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ABCMI Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show

02 Nov 2021 @ 9:30am PDT
03 Nov 2021 @ 4:00pm PDT




Event Details

The conference will span two full days and feature up to 22 exhibitors in a trade show as well as including an array of interesting speakers and panels addressing the full scope of the sector that ABCMI represents. With over 200 delegates expected to attend over the two days, this event will present numerous opportunities to connect with other companies, provincial and federal governments, academia, and other industry stakeholders.  

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of double vaccination is required to attend the Business Opportunities Conference. Masks must be worn.

Day 1  (Tuesday, November 2)

06:30:  Tradeshow Set-Up (Exhibitors)

08:30:  Registration

09:30 – 09:35: Opening Remarks – ABCMI

09:35 – 09:50:  Opening Keynote Speaker – Minister Hon George Chow, BC Minister of State for Trade, Government of British Columbia 

09:50 – 12:00:  Panel # 1 – Defence Procurement Business Opportunities – Large defence procurement contractors speaking to their involvement in the marine space, potential business opportunities created for SMEs through through supply chains, ITB/ IRB offset obligations, and Value Propositions, and any specific interests on Canada’s west coast.  Given the number of participants in this panel –this panel is being split into two sessions – one following the other.

Moderator: Alex Rueben, Executive Director, ABCMI

Panel 1A: 

  • Babcock Canada – Jack MacDonald, Head of Innovation. Technology & Socio-Economic Benefits
  • Chantier Davie – John Schmidt, Senior Vice President Commercial & Government Programs
  • General Dynamics Canada – Martin Drews, Deputy Program Manager - HCCS Program
  • Raytheon Canada – Barry Windsor, Capture Manager/Industrial and Technological Benefits Manager
  • Seaspan Shipyards – Steve Christiansen, Vice President, Supply Chain Management
  • SNC Lavalin – Dennis Plonka, Operations Director - Defence & Logistics


Panel 1B:

  • CAE – Pierre Desbrosse, Industrial Cooperation & Contract Administrator, Defense & Security
  • Lockheed Martin Canada – Glenn Copeland, Director, Business Development, RMS
  • MDA – Steven Yankowich, Senior Program Director, CSC Project
  • General Electric – Gene Joelson, Manager, GE Power Conversion
  • Thales Canada – Simon Sukstorf, Program Director, NSS
  • A SMB perspective – Scott Dewis, Founder of RaceRocks 3D


12:00 – 13:00:  Lunch – also time for networking and allowing attendees to see Trade Show


13:00 – 13:20:  Featured Speaker  Simon Page, Assistant Deputy Minister / Defence and Marine Procurement Branch of Public Services and Procurement Canada 

13:20 – 14:30:  Panel # 2 – Trends in BC Ports and Terminals – This will look at developments and expansions, including the application of innovation and new technologies, in BC ports and terminals. 

Moderator: Jane McIvor, Executive Director, Association of Pacific Ports


Kiewit Corporation – Jason Block, Director of Strategic Partnering & Market Development

Global Container Terminals Canada – Chris Ng, Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Westmar Advisors – Daniel Leonard, Vice President

MarineLabs – Joshua McKenty, Chief Operations Officer

7Gen – Frans Tjallingii, Chief Executive Officer


14:30 – 15:00: Coffee & Health Break – also time for networking and getting to see Trade Show


14:50 – 15:50:  Panel # 3 – BC Shipbuilding Industry Strategy – Focusing on the ongoing development of the BC Shipbuilding Industry Strategy and touching on some emerging themes including a focus on smaller yards and how to expand opportunities throughout the BC Marine industry. 

Moderator: Alex Rueben, Executive Director, ABCMI


BC Government – Selena Basi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade & Industry Development, JERI Ministry

ABCMI – Robert Allan, President, ABCMI Board & Executive Chairman, Robert Allan Ltd

Ocean Pacific Marine Boatyard – Bruce Kempling, President

Seaspan Shipyards – Dave Hargreaves, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

BCIT – Tom Roemer, Vice President, Academics


16:00 – 18:00:  Networking Reception (Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – Exhibitor Space)



Day 2  (Wednesday, November 3)


08:00 – Registration (for those that didn’t register the previous day)

08:30 – 08:40:  Day 2 Opening Remarks and Brief Presentation – ABCMI

08:40 – 09:00:  Featured Speaker – Chief Gordon Planes of the T’Souke First Nation speaking to interests of Indigenous communities in pursuing the advance of marine technologies and innovation in the Salish Sea.

09:00 – 10:15:  Panel # 4 – Marine Innovation – will touch upon: Decarbonization of Shipping; Hybrid & Battery Technology; Vessel Alternative Fuels & Power Sources; and Alternate Forms of Marine Propulsion 

Moderator: Dan McGreer, Principal Naval Architect. VARD Marine Inc.


VARD Marine – Lee Grace, Business Development Manager

Capilano Maritime Design – Chris Mulder, President

Wärtsilä Canada – Mark Keneford, General Manager

BC Ferry Services Inc. – Ed Hooper, Executive Director, Shipbuilding

Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate – Elisabeth Charmley, Executive Director

Marine Renewables Canada – Elisa Obermann, Executive Director


10:15 – 10:45: Coffee & Health Break – also time for networking and getting to see Trade Show


10:45 – 12:00:  Panel # 5 – Ocean Science & Technology – What is happening in BC? – A mix of OS&T companies in BC that are making interesting advances in innovation in the ocean and marine space – including autonomous/remotely operated craft – as well as profiling the new Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST).

Moderator: Vince den Hertog, Vice President, Engineering


SHIFT Environmental Technologies – James Spencer, Chief Executive Officer

Rockland Scientific Corp – Fabian Wolk, President

Cellula Robotics – Eric Jackson, President

SEAMOR Marine – Chris Parker, Lead Engineer

COAST – Emilie deRosenroll, Chief Executive Officer, South Island Prosperity Partnership


12:00 – 13:00:  Lunch – also time for networking and getting to see Trade Show


13:00 – 15:50:  PSPC Marine Procurement Outlook  (This event will also be made available to follow on-line)  Opening Remarks: Simon Page, Assistant Deputy Minister / Defence and Marine Procurement Branch of Public Services and Procurement Canada

15:50 – 16:00:  Concluding remarks – ABCMI

16:00:  End of Conference & Trade Show

 ABCMI BOC Sponsorship Package & Exhibitor Spaces




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02 Nov 2021 @ 9:30am PDT
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