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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/TOURISM--Nova Scotian Honoured at Oceans  97
After 20 years in business, Joseph Seiler and his company, Seimac
Ltd. of Dartmouth, have earned reputations as world leaders in
the development of remote sensing instrumentation and software.
That reputation was solidified today when Mr. Seiler was named
this year's recipient of the prestigious Compass International
Award during Oceans `97 at the World Trade and Convention Centre
in Halifax.

The award was one of six presented at the conference by joint
sponsors the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Inc. Co-sponsored by
MTS and Compass magazine, the award is presented each year to an
individual, organization or company based outside the United
States for outstanding contributions in the fields of
oceanography and marine technology.

Mr. Seiler, president of Seimac Ltd., was selected for his and
his company's achievements both in the Canadian navy and in the
industry where he led the development of many 
microprocessor-based marine instruments. The award also
recognizes Mr. Seiler for his efforts in promoting international
co-operative projects through his membership in organizations
such as the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce.  

Mr. Seiler, who received his award at the MTS awards luncheon,
said he was genuinely pleased and surprised to have received such
an honour. "I feel this is a tremendous compliment. To be put in
the same league as Cliff Tyner (a previous recipient) means a lot
to me."

Brian Whitehouse, executive director of the Alliance for Marine
Remote Sensing, an international organization based in Nova
Scotia, said selecting Mr. Seiler for such recognition also
strengthens Nova Scotia's reputation as a leading innovator in
ocean technology. "This is a real feather in our cap. Nova Scotia
has a strong concentration of diverse ocean technology

Others honoured by MTS included: Sylvia A. Earle, recipient,
Compass Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to
the art and science of oceanography and marine technology;
Dynacon Inc., recipient, Compass Industrial Award for
contributions to the field; and Andrew Michel, recipient,
Lockheed Martin Award in Ocean Science and Engineering, for his
accomplishments in the development of diver electronic systems
and remotely operated underwater vehicles. Mr. Michel also
received the MTS Outstanding Committee award for his work in
support of the society. MTS's Houston section was named MTS
outstanding section for enhancing MTS visibility in the area.

Oceans  97 has drawn about 1,000 delegates to Halifax for the
four-day event, which ends Thursday, Oct. 9. The annual
conference, sponsored by MTS and IEEE, is the largest global
showcase of advancements in ocean technology.  


Contact: Mary Anna Jollymore
         Communications Nova Scotia
         902-429-7133, Oceans  97 Media Room

ngr                 October 7, 1997                  1:00 pm