Emerging Leaders in Canadian Aquaculture

Emerging Leaders in Canadian Aquaculture


The Aquaculture Association of Canada is excited to launch a new funding program in
partnership with aquaculture industry associations across Canada:
The Emerging Leaders in Canadian Aquaculture (ELCA) Program.

How It Works:

Aquaculture industry associations hold a number of research and policy-based
workshops throughout the year to discuss and find solutions to key questions pertaining
to a variety of pertinent topics, for example, fish health, the study of wild and farmed
interactions, and pest management. Workshops engage industry leaders, researchers in
academia and independent organizations, and government. These events are excellent
opportunities for graduate students studying in related fields to gain applied knowledge
from industry discussions and to network with potential collaborators and future

THE ELCA Program, through AAC partnership with interested regional industry
associations, will see funding made available to support travel for graduate and postgraduate
students to these events. ELCA will provide up to 70% of travel costs.
ELCA opportunities will be posted and advertised through the Aquaculture Association
of Canada, at least two months before the workshop date, and open until 2 weeks
before the event.


• MSc, or PhD students in at least their second year of a thesis-based or coursebased
program at a Canadian university studying in a related field to the
workshop topic, or
• Post-doctoral fellows at Canadian universities in programs of a related nature.
• Applicants must be student members in good standing of the Aquaculture
Association of Canada.
• Interested individuals should get in touch with the workshop contact noted in
listings, and complete the application form provided.
• Submit your application by the identified deadline. Application deadlines and
reviewers will change with workshops.
• Funding decisions will be made within 5 business days of application submission,
and on a first come first serve basis, unless otherwise indicated.


Successful applicants will be asked to write a short entry on their experience for
publication in AAC’s monthly Watermark Newsletter / as an AAC blog post.

The First Opportunity:

AAC in partnership with the BC Salmon Farmers Association
(BCSFA) (www.bcsalmonfarmers.ca) invites ELCA applications for
funding to attend an upcoming BCSFA Research Priorities
workshop. Successful students can meet with BC industry
members and researchers working in several areas of salmon
farming and environmental management, learn about current
operations and take in a farm tour.

Apply to Attend! To obtain an application for travel funds to attend this workshop, or
for more information, contact:
Joanne Liutkus, BC Salmon Farmers Association (joanne@bcsalmonfarmers.ca)

Deadline: Applications should be received by Monday, May 27 2018.

Exploring Priorities for Marine Environmental Research 

on BC’s Coast

  A BC Salmon Farmers Association

Research Workshop

in Partnership with the BC Seafood Expo

June 11 and 12, 2018

 Moderated by Dr. Ron Lewis, confirmed speakers and topics to date include:


Fish Health Priorities
Fish Health – Wild Fish and Farm-raised Populations Michael Kent

Oregon State University

DFO Fish Health Audit System – BC Salmon Aquaculture Zac Waddington

DFO Pacific Region



Wild Salmon Migrations and Populations
Wild Salmon Migrations and Populations Chrys Neville

DFO Pacific Biological Station

Salish Sea Marine Survival Program – Pacific Salmon Foundation Isobel Pearsall

Pacific Salmon Foundation


The Changing Ocean Environment
What does climate indices dynamics mean for offshore and coastal salmon ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean? Vladimir Radchenko

North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission


Science Communications & the BC Salmon Farming Industry
Communicating Science – Experiences from the forestry sector Paul Adams

Oregon State University

BC Salmon Aquaculture – Public Knowledge gaps & social license Michele Patterson

Vancouver Island University




Workshop participants will have access to a number of Seafood Expo events as follows:

Salmon Farm Tour – BC Seafood Expo Delegates (Sunday, June 10, 2018):

•    11 am departure from Courtenay to Campbell River.

•    Delegates return to Courtenay by 4 pm. Lunch is provided.

•    Return travel provided from Courtenay to Campbell River.

Keynote Presentations (June 11 and 12):

•    June 11 – Calvin Helin –  a member of the Tsimshian Nation, comes from the community of Lax Kw’alaams on the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author.

•    June 12 – Linda Cornish – President of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, an organization focused on inspiring a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.

BC Seafood Expo International Buyers Reception (June 11, evening):

•    The Expo trade show floors will be converted into a bountiful seafood tasting journey, where guests will enjoy networking and walking to numerous Chef Stations to meet incredible regional chefs as they present an array of BC seafood dishes from top shellfish and finfish producers. Expo Trade Show booth exhibitors and delegates will be in attendance along with the Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology and International Buyers Mission delegation, as part of their tour itiniary.