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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.

Research Award Recipient 2007: Prof. Richard D. Moccia

Professor Richard Moccia currently holds research and senior management cross-appointments at the University of Guelph, where he has been employed since 1987. He is the Associate Vice-President of Research (Agrifood and
Partnerships), as well as Director of the university’s Aquaculture Centre and the Alma Aquaculture Research Station
– both centres of excellence dedicated to the development of aquaculture science and technology. Rich also holds a
faculty appointment as a Professor of Aquatic Science in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences and is the
Chair of the MSc Aquaculture Program. Professor Moccia has been an enthusiastic member of the Canadian aquaculture sector for nearly 30 years. His career activities have always had a strong focus in research, as well as in education and extension service, in various capacities within the aquatics and fisheries sectors in Canada. Rich is a very student-centred educator, and has advised 32 students in either MSc or PhD programs, and has participated in the committees of over 100 other graduate students. His research career began in the mid-1970s, examining thyroid goiter and neoplasia in Great Lakes fish, using fish and birds as biological sentinels of ecosystem effects and environmental degradation. Rich’s more recent research has been directed at industry related problems and he has dedicated himself primarily to applied studies related to the enhancement of the commercial success of the fish farming industry. These studies are highly varied and span such areas as: applied nutrition, aquatic and fish health, ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, reproductive and growth physiology and animal welfare studies related to captive aquatic livestock. Professor Moccia has published widely in journals such as Science, Cancer Research, Journal of Wildlife Disease, Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Aquaculture Research, Fish and Fisheries, Environmental Biology of Fishes and many others. Prior to his university career, Rich was President of the Ontario Aquaculture Association, as well as Research Director and Vice-president of an aquaculture technology and fish production company which he co-founded. He also established and ran a private consulting company, which was dedicated to helping farmers with fish health and water quality issues. Rich Moccia was also a founding member of two private sector, national aquaculture lobbying groups, including the predecessor to CAIA, and was instrumental in helping to position the industry within the government’s mandate during the early years of the industry’s commercial development in Canada. Professor Moccia is also the holder of a Distinguish Professorial Teaching Award (2002) and a Distinguished Extension Service Award (2004). In his spare time he is an avid hockey player, scuba diver, hiker and coach of minor league sports.

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.

Research Award Recipient 2006: Dr. David A. Higgs

Since August 1975, Dr. Higgs as head of the DFO Fish Nutrition Program based at the West Vancouver Laboratory (presently the DFO/UBC Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research), has conducted collaborative projects within DFO and with universities (professors and graduate students) and/or industry that have been directed primarily to (1) improving the cost effectiveness of hatchery and mariculture operations, (2) minimizing organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus discharge from salmon farms into the environment, and (3) enhancing the flesh quality or consumer acceptance of market-size salmon and sablefish. Major study areas modifying the foregoing goals have included: nutrient and energy requirements; feedstuff digestibility; improvement of fish meal quality; alternate protein, lipid and carotenoid pigment sources to expensive premium quality fish meal and oil and synthetic astaxanthin, respectively; comparisons of the nutrient profiles of farmed and wild BC sources of salmon; development of nutritional strategies to reduce flesh organohalogen concentrations and enhance (n-3) highly unsaturated fatty acid levels for potential human health benefits; nutrition-disease interactions; exercise-nutritional status interactions; nutrition-endocrine interactions; nutrition of non-transgenic versus transgenic salmon; and assessment of the potential nutritive values of salmon prey species and of the energy expenditures of wild Pacific salmon undergoing their spawning migration.

In Memoriam – Dr. Joseph Brown

The Aquaculture Association of Canada mourns the loss of a friend, colleague, and mentor. Joe Brown passed away suddenly at his home in Shoe Cove, Newfoundland, on Sunday, September 4, 2005. A Past President of AAC, Joe was a colorful, vibrant, and cheerful staple to every AAC conference and other aquaculture-related meetings, both in Canada and worldwide. His professional relationships were all sincere, illustrated by the large network of colleagues that also called him a friend. His contributions to aquaculture are countless and outstanding, all the while he was one of the most approachable – and recognizable – figures in his field. In addition, Joe’s commitment to students was unprecedented. The Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial University, and the aquaculture community have lost a dear friend. Joe will always be remembered with a smile.

Donations may be made to the Dr. Joseph Brown Scholarship Fund Memorial University of Newfoundland (specify other: Dr. Joseph Brown Scholarship Fund).

Our condolences are extended to Joe’s family and close friends.

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.

Research Award Recipient 2005: Dr. John Castell

Dr. Castell is Scientist Emeritus at the St. Andrews Biological Station of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Born April 19, 1943 in Guelph Ontario where his Father taught at OAC, he completed his BSc (Hon’s) in Biochemistry at the Dalhousie University in 1964. He was Dr. Robert G. Ackman’s first graduate student completing his MSc in Lipid Chemistry at Dalhousie University September 1965. He completed his PhD in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University in 1970. His Postdoctoral Fellowship was spent under Dr. Orvill Privitt at the Hormell institute at the University of Minnesota. He joined DFO ‘s Halifax Fisheries Research Laboratory in December of 1970 as a Research Scientist. He served as Head of the Disease and Nutrition Section from 1983 to 1988. His research has involved studies of a wide variety of aquatic organisms including both North American lobsters (Homarus americanus) and spiny lobsters (Panulirus argus) in Cuba, rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Chinese shrimp (Penaeus chinensis), American and European oysters (Crassostrea virginicus and Ostrea edulis), European crayfish (Asticus asticus), just to name a few of the species. This research would not have been possible without the efforts of many undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues at DFO, Dalhousie University, University of Moncton, the Agricultural College of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Technical College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Maine at Orono and the University of New Brunswick the aquaculture industry and research institutes around the world. Dr Castell served on the Editorial Advisory Board Associate Editor for Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 1983-1986, Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Aquaculture 1984-1992, Associate Editor for the Journal of Aquariculture 1979-Present, and Associate Editor for Journal of Tropical Aquaculture 1985-present. Dr. Castell was instrumental in the establishment of the International Working Group on Crustacean nutrition and served as Editor of Crustacean Nutrition Newsletter 1983-1992. He has served on the Board of Directors of World Aquaculture Society from 1984 until 1991, including a term as president 1989 to1990. He served on several ICES Working Groups and chaired the ICES Working Group on Marine Fish Culture from 1999 until retirement in 2002. Appointed to U.S. National Academy of Science, National Research Council, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Warmwater Fish” 1981-83. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and University of New Brunswick and founded Castell Aquaculture Nutrition Consulting in 2004. Dr Castell was appointed Canadian Consultant to International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Cuba (Langosta) Project 1982-1985. This was a three year cooperative international assistance project to improve live holding and processing of the spiny lobster in Cuba. He was Canadian Consultant to IDRC’s China (Penaeus chinensis) Project 1986-1991 He is also a volunteer advisor with Canadian Executive Services Organization and has been involved in aquaculture projects in China 2001 and Panama 2003.

2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Ovila Daigle

Ovila Daigle grew up in Pointe-Sapin a small coastal community in New Brunswick. He has a degree in Forestry from UNB where he learned his trade of land surveyor. He started his career in Newcastle N.-B. in 1959 working with the province of NB, surveying forest lots to mark their boundaries and assess wood production. He went on to work with what was then the minister of Environment and Fisheries at the Ellerslie Fisheries Research Station in PEI. Ovila’s skills at surveying were extensively used to develop the shellfish leasing program and policy of the day.
Mr. Daigle and his team were responsible to define and survey the new leases, assess their potential, produce the maps and maintain a database for the hundreds of sites around the Maritime Provinces. Before the days of GPS and GIS, this type of work required lugging heavy surveying equipment through the woods, long hours of triangulation on water followed by animated discussions on wharves about oyster culture. Anyone who knows Ovila is bound to share is enthusiasm for shellfish culture and to appreciate his kind nature.

Part of his work at the Ellerslie station was to carry out extension programs to promote oyster culture. Because each new site had to be individually surveyed, Mr. Daigle developed an intimate knowledge of each bay. To this day, people still call him to find information about specific sites.
Following the onset of the Malpeque disease in the 50’ and 60’s, Mr. Daigle was called upon to re-stock all bays in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI with seeds resistant to the disease. Again, Ovila’s intimate knowledge of each bay proved valuable in ensuring the success of this program. Most oysters cultivated or harvested today (except in Bras d’Or Lake) in the Maritime Provinces are direct descendant of this seed stock. In total, 11, 000 barrels of 3-inch oysters and 272 barrels of 1-inch oysters were re-introduced in our waters by Mr. Daigle and his team between 1960 and 1970.
Following this, Mr. Daigle became manager of the Shellfish Leasing Program for Fisheries and Oceans where he was instrumental in setting up the burgeoning mussel aquaculture industry, especially in P.E.I. He retired from DFO in 1992.
Mr. Daigle is still very active in the family shellfish aquaculture enterprise, Aquaculture acadienne Ltée owned and operated by his son Maurice Daigle since 1982.
The shellfish aquaculture industry of the three Maritime Provinces is indebted to Mr. Daigle for this lifetime contribution.


Ovila Daigle grandit à Pointe-Sapin, une petite collectivité côtière du Nouveau-Brunswick. Il détient un diplôme en foresterie de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, où il a appris son métier d’arpenteur. Il débute sa carrière en 1959 à Newcastle, au N.-B., où il travaille pour la province à l’arpentage des terres boisées afin d’en définir les limites et d’évaluer leur production de bois. Il travaille par la suite pour le ministre de l’Environnement et des Pêches d’alors à la Ellerslie Fisheries Research Station, à l’Î.-P.-É. Ovila y met grandement à contribution ses compétences en arpentage afin de mettre sur pied le programme de baux de secteurs coquilliers et la politique connexe.
M. Daigle et son équipe ont alors la responsabilité de définir et d’arpenter les nouvelles concessions, d’évaluer leur potentiel, de concevoir des cartes et de mettre à jour une base de données portant sur des centaines de sites dans les provinces des Maritimes. Étant donné que les GPS et GIS n’ont pas encore fait leur apparition, ce type de travail nécessite de transporter du matériel d’arpentage très lourd dans les bois, d’effectuer de la triangulation durant de longues heures sur l’eau et de tenir par la suite de vives discussions au sujet de l’ostréiculture sur les quais. Tous ceux qui connaissent Ovila sont tenus de partager son enthousiasme pour la conchyliculture et d’apprécier son amabilité.

Une partie du travail qu’il effectue à la Ellerslie Fisheries Research Station consiste à mettre en œuvre des programmes d’appoint sur l’ostréiculture. Étant donné que chaque nouveau site doit être arpenté individuellement, M. Daigle apprend à connaître en détail chaque baie. Des gens qui cherchent de l’information sur des sites particuliers l’appellent encore aujourd’hui pour le consulter.
Après l’apparition de la maladie de Malpèque dans les années 50 et 60, on fait appel à M. Daigle pour qu’il rétablisse les stocks dans toutes les baies du Nouveau-Brunswick, de la Nouvelle-Écosse et de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard à l’aide de stocks reproducteurs immunisés contre cette maladie. La connaissance approfondie qu’a Ovila de chaque baie s’avère d’une grande utilité pour faire de ce programme une réussite. La plupart des huîtres cultivées ou pêchées aujourd’hui dans les provinces des Maritimes (sauf dans le lac Bras d’Or) descendent directement de ces stocks reproducteurs. En tout, M. Daigle remet à l’eau le contenu de 11 000 barils d’huîtres de trois pouces et de 272 barils d’huîtres d’un pouce entre 1960 et 1970.
Par la suite, M. Daigle devient gestionnaire du Programme de baux de secteurs coquilliers à Pêches et Océans Canada, où il joue un rôle de premier plan dans l’éclosion de l’industrie florissante de la mytiliculture, surtout à l’Î.-P.-É. Il prend sa retraite du MPO en 1992.
M. Daigle demeure très actif au sein de l’entreprise conchylicole familiale, Aquaculture acadienne Ltée, que son fils Maurice Daigle possède et exploite depuis 1982.
L’industrie conchylicole des trois provinces Maritimes est reconnaissante à M. Daigle pour son énorme contribution dans le domaine.

Research Award Recipient 2004: Dr. Edward Donaldson

Dr. Donaldson is Scientist Emeritus at the West Vancouver Laboratory of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Originally, from Cumbria in the UK, he completed his BSc (Hon’s) in Zoology at the University of Sheffield in 1961 and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in 1964. Funded by a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, he spent a year in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He joined DFO ‘s Vancouver Laboratory in 1965 and moved to the West Vancouver Laboratory in 1968 where he was a Research Scientist and became Head of the Biotechnology, Genetics and Nutrition Section. His research covered a range of topics including the development of techniques for induced ovulation and spermiation, production of monosex and sterile populations, growth acceleration and evaluation of stress in wild and cultured salmonids. This research would not have been possible without the efforts of many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues at DFO, UBC, SFU, UVic, the aquaculture industry and research institutes around the world. Dr Donaldson has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Aquaculture since 1983 and as Section Editor Physiology and Endocrinology for Aquaculture since 1999. He has sat on numerous DFO committees including serving as chair of the Deputy Minister’s Science Advisory Committee and has lectured or consulted on aquaculture research in over 30 countries. He currently serves (2001-2004) on the Life Sciences Fellowship Selection Committee, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre since 1992, serves as an Adjunct Professor at UBC and founded Ed Donaldson & Associates Ltd., aquaculture and fisheries consultants in 2001. Awards received include the American Fisheries Society, 1977 Most Significant Paper Award, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 1989 Ministerial Merit Award, Science Council of British Columbia, 1992 Gold Medal in Natural Sciences, Royal Society of Canada, 1995 Thomas W. Eadie Medal, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 1997 Deputy Minister’s Commendation.
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Prix d’excellence en recherche
M. Edward M. Donaldson, docteur ès sciences, MSRC
M. Donaldson est scientifique émérite au Laboratoire de Vancouver-Ouest du ministère des Pêches et des Océans. De Cumbria, au Royaume-Uni, il obtient un baccalauréat en sciences (avec distinction) en zoologie à l’Université de Sheffield en 1961 et un doctorat en zoologie à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique en 1964. Titulaire d’une bourse de recherche postdoctorale du NIH, il passe une année au Département de biochimie médicale de l’Université du Minnesota. Il se joint au Laboratoire de Vancouver du MPO en 1965 et au Laboratoire de Vancouver-Ouest en 1968 à titre de chercheur et il y devient par la suite chef de la section Biotechnologie, génétique et nutrition. Ses recherches portent sur divers sujets, dont les techniques de provocation de l’ovulation et de l’émission du sperme, de production de populations monosexuées et stériles, d’accélération de la croissance et d’évaluation du stress chez les salmonidés sauvages et d’élevage. Ces recherches n’auraient pas pu être réalisées sans la collaboration de nombreux étudiants diplômés, de détenteurs d’une bourse de perfectionnement postdoctoral ainsi que de collègues du MPO, de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, de l’Université Simon Fraser, de l’Université de Victoria, de l’industrie de l’aquaculture et d’instituts de recherche de partout dans le monde. M. Donaldson siège au comité consultatif de rédaction d’Aquaculture depuis 1983 et il est rédacteur en chef de la section Physiologie et endocrinologie d’Aquaculture depuis 1999. Il siège à de nombreux comités du MPO; il est notamment président du Comité consultatif du sous-ministre des Sciences et il a donné des conférences et mené des consultations sur la recherche en aquaculture dans plus de tente pays. Il siège actuellement (2001-2004) au sein du comité de sélection des récipiendaire de bourse en sciences de la vie, Académie des sciences, Société royale du Canada. Il est membre du conseil d’administration du Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre depuis 1992, professeur auxiliaire à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et il a fondé en 2001 Ed Donaldson & Associates Ltd., une firme de consultants dans le domaine de l’aquaculture et des pêches. Il a reçu le prix décerné par l’American Fisheries Society pour l’article le plus important en 1977, le prix d’excellence de Pêches et Océans Canada en 1989, la médaille d’or en sciences naturelles décernée par le Conseil des sciences de la Colombie-Britannique en 1992, la médaille Thomas W. Eadie décernée par la Société royale du Canada en 1995 et la mention du sous-ministre de Pêches et Océans Canada en 1997.

2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dr. William Pennel

Dr. William (Bill) Pennell is a faculty advisor and instructor in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Malaspina University-College (MUC) in Nanaimo, BC. Bill received his Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from McGill University in 1973 and has been with MUC since 1980.
Bill is a member of several professional associations and committees including AAC, WAS, AAAS, Science Council of BC, AquaNet Education Committee (2000-2002), ACRDP Pacific Review Committee, BC IPOST-OSAP Advisory Committee and several BC industry association committees with both BCSFA and BCSGA. He is a former President and board member of the AAC and he has organised and assisted with many AAC meetings.

Bill’s research interest’s are varied and include shellfish production and husbandry, finfish culture, salmonid culture and copepods. He has received funding from many sources including Science Council of BC, CIDA, MUC research funds, BCMAFF, BC Ministry or Education, SSHRC and AquaNet. He has over thirty publications, many reflecting the applied nature of his research endeavours.
Bill is first and foremost an educator. He was instrumental in the development of the aquaculture programs at MUC and works continuously with the BC aquaculture industry to ensure the program graduates are trained appropriately to meet the needs of the industry. The technical diploma, the BSc and the international programs offer courses on the undergraduate level and graduate level in conjunction with UBC, OSU and several other international universities. As well, MUC delivers many industry-focussed workshops and Bill has been very proactive in the dissemination of aquaculture information and knowledge to the finfish, salmonid and shellfish industry in BC and internationally.
Recently, Bill was the driving force behind the initiation, development and successful funding of a new Centre for Shellfish Research at MUC, where he received a sizable grant from CFI. The Centre will the focus of research, education and technology transfer for the BC shellfish industry and the Centre will work closely with industry, students, the BC Shellfish Growers Association and DFO researchers, something Bill has promoted all through his career in aquaculture.
In summary, Bill is a long-time shellfish aquaculturist at Malaspina University College. He is a former President and board member of the AAC and has organised and assisted many AAC meetings. He is a shellfish and finfish researcher who has worked closely with the BC shellfish and salmonid growers. And he is an educator who was key in the development of the aquaculture program at Malaspina and the driving force behind the development of the Centre for Shellfish Research at Malaspina.

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