New Joint Conference for the BCMTA and SFI

The Sport Fishing Institute (SFI) and British Columbia Marine Trades Association (BCMTA) will be hosting a joint marine conference November 25 to 26, 2008 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, British Columbia. According to Jane McIvor, executive director of the BCMTA, the two associations joined forces to offer attendees a broader range of topics.

“We've been looking at holding a joint conference for a number of years and this year we were able to take advantage of the opportunity,” said McIvor. “Both associations are heavily involved in marine-related activities with a lot of cross-over and related topics that will benefit both organizations.”

McIvor explained that in the past many attendees could only attend one event or the other, this year, participants will have the option to attend both in one convenient location.This is the first BCMTA full-day conference held within the last few years and the association felt the decision to team with the SFI was a good option. And by the looks of the conference's agenda, members will be provided with a series of insightful workshops as well as an interesting lineup of guest speakers.

“We have Thom Dammrich, president of the NMMA, confirmed to provide a keynote speech. Since he was recently elected to president of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, he will be able to lend some interesting insight to a variety of issues. We also have Michael Campbell, the chief economic analyst for Global TV, on hand to analyze the economy in context of the marine industry in British Columbia,” said McIvor.

While more guest speakers are invited to speak at the event, the associations are waiting on confirmation.

“We also have some feelers out to see if there's additional government representatives so we can offer a government workshop to cover various topics including taxes and regulations to basically give membership an update on the government side of things,” said McIvor.

Other workshops will be conducted by Karen Clark-Marlow to offer advice on employer/employee relations as well as Mike Richards from the Georgia Straight Alliance, to review the recently implemented Clean Marine BC program as well as opportunities for businesses to provide environmentally-friendly options to their clients.

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