Fisheries Council of Canada | Annual Conference
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Annual Conference

We’re planning the 2019 FCC Conference in Ottawa!
Details will be announced soon!

The 2018 conference information is below for your reference only.

Promoting a Prosperous Sector and Healthy Resource 

FCC is hosting its Annual Conference in Ottawa 

 October 3 – 4, 2018 

 at the Fairmont Château Laurier 

While hearing from excellent speakers about topics of vital importance to the industry, you can talk to federal government representatives about key policy issues facing the industry. 

The Canadian seafood industry creates 80,000 direct jobs, mainly in coastal and rural communities, and accounts for $7 billion in exports to 139 countries around the world.  We are helping to feed the world.  The largest export markets for Canadian seafood products include the United States (63% of exports), China (14%), European Union (7%), and Japan (5%).  The Council is looking towards advantages created by recent free trade agreements, such as South Korea, CETA, and CPTPP. 

The fisheries sector needs to accelerate investment to extract more value from what it harvests and processes.  A recent study has indicated that the sector is missing out on $600 million annually in additional revenue.  Additionally, growing global demand for protein, including fish and seafood, points to more export growth opportunities and the need for investment. 

Canada has a strong reputation for sustainable fisheries management.  On top of the robust regulatory regime, two-thirds of our wild capture production (80 per cent by value) is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, the international gold standard for measuring fishery sustainability.  This contrasts with only about 10% of the world’s fisheries being certified.  The sector is also proud of the role it plays in marine conservation.   Many harvesting activities have a much lower footprint than years ago. 

Another important aspect of the sector that deserves to be recognized is the level of Indigenous participation in the sector.  In BC, roughly one-third of the sector is Indigenous participation.  In Nunavut, enterprises are wholly-owned by Indigenous communities.  In Atlantic Canada, many companies have various business partnerships and other relationships with Indigenous communities. 

These and many other issues are among the topics that will be discussed at FCC’s 2018 Annual Conference.  The theme of Promoting a Prosperous Sector and Healthy Resource encapsulates how the Council and the sector is working towards the future. 


Conference Program:  Click here to view the conference program. 


Annual Fish Cook-Off:

  • Chef Emeric Beccaris, Chef at Play Food & Wine
  • Chef Phoebe Blacksmith-Hester, former owner of Sweetgrass Bistro
  • Chef Matt Hall, Executive Chef at NeXt


  • Andrée Riffou
  • Michael-Ann Rowe
  • Lise Després

Speakers list includes:

  • Sean Casey, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Lyzette Lamondin, CFIA
  • John Sackton, CEO, 
  • Linda Cornish, CEO, Seafood Nutrition Partnership 
  • Peter Hall, Vice-President & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Michel Kaiser, PhD, DSc, Science and Standards Director, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
  • Mike Melnychuk, PhD, Professor, University of Washington
  • Michael-Ann Rowe, Emmy® Award-Winning television personality, food & travel journalist;
  • Reconciliation Panel
    Moderator:  Mario Lavoie, Senior Vice President, Impact Public Affairs

    • Kevin Anderson, Regional Director General, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
    • Carey Bonnell, VP, Sustainability & Engagement, Ocean Choice International 
    • Clint Davis, Interim Board Member, National Council on Reconciliation
    • Harry Flaherty, President, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation


Hotel Guestroom Block:  A limited quantity of guest rooms to those attending was available at a group rate.  The deadline for the block was September 3rd, 2018. If you wish to book a room with the Fairmont Château Laurier, call 1-800-441-1414 and mention that you are with the Fisheries Council of Canada.


Registration:  Click here to register for the Conference. 


Sponsorships: Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a great way to gain exposure to the sector and value to your organization.  Click here to review our sponsorship brochure. 

Various details of the conference continue to be advanced.  Please check back on this page for updates. 

We look forward to seeing you on October 3-4 in Ottawa! 

Don’t delay, register today! 






*More sponsorship opportunities are available!  Click here to review our sponsorship brochure. 


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