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Annual Conference

FCC 2021 VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CHARTING A COURSE FOR CANADIAN SEAFOOD

FCC’s 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, with its theme, Charting a Course for Canadian Seafood, is combining the staples of our traditional in-person conference with the successes of our virtual webinar series last year to create the most accessible, session-filled, virtual conference we’ve ever had.

The conference will cover important topics of today and tomorrow – such as, food from the sea, seafood market trends, traceability, alternative seafood products, strategic communications and more. It will be the premier online event for the Canadian fisheries sector. The sessions will occur twice weekly during three weeks of October – National Seafood Month – on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


REGISTRATION

Rates & Registration Open Now – Click Here 


SCHEDULE 

WEEK 1

Tuesday, Oct. 12

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks: Carey Bonnell, FCC Chair 2020-21
  • Opening Keynote Presentation – The Future of Food from the Sea: Ray Hilborn, Professor, University of Washington (Sponsored by: Clearwater Seafoods)
  • Consumer Insights and Seafood Trends: Celine Rouzaud, Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager, Canada, MSC (Sponsored by: Harbour Grace Shrimp Company Limited)
  • “Celebrating Seafood” Reception (Sponsored by Farm Credit Canada)

Thursday, Oct. 14

  • Opening Remarks: Paul Lansbergen, FCC President
  • Markets Overview: John Sackton, President, Seafood Datasearch (Sponsored by the Province of New Brunswick)
  • Creating Awareness About the Sector: Anton Holland, President & CEO, NIVA Inc.

 

WEEK 2

Tuesday, Oct. 19

  • Opening Remarks: Paul Lansbergen, FCC President
  • Domestic Food Service Seafood Trends Panel:
    • Peter Vasil, Seafood Category Manager, Sysco Canada
    • Kim Schievink, NA Category Manager, Seafood, Gordon Food service
    • Paolo DiManno, Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing, Recipe Unlimited
    • Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Dalhousie University
    • Moderated by Olivier Bourbeau, VP, Federal & Quebec, Restaurants Canada
  • Exhibit Hall Time

Thursday, Oct. 21

  • Opening Remarks: Paul Lansbergen, FCC President
  • Domestic Retail Seafood Trends Panel: (Sponsored by Ocean Choice International)
    • Loblaws – Nathan Desnoyers, Seafood Category Director, Market Division
    • Sobeys – Rob Mikulec, National Director, Seafood & Plant Based Protein
    • Walmart – Jennifer Barbazza, Mgr, Sustainability
    • Metro – Alexandra Leclerc, Chef approvisionnement responsable
    • Moderated by Jason McLinton, VP, Retail Council of Canada
  • Exhibit Hall Time

 

WEEK 3

Tuesday, Oct. 26

  • Opening Remarks: Paul Lansbergen, FCC President
  • Seafood Traceability Panel: (Sponsored by McInnes Cooper)
    • Martin Gooch, CEO, Value Chain Management International
    • Tammy Switucha, Executive Director, Food Safety & Consumer Protection Directorate, CFIA
    • Keith Mussar, VP, Regulatory Affairs and Chair, Food Committee, I.E. Canada
    • Bob Hanner, Professor, Univ of Guelph
    • Moderated by Julian Hawkins, CEO, Vericatch

Thursday, Oct. 28

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) – ***MEMBERS ONLY***
  • Opening Remarks: Paul Lansbergen, FCC President
  • Alternative Seafood Products: Jan Tharp, CEO, Bumble Bee Seafood Company (Sponsored by: Connor Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods Corp.)
  • Fishful Thinking: Oriana Poindexter, Co-Principal Investigator & Director, Fishful Future
  • Closing Remarks: Lise Deprés, FCC Incoming Chair

Thank you to our confirmed sponsors:

Reception Sponsor:

 

 

Farm Credit Canada

Presenting Sponsors:

  • Opening Keynote – Clearwater Seafoods
  • MSC presentation – Harbour Grace Shrimp Company Limited
  • John Sackton – Province of New Brunswick
  • Closing Keynote – Connor Bros Clover Leaf Seafoods Corp.
  • Domestic Retail Seafood Trends Panel – Ocean Choice International
  • Seafood Traceability Panel – McInnes Cooper

Supporting Sponsors:

  • Baader Canada Limited
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd.
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company Limited
  • Mersey Seafoods Ltd.
  • Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Reiser Canada
  • Torngat Fish Producers Co-operative Society Ltd.
  • Vericatch

Media Sponsor:

  • TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc.

SPONSORSHIP & EXHIBITING

Limited sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available!

Sponsors will receive visibility to a growing audience of conference attendees and speakers, as well as other benefits, as listed in the Sponsorship Program.

As well, we are hosting our first virtual Exhibit Hall. Exhibitors will have the chance to showcase their businesses to all conference attendees for the duration of the three-week event. More information is included in the Exhibitor Program.



FCC 2020 Conference Webinar Series
Innovating for the Future

You can still watch all of the sessions from our 2020 Conference Webinar Series, in partnership with TheFutureEconomy.ca! Click through to the links below.

ALL SESSIONS: TheFutureEconomy.ca.

VIP Interview: LOOKING FORWARD
Keynote: CANADIAN CONSUMER TRENDS IN FISH AND SEAFOOD
VIP Interview: ICELAND OCEAN CLUSTER: LESSONS FOR CANADA
Panel: CANADIAN SUPERCLUSTERS
LIVE + Q&A: MARKETS OVERVIEW
Panel: BIODIVERSITY AND SFM
VIP Interview: INDUSTRY DIRECTION
VIP Interview: THE FUTURE OF FISHERIES