BDO joins COVE to support ocean technology industry

October 25, 2018

Halifax, NS – BDO Canada LLP, a leading professional services firm, is moving into the state-of-the-art Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) on the Dartmouth waterfront.

BDO's lease begins January 2019, when the firm will set up a permanent office at the collaborative marine facility. COVE is an innovation hub bringing together ocean technology businesses and related organizations to support commercialization in the industry.

BDO Partner Kelly Johnstone said the Halifax office is constantly exploring ways to bring its assurance, accounting, tax and advisory services to the technology and life sciences sector.

“COVE offers us a unique opportunity to be closer to prospective and existing clients,” said Johnstone. “We're excited to be a part of this innovative hub for ocean tech, helping ocean technology companies coast to coast in a world-class environment.”

BDO's COVE desk will provide go-to financial advice to marine startups and other businesses. For COVE tenants, the move by BDO enhances the high-quality services available under one roof as they push their advances to market.

“I have known and worked with Kelly for many years and she has demonstrated great strategic advice to the ocean tech community,” says Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE. “Kelly brings core capabilities to the large resources of BDO. We are pleased to have BDO as an integral part of COVE.”

COVE is located on the site of a former Canadian Coast Guard facility. Tenants have access to two large deep-water piers, a mix of short- and long-term office space, an incubator, shops and labs.

About BDO

BDO Canada LLP is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years of working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we're able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs. Over 73,000 people work out of more than 1,500 offices in 162 countries, generating worldwide revenue of $8.1 billion.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO member Firms.


Kelly Johnstone
Partner, BDO Canada LLP

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