Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference and Tradeshow

Aquaculture Canada 2019 Conference and Tradeshow


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THEME: Partnering for a Sustainable Tomorrow

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

CONTACT: Conference Manager
Joanne Burry
Email :
Tel : 506-529-4766

Presenting Sponsor and Co-Host

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

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.

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

Planned Sessions

Genomics and Epi-Genetics

The application of Genomics has had a revolutionary impact on the production of terrestrial animals/ From the use of genomic selection in dairy cattle to the use of epigenomics to understand previously unexplained sources of phenotypic variation, genomics can help elevate the success of aquatic species breeding programs. The goal of this session is to provide an overview of the recent developments of genomic applications in Aquaculture focusing into 3 main areas: breeding, epigenomics in aquaculture and functional genomics (especially nutrigenomics). This year we will try to focus on providing a stage for emerging genomics scientists to present their work, and we encourage graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to submit abstracts.


Fish Physiology

Successful aquaculture requires an understanding of the physiology of the organisms being cultured. Only with this knowledge does it become possible to meet their environmental requirements and thereby allow them to realize their biological potential. Physiology encompasses the integration of biochemical and molecular processes into important whole-organism responses such as growth, sexual maturation, osmoregulation, disease resistance, and the ability to withstand the stressors of being reared in artificial environments. This session will focus on understanding the impacts of captive rearing on the physiology of aquatic organisms and on optimizing the rearing environment so as to maximize physiological performance.


Aquaculture Environmental Management

The environmental sustainability and social license of the aquaculture industry relies heavily on the existence of an adequate regulatory framework for the management of sites.  In Canada, provincial and federal regulators prescribe the indicators used to monitor the environmental effect of aquaculture.  Many techniques are available (some implemented and others still in progress) to evaluate the benthic impact at an aquaculture site which include direct sediment monitoring (sediment chemistry, benthic/faunal indices and DNA barcoding), video surveillance, acoustic techniques and modeling approaches.   The adequate implementation of these techniques is at the core of the design of appropriate monitoring programs and subsequent management decisions. This session will examine environmental monitoring tools / techniques, their limitations and how they could be better implemented as a basis for environmental management policies. Current research and “outside the box” thought processes on novel approaches to better assess the environmental and chemical footprint of aquaculture activities are encouraged.


Moving aquaculture towards higher sustainability through production of lower trophic level species and new approaches

With increasing seafood demand from a constantly growing global population, food security is becoming a growing concern and aquaculture production is projected to increase to support this demand. Lower trophic level organisms that do not require significant inputs of man-made feed (e.g. microalgae, macroalgae, filter-feeding shellfish, grazers, detritivores, etc.) are expected to be of increasing interest due to minimal feed costs, ability to uptake dissolved inorganics (microalgae, macroalgae) and particulate organics (filter feeders, detritivores) contributing to ecosystem services (either cultured alone or in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture situations), and their role as ecosystem engineers (filter-feeding shellfish). The products from this type of culture may not just be for human consumption, but for other species or other novel industrial uses.  This evolution of current practices will also require new technologies for production and monitoring.  Talks in this session will focus on  current research related to any aspect on the production of microalgae, macroalgae, filter-feeding shellfish, grazers, or detritivores as well as new technology or techniques that may be involved in this expansion of the aquaculture industry.


Human Capital – the Future of Canadian Aquaculture Workforce 

Human resource management is the strategic approach to the effective management of people in an organization, to aid businesses gain a competitive advantage. Commonly known as the Human Resource department, its objective is to maximize employee performance in service of an employer’s strategic objectives. The human capital session will host speakers that describe the various aspects of human capital and the session will emphasise the need for and value of ongoing investment in staff in terms of training, delegation of responsibility and encouragement to further develop the future of Canadian aquaculture workforce.  The session also provides the opportunity to discuss challenges the aquaculture industry faces in Canada, in terms of employee retention.


Land-based Production

Freshwater aquaculture in Canada has failed to fully capitalize on its inherent advantages and opportunities.  Growth in the sector has been forestalled for several years due largely to two principal constraints.  Foremost, both real and perceived issues regarding the environmental sustainability of aquaculture have resulted in an ‘unofficial’ moratorium on industry expansion in several regions of the country.  Additionally, due to the lack of a standardized production models and system designs, economic performance in the sector is highly variable, and has been difficult to quantify which erodes investor confidence, making it more difficult to finance these type of aquaculture ventures.  Therefore, expansion in the land-based freshwater aquaculture sector will is depend upon the development of new technologies and production practices that address and resolve these challenges.

In this session, the presentations will showcase the latest innovations, technologies and practices in both net pen and land-based aquaculture that may offer the potential to stimulate sustainable growth in the Canadian freshwater aquaculture sector.


Fish Nutrition and Feeds

This session will provide a forum for presenting the latest research in fish nutrition and feed processing practices to improve and further develop the aquaculture industry in Canada. The development of novel ingredients, effect of nutrition on physiology of aquatic species and nutrient supply in formulation design and implementation of innovative feed practices will be the Session focus.

Topics in this session may include:
•    Specialty feed ingredients (e.g. AA, immunostimulants, probiotics, pigments)
•    Alternative sources of omega-3
•    Novel protein sources (e.g. marine co-products including algae)
•    Improving Feed Conversion Ratio, texture and flesh quality of Atlantic Salmon through dietary optimization

  •  Feed management  and feeding innovations implemented in industry application.
  •    Effect of nutrition on physiological responses of interest (e.g. growth, digestion, reproduction, disease or stress resistance).


Aquatic Animal Health

Sustainable and profitable aquaculture relies on the health of cultured stocks. Private and public Canadian institutions have made large investments in aquatic animal health to research the challenges facing national and international farming communities. This session is designed to communicate the most recent science in aquatic animal health including advancements in epidemiology, vaccines and immunology, parasitology, virology, bacteriology, pathology, biosecurity and pharmacology. As well, speakers and specialists in the areas of pathogens of interest, antimicrobial resistance and sea lice control are encouraged to contribute to this session.


Aquaculture Third Party Certifications

Certification to external standards through 3rd-party audits helps businesses demonstrate their commitment to meeting or exceeding globally accepted norms.  The norms of today, however, may or may not be the same focuses and concerns for the future.  The goal of this session is to bring together various groups that participate in certification or benchmarking programs to discuss how achieving current certifications is beneficial to the farmer; financially, environmentally and socially.  Also, an opportunity to review and dissect the various programs, where they are today, any changes forthcoming and also what challenges, opportunities or outlook there is for the future of certifications.


Product Innovations and Aquaculture Services

 This session gives an opportunity to the various product innovations and aquaculture service companies participating in the conference tradeshow to promote themselves in a formal way to conference attendees.

Integrated Pest Management

The term Integrated Pest Management (IPM) generally refers to a pest control and prevention program that relies on several simultaneous approaches to obtain the desired result. In the past, discussions of Integrated Pest Management have often focused solely on the dis-infestation of known pest with chemicals. However, today the term IPM now refers to a number of treatment approaches, including chemical methods, such as pesticide applications; and non-chemical treatments, such as cleaner fish, lasers and innovative removal methods. In this session, we will discuss the importance and techniques of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and how to achieve a healthy and productive crop with and without being dependent on chemical applications. The session will also discuss current and new and innovative techniques of IPM.


Youth Council 

 The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) has brought together a council of emerging leaders of the Canadian aquaculture industry. The Youth Council’s focus is on bringing the perspectives of young people to senior leaders, government officials, and sometimes the media. The Council consists of a selected, representative group of youth who are excited and eager to share what they’ve experienced in their workplace, industry or community. Council members are also viewed as advisors who provide their input, make recommendations, and spearhead initiatives within their fields. The session will hear from members of the Council on their perspectives of the future of Canadian aquaculture industry.


Aquaculture and Indigenous Engagement


Climate Change and Aquaculture

Canada’s aquaculture industries operate in dynamic coastal ocean settings that are experiencing climate change. Warming, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation are three manifestations of climate change with potentially adverse implications for aquaculture. Negative effects can result directly (e.g. thermal stress) or indirectly (e.g. harmful algal blooms) from these manifestations, and information is gained in a number of ways. Laboratory studies expand our understanding of how cultured species may respond to projected end-of-century ocean conditions. Ocean observing initiatives detail modern patterns and drivers, and provide key baseline information. Vulnerability assessments build upon the knowledge gained from laboratory studies, ocean observing initiatives, and models to establish the economic impact of climate change. Welcomed talks in this session should highlight results from laboratory studies on cultured species, ocean observing with emphasis on science-stakeholder partnerships, industry-focused vulnerability assessments, or emerging research on climate change with implications for aquaculture in Canada.


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,

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