Seafood Value Chain Roundtable

The vision of the Seafood Value Chain Roundtable (SVCRT) is a prosperous and competitive Canadian seafood industry that is a world leader and the preferred supplier of high value seafood, domestically and internationally. It brings together leaders from across the seafood industry harvesting, processing, further processing, retail, trade associations, wild capture, aquaculture, finfish, shellfish and more – with federal and provincial government representatives. The Roundtable provides an opportunity for information sharing, discussion and strategizing on a national level about its key priorities of competitiveness, trade, human resources and market access issues.

Key objectives:

  • improving sector competitiveness
  • maintaining and increasing access to international markets
  • addressing labour challenges

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Working group

  • Strategic Working Group helps guide roundtable activities and communicates sector priorities to government. Current key priorities fall under the realms of social licence and market readiness.
  • Seafood Import Monitoring Working Group to address the January 2018 implementation of, and Canadian compliance with, the United States Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).
  • Tools Development Working Group will address a need identified by the SVCRT for marketing tools Canadian retailers may use to educate consumers about Canadian fish and seafood products.
  • On-Board Labour Standards Group will consider anticipated new market requirements to demonstrate that fleets and processing plants are free of abusive labour practices.

Upcoming meeting

The next Roundtable meeting will take place on January 24-25, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Meeting summary – Record of Decision



  • Carey Bonnell (Industry Co-Chair) – School of Fisheries, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University
  • Nadia Bouffard (Government Co-Chair) – Department of Fisheries and Oceans


  • David Boyes – Arbegar Fishing Co. Ltd
  • Terry Ennis – Atlantic Aqua Farms
  • Karl Sullivan – The Barry Group
  • Christina Burridge – BC Seafood Alliance
  • Tim Kennedy – Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
  • Robert Verge – Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, Memorial University
  • Jean Lanteigne – Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters
  • Catherine Boyd – Clearwater Seafoods
  • Ron Schindler – Clover Leaf Seafoods
  • Bernie Berry – Coldwater Lobster Association
  • Keith Sullivan – Fish, Food and Allied Workers
  • Patrick McGuinness – Fisheries Council of Canada
  • Eddie Campbell – Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation
  • Claude O'Hara – Glooscap Ventures
  • John Nishidate – Grand Hale Marine Products Co. Ltd.
  • Adam Ross – High Liner Foods
  • Mario Déraspe – L’Alliance des pêcheurs professionnels du Québec
  • Geoff Irvine – Lobster Council of Canada
  • Jerry Amirault – Lobster Processors Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
  • Reginald Comeau – Maritime Fishermen's Union
  • Kathleen Allen – Metro Inc.
  • Lisa Fitzgerald – Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
  • Theresa Williams – Oban Ventures Ltd.
  • Chris Curran – Ocean Choice International
  • Dave Mergle – Ocean Quality North America
  • Ian MacPherson – PEI Fisherman's Association Ltd.
  • Jerry Ward – Qikiqtaaluk Corporation
  • Camille Cromp - Quebec Fish Processors Association
  • Chris Sporer – Seafood Producers Association of British Columbia
  • Kerry Cunningham – Sea Star Seafoods Ltd.
  • Andrew Lively – True North Seafood Co.

Provincial governments

  • Larry Neilson – British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
  • Denis Desrosiers – Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Kimberly Watson – Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries – New Brunswick
  • Sean Barry – Newfoundland Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
  • Dave McGuire – Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Michelle Blinn – Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Janelle Kennedy – Nunavut Department of Environment – Fisheries and Sealing Division
  • Tracy St. Denis – Government of the Northwest Territories

Federal government

  • Sylvie Millette LeDuc – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Joanne Constantine / Ian Alexander – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Doug Hazel / Rick Flohr – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Louis Lebouthillier – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Jean-François LaRue – Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Lisa Charette / Sylvie Verdon – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


National Marketing Alliance for Canadian Seafood: Governance Options

This paper provides three options for a governance structure for a national seafood alliance.
Author: Gardner Pinfold Consultants Inc.
Date: March 2015

Canada-Korea FTA Readiness and Export Opportunities in the Seafood Sector

This study assesses the readiness of Canada's fish and seafood industry to benefit from the Canada-Korea agreement and outlines notable import requirements, market potential, consumer preferences, and marketing and promotion approaches. The study also reviews market opportunities more broadly in the region, under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement and in China.
Author: Gardner Pinfold Consultants Inc.
Date: March 2015

National Seafood Alliance Project

This project resulted in a presentation to be used by fish and seafood industry leaders to generate constructive discussion amongst their members regarding the merits of creating a national seafood alliance, and to gauge member support for the initiative.
Author: Sheil Commmunications
Date: November 2014

Canadian Seafood Benchmarking Study

This business-oriented study identifies the potential for improved seafood quality and international competitiveness.
Author: GSGislason & Associates Ltd.
Date: February 2013

Roundtable research reports are available by special request by writing to The Industry Engagement Division reserves the right to withhold documents that contain sensitive or proprietary information.

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