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Future Leaders Canada


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In partnership with National Fisheries Institute 

Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) is pleased to announce the 2020 Future Leaders Canada Program with support from the National Fisheries Institute.

Seafood and its sustainability are essential to Canada. 80,000 Canadians earn their living directly from fishing and fishing-related activities. The Future Leaders Canada curriculum is designed to develop the emerging leaders in the Canadian seafood industry through networking, programming and unique experiences along the supply chain.

The 2020 Program will kick off with a networking breakfast in Boston during the Seafood Expo North America; and three 3-day sessions, from May through August, with graduation taking place at the Fisheries Council of Canada Annual Conference in October. Each FCC Future Leaders Canada session is designed to enhance industry knowledge and leadership skills in the areas of government relations, production, procurement, sales, marketing and the seafood community broadly. The Future Leaders Canada participants will visit Ottawa, ON, Chicago, IL, and Vancouver, BC, and their surrounding areas.

Cancelled: Optional Session for 2020 – Brussels!

Europe plays an important part in the global seafood supply chain. The EU fishing industry is the 4th largest in the world and works with the international community to make sure all waters are regulated and sustainable for years to come. It is also the third largest seafood export market for Canada. FCC is offering an optional session during the Seafood Expo Global, 22-24 April, in Brussels, Belgium. Participants will join FCC’s President, Paul Lansbergen, to meet with international policymakers to learn more about fisheries, trade and food safety.  In addition, there will be a joint dinner with NFI’s US Future Leaders and the Young Leaders from the Australian Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and United Kingdom’s Seafish Authority. Additionally, there will be education session opportunities focused on Global Leadership, Global Trade and Alternative Proteins. The cost is an additional $550 CAD/$450 US and participants are responsible for all travel and meals, lodging and travel arrangements. A valid passport is required to participate.

What a Future Leader Should Expect

The Canadian seafood industry is diverse in geography, in harvest type, and in size of company. This program exposes Future Leaders Canada participants to the various aspects of the seafood industry and allows ample opportunities for networking with classmates. In addition to facility tours, each class is shown several one-of-a-kind experiences on Parliament Hill and with retailers and restaurants (their customers’ customers). Be prepared for a challenging and rewarding experience with a full and engaging agenda.

What is Expected of a Future Leader

A Future Leader should conduct themselves professionally and with integrity at all times when traveling, including after-hours social outings. Participants are held to the highest standards and are expected to treat each other and all others with respect and consideration. A successful Future Leader will be prepared, on-time, and professional throughout each session.


FCC Members will invest $3,940 CAD/$3,100 US in their future leadership. The investment fee for non-FCC Members is $5,940 CAD/$4,600 US. The tuition includes all mandatory sessions. There is no cost to the optional Boston orientation. The additional cost for the optional Brussels session is $550 CAD/$450 US. Participants are responsible for hotel, travel, and some meal expenses.

To apply to be a Future Leader of the Canadian seafood community:

  1. Complete the attached application form.
  2. Attach a one-page written bio of yourself, your seafood experience, and why you would like to be a Future Leader.
  3. Include tuition payment made payable to National Fisheries Institute. (Please note there is a 5% surcharge for credit cards and will be processed in US dollars)
  4. The deadline for applications is 10 January 2020. There will be no refunds after attending the first session.
  5. If you are selected to be in the Future Leaders Canada Class of 2020, you will be notified no later than 17 January 2020.

Program Information and Key Dates


The 2019 Inaugural Program

The links below provide more information on the 2019 inaugural program.

Program information

Session 1 highlights video

Session 2 highlights video

Session 3 highlights video

Companies in the sector are encouraged to plan for participating in 2020!  Registration will opens November 11, 2019.