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2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

Registration Now Open!

2019 BC Seafood Expo, June 12 & 13
Comox Valley, BC, Canada

2019 Expo Countdown

Trade Show 50%+ Sold Out! Delegate Registration Open.

BC Seafood Expo & Trade Show

June 12 & 13, 2019
Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The countdown is on for one of the largest seafood industry trade events in the pacific northwest attracting suppliers, qualified domestic and international buyers, distributors, producers, industry leaders and government representatives to network, meet and grow the seafood industry.

Reserve your Trade Show space now!

#BCSeafoodExpo

Delegate Registration

The Expo features over 50 Trade Show exhibitors, leading speakers in their fields and provides a venue to network with industry leaders, 50 international buyers, distributors, and educators for every type of fish, seafood, and seafood related products and services.

Includes a BC Seafood Expo All Access Pass, which includes:

  • Trade Show floor access
  • June 12 & 13 networking lunches
  • June 12 & 13 Keynote Presentations
  • June 12th International Buyers Reception, presented by Flying Fresh Air Freight
  • Program Session access

Delegate Registration

Exhibitor Registration

The BC Seafood Expo Trade Show is an excellent opportunity to showcase your services to a diverse range of both wild fishery and aquaculture sectors and leaders.

Includes:

  • BC Expo All Access Pass
  • 8’x8’ booth area with an 8’ high drapery back wall and a 3’ high drapery side wall
  • 1 BC Seafood Expo All Access Pass
  • Electrical plug
  • 6’ skirted table and chairs
  • WIFI

Register Trade Show Booth

Keynote Presentations

Session 5: Keynote Plenary – TBA

Speaker: Mark Saunders, Chairperson, International Year of the Salmon

Session 11: Keynote Plenary – Innovations & Advances in Farmed, Harvest & Wild Fisheries: Leading Sustainability and Seafood Industries

Speaker: TBA

International Buyers B2B Export Café

The largest International Buyers delegation in the history of the BC Seafood Expo has been confirmed by the of Ministry of Jobs Trade and Technology and Global Affairs Canada. Buyers from countries including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Serbia and Uzbekistan will be on hand. Registered Expo Delegates and Trade Show exhibitors have the opportunity to request a B2B Export Café meeting with buyers for exclusive access and get down to the business of selling seafood and related services. The link to apply for a meeting is coming soon – but if you haven’t yet registered as a Delegate and/or Trade Show Exhibitor, that is step #1!

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

Enhance your exposure at the BC Seafood Expo with strategic sponsorship opportunities at the $1000, $2500 or $5000 level.

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BC Seafood Expo International Buyers Reception

June 12, 2019

To see the full list of International Buyers Click here 

 

Proudly sponsored by Flying Fresh Air Freight, the Trade Show floors will be converted into a bountiful seafood tasting journey, where guests will enjoy networking, deal making and roaming to numerous Chef Stations to meet incredible regional chefs as they present an array of BC seafood dishes from top shellfish and finfish producers. Not only will Expo Trade Show exhibitors, delegates and other VIPs be in attendance, the Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology and Global Affairs’ 50+ International Seafood Buyers delegation from around the world, will also attend, as part of their tour itinerary.

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The 2018 International Buyers Reception

 

International Buyers Reception Chefs

Ronald St. Pierre

Locals Restaurant - Courtenay, BC

Nigel McMeans

Blackfin Pub - Comox, BC

Chris Andraza

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar - Vancouver, BC

Andre Durbach

Il Falcone - Courtenay, BC

Richard Benson

Ocean7 Restaurant & AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar - Royston, BC

Slone Romano

Atlas Café - Courtenay, BC

Yolanda MacLaren

Custom Gourmet Catering - Comox Valley, BC

Nathan Fong

Fong on Food - Vancouver, BC

Meet Buyers and Seafood Leaders to Grow Your Bottom-line!

The BC Seafood Expo Trade Show provides businesses the opportunity to meet face-to-face and showcase their products & services to seafood buyers, exporters, distributors and other providers from throughout BC and the pacific northwest. Make connections, secure deals and grow your network with an Expo Trade Show Booth package, which ALSO includes access to dynamic Expo workshops, panel discussions and the International Buyers Reception.

2019 BC Seafood Expo Exhibitor Information

Preliminary Schedule

Download schedule (PDF)

*Subject to change

BC Seafood Expo Schedule

June 12
June 12

Expo Deletgate Registration
08:30 – 09:00

Expo Deletgate Registration
08:30 – 09:00

Room
Upper Filberg Lobby

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre (FFC)

Session 1 – Coastal Restoration: Ocean Plastics, Recycling & Solutions for the Marine Env.
09:00 – 10:15

Session 1 – Coastal Restoration: Ocean Plastics, Recycling & Solutions for the Marine Env.
09:00 – 10:15

Room
Rotary Hall

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center (FFC)


Topic: Coastal Restoration – Ocean plastics, recycling & rehabilitation solutions for the marine environment

Speakers:

Summary: This session will take a close look at the global issue of ocean plastics, as well as review successful projects that have been completed to restore and enhance near shore and stream spawning habitat for wild salmon. The importance of tackling the issue on an industrial scale will be addressed, as well as the need for coordinated teamwork and commitment from all levels – industry, First Nations, ENGO’s and coastal communities.

Session 2 – Indigenous Seafood Industry Success Stories
09:00 – 10:15

Session 2 – Indigenous Seafood Industry Success Stories
09:00 – 10:15

Room
Lodge Room

Venue
Lower Native Sons Hall (NSH)


Panel: Success stories about doing business internationally

Speakers:

  • Dan Claxton, Salish Strait Seafoods
  • Roger Paquette, Hub City Fisheries
  • Dave Moore, River Select

Summary: Hearing from those experienced in exporting

Trade Show Open
09:00 – 09:00

Trade Show Open

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

Int'l Export Café
09:15 – 10:15
B2B’s with Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan, Turkey & Serbia

Int'l Export Café
09:15 – 10:15
B2B’s with Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan, Turkey & Serbia

Room
Evergreen Lounge

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center (FFC)

B2B’s with Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan, Turkey & Serbia

Coffee & Networking Break
10:15 – 10:45

Coffee & Networking Break
10:15 – 10:45

Room
Conference Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Center (FFC) & Grand Hall, Native Sons Hall

Product Demo
10:15 – 10:45

Product Demo
10:15 – 10:45

Venue
New Product Showcase Stage in the Conference Hall, Florence Filberg Center (FFC)

Session 3 – Free Trade Agreements
10:45 – 12:00
Canada – Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, Central European Free Trade Agreement

Session 3 – Free Trade Agreements
10:45 – 12:00
Canada – Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, Central European Free Trade Agreement

Room
Rotary Hall

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center (FFC)

Canada – Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, Central European Free Trade Agreement

Int'l Export Café
10:45 – 11:45
B2B’s with Korea, Japan & Vietnam

Int'l Export Café
10:45 – 11:45
B2B’s with Korea, Japan & Vietnam

Room
Evergreen Lodge

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center (FFC)

B2B’s with Korea, Japan & Vietnam

Session 4 – Taking Indigenous Seafood Global
10:45 – 12:00

Session 4 – Taking Indigenous Seafood Global
10:45 – 12:00

Room
Lodge Room

Venue
Native Sons Hall (NSH)


Topic: Export 101
Speaker: Allison Boulton, Small Business BC
Summary: workshop with panel of experts from various service agencies providing additional information


Topic: International Certifications for Seafood products
Speaker: TBA


Topic: Export Financing
Speakers:

  • Meagan Clarke, Agriculture Canada
  • Andrea, Agriculture BC
  • Chris Theeparajah, EDC

Summary: Export Market Development resources discuss programs for SMEs and new exporters


Topic: Free Trade Agreements
Speakers:


Topic: An experience at Seafood Expo North America in March
Speaker: Adriana Carrillo, JTT

Lunch & Networking
12:00 – 13:00

Lunch & Networking
12:00 – 13:00

Room
Conference Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

Session 5: Keynote Plenary – Innovations & Advances in Farmed, Harvest & Wild Fisheries: Leading Sustainability and Seafood Industries
13:00 – 14:00

Session 5: Keynote Plenary – Innovations & Advances in Farmed, Harvest & Wild Fisheries: Leading Sustainability and Seafood Industries
13:00 – 14:00

Venue
Sid Williams Theater

Session 6 – BC's Best Weed: Seaweed Commercialization Workshop
14:10 – 17:30

Session 6 – BC's Best Weed: Seaweed Commercialization Workshop
14:10 – 17:30

Room
Lodge Room

Venue
Lower Native Sons Hall


Presentation 1: TBA

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Cross, SEA Vision Group

Summary: TBA


Presentation 2: Seaweed for Health

Speaker: Angela Willard, Co-Founder Seaweed Gardens

Summary: Seaweeds are a true superfood that have been a key component in coastal peoples diets since at least 12,000 BCE. Bringing seaweed into the general public’s regular choice of foods is advantageous to well being for many reasons. The high nutritive and medicinal benefits of seaweeds opens up a huge opportunity to improve the health of our community, while it’s unique umami taste enhances the flavour profiles of value added food products, all with the possibility of using a locally sustainable source. I will share with you here how we have successfully (sold out!) of our popular Sea Veg product at Harmonic Arts, and the confidence we feel in the upcoming release of our kelp through Seaweed Gardens.


Presentation 3: The Flavour of a love story

Speaker: Amanda Swinimer, Owner Dakini Tidal Wilds

Summary: In her talk, Amanda Swinimer, owner/operator and seaweed harvester at Dakini Tidal Wilds, will discuss how storytelling and relationships have led her to grow a successful seaweed business for the last 18 years including: relationships with colleagues, customers and most importantly, with seaweed itself and the environment where it grows. Swinimer discusses how these relationships have led to her seaweeds’ impeccable quality, diverse collaborative products and a reputation for her seaweed beyond its identity as simply ‘a product’.


Presentation 4: Canadian Kelp Resources’ development and advancement of kelp farming in BC.

Speaker: Dr. Louis Druehl, Co-Founder Canadian Kelp Resources

Summary: CKR initiated kelp ‘seed’ production and pioneered the first kelp farm outside of Asia in the 1980s and kelp brownies in 2000. Seven kelp species have been test-farmed, adding to the kelp farmer’s options. Duel kelp farming of sugar kelp and bull kelp, developed by CKR and Rob Saunders, greatly enhances productivity. Presently, we are pursuing three projects: Kelp Farm on a Pallet; taming the colander kelp, a species that alternates its growth cycle with other cultivated species, expanding the growing season; and exploring the opportunities presented by the wonders of umami. CKR conducts kelp workshops.


Presentation 5: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Summary: TBA


Presentation 6: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Summary: TBA


Presentation 7: Diversification of marine livelihoods in Maine through small-scale aquaculture

Speaker: Briana Warner, CEO Atlantic Sea Farms

Summary: Atlantic Sea Farms (Ocean Approved, Inc.) has built a supply chain through helping lobster fishermen diversify into seaweed farming. Our coastal economy is becoming increasingly vulnerable in the face of climate change and other strains to the wild lobster fishery – but aquaculture can provide a supplemental income source that can help to absorb some of the shock from a changing fishery. Bri will discuss how Maine is seeing increasing numbers of fishermen turning to aquaculture as a diversification strategy – and how it is, in turn, improving the ocean where they fish.

Int'l Export Café
14:15 – 15:15
B2B’s with China, Hong Kong, Singapore & USA

Int'l Export Café
14:15 – 15:15
B2B’s with China, Hong Kong, Singapore & USA

Room
Evergreen Lounge

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center

B2B’s with China, Hong Kong, Singapore & USA

Session 7 – Free Trade Agreements
14:15 – 15:30
Canada – Korea Free Trade Agreement, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Session 7 – Free Trade Agreements
14:15 – 15:30
Canada – Korea Free Trade Agreement, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Room
Rotary Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Center

Canada – Korea Free Trade Agreement, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trade Show Closes
16:00 – 16:00

Trade Show Closes

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

International Buyers Reception
17:30 – 20:30
Proudly sponsored by Flying Fresh Air Freight & Comox Valley Economic Development

International Buyers Reception
17:30 – 20:30
Proudly sponsored by Flying Fresh Air Freight & Comox Valley Economic Development

Room
Conference Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Grand Hall, Native Sons Hall

Int’l Buyers Reception Chefs: Click Here

June 13
June 13

Session 8 – Innovations to Drive Economic Growth in Fisheries & Aqua
09:00 – 10:15

Session 8 – Innovations to Drive Economic Growth in Fisheries & Aqua
09:00 – 10:15

Room
Rotary Hall

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center

Registration & Trade Show Open
09:00 – 09:00

Registration & Trade Show Open

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

Int'l Export Café
09:15 – 10:15
B2B’s with China, Hong Kong, Singapore & USA

Int'l Export Café
09:15 – 10:15
B2B’s with China, Hong Kong, Singapore & USA

Room
Evergreen Lounge

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center

B2B’s with China, Hong Kong, Singapore & USA

Coffee & Networking Break
10:15 – 10:45

Coffee & Networking Break
10:15 – 10:45

Room
Conference Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Center & Grand Hall, Native Sons Hall

Branding Innovations
10:15 – 10:45

Branding Innovations
10:15 – 10:45

Venue
New Product Showcase Stage in the Conference Hall, Florence Filberg Center

Session 10 – Funding Innovation
10:45 – 12:00

Session 10 – Funding Innovation
10:45 – 12:00

Room
Rotary Hall

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center


Topic: Innovations to drive economic growth in Fisheries & Aquaculture – Nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals & genomics in action

Speakers:

  • Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, Memorial University
  • Dr. Lisette Mascarenhas, Sr. Director, Agrifood and Natural Resources, Genome BC
  • Dr. John Kelly, Biotechnology Canada

Summary: Innovations, ranging from green processing of waste products to cutting edge genomics, can play an important role in producing economic value in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, as well as driving environmental improvement. Examples of innovative processes to extract value-added products from fisheries and aquaculture processing waste will be explored. The value of genomics to the industry and community at large will also be discussed.

Int'l Export Café
10:45 – 12:00
B2B’s with Korea, Japan & Vietnam

Int'l Export Café
10:45 – 12:00
B2B’s with Korea, Japan & Vietnam

Room
Evergreen Lounge

Venue
Lower Florence Filberg Center

B2B’s with Korea, Japan & Vietnam

Lunch & Networking
12:00 – 13:00
Sponsored by Mowi Canada West

Lunch & Networking
12:00 – 13:00
Sponsored by Mowi Canada West

Room
Conference Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

Session 11: Keynote Plenary – The International Year of the Salmon
13:00 – 14:00
Sustaining salmon in a rapidly changing world

Session 11: Keynote Plenary – The International Year of the Salmon
13:00 – 14:00
Sustaining salmon in a rapidly changing world

Venue
Sid Williams Theater

Session Description:

The International Year of the Salmon (IYS) is a five-year outreach and research initiative of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). Countries across the Northern Hemisphere are banding together in a new partnership of government, Indigenous Peoples, academia, NGOs, and industry to drive an intense burst of outreach and research that will establish the conditions necessary for the resilience of salmon and people in a rapidly changing world. Join Mark Saunders the IYS Director for the Pacific and a panel of experts including IYS Chef Ambassador Ned Bell, award winning scientist Dick Beamish and Tawney Lem, Executive Director of the West Coast Aquatic to the learn about the IYS and the transformative work being done to ensure we sustain salmon.

Program: four panelists speaking for 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions

  • 12:00 Mark Saunders – Introduction to the IYS
  • 12:15 Ned Bell – Seafood Sustainability and salmon
  • 12:30 Richard Beamish – Story of the International Gulf of Alaska Expedition
  • 12:45 Tawney Lem – A Collaborative approach to Salmon Management

Session 12 – The Seafood Blackbox Culinary Challenge
14:15 – 15:30

Session 12 – The Seafood Blackbox Culinary Challenge
14:15 – 15:30

Room
New Products Showcase Stage in the Conference Hall

Venue
Florence Filberg Center

Int'l Export Café
14:15 – 15:15
B2B’s with Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan, Turkey & Serbia

Int'l Export Café
14:15 – 15:15
B2B’s with Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan, Turkey & Serbia

Room
Evergreen Lounge

B2B’s with Ukraine, Poland, Uzbekistan, Turkey & Serbia

Session 13 – Tagging & Record keeping under DFO Conditions of Licence
14:15 – 16:00

Session 13 – Tagging & Record keeping under DFO Conditions of Licence
14:15 – 16:00

Room
Lodge Room

Venue
Lower Native Sons Hall


Summary: Many farmers have questions and others may be out of compliance with traceability requirements. This interactive session will increase understanding of farmer requirements for tagging, record keeping and wet storage of harvested product on aquaculture sites. It will also provide an opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations to DFO to improve clarity in the Conditions of License.

Trade Show Closes & Move out
15:30 – 16:00

Trade Show Closes & Move out
15:30 – 16:00

Venue
Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

Air Canada Cargo Reception – Business After Business Networking Reception
16:00 – 17:30

Air Canada Cargo Reception – Business After Business Networking Reception
16:00 – 17:30

Room
Grand Hall

Venue
Native Sons Hall

BC Seafood Expo Schedule

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Getting here

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Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors!

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the BC Seafood Expo, Trade Show space, and sponsorship, contact:

Comox Valley Economic Development
#200-580 Duncan Ave
Courtenay, BC V9N 2M7

phone 250-334-2427
tollfree 1-877-848-2427
fax 250-334-2414
email info@investcomoxvalley.com

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