhance our Skilltinuous platform to identify fatigue markers in seafarers using biometric and environmental data, assess the risk fatigue will pose, and through targeted personalized microlearning, introduce effective countermeasures at the earliest possible point to mitigate the risk. This is a groundbreaking project that will have wide-ranging benefits for worker safety in the marine industry.” said Tamara Vatcher, CEO of Training Works.

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