New Boat Design Conference Created by Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) is hosting its first-ever conference on boat building innovation on March 10 at the Sexton campus of Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.

“We're trying to provide our boat building sector more innovations to help make them more competitive not just in the North American market, but elsewhere as well,” says Tim Edwards, Executive Director of the NSBA. “We also want to keep them up-to-date with environmental trends and technologies. Our members want this to be an annual event.”

The inaugural Maritime Boatbuilding Conference on Innovation is designed to provide boat builders, designers, suppliers and others in the industry a chance to hear innovation leaders talk about new ideas in boat design. The event will feature several keynote speakers covering topics such as construction and outfit, regulations that influence innovation, and the latest in environmental concepts.

Among this year's speakers is Iver Franzen, an east coast US boat designer who will talk about innovations in design; Transport Canada's Kevin Monahan, Lionel Comeau and Rob Freake, who will cover new regulations affecting design construction; Brent Perry of Corvus Energy who will cover improvements in battery technology that have created new opportunities to improve the environmental impact and operational costs of vessels; David Hayden and Steve Spitzer of the National Marine Electronics Association who will cover the NMEA 2000 standard; and Christian Jensen of E.Y.E. Marine Consultants who will talk about the latest tools for moving designs from the drawing office into the boat shop.

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include supplier exhibits, lunch and a reception at the end of the day.

Early bird registration is available for Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA) members for $50 and $75 for non-members prior to March 1. After March 1, registration is $75 for AMTA members and $100 for non-members.

The registration form is available at

For more information call NSBA at (902) 423-2378