Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference and Tradeshow

Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference and Tradeshow


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Online registration is now closed. You can register on site at the Victoria Conference centre from 2pm on May 5th. Social event tickets are sold out and will not be included in onsite registrations.

THEME: Partnering for a Sustainable Tomorrow

LOCATION AND DATES: Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC, May 5-8, 2019

CONTACT: Conference Manager
Joanne Burry
Email :

Presenting Sponsor and Co-Host

BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA)

Diamond Sponsors

Marine Harvest Canada

Gold Sponsors

Huntsman Marine
EWOS Canada Ltd.
University of Guelph
Elanco Canada
Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA)

Silver Sponsors

Creative Salmon Company Ltd
Grieg Seafood
Airsep Corporation
Icy Waters Ltd.

Bronze Sponsors

AquaBounty Canada
Aquaculture North America
Canada Cryogenetics Services
Hoskin Scientific Limited
Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc.
AKVA Group North America Inc.
Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada
Merck Animal Health
Aqua Pharma Inc.
AgriMarine Technologies Inc.
JEFO Nutrition
ISCO Canada
Golden Eagle Sable Fish Inc.

Donated Product

Sponsors are an integral part of the success of the Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference and Tradeshow. Any support that you or your organization offers will greatly benefit the events in addition to providing advertising opportunities for your company. Your contribution will assist us with our task of organizing an exciting program, support our younger generation of upcoming aquaculturists and ensure that participants have an opportunity to exchange ideas and network in a comfortable setting.

For each level of sponsorship, you are entitled to the following:

PLATINUM ($10,000+)
•    Sponsor recognition during the Opening Reception and Opening Session
•    Full page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: March 20th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media
•    Two complimentary registrations (not including BBQ or gala tickets) Value: $700
•    4 Gala Dinner tickets – Value: $340

DIAMOND ($5000+)
•    Sponsor recognition during the Opening Reception and Opening Session
•    Full page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: March 20th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media
•    One complimentary registration (not including BBQ or gala tickets) Value: $350
•    2 Gala Dinner tickets – Value: $170

GOLD ($2500+)
•    Sponsor recognition during the Opening Reception and Opening Session
•    Half page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: March 20th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

SILVER ($1000+)
•    Quarter page advertisement in the conference program booklet – Deadline: March 20th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

STUDENT ENDOWMENT FUND ($1000+) (Travel, awards, scholarships)

•    Business card size ad in the conference program booklet – Deadline: March 20th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

BRONZE ($500+)

•    Business card size ad in the conference program booklet – Deadline: March 20th
•    Logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media

For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Joanne Burry, Conference Manager
email: or phone: 506-529-4766

Download your sponsorship form here. An invoice and receipt will be forwarded once processed. Please return all completed forms and payments to:

Aquaculture Association of Canada
16 Lobster Lane, St Andrews, NB
E5B 3T6

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Keynote Speakers

Valérie Robitaille

Valérie Robitaille is co-founder and CEO of XpertSea. A rigorous scientist and energetic entrepreneur, she has been passionate about the oceans from an early age. In 2007 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Maine Maritime Academy, then pursued her master’s degree in Geoengineering from the National Institute of Scientific Research in Quebec City.   Using knowledge acquired during her studies in optics and photonics application for marine environment, Valerie and her co-founders launched XpertSea, a company solving critical technology gaps in the aquaculture industry. Valerie has several technology patents under her name and she is actively involved in Cleantech and Women in technology initiatives.







Kim Thompson

Kimberly Thompson is the director of Seafood for the Future at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Under her leadership, Seafood for the Future has become a leader in efforts to promote the important role responsible marine aquaculture (shellfish, seaweed, and finfish) plays in efforts to meet the growing demand for food in a changing climate. She works closely with various stakeholders in the seafood industry, including aquaculture producers, fishermen, distributors, scientists, and government and nongovernment agencies, among others. Most recently Thompson has been working with these groups to assess and work toward solutions to address public misperceptions about responsible marine aquaculture. She has extensive knowledge of how perceptions impact marine aquaculture development in the U.S. and California. Leveraging this knowledge, she has been leading efforts to develop and execute science-based communication tools and resources to educate diverse audiences about marine aquaculture. Thompson has written, directed, and produced a variety of short films, videos, exhibits, and panel discussions. She has also convened workshops and forums at the Aquarium to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue about marine aquaculture and responsible seafood. Together with the Aquarium’s education team, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Sea Grant, she is working to facilitate the integration of marine aquaculture content aquariums in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as in formal learning environments. She is also working with the Galway Statement Implementation Committee’s Ocean Literacy and Aquaculture Working Groups to address public perceptions of aquaculture by examining the current state of aquaculture outreach and making recommendations to encourage more consistent messaging about aquaculture across diverse stakeholder groups in the U.S., Canada, and the EU.


Contributed papers (oral or poster) are invited for presentation at Aquaculture Canada 2019. Any topic related to aquaculture will be considered.

All presenters are required to pay their own registration, accommodation and travel expenses.

Oral Presentations:
Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes, including a 3-minute question period. Presentations must be in PowerPoint® and only computers provided by the conference can be used. Due to time constraints not all papers submitted for oral presentation may be accepted; in such cases, presenters will be given the alternative option of poster presentation.

Poster Presentations:
Poster board dimensions will be 90 cm wide (horizontal) x 100 cm high (vertical). Posters outside of these dimensions may be removed if blocking other posters. Poster presenters will be required to be in attendance with their poster during a designated poster session (TIME TO BE DETERMINED).
Abstract Guidelines for Contributed Papers (any submission that does not comply with these guidelines will be returned to author and/or rejected):

1.    Title of Paper: Type the title in CAPITAL LETTERS in bold font style (scientific names should be upper/lower case and italicized). Leave a blank line.
2.    Author(s): Type the name(s) of the author(s) with initial only of given name(s) followed by surname. Place an asterisk (*) after the name of the person presenting the paper and underline name in the case of a student who wishes to be considered for best oral or poster presentations. Use superscript numbers to indicate affiliation. Leave a blank line.
3.    Affiliation/ Address: Following the appropriate superscript, type the author(s) address(es). Include company/institution, city, province/state, country (if not Canada) and postal/zip code. An email contact may be provided for the presenting author. Leave a blank line.
4.    Maximum Length: Limit is 200 words
5.    Spacing: Single spaced in one paragraph
6.    Fonts and Margins Use 12 pt Times Roman font and set left/right margins to 2.5 cm on letter-sized paper (left justification).
7.    Save in Microsoft Word format. Use your last name and initial as the file name (e.g. smith_a.doc).
8.    Abstracts are to be sent directly via email to Joanne Burry,


A. Student*1 and B. Someone2
1Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, Marine Institute of Memorial University, P.O. Box 4920, St. John’s, NL  A1C 5R3
2Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5K6

An informative abstract contains a statement of the problem, study objectives, principal findings, and main conclusions.



On behalf of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, we invite you to exhibit and participate in the Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference and Tradeshow, taking place at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC, from May 5-8, 2019.  Exhibiting at these events is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with the aquaculture industry and its support personnel.

All exhibitors are entitled to the following:

  • Two complimentary registrations (not including banquet or gala tickets) Value: $700
  • 8ft x 10ft space with a skirted table and 2 chairs and standard electrical supply
  • Display time from Sunday May 5th (set up 3-5 p.m.) to Wednesday May 8 (takedown by 12 noon)
  • Business profile (max. 200 words) and logo in the program booklet (deadline March 20th)
  • Scheduled visits/networking breaks held in conjunction with the tradeshow
  • Free admittance to opening reception, keynote and plenary sessions, health breaks, and conference sessions
  • One piece of promotional material (will be laid out on table in the registration desk area, need minimum of 200 pieces)
  • All exhibitors with be named as a BRONZE SPONSOR and will have logo placement on event signage, in the conference program, and on the event websites and social media
  • A 10 minute speaking opportunity to present your product or services to conference delegates as part of a special “innovations” Session. Must indicate yes or no on registration form.

Exhibition fees: $1300

Deadline for business profile and logo to appear in program booklet: March 20th

Deadline to receive payment: April 18th

Tradeshow booths are SOLD OUT

Download the Exhibitor Agreement, Exhibitor Registration, and Contract here. If you intend on exhibiting, please complete the Exhibitor’s Application and email, fax or mail the contract form to:

Aquaculture Association of Canada
16 Lobster Lane, St Andrews, NB
E5B 3T6
Fax: 506-529-4609

For further information please contact Joanne Burry

Great Social events have been organized as part of the conference program that will enhance your experience of conference. Meet old friends and new acquaintances, and relax and enjoy yourself at Aquaculture Canada 2019.

President’s Reception

Everyone is welcome at the first official event of AC19. Come and enjoy this informal event that kicks off the conference.

Time and Date: May 5th, 2019, 7- 9 p.m. (time subject to change)
Location: Victoria Conference Centre
Cost: Complimentary for all Delegates

Dr. Joe Brown BBQ and Auction

The Dr. Joe Brown BBQ and Auction is a popular annual event in its own right, and raises funds for the AAC Student Endowment Fund. This is an important source of funds for student travel awards as well as the AAC Scholarship Program. The evening will be filled with good food and drink.

Time and Date: Monday May 6, 2019, 6.30pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $40

Poster Session

A designated poster session will be held so that all delegates have the opportunity to view poster presentations and talk to the presenters. There will be a cash bar

Time and Date: TBD
Location: Victoria Conference Centre
Cost: Complimentary to all Delegates

The Gala Dinner

The AC19 Gala is not to be missed as the final social event of the conference. Take one last chance to enjoy a sumptuous meal with friends and colleagues. The evening will include presentation of the AAC Research Award of Excellence.

Time and Date: May 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Cocktails at 7:00 p.m.) (time subject to change)
Location: Victoria Conference Centre

Cost:  $85

Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference is a great opportunity for students to network with industry, government and academia. Take the centre stage and present your exciting research project. Join in the social events and meet the key industry players. Networking is an exhilarating path to future opportunities.


Get involved! Have fun!
Become a volunteer!
Volunteers are needed for registration, audio visual and silent auction.

For more information, contact:

Bruno Gianasi, Chair, AAC Student Affairs Committee

Joanne Burry, AC19 Conference Manager


Students are an integral part of the annual meetings of the AAC and several sessions are devoted to student activities. For the past 30 years the AAC has provided assistance for students to attend the annual conference and has organized a competition for student presentations, both oral and poster. This year is no different!

Each year AAC awards up to three different types of Student Awards

1) Best student presentation (oral and poster)
2) Student scholarship
3) Student travel awards

This year we are instituting a new award for Best Proceedings contribution by a student. It will come with a monetary award after the papers are submitted for adjudication.

For a complete listing of all eligibility criteria and application requirements for the Student Awards please click here.

Applications should be sent to:
Debbie Plouffe, Chair, AAC Awards Committee
Applications must be received before February 22nd , 2019.


Delegates must make their own hotel reservations.
Blocks of rooms have been reserved at special conference rates for the AC 2019 at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour and will be held until April 5th , 2019 ONLY to qualify for the group rate.

The rooms booked for the event have a King bed or two double bed The special rate is $ 219.00 + taxes.

To book a room please contact the reservations service at 1-888-236-2427 and ask for the Aquaculture Canada 2019 Group Rate or book online here. 

Industrial Plankton Inc, Global Leader in Live Feed Technology, based in Victoria BC, invites you to visit our space for a tour of our Photobioreactors – automated equipment for high-density live plankton production. Conveniently located near Uptown in Victoria, Industrial Plankton’s CEO Robert Roulston will be onsite to show the photobioreactors and answer questions about how they are being used in aquaculture hatcheries around the world.

Cost – Free, must arrange your own transportation.Location – 3378 Burns Avenue Date & Time – Sunday May 5th, 3pm – 5:30pm

Directions: Industrial Plankton is a 10 minute drive from the Victoria Conference Centre, or 20 minutes on public transit (Bus #30 Royal Oak Exch/Downtown)

Contact: Shannon Rands, 250-744-9714,


A salmon farm tour will be offered free of charge to interested conference delegates by the BC Salmon Farmers Association. The tour will be held on Thursday, May 9th, in the afternoon, leaving out of Campbell River and venturing into the Discovery Islands. Duration is about 3 hrs. Delegates will need to find their own transportation to Campbell River (about a 3 hr, 20 mins drive from Victoria). For more information and to sign up please contact Michelle Franze at the BCSFA (


Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co. ( located in Heriot Bay on Quadra Island (accessible via BC Ferries from Campbell River) is also offering to host delegates to tour their facilities. If you are interested , please contact Joanne Liutkus for more details (

V2V is a premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. V2V is offering AC19 delegates a special rate in Premium Class of $65 + GST one way per person for from May 4th to 8th, 2019.


Tour Victoria…on foot! The City of Victoria offers a selection of self-guided heritage walks through Victoria. If you need to get out and about, and feel like learning about the city’s history, try one of these walks. There is even an app!
Tour info:

Additional information

Ticket Type

AAC Member – Organization, Individual, Retired, AANS Member, WAS Member, Non Member, AAC Member – Student, Non Member – Student

Event Details

Date: May 5, 2019

Venue: Victoria Conference Centre

Coordinates: 48.4213993,-123.3685727,17

Phone: 506-529-4766