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.


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 is developing a robust program that will provide an update on the progress of salmon farming in British Columbia. The BCSFA is pleased to announce its first round of speakers that will present at the Seafood West summit.

Speaker: The Honorable Domenic LeBlanc, BC Minister of Agriculture – Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Coast Guard
Topic: Federal Minister's Address,  The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Minister LeBlanc will share his thoughts on the importance of fisheries and aquaculture to Canadians and Canada's role in the global marketplace. Additionally, he will speak to the Government of Canada's commitment to science, innovation, and the protection of our oceans.

Speaker: Mike McCarty, Director, Elanco
Topic: Ideas to Leverage a Collaborative Approach Strengthening Public Confidence

Clearly, our evolving global food system combined with a growing public voice in food policy creates ongoing challenges and opportunities for both private and public sectors.  While the focus often falls among the negative issues and concerns, there are many opportunities to leverage collaboration, science and consumer based communication to not only address concerns but also pro-actively build public trust and confidence.  The purpose of this presentation is to share ideas and challenges to address these questions and ultimately continue the path of building confidence and consumer trust.

Speaker: Matt Clarke, President, Poseidon Ocean Systems

Topic: Aquaculture Innovation in B.C.

B.C. is at the forefront of innovation and adoption of new technology in aquaculture, particularly in marine engineering. Hear from one of B.C.'s leading experts on how marine aquaculture has evolved and what's coming in the future - allowing for farming in higher energy waters.

Speaker: Kim Thompson, Program Manager - Seafood for the Future,

Aquarium of the Pacific
Topic: Seafood for the Future - ENGO perspective

The Aquarium of the Pacific's Seafood for the Future (SFF) program provides science-based information about seafood and its role in the global food supply to help businesses and consumers make informed seafood choices.


Speakers: Maria Gonzalez + Ed Mansfield, MNP
Topic: Salmon aquaculture's role in the Vancouver Island Economy
Maria and Ed will be sharing an updated presentation on the economic impact of salmon aquaculture in B.C. - particularly as it relates to the economy of Vancouver Island. MNP also prepares the annual State of the Island's Economy for the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.


Speaker: Chef Ned Bell, Ocean Wise + Chefs for Oceans
Topic: The need for responsible aquaculture - Chef's perspective
Recently recognized as a Seafood Champion at the Sea Web conference in Seattle, Chef Bell will discuss the need for sustainable aquaculture in addition to well managed wild fisheries. Ned's goal is to engage and inspire his chef peers and communities from coast to coast.


Speaker: Hallvard Muri,
Chief Executive Officer - AKVA Group
Topic: Technology to lead the way (sea and land)
Hallvard will draw on his experience as CEO of AKVA Group to explore the need to advance technology and strive for innovation in raising salmon - in the present and the future.


Speaker: Dallas Smith,
President - Nanwakolas Council
Topic: Developing economic opportunity in coastal First Nations traditional territories
President of the Nanwakolas Council for the last 10 years, Dallas will speak about developing economic opportunities and relationships in coastal First Nations traditional territories and the role of sustainable aquaculture in these communities.


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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