The Sport Fishing Institute (SFI) and British Columbia Marine Trade Association (BCMTA) will be hosting a joint marine trade 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 broad range of topics for both organizations.
"It made total sense to have joint conferences this year,' 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 while many attendees could only attend one event or the other in recent years, the 2008 trade show allows participants to attend both in one convenient location.
This is the first BCMTA conference held within the last few years and after determining the association’s options, they decided to team with the SFI and move ahead. 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, coming and 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, so he will be analyzing the economy in context with 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, regulations, 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 and employee relations as well as Michael Richards from the Georgia Straight Alliance, discussing the recently implemented Clean Marine BC program.