Seafood West & 2017 Annual General Meeting


The BC Salmon Farmers Association’s summit – Seafood West – will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual General Meeting on October 10th and 11th in Victoria.

As the preeminent event for aquaculture in B.C., Seafood West is structured for – and attended by senior representatives from the industry, government (local, provincial, and federal), First Nation partners, academics active in aquaculture-related research, and community leaders.

This year’s program will feature renowned speakers that reinforce key themes, including product demand/quality, exports, global competitiveness, new technology, and environmental performance. The emphasis will be on the sophistication of the industry and its bright future – globally.




October 10 & 11, 2017


Victoria, B.C.


Please note that registration for Seafood West 2017 is now closed to register your interest please email Lucas Schmidt at


Tuesday October 10, 2017

BCSFA Annual General Meeting
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria


Open to all BCSFA members, the 33rd Annual General Meeting will review the past year, and look forward towards 2018. Led by the BCSFA Executive team, the AGM will include the Auditor's Financial Report, Association By-Law's review and the election of BCSFA Directors.




Seafood West Welcome Reception
Time: 5:30-9:30pm
Location: The Guild Freehouse, Victoria


Kicking off Seafood West, this culinary tasting reception showcases the talents of B.C.’s West Coast chefs and features a variety of B.C.’s fresh farm-raised fish. This intimate event offers attendees the perfect opportunity to network with BCSFA members, government representatives, Seafood West participants and VIP guests.

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Seafood West Summit
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

The BC Salmon Farmers Association has developed a robust program that will provide an update on the progress of salmon farming in British Columbia. BCSFA is happy to announce its full program for the Seafood West Summit.


7:30am-8:15am:  Registration + Breakfast


8:15am: MC Welcome ~ Jeremy Dunn (BCSFA Executive Director)


8:20am: Indigenous Partner Welcome ~ Keith Atleo (Ahousaht)


8:30am: BCSFA Chair Address - Reflecting on the year and looking forward ~ Vincent Erenst (Managing Director BCSFA)


8:40am: Gold Sponsor Address ~ Matthew Liutkus (Skretting) 


8:45am-9:15am: Ideas to Leverage a Collaborative Approach to Strengthening Public Confidence ~ Mike McCarty  (Elanco)


9:15am-9:45am: Sustainable Innovation in the Aquaculture Industry  ~ Hallvard Muri (AKVA Group)


9:45am-10:15am: Seafood for the Future ~ Kim Thompson (Aquarium of the Pacific)


10:15am: Networking Break


10:45am-11:10am: Aquaculture and Innovation in Norway - Looking to the Future ~ Yngve Torgersen (Aquaculture & Fisheries - Norway)


11:10am-11:30am: Norway - world class aquaculture technology ~ Kristian Henriksen, General Manager (NCE Aquatech Cluster)


11:30am-12:00pm: Aquaculture Innovation in B.C. ~ Matt Clarke (Poseidon Ocean Systems)


12:00pm-12:15pm: BC Government Remarks ~ Hon. Lana Popham (Minister of Agriculture)


12:15pm-12:25pm: Sponsor Welcome Remarks ~ Anne Kari Hansen Ovind (Norwegian Ambassador to Canada)
12:30pm: Norwegian Ambassador Luncheon


1:00pm-1:30pm: Luncheon Keynote Speaker: The need for responsible aquaculture - Chefs Perspective ~ Chef Ned Bell (Chefs for Oceans)
1:30pm-2:00pm: Developing economic opportunity in coastal First Nations traditional territories Dallas Smith (Nanwakolas Council)
2:00pm-2:30pm: Salmon aquaculture's role in the Vancouver Island Economy
~ Maria Gonzalez + Ed Mansfield (MNP)
2:30pm-3:00pm: Government of Canada Remarks ~ The Honorable Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard)
3:00pm: Post Summit Reception


Hotel Grand Pacific - Booking Deadline September 8th

Rooms include: Victoria Grand Rooms, starting at $149 per night. Pacific Harbour View rooms can be reserved for an additional $40.
Please contact Lucas Schmidt for the Room Block Code
Office: 604-209-1559
Call the Hotel Grand Pacific toll free reservation line at 1-800-663-7550
Please make all reservations by September 8th.

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