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Innovation and Sustainability in Aquaculture: the Vancouver Island Experience

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GreenTech Exchange in collaboration with Vancouver Island University is pleased to deliver an exciting panel discussion with experienced aquaculture professionals. Global pressures to meet increased fish protein demand for food have put higher pressure on wild fisheries in their quest to supply sustainable fish. Sustainable aquaculture operations have shown promise on Vancouver Island and are attracting attention from other fish farm operators across Canada and around the world. 


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Networking and Registration 5:30pm

Presentations Begin 6:00pm


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February 27th, 2014 5:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
900 Fifth Street
Vancouver Island University, Building 355
Lecture Theatre 203
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5
About the Speakers
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Name 1 Myron Roth
Description 1 Myron Roth is the Industry Specialist for Aquaculture and Seafood with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. A 25 year veteran in the aquaculture and pharmaceutical sectors, Myron has extensive experience managing fish health and genetics. He is involved with developing the use of veterinary medicines and vaccines, including licensing the world's first commercially available DNA vaccine. He holds a Ph.D from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Scotland, and is a Professional Agrologist.
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Name 2 Brian Kingzett
Description 2 Brian Kingzett is the Manager of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station completed in 2011 by the Centre for Shellfish Research at Vancouver Island University. Brian is a leading expert in the Canadian shellfish culture industry. Thinking globally and acting locally, Brian and his colleagues are thinking about the future of seafood as the world approaches a population of 9 Billion and how we as coastal communities can act locally. Brian received a B.Sc. with Honours from UVic and M.Sc. from SFU in marine biology.
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Name 3 Linda Heimstra
Description 3 Linda Hiemstra has worked in aquaculture for over 20 years in research, academia and food production. Since 2011 she has worked for Sable Fish Canada. Linda’s work focuses on business development using her expertise in research, First Nations partnerships, regulatory compliance, and production management to build company sustainability and support development of the emerging sablefish culture industry. She has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from UVic and is an internationally certified Project Manager (PMP).
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Name 4 Steve Atkinson
Description 4 Steve Atkinson is the President of Taste of BC Aquafarms. Steve and his wife Janet has built a family run, farm sized, land based model aquafarm that will produce about 100 MT of sustainable Steelhead Salmon per year. The farm features the latest in Recirculating Aquaculture Technology giving it the ability to raise fish with little or no negative environmental impact. With support from both the Federal and Provincial Government and engineered by Nanaimo’s PRAqua the farm is leading the way to a land based salmon industry.
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Name 5 Ian Roberts
Description 5 Ian Roberts is the Communications Manager at Marine Harvest Canada. Ian has been raising salmon on the coast for 21 years with BC’s leading aquaculture company. In 1998, Ian worked with the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation to help build their salmon farming business that today produces 5000 tonnes of farm-raised salmon. Ian completed the aquaculture program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario and is currently completing his degree at Royal Roads University.
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