Minister Keith Colwell will be hosting the Department’s 20th Anniversary Conference on Feb. 22– 23, 2018.

February 22 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Conference and Reception 4:30 pm
February 23 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Conference

1650 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax Convention Centre

Registration deadline: Feb 12, 2018

Onsite registration is required and will be open from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on February 22nd prior to conference opening. 

Thanks to the industry, Nova Scotia’s fishery has grown to $1.8 billion in exports. The annual Minister’s conference will focus on “Wealth through Quality” supporting further growth in our fishery. International speakers will be speaking on practices, programs and efforts utilized to make improvements in their industry. These insights will be shared with Nova Scotia’s fishery identifying the challenges, mistakes and successes in the journey.

We invite industry to join us as we talk and learn about our important next steps.

For further information please contact Joan Cottell at or 902 424-8954.

There is no registration fee required.

Keynote speakers

Ross Hodge

• Executive Officer for Southern Rocklobster Limited (SRL),
the national peak body for Australia’s Southern Rock
Lobster Industry, from 2010-2016.

• Ross was also responsible for reviewing and updating the
Clean Green Program during that time.

• Since late 2016 he has continued his association with SRL as the dedicated Clean
Green Program Manager.

• 20-years’ experience in executive roles within industry associations,

• Ross’s first introduction to the fishing industry was his appointment as Executive
Director at Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV) in 1997

• Executive Director of the Fire Protection Association of Australia for seven years
during which time he also undertook the role of Independent Chair for the
Victorian Fisheries Co-Management Council’s Rock Lobster and Fisheries
Research Advisory Committees.

John Sansom

• Started Fishing Career in 1975

• Owner/Operator Since 1982

• President, Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s
Association (TRLFA) 2003 – 2014

• Chief Executive Officer, TRLFA 2014 – Present

• Board Member, Southern Rocklobster Limited (SRL)
2003 – Present (Deputy Chair 2017)

• Member of Clean Green Program Since 2005

Register today!

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Delta Hotels Halifax Special group rate: 122.00 CAD  per night (only until Feb 9th)

We would like to thank all the companies that have agreed to be sponsors/exhibitors to make the 20th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquacultures Minister’s Conference a success. See you all on February 22nd!

Grant Thornton LLP
TriNav Group of Companies
Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association
Blois Fish Processing Automation Ltd.
Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board
COVE – Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship
COIN Atlantic
Aqua Production Systems
Canadian Rope & Twine Ltd.
Business Development Canada (BDC)
Realtime Aquaculture
Bioenterprise Corporation
Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)
Cabot Shipping Supplies
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB)
Marine Animal Response Society
North Taste Flavourings Inc.

Ste. Anne’s University
Alliance Rubber
Fairway Insurance
NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education
MacDonald Chisholm Trask Insurance
Fishermen and Scientists Research Society
Straight-MacKay Ltd
ABCO Industries Limited
Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia
E.Y.E. Marine Consultants
Atlantic Fisheries Fund
Blue Cross Insurance
Novi Marine Brokers
Truefoam Limited
Springboard Atlantic Inc.
Ocean Technology Council of NS
Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
Safety Nova Scotia
Sevaen – Climate Technical Gear
Efficiency Nova Scotia
NS Office of Immigration