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      Aquaculture Canada 2023

      May 7th – May 10th at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia


      Social Events

      President’s Reception

      Everyone is welcome at the first official event of AC23. Come and enjoy this informal event that kicks off the conference.

      Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

      Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Salon BC

      Cost: Complimentary for all Delegates

      Dr. Joe Brown BBQ

      The Student BBQ has been a long-standing fundraiser event for the AAC Student Endowment Fund; a fund used to award student scholarships, presentation, and travel awards. In memory of a former AAC President, professor, research scientist and memorable mentor to his many students, the BBQ was renamed the Dr. Joe Brown BBQ as a tribute to Dr. Brown. The event is a casual gathering filled with good food and drink.


      Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm

      Location: TBD

      Cost: $55



      SEF Silent Auction

      The AAC Silent Auction is a 2-day event auctioning various items donated by AAC Members as well as Conference and Tradeshow Attendees to raise funds for the AAC Student Endowment Fund. Get your competitive juices flowing and have your pens ready to get in on the action!


      Time: 9:00am Monday until 6:00pm on Tuesday

      Location: Victoria Conference Centre, View Royal Room – LOOK FOR SIGNS


      Winners will be posted at the Registration Desk on Wednesday, May 10th – ALL items must be paid for and picked up by 12:00pm – CASH or CREDIT

      Poster Session

      A designated scheduled poster session for poster presenters; we encourage all delegates to attend. Poster presenters will be standing by to provide an overview their research and answer your questions. A cash bar will be available, and it is a great warm up to the Gala…and it is your last opportunity to sneak in some “winning” silent auction bids!


      Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

      Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Salon BC

      Cost: Complimentary to all Delegates

      AC23 Gala Dinner

      The Gala Dinner is the final social event of the Conference and Tradeshow and is not to be missed! So polish your shoes, set out your fancy clothes (okay, a step up from business casual at least) and enjoy a sumptuous meal with friends and colleagues. AC23 will honour a current or past member of the AAC with the presentation of the AAC Lifetime Achievement Award.


      Time: Reception at 7:00pm, Meal at 7:30pm – 10:30pm

      Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Salon A

      Cost:  $120

      SEF Silent Auction *Reminder*

      Winners will be posted at the Registration Desk on Wednesday, May 10th – ALL items must be paid for and picked up by 12:00pm – CASH or CREDIT



      Rooms have been reserved for AC23 attendees at the Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour under a special discounted rate – available until April 7th, 2023. Delegates are responsible for making and managing their own reservations.


      Available rooms under the AC23 rate include a Superior Room with a King Bed ($269.00 + taxes) or the Deluxe Room with two (2) Double Beds ($249.00 + taxes). To ensure that you take advantage of this special rate and that you get the room(s) that you want, we encourage you to book your accommodations as soon as possible. 



      For those wishing to make reservations via phone, please call Toll-Free Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 – ensure that you ask for the “Aquaculture Canada May 2023” group rate. Please be advised of possible extended wait times when booking through the Call Centre.


      Cancellation Policy: Any cancellations received three (3) days or less prior to arrival, will forfeit 1 nights’ accommodations and applicable taxes.


      Information for Students

      Students are an integral part of the annual meetings of the AAC, and several events are devoted to student activities. Aquaculture Canada 2023 Conference and Tradeshow is a great opportunity for students to network with industry, government, and academia. Take the center stage and present your exciting research project. Join in the social events and meet the key industry players. Network and start your path to future opportunities.



      Get involved! Have fun! Become a volunteer!



      For over the past 30 years the AAC has awarded financial aid for students to attend the annual conference, during which students are encouraged to present their research, in either oral or poster format; awarding best presentation in each category and awarding student scholarships. This year is no different!


      The AAC awards up to three (3) different types of Student Awards at the annual conference:


      1) Best Student Presentation (Oral and Poster)

      2) Student Scholarships

      3) Student Travel Awards


      Applications must be received before February 24th, 2023. For more information on student events, awards, or volunteer opportunities, please contact:


      Tiago Hori & Eric Ignatz, Co-Chair, AAC Outreach and Recognition Committee

      E-mail: awards@aquacultureassociation.ca 

      Joanne Burry, AAC Conference Manager

      E-mail: jmburry@nl.rogers.com