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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 2018: Professor Rich Moccia

Few individuals have consistently shaped and enhanced our aquaculture community like Professor Rich Moccia, who has been a tireless advocate for the Canadian aquaculture sector for over 40 years.
What is perhaps most unique about his contributions, are the multiple venues through which he has accomplished this, successfully contributing through aquaculture research, teaching, industry
development, and extension outreach.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, Moccia began his research career studying tumors in Great Lakes fishes being used as sentinel species for monitoring ecosystem health. After completing graduate studies in 1978, he landed his first ‘real job’ at the Ontario Veterinary College, Fish Pathology Laboratory, where he provided diagnostic and clinical support to the fledgling commercial fish farming industry. And his passion for the aquaculture sector was born. He left the university
to build 2 SME’s in private industry called Aquatic Pathology Services, and International Aquaculture
Developments Corp, and specialized in tech transfer projects, diagnostics, consulting and developing the early capacity in reproductive manipulation and semen cryogenics. In late 1987, he returned to the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor of Aquaculture, and still holds a faculty position today as a full professor. Rich has authored over 80 peer-reviewed, aquaculture related publications, over 100 technical reports and factsheets, and given hundreds of presentations across an expanse of disciplines, encompassing animal welfare, pathology, physiology, nutrition, production, engineering and
environmental impact assessment.

In 1988, Moccia spearheaded the development of the Alma Aquaculture Research Station, and the Aquaculture Centre, a joint venture with two provincial Ministries and the University of Guelph. Rich was responsible for overseeing the design, construction, staffing and operationalizing of the research and quarantine facility-a first of its kind for the province of Ontario.

Professor Moccia has also been an exemplary educator, undergraduate and graduate student advisor, and mentor to many young career professionals. Rich developed several undergraduate and graduate courses over his career, and he is still teaching to this day. He was famous (or notorious, to some students!) for promoting wild and crazy ‘lateral thinking exercises’ as a means to problem solve by
combining multiple disciplines to find solutions. And in 1993, he developed UG’s first MSc Aquaculture Program. Professor Moccia has been a primary advisor or committee member to over 90 graduate students, and has sat on over 75 examining committees of M.Sc and PhD theses defences. Moccia’s student-centred philanthropy is exemplified by his ongoing donations to the AAC student scholarship fund for almost 25 years, as well as his ongoing collaborations and enduring friendships with so many of his former students.

Over the years, Richard has been at the forefront of several industry groups, having been President of the Ontario Aquaculture Association, as well as a founding member of the Canadian Aquaculture Producers Council (now known as CAIA). His leadership skills and formal mediation training,
as well as extensive knowledge of strategic planning, governance, human resources, and finance have always been in demand, and he has been a member of several Boards of Directors of scientific organizations and NSERC NCE’s, private companies, and community philanthropic groups, as well as numerous science and policy committees helping to guide smart legislation for Canada. Throughout
his career, Rich has helped hundreds of farmers and industry newcomers navigate the technology, biology and the regulatory framework needed to operate a fish farm.

Professor Moccia also served 10 years as the Associate Vice-President of Research (AVPR), Agrifood and Partnerships at the UG. During his tenure as AVPR, Rich was responsible for a portfolio worth nearly $100M a year, and included overseeing the Provincial Animal Health Lab, the Provincial Agriculture and Food Lab, 14 research stations across the province, and managing research, tech
transfer, HQP and commercialization initiatives across a wide range of agrifood programs, including aquaculture.

Professor Moccia’s extensive and varied contributions have been recognized by UG’s Distinguished
Professorial Teaching Award in 2002, a Distinguished Extension Service Award in 2004, the AAC Award for Research Excellence in 2007, and the Dr. Bill Winegard Community Volunteer Award in 2015, among others. He was also inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Rich Moccia is one of the true, innovative pioneers in the Canadian aquaculture sector. His vision has given so much to those in the field, whether it be farmers, researchers, educators, students or regulators. Few can claim such an extensive aquaculture legacy. In his spare time, Rich is an avid hockey player, motorcyclist, hiker, scuba diver and boater, and recently earned his commercial boat Captains licence to support his semiretirement plan of skippering a scuba charter vessel in Tobermory, Ontario!

 

Peu d’individus ont constamment formé et amélioré la communauté de l’aquaculture comme le professeur Rich Moccia qui a été un défenseur infatigable pour le secteur de l’aquaculture au Canada depuis plus de 40 ans. Ce qui est peut-être le plus unique à propos de ses contributions, c’est le succès qu’il a connu dans des domaines aussi diversifiés que la recherche en aquaculture,
l’enseignement, le développement de l’industrie et la vulgarisation.

Après avoir obtenu un diplôme de premier cycle en biologie marine, Rich Moccia a commencé sa carrière de chercheur en étudiant les tumeurs chez les poissons des Grands Lacs qui étaient utilisés comme espèces sentinelles pour surveiller la santé de l’écosystème. Après avoir terminé des études supérieures en 1978, il a obtenu son premier « vrai travail » au Collège vétérinaire de l’Ontario dans le Laboratoire de pathologie des poissons, où il a fourni un appui diagnostique et clinique à l’industrie piscicole commerciale naissante. C’est là qu’est née sa passion pour le secteur aquacole. Il quitta l’université pour se consacrer à deux PME dans le secteur privé, les Services de pathologie aquatique et la Société internationale de développement de l’aquaculture, où il se spécialisa dans les projets de transfert de technologie, de diagnostic, de consultation et de développement de la capacité en manipulation de la reproduction et en cryogénie du sperme. À la fin de 1987, il revint à l’Université de Guelph, comme assistant professeur en aquaculture et il occupe actuellement un poste de professeur titulaire. Rich est l’auteur de plus de 80 publications reliées à l’aquaculture qui ont été évaluées par des pairs, plus de 100 rapports techniques et fiches d’information, et il a donné des centaines de présentations couvrant un vaste éventail de disciplines, notamment le bien-être animal, la pathologie,
la physiologie, la nutrition, la production, le génie et l’évaluation de l’impact environnemental.

En 1988, Rich Moccia a dirigé le développement de la Station de recherche aquacole d’Alma et le Centre d’aquaculture, une coentreprise avec deux ministères provinciaux et l’Université de Guelph. Rich a été chargé de superviser la conception, la construction, la dotation en personnel et l’opérationnalisation de l’installation de recherche et de quarantaine, une première en son genre
pour la province d’Ontario.

Le professeur Moccia a également été un éducateur exemplaire, un conseiller aux étudiants de premier et de troisième cycles et le mentor de nombreux jeunes professionnels. Rich a développé plusieurs cours de premier cycle et du cycle supérieur au cours de sa carrière, et il enseigne encore à ce jour. Il est célèbre (pour ne pas dire notoire, selon certains élèves !) parce qu’il encourage des « exercices de pensée latérale » fantaisistes et extravagants comme moyen de résoudre les problèmes en combinant plusieurs disciplines pour trouver des solutions. En 1993, il a développé le premier programme de maîtrise en sciences aquacoles à l’Université Guelph. Le professeur Moccia a été un conseiller principal ou un membre de comité pour plus de 90 étudiants des cycles supérieurs et il a siégé sur
plus de 75 comités d’examen des défenses de thèses de maîtrise ès sciences et de doctorat. La philanthropie du professeur Moccia qui est centrée sur l’étudiant est illustrée par ses dons constants au fond de bourses pour étudiants de l’AAC depuis près de 25 ans, ainsi que ses collaborations continues et ses amitiés durables avec beaucoup de ses anciens élèves.

Au cours des années, Richard a été à l’avant-garde de plusieurs groupes de l’industrie, après avoir été
président de l’Association ontarienne de l’aquaculture, ainsi que membre fondateur du Conseil canadien des producteurs aquacoles (maintenant appelé l’AICA). Ses compétences en leadership et sa formation en médiation formelle, ainsi que ses connaissances approfondies de la planification stratégique, de la gouvernance, des ressources humaines et des finances ont toujours été en demande, et il a été membre de plusieurs conseils d’administration d’organisations scientifiques
et de RCE du CRSNG, de sociétés privées et de groupes philanthropiques communautaires, ainsi que de nombreux comités scientifiques et de comités d’élaboration de politiques qui aident à orienter une législation intelligente pour le Canada. Tout au long de sa carrière, Rich a aidé des centaines de pisciculteurs et de nouveaux venus dans l’industrie à naviguer dans la technologie, la biologie et le
cadre réglementaire nécessaire pour l’exploitation d’une pisciculture.

Le professeur Moccia a également servi pendant 10 ans comme vice-président associé de la recherche (VPAR), de l’agroalimentaire et des partenariats à l’UG. Au cours de son mandat comme VPAR, Rich a été responsable d’un portefeuille d’une valeur de près de 100 millions de dollars par an. Il supervisait le Laboratoire provincial de santé animale, le Laboratoire provincial de l’agriculture et
de l’alimentation et 14 stations de recherche à travers la province et il gérait des initiatives de  echerche, de transfert technologique, de PHQ et de commercialisation dans un large éventail de programmes agroalimentaires, y compris l’aquaculture.

Les contributions étendues et variées du professeur Moccia ont été récompensées par le Distinguished Professorial Teaching Award d’UG en 2002, le Distinguished Extension Service Award en 2004, le prix AAC pour l’excellence en recherche en 2007 et le Prix du Bénévolat communautaire Dr. Bill Winegard en 2015, entre autres. Il a également été intronisé dans le Temple de la renommée sportive de Guelph
en 2018.

Rich Moccia est un véritable pionnier de l’innovation dans le secteur de l’aquaculture au Canada. Sa vision a apporté tellement à ceux qui oeuvrent dans le domaine, que ce soit les pisciculteurs, les chercheurs, les éducateurs, les étudiants ou les régulateurs. Rares sont ceux qui peuvent revendiquer
un héritage aquacole aussi étendu. Dans ses temps libres, Rich est un passionné de hockey, un
motocycliste, un randonneur, un plongeur et un plaisancier. Récemment, il a obtenu son brevet de capitaine de bateau commercial en vue de réaliser son plan de semi-retraite, piloter un navire affrété de plongée à Tobermory en Ontario !

Nominations for AAC Lifetime Achievement Award

We are now welcoming nominations for our Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes individuals who are a current or former member of AAC for their outstanding contribution to the Association and the aquaculture sector in Canada. Please send your nomination and supporting letters to Matthew Liutkus, Chair of the AAC Awards Committee at aacawards@gmail.com. The deadline for nominations is March 16th, 2018

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Rod Carney

Rod Carney graduated from the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Aquaculture Technician
Training Program in 1979. In 1980 he went to work at the International Atlantic Salmon Foundation
as a fish culture technician and became assistant manager in 1984. In 1988 Rod became the Research and

Production Hatchery Manager for the Salmon Genetics Research Program (SGRP) and was responsible
for the production of Atlantic salmon smolts for the burgeoning New Brunswick aquaculture industry. He
liaised with and maintained systems and facilities for scientists who through the SGRP were working in
the fields of broodstock selection, spawning synchronization, gene transfer, sex reversal, sterilization, light
manipulation and fish identification techniques. In 1997 Rod became an instructor in the Aquaculture
Technician Program at NBCC where he taught for 19 years. Rod lives in St. Andrews with his wife and
enjoys soccer, badminton, vegetable farming and anything that Grand Lake has to offer.

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Cyr Couturier

Armed with a degree in Marine Biology in the late 1970s, Cyr became interested in applying his education to help solve some of the emerging issues facing the world in terms of food security; capture fisheries were under increasing human and environmental pressure and aquaculture seemed like a good option to focus upon. Cyr completed his graduate studies in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University in 1986.

He has 35 years experience in applied research, project development, teaching, and extension services in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors. He is currently Chair of aquaculture programs at Memorial University, with programs ranging from junior high to on-farm extension courses to post-graduate professional and research degrees. He is a research scientist with the aquaculture section of the Marine Institute of Memorial University. His areas of research span a range of topics, including enhanced farm production, environmental management and aquaculture interactions.

Cyr held adjunct faculty position at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research for several years teaching field courses in marine resource management and aquaculture. He has worked in 18 countries around the world in development, trade missions, and extension and technology transfer / science exchange programs. All of the projects in those countries focus on aquaculture, food security, and sustainable development. Recent efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia focus on strategies for adapting fish farming to climate change.

Cyr has had a dozen graduates complete their theses at the Masters and PhD levels. He has mentored about 200 graduate diploma students in aquaculture, over 200 junior and high school students in aquaculture programs and hundreds of fish and shellfish farmers around the globe. Many of the students have gone on to leadership positions in academia, government and industry, and for Cyr this is the most rewarding part – seeing the students succeed in the world of aquaculture.

Cyr participates fully in a range of academic, industry and professional organizations devoted to sustainable aquaculture and community development. He has helped organize dozens of workshops, several national conferences, and numerous sessions at national and international meetings, all with an aquaculture focus. He has been a Director with the NAIA since 1996, an Executive Director for three terms, and is currently a second term President. He is President of the Newfoundland Francophone Development Association (since 2009). He was a Board member of the AAC for nearly two decades (from 1990 to 2010) including three terms as President; he was the first student ever elected to that Board. He is a Director and Executive member of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Sector Council (since 2007). He is a Director and Executive Officer for CAIA for a dozen years since 1996. In the 1980s he held executive positions on the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia Board.

Cyr has been honoured as the recipient of the Aquaculturist of the Year 2008 for the NAIA, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Science Atlantic Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Aquaculture and Fisheries Committee.

He is a technical advisor to several federal government departments and agencies on sustainable aquaculture issues, including Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Employment and Skills Development, ACOA, CFIA and many others. He is an SQF Expert, experienced in HACCP and Quality Management Programs, as well as a member of standard development technical committees (e.g., BAP Mussel Standard). He is a member of several grant selection committees funding pure and applied, innovative science in aquaculture and allied sectors. He has published close to 100 technical, industrial, peer-reviewed, and science and policy commentary articles, in English, French and Norwegian. He is a frequent invited speaker and technical expert (in both French and English) at regional, national, and international symposia on aquaculture and fisheries related topics.

Cyr is looking forward to the second half of his career in sustainable aquaculture, and is grateful for the support, collaboration, friendship and patience of his colleagues, students, industry partners, and acquaintances on this journey called sustainable aquaculture

 


Armé d’un diplôme en biologie marine à la fin des années 1970 , Cyr s’est intéressé à l’application de son éducation pour aider à résoudre certains des défis émergents dans le monde en termes de sécurité alimentaire; les pêches traditionnelles et l’environnement étaient sous une forte pression de la population humaine croissante et l’aquaculture semblait être une bonne option pour résoudre ces défis . Cyr a complété ses études supérieures en biologie marine à l’université Dalhousie en 1986.

Il a 35 ans d’expérience dans la recherche appliquée, développement de projets, l’enseignement et les services de vulgarisation dans les secteurs de l’aquaculture et de la pêche. Il est actuellement président des programmes en aquaculture de l’Université Memorial, avec des programmes allant de la ferme jusqu’aux degrés de recherche professionnelle et post-universitaire. Il est chercheur scientifique en aquaculture à l’Institut maritime de l’Université Memorial. Ses domaines de recherche couvrent un large éventail de sujets, notamment l’amélioration de la production aquacole, la gestion de l’environnement et les interactions de l’aquaculture.

Cyr a tenu un poste de professeur adjoint à la station de recherche biologique des Bermudes pendant plusieurs années ou il a enseigné des cours sur la gestion des ressources marines et en aquaculture. Il a travaillé dans 18 pays à travers le monde dans le développement, des missions commerciales, des programmes d’échange et de transfert de la science et de la technologie. Tous les projets dans ces pays se concentrent sur l’aquaculture, la sécurité alimentaire et le développement durable. Les efforts récents de l’Afrique au sud du Sahara et en Asie du Sud-Est s’accentuent sur les stratégies d’adaptation de la pisciculture au changement climatique.

Cyr a dirigé une douzaine d’étudiant(e)s à la maîtrise et au doctorat. Il a encadré environ 200 étudiant(e)s au diplôme d’études supérieures en aquaculture, plus de 200 jeunes et lycéens dans les programmes en aquaculture et des centaines de producteurs aquacoles à travers le monde entier. Beaucoup de ces étudiant(e)s ont accédé à des postes de direction dans le milieu universitaire, du gouvernement et de l’industrie, et pour Cyr c’est la partie la plus gratifiante – voir les ancien(ne)s élèves réussir dans le domaine de l’aquaculture.

Cyr participe pleinement à des comités universitaires, de l’industrie et des organisations professionnelles consacrées à l’aquaculture durable et le développement communautaire. Il a aidé à organiser des dizaines d’ateliers, plusieurs conférences nationales et de nombreuses séances à des réunions nationales et internationales, le tout portant sur l’aquaculture. Il a été directeur de la NAIA depuis 1996, un directeur exécutif pour trois termes, et est actuellement sur son deuxième mandat comme président. Il est président du Réseau de développement économique de Terre-Neuve (depuis 2009). Il a été membre du Conseil de l’AAC depuis près de deux décennies (1990-2010), y compris trois mandats en tant que président; il fut le premier étudiant à être élu à ce conseil. Il est administrateur et membre du comité exécutif du Conseil canadien des ressources humaines du secteur agricole (depuis 2007). Il est administrateur et dirigeant exécutif de l’AICA pour une dizaine d’années depuis 1996. Dans les années 1980, il a occupé des postes de direction sur l’Association aquacole de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Cyr a été honoré en tant qu’Aquaculteur de l’année 2008 pour la NAIA, et en 2013 il a été intronisé au Temple de la renommée de Science Atlantique pour ses contributions au Comité de l’aquaculture et de la pêche.

Il est conseiller technique à plusieurs ministères et agences fédéraux sur des questions d’aquaculture durable, y compris Environnement, Pêches et des Océans, de l’Emploi et du Développement des compétences, l’APECA, l’ACIA et beaucoup d’autres. Il est un expert SQF, connait le système HACCP et les programmes de gestion de la qualité, ainsi que membre des comités techniques de développement des normes (par exemple, norme BAP pour les moules). Il est membre de plusieurs comités de sélection des subventions de financement, pour l’innovation scientifique pure et appliquée en aquaculture et des secteurs connexes. Il a publié près de 100 articles techniques, de vulgarisation, des articles de revus par des pairs, en science et la politique, en anglais, français et norvégien. Il est fréquemment invité comme conférencier et expert technique (en français et en anglais) à des colloques régionaux, national et international sur l’aquaculture.

Cyr se réjouit de la seconde moitié de sa carrière dans l’aquaculture durable, et est reconnaissant pour le soutien, la collaboration, l’amitié et la patience de ses collègues, des étudiants, des partenaires de l’industrie et des connaissances sur ce « voyage » qu’on appelle l’aquaculture durable.

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Santosh Lall

Dr. Lall is an outstanding scientist, mentor and leader in the field of nutrition. Dr. Lall completed his BSc in Agriculture in 1965 from Allahabad University in India. He completed an MSc in Animal Science in 1969 and a PhD in Nutrition in 1973 from the University of Guelph and has remained in Canada ever since. In 1974, he accepted a position in Halifax as a Research Scientist with DFOs Aquaculture Division and remained there until 1994. From 1994 to 1996 he was the Head of the Fish Health and Nutrition section at DFO and then became a Senior Research Officer and
ultimately Principal Research Officer at the NRC Institute for Biosciences. Santosh retired in 2013 but remains an Adjunct Professor or Honorary Research Associate in five different Atlantic Canadian University departments.

Dr. Lall is a pioneer in the aquaculture industry and has contributed significantly to the science leading to the formulation of effective, efficient diets of marine invertebrates and vertebrates for the aquaculture industry. He has dedicated his career to the understanding of the nutritional requirements of marine species and the adoption of new, innovative feed ingredients to boost the development of the industry. Santosh has played a central role in the development and maturation of public and private aquaculture since the 1970s.
Not only does Santosh continue to be a source of inspiration and guidance to industry in the field of nutrition. He has provided this same guidance and inspiration to many university students and industry personnel throughout his career and continues to shape the next generation of researchers. Santosh is known for his dedication to students and their individual success. He has advised countless undergraduate, graduate and post doc fellows and has influenced and inspired students from around the world.

Dr. Lall’s work is not only recognized within Canada but also internationally. He has been involved with the publication of NRC’s Nutrient Requirements of Fish and has long participated in the International Symposium of Fish Nutrition and Feeding. He has contributed to Halver’s first edition of the Fish Nutrition text book in 1979 and has contributed to every edition since. Over his 40 year career, he has co-authored 7 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications.

He has been awarded the Minister’s Merit Award for Technology Transfer by DFO in 1993, the Research Award of Excellence by AAC in 2000 and the Governor General’s Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contributions to Canadian society in 2013.

Santosh Lall has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aquaculture Association of Canada for both his dedication to the science of aquaculture nutrition research as well as the lifetime of support and inspiration he has provided for those who work in the industry.

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Chris Frantsi

Dr. Chris Frantsi has an extensive background in fisheries and aquaculture in both the public and private sectors.
He spent his early years in Ontario and eventually moved with his family to Nova Scotia. He completed his BSc at Acadia University with a focus on microbiology. He then attended the University of Guelph, Department of Microbiology where he completed a Masters with his research on mammalian virology. Following this he did his PhD at Guelph in the Ontario Veterinary College Department of Microbiology and Immunology with his thesis on the epidemiology of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis virus.
He began his career as a student microbiologist with the Canada federal Fisheries Inspection Branch in Halifax and following completion of his Masters, he taught food microbiology for a semester at the University of Guelph.
From 1972 to 1975, working for DFO and stationed at Mactaquac Fish Hatchery near Fredericton, he was responsible for fish health in Atlantic Canada’s then thirteen federal salmonid hatcheries. In 1975 he moved to St. Andrews and joined the Huntsman Marine Laboratory and the Atlantic Salmon Federation to assist in building and operating the North American Salmon Research Centre. In 1977 Dr. Frantsi moved to Ottawa for a year and assisted with the Introduction of Canada’s Fish Health Protection Regulations.
From 1978 to 1985 he worked with the Huntsman and the New Brunswick Community College in establishing and teaching Canada’s first Aquaculture Technician Training Program. During this period he also conducted research for government and private clients in both shellfish and finfish.
In 1985 Dr. Frantsi joined Connors Bros. Limited, later to become Heritage Salmon Limited, establishing the Aquaculture Division where he worked in senior management until 2004. He currently pursues a number of private interests under Chris Frantsi & Associates.
Dr. Frantsi has authored many scientific and technical papers on virology, microbiology and aquaculture, and has served as a member on various boards and as adjunct professor at a number of universities in both Canada and the USA. He is a Certified Fisheries Scientist with the American Fisheries Society and in 2000 was named “Aquaculturist of the Millennium”, a Canadian Farm Credit Corporation Award given by the Atlantic Aquaculture Exposition.
Dr. Frantsi currently serves on the Board of the Fundy Community Foundation, dedicated to serve community needs in Charlotte County New Brunswick and is Chair of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Atlantic Innovation Fund Advisory Board.
Chris enjoys the good fortune of continuing to reside in St. Andrews and these days is usually found pursuing long neglected interests such as golfing, gardening, ATVing, hunting and fishing.

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. Al Castledine

Dr. Al Castledine retired in the spring of 2010 from his position as Director of Aquaculture Policy, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. A degree in English and a desire to experience some of the world took him to Tanzania, East Africa with CUSO for several years in the early 1970’s teaching English and Biology in a boys’ secondary school. It was there that the idea came up to come back to Canada to pursue a passion for fish with the hope of some day returning to Tanzania to work on artisanal aquaculture. This was a simple, perhaps naïve, idea that has taken a number of twists over the years given the complexity of marriage, children and work. After Tanzania, a couple of years of undergraduate courses lead into a Master’s Program in fish nutrition at the University of Guelph followed by a year’s research on Asian carps in Malaysia compliments of a CIDA scholarship. Then off to the University of Victoria for a PhD in biochemistry focusing on fat metabolism in rainbow trout supported in part by NRC. A year in Ottawa (1981-1982) working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans producing a report on the fish feed industry, amongst other duties, followed. Then off to Ontario from 1982 until 1987as an aquaculture extension biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. In 1987 the opportunity to return to the west coast came up initially as aquaculture production specialist with the British Columbia government succeeded by various roles including both management and Director positions in seafood and aquaculture development in marine and fresh waters. In 2001, Al worked with DFO in Ottawa in an interchange agreement – it was an exciting time – the federal aquaculture policy framework was being developed, the Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development was in full swing and many other new initiatives were being discussed and implemented.

Indeed, the ten years between 1999 and 2009 saw a lot of engagement by the Provinces with the federal government on aquaculture through the Canadian Council of Aquaculture Ministers Aquaculture Task Group (Al co-chaired the Task Group for a number of years). This Task Group provided an opportunity for the Provinces to shape and to support a number of key federal initiatives such as the National Aquatic Animal Health Program, the Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program, and the significant resources currently deployed within the Department to support industry Market Access Program among others.
Several years ago, as Director of Aquaculture Policy in British Columbia, Al took the initial first steps toward aquaculture development focused on communities and area and ecosystem based approaches to management. Two conventional industry development positions were re-profiled to focus on social licence issues. These actions are recognition that social licence and not technology (at the moment) is the most important factor hindering further growth of aquaculture in British Columbia (and probably lots of other places).
Al was, for many years a member of the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists, taking the steps to qualify to become a member because of the logical connections between aquaculture and agriculture (the irony of the recent British Columbia court decision declaring aquaculture to be a fishery, notwithstanding). He may have been the first Professional Agrologist in Canada to come from an aquaculture background and was recognized as Agrologist of the year for Victoria and the Islands Branch in 2000.
Al has been a member of AAC for many years and served on the Board in several capacities and as president in 1994-1995.
He would like to recognize the many wonderful and talented people he has met and worked with in what has been a very challenging and rewarding 35 years in aquaculture research, extension and management. As for Tanzania, Al and his wife Birgit, headed there in June 2010 to explore volunteer opportunities with high hopes that these will concern aquaculture.

2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Yves Bastien

Yves Bastien retired from the Federal Public Service in April 2007 after a 30 year career in the provincial and federal public services, and 24 years in aquaculture.
He started his aquaculture career with the Québec Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. Over a 13 year period he occupied 3 aquaculture positions: Aquaculture Industrial Development Officer, Coordinator for technical assistance to fisheries and aquaculture, and Mariculture Coordinator. His main function during this period was to organize and deliver extension services and technology transfer activities to the shellfish farming sector.
He was then seconded to the private sector, where as Director General, he designed, established and managed a semi-private mariculture investment fund called SODIM (Société de développement de l’industrie Maricole).
In 1999 he became Canada’s first Commissioner for Aquaculture Development, a position that he held until 2004. Reporting to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, he was tasked with championing the development of aquaculture in Canada, particularly within the federal government. Key achievements included the creation of the Program for Sustainable Aquaculture ($75 M over 5 years), a funding program to foster partnership and cooperation within the aquaculture industry, and 3 major reports with recommendations to the government of Canada: (1) Legislative and Regulatory Review of Aquaculture in Canada, (2) Achieving the Vision, and (3) Recommendations for Change.
At the end of his mandate as Commissioner he was offered the opportunity to implement his recommendations within the federal government and accepted the position of Executive Director, Aquaculture Management with DFO. During this period he managed DFO’s policy and regulatory responsibilities regarding aquaculture. He was co-chair of the Aquaculture Task Group (ATG) of the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM), played a key role in the creation of the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP) and laid the groundwork for the federal investment announced in the last budget.
During his career he was a member of several organizations including Aquanet, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, the World Aquaculture Society, Advisory Board of the Atlantic Veterinary College and the Aquaculture Association of Canada (of which he was twice elected President). In 2004 he received the Herb Dhaliwal Sustainable Aquaculture Award.


Yves Bastien a pris sa retraite du gouvernement fédéral en avril 2007 après 30 années de carrière au sein de la fonction publique provinciale et fédérale et 24 années en aquaculture.
Il a débuté sa carrière en aquaculture au Ministère de l’agriculture, des pêcheries et de l’alimentation du Québec où il a occupé 3 positions sur une période de 13 ans : Agent de développement industriel en aquaculture, Coordonnateur à l’aide technique aux pêches et à l’aquaculture et Coordonnateur à la mariculture. Durant cette période, sa principale fonction consistait à organiser et à livrer des services d’aide technique et de transfert de technologie au secteur de la conchyliculture.
Il a ensuite été prêté au secteur privé où, à titre de Directeur général, il a conçu, mis en place et géré un fonds semi privé d’investissement en mariculture nommé SODIM (Société de développement de l’industrie maricole).
On lui a ensuite offert de devenir le premier Commissaire canadien au développement de l’aquaculture, une position qu’il a occupé de 1999 à 2004. Se rapportant au ministre des pêches et des océans, il devait se faire le champion du développement de l’aquaculture au Canada, particulièrement au sein du gouvernement fédéral. Entre autres réalisations, il a joué un rôle clé dans la création du Programme pour l’aquaculture durable ($ 75 M sur 5 ans), il a conçu et géré un programme d’aide financière au partenariat et à la coopération au sein de l’industrie aquicole et a publié 3 rapports contenant des recommandations au gouvernement fédéral : (1) Revue légale et réglementaire de l’aquaculture au Canada (2) Concrétiser la vision (3) Recommandations pour un changement.
À la fin de son mandat de Commissaire, on lui a offert de mettre en œuvre ses recommandations au sein du gouvernement et il a accepté la position de Directeur exécutif de la gestion de l’aquaculture au MPO. Au cours de cette période, il a géré les responsabilités du MPO en matière de politiques et de réglementation en aquaculture. Il a été co-président du Groupe de travail en aquaculture (GTA) du Conseil canadien des ministres des pêches et de l’aquaculture (CCMPA), a joué un rôle clé dans la création du Programme national sur la santé des animaux aquatiques (PNSAA) et a préparé le terrain pour l’investissement fédéral annoncé lors du dernier budget.
Au cours de sa carrière, il a été membre de nombreuses organisations incluant Aquanet, l’Alliance de l’industrie canadienne de l’aquaculture, la World Aquaculture Society, le Conseil consultatif du Collège vétérinaire de l’Atlantique et l’Association Aquacole du Canada, organisation pour laquelle il a été élu président à 2 reprises. En 2004 il a reçu le prix d’aquaculture durable Herb Dhaliwal.

2006 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Lucien Poirier

Lucien Poirier a débuté sa carrière dans le secteur administratif québécois des pêches après ses études en biologie à l’Université de Montréal et à l’Université McGill. Il fut le premier biologiste québécois à s’intéresser à la mytiliculture et à la pectiniculture. Depuis 1982, il occupe des fonctions de direction. À ce titre, il a contribué à la conception et à la mise en application d’une offre de service aux pêches et à l’aquaculture favorisant l’établissement de liens entre la recherche et le développement. En aquaculture, son nom est associé au développement de plusieurs services à l’industrie et à la recherche dont, notamment, la Société de recherche et de développement en aquaculture continentale (SORDAC), la Société de développement de l’industrie maricole (SODIM). Au cours de sa carrière, il a su appliquer avec succès une stratégie reposant sur le partage des proirités d’intervention sectorielle en innovation, la recherche d’effets multiplicateurs des investissements et la réalisation de travaux en partenariat.


Lucien Poirier began his career in the administrative sector of fisheries in Quebec after completing his studies in biology at the University of Montreal and McGill University. Mr. Poirier became the first biologist of Quebec to develop an interest in the culture of mussels and scallops. Since 1982, he has held various administrative roles which have contributed to the conception and the application of fishing and aquaculture services. Subsequently, these services have facilitated the merging of the fields of research and development. Within the area of aquaculture, his name is associated with the development of several services and research initiatives within the industry. More notably, some of these research initiatives have included, the Society of Research and Development in Continental Aquaculture (SORDAC), and the Society for the Development of the Mariculture Industry (SODIM). Over the course of his career, he has adopted with great success a strategy based on the following foundations: the amalgamation of the operations and innovation sectors, the research of the multiplier effect of investments towards the agreed priorities and the importance of working together in partnerships.

2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Louis Deveau

Louis Deveau is the Chairman and Founder of Acadian Seaplants Limited, a seaweed manufacturing, cultivation and processing company specializing in value-added products developed for global agri-chemical, animal feeds, food ingredients including health, beauty and brewery markets and cultivated marine plants for the Asian food market. Mr. Deveau was born in Salmon River, Nova Scotia. He obtained a B. A. at Ste. Anne’s University in Church Point, Nova Scotia in 1953 and his B. Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) in 1957. His innovative involvement in the economic development of marine resources in the Maritime Provinces dates to 1961. At that time he worked for the Federal Department of Fisheries for six years and was responsible for developing the snow crab and shrimp industries in the Maritime Provinces. Mr. Deveau ventured into the seaweed industry over 35 years ago and has dedicated his life to it. He was recruited by Marine Colloids of Rockland, Maine, USA, and from 1967-1989 he held positions as President of Marine Colloids Canada Ltd.; President of Philippine Marine Inc., Manila; President of Gel Mex, Mexico; and Vice-President of Marine Colloids Inc. His responsibility for the worldwide procurement of seaweeds for processing into carrageenan led him to circle the world numerous times. During this period, he spearheaded the development of an entirely new industry — seaweed farming in the Philippines and Malaysia, which today is a major industry in these countries. In 1980, Louis Deveau acquired the Canadian assets of Marine Colloids, Canada from its U.S. parent and in 1981 Acadian Seaplants Limited was born. Since then, Mr. Deveau has invested continuously in the development of innovative cultivation and manufacturing technologies and new product and market development. His strategy of innovation has transformed Acadian Seaplants from a one customer, one product company into a diversified, fully-integrated organizat ion, processing wild seaweeds into value-added agricultural products, animal feeds, food ingredients for the health, beauty and brewery industries and the cultivation and processing of seaweeds for the Asian food market. Louis Deveau’s association with seaweed started as a youngster on the Acadian French Shore of Nova Scotia’s Baie Ste. Marie. He discovered at an early age that seaweeds are an excellent source of nutrients for plants, noticing that his father would spread “goemon de roche” (the Acadian term for seaweed found on the rocky shoreline) on the crops he grew in the family vegetable garden. Years later, Louis would develop innovative, high quality, value-added products processed from seaweeds and create a seaweed industry in Atlantic Canada. Today, Mr. Deveau’s company is comprised of four product divisions: Food Science, Animal Science, Plant Science and Food Ingredients Divisions. He operates five major manufacturing and cultivation facilities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island from a corporate office in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. Acadian Seaplants products are marketed and sold in over 70 countries around the world.