During its annual meeting held on last September 28-29, the members of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) elected new officers, two new Executive Committee members and two new Board members. Ian Roberts, Director of Communications (Scotland, Ireland, Canada) at Mowi, will serve as the new Chair of the CAIA Board of Directors, succeeding Jennifer Woodland of Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership who stepped down after almost three years and now serves as Past Chair.
“The seafood farming community in Canada is focused and resilient. We are the seafood growth pathway for Canada with many coastal communities looking to grow sustainable foods and economic opportunities. With positive support from our communities and governments, Canada can realize this great sustainable, healthy and secure food opportunity for Canada,” said Roberts.
On his part, outgoing Chair Jennifer Woodland said: “This sector has incredible potential for Canada. Low-carbon, innovative sustainable and secure food production, great jobs in coastal communities in all ten provinces and one territory, Indigenous partnership, economic opportunity and leadership. With deepened collaboration and united together we will continue our work to realize this sector’s great future in Canada.”
Additionally, Amédée Savoie, La Maison BeauSoleil and Cyrus Singh, k’awat’si Development Corporation were newly elected to the Executive Committee while four others were re-elected including: Joel Richardson, Cooke Aquaculture Inc. (Vice-Chair), Cyr Couturier, Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Treasurer), Mia Parker, Mowi Canada West (Secretary) and Linda Sams, Cermaq Canada.
“Passion for the sustainable growth of seafood farming”
CAIA President & CEO, Timothy Kennedy said: “We’re very pleased to welcome these new and returning members to our national Board of Directors and leadership. Together, they represent producers, suppliers and regional associations from across Canada – united in their passion for the sustainable growth of seafood farming.”
“In particular, I’d like to recognize Larry Johnson, President of Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership and Co-Chair of the CAIA Indigenous Partners Network, and also Cyrus Singh, CEO of the K’awat’si Development Corporation. We’re very pleased to have two leaders from Indigenous-owned seafood businesses elected to the Board, and that they will lend their voices and talents to developing the national aquaculture discussion,” noted Kennedy.
Four new CAIA Board members were also elected: Larry Johnson, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership (BC); Cyrus Singh, k’awat’si Development Corporation (BC); Jeff MacPherson, Atlantic Aqua Farms (PEI); and Jennifer Wiper, Aquaculture Association of Canada (NB).
And 15 Board Members were also re-elected Jamie Baker, Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NL); Bill Collins, Cascadia Seaweed (BC); Todd Cook, Elanco Canada Limited (BC); Brad Hicks, Taplow Feeds (BC); Amy Jonsson, Grieg Seafood BC (BC); Rich Moccia, Aquaculture Centre, University of Guelph (ON); Stephanie Quah, Cargill Canada (BC); John Rose, Icy Waters (ON/YK); Tim Rundle, Creative Salmon (BC); Ruth Salmon, BC Salmon Farmers Association (BC); TBD, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (NS); Trevor Stanley, Skretting Canada (BC); RJ Taylor, Ontario Aquaculture Association (ON); Peter Warris, PEI Aquaculture Alliance (PEI); and Brian Yip, Fanny Bay Oysters (BC).
“I’d like to specially thank our outgoing Chair, Jennifer Woodland and outgoing Treasurer, John Rose of Icy Waters Ltd, for their service to CAIA over the past number of years. These talented experts in Canada’s aquaculture landscape have been instrumental in shaping the future of this organization,” concluded Kennedy.
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance is the national association that speaks for Canada’s seafood farmers, representing their interests in Ottawa and internationally to regulators, policy makers and political leaders.
CAIA members generate over CAD 5 billion in economic activity, CAD 2 billion in GDP, and employ over 20,000 Canadians delivering a healthy, growing and sustainable seafood farming sector in the country.