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
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tuesday October 10, 2017
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.