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2019 SFI Annual Policy Conference and Big Splash Gala Fundraiser

The 2019 Big Splash and Conference – November 15

Annual Industry Policy Conference – Vancouver, BC

On Friday, November 15th, 2019, the SFI will hold its Annual Industry Policy Conference and Fundraiser at Vancouver Convention Centre – West in Vancouver overlooking Burrard Inlet.  The theme is Striving for Certainty and Stability. The agenda and details about the 2019 events will be posted in this space.

In the meantime and to provide a sense of what you can expect, here are some of the presentations and details from the 2018 Finding Common Ground Conference;

2018 SFI Conference Agenda – Finding Common Ground

Minister Wilkinson’s video remarks as provided to the SFI Conference

Vision 2021

A supporting document: During Minister Wilkinson’s remarks he referenced the Vision as developed by the SFAB, the SFI and others in the recreational fishing community.  The 2021 Vision Executive Summary provides the plan to appropriately fund actions both by the department and the sector to maximize benefits to be gained from a healthy, vibrant and sustainable recreational fishery in British Columbia.


International Year of the Salmon

SPEAKER: Dr. Vladimir Radchenko, Executive Director,

North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

SPEAKER: Dr. Brian Riddell, President and CEO

BC Wild Salmon Strategy

SPEAKER: Ali Witter, Wild Salmon Secretariat, Office of the Premier

BC Wildlife Federation – The Heart of the Fraser

SPEAKER: Al Martin, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Wild Salmon Forever

SPEAKER: Dr. John Madden, Wild Salmon Forever

Fishing BC Program update

SPEAKER: Matt Jennings, BC Fishing Resort and Outfitters Association and Fishing BC

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Rockfish Update

SPEAKER: Carole Eros, Recreational Fisheries Coordinator

State of the Salmon Environmental Conditions informing 2019 Returns

Preliminary 2019 Salmon Outlook

SPEAKER: Sue Grant, Salmon Program Head,

Regional Ecosystem Effects on Fish & Fisheries Section

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – SRKW and SARA

SPEAKER: Neil Davis, Director, Resource Management


SPEAKER: Dr. Andrew Trites, Professor and Director, Marine Mammal Research Unit,

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of BC

Please note: while Dr. Trites conference presentation is not currently available, you may find this recent presentation interesting.  It includes some of the materials and information that was shared at the SFI conference:

Big Splash Gala Fundraiser 

We were pleased to host our 20th Annual Big Splash Gala Fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC on Thursday November 22nd, 2018.



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