Seafood Farmers Welcome New Members Elected to National Board of Directors

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2020133 Views

OTTAWA, ON – Seafood farming is playing an increasingly important role in the global food system as consumers turn to low carbon, sustainable and high health benefit proteins. Canada has the opportunity to be a global leader, working in partnership with indigenous communities and creating good jobs and realizing social and economic renewal in coastal communities all across Canada.

The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) represents the diversity of farm-raised seafood production across Canada. Our new Board of Directors and Executive Committee strongly exemplifies this diversity:.

Executive Committee of the Board:

  • Jennifer Woodland, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP (Chair)

  • Joel Richardson, Cooke Aquaculture Ltd. (Vice-Chair)

  • John Rose, Icy Waters Ltd. (Treasurer)

  • Marta Gameiro, Elanco Canada Limited (Secretary)

  • Cyr Couturier, Memorial University (Past Chair)

  • Jason Card, Mowi Canada East

  • Sharon DeDominicis, Mowi Canada West

  • Dean Threthewey, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

  • Brian Yip, Fanny Bay Oysters

New Board Members

  • Jason Card, Mowi Canada East

  • Erin Latham, k’awat’si Shellfish Company

  • Edgar Luck, Cargill Canada

  • Dean Threthewey, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.

  • Peter Warris, PEI Aquaculture Alliance

Returning Board Members

  • Sharon DeDominicis, Mowi Canada West

  • Terry Drost, Four Links Marketing

  • Sue Farquharson, Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

  • John Paul Fraser, BC Salmon Farmers Association

  • Marta Gameiro, Elanco Canada Limited

  • Kim Gill, Aquaculture Association of Canada

  • Brad Hicks, Taplow Feeds

  • Brian Kingzett, Coastal Shellfish LP

  • Mark Lane, Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

  • Rich Moccia, Aquaculture Centre, University of Guelph

  • Joel Richardson, Cooke Aquaculture Ltd.

  • John Rose, Icy Waters Ltd.

  • Tim Rundle, Creative Salmon Co. Ltd.

  • Linda Sams, Cermaq Canada Ltd.

  • Amédée Savoie, Maison BeauSoleil

  • Tom Smith, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia

  • Trevor Stanley, Skretting Canada Inc.

  • RJ Taylor, Ontario Aquaculture Association

  • Jennifer Woodland, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP

  • Brian Yip, Fanny Bay Oysters

The elections were held at CAIA’s annual general meeting on February 5th, which capped off CAIA’s Advocacy Day 2020, bringing together more than 50 members of Canada’s seafood farming community in Ottawa to advocate for their sector.

“We’re very pleased to welcome these new and returning members to our national board of directors,” said Timothy Kennedy, President and CEO of CAIA. “Together, they represent finfish and shellfish producers, suppliers and regional associations from across Canada – united in their passion for the sustainable growth of seafood farming.”

“This sector has incredible potential for Canada. Low-carbon, sustainable food production, great jobs in coastal communities, Indigenous partnership, leadership and reconciliation, and innovation,” continued Kennedy. “Together with federal, provincial and Indigenous partners we will continue our work to realize this sector’s great future in Canada.”

“I’d like to specially thank Cyr Couturier for his service on the board for over 25 years and as Chair for the past four years. He has been instrumental in shaping the future of this organization, and I am glad he will continue on the board as “past-chair”,” said Kennedy.

For a complete list of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, visit:

About Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance

Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) is the national association that speaks for Canada’s seafood farmers, representing their interests in Ottawa and internationally to regulators, policy makers and political leaders. CAIA members generate over $6 billion in economic activity, $2.45 billion in GDP, and employ over 25,000 Canadians delivering a healthy, growing and sustainable seafood farming sector in Canada. For more information, please visit


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