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Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show

17 Oct 2023 @ 9:00am PDT
18 Oct 2023 @ 4:00pm PDT

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Event Details

Day 1 (Tuesday, October 17)

07:00:  Tradeshow Set-Up – Badge pick up for Exhibitors

09:00:  Registration Desk Opens

09:30   Trade Show opens - coffee served

10:00 – 10:05:  Opening Remarks – ABCMI (Executive Director)

10:05 – 10:20:  Opening PSPC Speaker – Simon Page, ADM Defence & Marine Procurement

10:20 – 12:00:  PSPC Marine Procurement Outlook & Activities – PSPC


12:00 – 13:00:  Lunch – Networking and Trade Show


13:00 – 13:20:  Featured Speaker RAdm C. A. Robinson, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific

13:20 – 14:45:  Panel # 1 – Leadership View: Opportunities for Industry. Supporting the evolution and sustainment of the federal fleets. 

Moderator: Alex Rueben

  • PSPC – Randy Roberts, Director General, Large Ship Construction
  • RCN – Capt(N) Frédéric Pierre, Director, Non Combatant Vessels
  • CCG – Robb Wight, Director General, Vessel Procurement
  • Tier 1 – Simon Hughes, Canadian Naval Programs Business Development, Lockheed Martin Canada
  • ISSC – Chris Pogue, President & CEO, Thales Canada Defence and Security


14:45 – 15:15:  Coffee & Health Break Networking and Trade Show


15:15 – 16:15:  Panel # 2 – Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and NORAD Renewal: Opportunity for Maritime Industry

Moderator: VAdm (Ret'd) Bruce Donaldson, Associate, CFN Consultants

  • Simon Page, PSPC ADM Defence & Marine Procurement
  • RAdm Chris Robinson, RCN, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific
  • Brian Job, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
  • Hassan Kamalinejad, Senior Manager, Trade Policy and Negotiations, BC Gov't


16:15 – 17:15:  Panel # 3 – ITB 101, Industrial & Technological Benefits – An Industry Perspective – What Offset Managers want businesses to know about ITBs

Moderator: Shawn Roy, Senior Director - Corporate Development, MDA

  • Chad Hey, IRB Manager, Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards
  • Tom Rose, Director, Offsets and Industrial Participation, Thales Canada
  • Andrew Coates, ITB Off-Set Manager, Lockheed Martin Canada
  • Brandon Wright, CEO, Barnacle Systems Inc.


17:15 – 19:15:  Networking Reception (in Trade Show area)

Day 2 (Wednesday, October 18)

08:00 – Trade Show & Registration Desk opens 

08:30 – 08:35:  Opening Remarks – ABCMI (Executive Director)

08:35 – 08:50:  Featured Speaker –  Chief Gordon Planes, T’Sou-ke First Nation

08:50 – 10:00:  Panel # 4 – Addressing our Workforce Needs – Challenges and Solutions

Moderator: Paul Hilder, President, Council of Marine Carriers

  • Tony Winter, Vice President & General Manager, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards
  • Carole Arneson, Chief Operating Officer, Jastram Engineering
  • Simon McDonald, Sector Leader, Industrial, Korn Ferry Professional Search
  • Sarah Lloyd, Business Centre Manager, Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Julia Fields, Executive Director, Canadian Marine Careers Foundation


10:00 – 10:30:  Coffee & Health Break Networking and Trade Show


10:30 - 12:00:  Business 2 Indigenous Business (B2IB) Networking Event | Room 217 - email to attend.

10:30 – 12:00:  Industry Showcase – See the talent that we have amongst us 

Group 1

  • VodaSafe - Carlyn Loncaric, CEO
  • SEAMOR - Brayden Wray, Director of Strategic Sales and Training
  • Current Scientific Corp - Sarah Janssens, Business Development Manager
  • GE - Gene Joelson, Business Development Manager

Group 2

  • Cellula Robotics - Jacqueline Nichols, Business Development Manager
  • ROMOR - Darren Verge, CEO
  • Federal Fleet Inc. - John Schmidt, President
  • Clean Oil - Babak Khodaparast, Co-Founder


12:00 – 13:00:  LunchNetworking and Trade Show


13:00 – 13:20:  Featured Speaker Chris Henderson, Deputy Commissioner Operations, CCG

13:20 – 14:30:  Panel # 5 – Ocean & Marine Sector Technologies – Changing the Status Quo

Moderator: Dan McGreer, Adjunct Professor - UBC NAME Program/President ABCMI

  • Miska Merikukka, General Manager, Elomatic
  • James Spencer, CEO, Shift Environmental Technologies
  • Paul Blomerus, Executive Director, Clear Seas
  • Timo Vesala, Sales Manager (Americas), ABB


14:30 – 15:00:  Coffee & Health Break Networking and Trade Show


15:00 – 16:00:  Panel # 6 – BC Maritime Industries Strategy – What does it mean for your business?

Moderator: Fazil Mihlar, Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation

  • Lori MacKenzie, Executive Director, Strategic and Corporate Initiatives, BC Minsitry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation
  • Chelsea Chalifour, Executive Director, Labour Market Policy & Research, BC Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills
  • Jennifer Kroll, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
  • Alex Rueben, Executive Director, Association of British Columbia Marine Industries


16:00:  Concluding remarks – ABCMI (Executive Director and President)


We have secured a room block at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel located at 1128 West Hastings St.

Booking link:

Booking deadline is September 19th.

ABCMI Grant Program
ARKTOS Developments Ltd.
Babcock Canada
Barnacle Systems Inc
BC Ferries
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Bernard LLP
Britmar Marine Ltd.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Camosun College
Clean Oil
Coastal Restoration Society
Current Scientific Corporation
Eaglecraft Custom Boats
Envirolin Canada
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
McRae Electric Ltd.
Ocean Equipment
Powertech Labs Inc
Procurement Assistance Canada
Robert Allan Limited
SEAMOR Marine Ltd.
T'Sou-ke Nation
VodaSafe Inc.



Are you a Marine Industry Supplier interested in doing business with Indigenous Marine Suppliers and Indigenous Community Members? Registered Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show Delegates are invited to join Public Services Procurement Canada – Marine Service & Small Vessels Sector for the Business to Indigenous Business (B2IB) Networking Event on Wednesday, October 18 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. This will take place next to the main conference hall in room 217. 

The purpose of the Business to Indigenous Business Networking (B2IB) event is to bring the Marine Industry Suppliers together with Indigenous Suppliers, Indigenous Community Members, and Government of Canada officials to explore opportunities to increase Indigenous participation in federal procurement through subcontracting, or through employment/apprenticeship opportunities with other Marine Suppliers.


Register to Attend Here!


This event will be delivered in English only. Please contact Vanessa Good-Davidson at for any questions related to this event.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

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17 Oct 2023 @ 9:00am PDT
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