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Future Leaders – Program Information


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In partnership with National Fisheries Institute 

Dates and Preliminary Curriculum

Due to the continued uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fisheries Council of Canada and our partners at the National Fisheries Institute will be postponing the 2020 Future Leaders Canada (FLC) program until 2021. As we continue to follow the latest public health guidance, postponing travel and in-person sessions is necessary to ensure the safety of our participants, staff and the general public.

We are confident that rescheduling the program is in the best interests of all FLC 2020 participants and we look forward to offering the same standard of industry development at a later date. New dates will be determined once we can be certain the program can move forward responsibly.

FCC will also be accepting additional participant applications for 2021 once the program is set.


10-13 May 2020  Postponed to 2021

3 nights/3 days

  • Networking: Meet your fellow leaders
  • Government Relations: Understand how Parliament and governments impact the fishing community
  • Communications Training: Learn “hands-on” how to handle the tough media questions and how to meet with government officials
  • Fisheries Council of Canada Leadership: Understand how your company’s investment in FCC helps your company and the seafood community
  • Embassy Visit(s): Understand how Canada’s export strategies benefit the seafood industry
  • Packaging Plant Tour: Learn how different downstream companies package product to meet customer needs
  • Port of Entry Tour: Meet with US government officials to learn the evolving regulations to get Canadian seafood into the U.S. market



7-9 July 2020  Postponed to 2021

3 nights/3 days (Note: Valid passport required)

  • Culinary Event: So you caught fish. And you can decently fillet it. Now test if you can actually cook it with the sizzle that makes a restaurant guest want to pay top dollar for that Canadian seafood
  • Cold Storage Tour: Gain an appreciation for the logistics challenges once seafood leaves the dock and Canadian processing plant
  • Broadline Distributors: Understand the expectations of large broadline distributors of the seafood supply chain, inducing Canadian harvesters.
  • Seafood Specialty Distributors: Gain an appreciation for how specialty distributors differentiate themselves from broadliners, and how Canadian seafood companies can gain access to these niche marketers
  • Chef Discussion: Discuss with chefs their evolving demands of suppliers, from an expectation of documented sustainability through to help with identifying new species to serve guests
  • National Retailer Visit: Learn from a major retailer how they seek to make seafood simpler and easier for U.S. consumers to enjoy in home.



10-13 August 2020 Postponed to 2021

3 nights/3 days

  • Salmon Hatchery:   Seafood is an evolving industry, with new technologies. Leaders need an appreciation for how other aspects of the seafood supply chain operate.
  • Salmon Farm: Learn about the challenges and opportunities in the aquaculture production of salmon
  • Processing Plant Tour: Each processing plant brings its own experiences and insights in getting Canadian seafood from the boat to a form the North American and global consumer wants.
  • Vancouver Aquarium: An Ocean Wise® initiative, you will learn from scientists, educators and conservation experts on protecting our oceans


For questions, contact NFI’s Gerrie Thomas, Director (1-703-752-8888, or FCC’s Paul Lansbergen (1-613-727-7450,

FUTURE LEADERS CANADA 2020 –  Application


2020 Key Dates

Prior to applying to the program, please make sure you are available to attend all sessions. The key to your success will be full participation in the program

 11 November 2019
Application Process Opens

10 January 2020
Application and Payment Deadline

17 January 2020
2020 Future Leaders Canada Class Announced

Cancelled 16 March 2020
Networking Breakfast Boston, MA at Seafood Expo North America (optional)

Cancelled 22– 24 April 2020
Brussels, Belgium (optional)

Postponed to 2021 10–13 May 2020
Future Leaders Canada Session I Ottawa, Ontario

Postponed to 2021 7-9 July 2020
Future Leaders Canada Session II Chicago, Illinois

Postponed to 2021 10-13 August 2020
Future Leaders Canada Session III Vancouver, British Columbia

Postponed to 2021 7-8 October 2020
A graduation and recognition ceremony will be part of the 2020 Fisheries Council of Canada Annual Conference in Ottawa