Meet the experts at B.C. Seafood Expo 2019

‘Offal’ lot of potential in B.C to make money from fish waste says expert

By SeaWestNews

There is an ‘offal’ lot of potential in B.C when it comes to creating valuable products from the fish waste stream, says one of Canada’s leading experts on green processing of natural resources.

From fuel to road salt and even nail polish, seafood processors can extract cash from what they normally throw away, says Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a Memorial University of Newfoundland professor specializing in process engineering. (pictured)

Her overall area of research is in the green processing of natural resources, particularly process development of biomass residues (fishery and forestry) to bioproducts and biomaterials.

Dr. Hawboltd will be bringing her message of making money from fish waste to this year’s edition of the B.C. Seafood Expo, which will be held in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island on June 12 and 13.

The Expo is one of the largest seafood industry trade shows in the Pacific Northwest and part of the 2019 BC Seafood Festival which runs from June 7 to 16.

Dr. Hawboldt will be joining an array of experts from the wild and farmed seafood industry, academia and government leaders said Solveig McLaren, Conference Chair for the BC Seafood Expo.

The speakers include;

Dr. Myron Roth
Industry Specialist Aquaculture & Seafood @ BC Ministry of Agriculture

Myron holds a B.Sc. in zoology from UBC and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Scotland. He has over 25 years’ experience with salmon aquaculture on both coasts of Canada, Scotland, Norway, Ireland and Chile, primarily in the areas of fish health management and biotechnology, genetics, hatchery and RAS systems, production modeling, and technology transfer. He is a past director of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, the Salmon Health Consortium and is the President Elect for the Victoria & Islands Branch of the BC Institute of Agrologists.  Currently, he is the provincial lead for OASISS (Ocean Acidification Shellfish Industry Seed Supply) and BaSEIC (Baynes Sound Environmental Intelligence Collaboration), two climate change adaption initiatives developed in collaboration with Vancouver Island University, BC’s shellfish aquaculture industry and the Hakai Institute. He was the Program Chair for the 2016 and 2017 Seafood Expos.

Angela Willard
Co-Founder Seaweed Gardens

Angela is a Clinical Herbalist, and has Co-Founded both Harmonic Arts Botanicals and Seaweed Gardens. Through her work in natural health and providing accessible plant medicine, she has become passionate about the therapeutic benefits of seaweeds. For the past 11 years, she has focused her time developing her understanding of seaweeds, and how they can improve the health of people and planet. It has become a natural next step to progress into her latest endeavour cultivating kelp forests with Co-Founder Erik Jakobson. Seaweed Gardens harvests their first crop this year, and is excited to see the cultivation of kelp expand in BC.

Amanda Swinimer
Owner Dakini Tidal Wilds

Amanda Swinimer’s deep love of the ocean brought her to the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada where she started her own business, Dakini Tidal Wilds, in 2003. For almost two decades, Amanda has been sustainably harvesting, by hand, wild, edible seaweeds. She shares her passion for the wild seaweeds of her coastline and their continued health with a diverse audience. The foundational focus of Swinimer’s teaching and presenting is sustainability and respect for the rare coast of the Pacific Northwest. Swinimer has taught at post-secondary institutions including the University of Victoria, Bamfield Marine Science Centre and Royal Roads University, public schools, through private venues and is an international presenter.

Briana Warner
CEO @ Atlantic Sea Farms

Briana has dedicated her life to doing well by doing good. She is passionate about our incredible home state and working with our partner farmers to kelp the earth. After serving several tours in the U.S. Foreign Service, Bri opened and sold a wholesale bakery in Portland focused on pies with an international flair and employing recent refugees resettled in the Portland area. Before taking the helm at Atlantic Sea Farms (Ocean Approved, Inc.) in 2018, she worked to diversify coastal incomes as the Economic Development Director at the Island Institute, a non-profit focused on sustaining island communities both in Maine and elsewhere.

Louis Druehl
Co-Founder Canadian Kelp Resources

Louis Druehl and his wife, Rae Hopkins, have operated CKR since 1982, from their home in Bamfield. Rae brought 35 years of cooking expertise for athletic teams, restaurants, and marine stations to CKR. She developed the kelp recipes in the award-winning Pacific Seaweeds (Harbour Publishing) by Louis and Brigette Clarkson. Louis, retired from 36 years of teaching and researching seaweeds at SFU, writes novels, puts out the local paper ( with Rae and participates in Bamfield organizations, responsible for running the village.

Mairi Edgar
Mairiculture Consulting

When Mairi was a sea kayak guide, she had the great fortune of paddling with whales and exploring remote beaches and intertidal pools for cool creatures. Her fascination with the ocean led to a Masters of Marine Management at Dalhousie University. Mairi has worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Marine Plan Partnership and the BC Salmon Farmers Association contributing to research, planning, policies and outreach for endangered species of whales, marine protected areas, marine planning and aquaculture. Presently, she is very interested in the practice of Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture and all things seaweeds to support ocean and human health.

Allison Boulton
Small Business BC

Allison Boulton is the Program Manager of the Export Navigator Program. After living in China and the Middle East for three years, Allison returned to Vancouver to work as an International Trade Advisor with Small Business BC, and started her own firm assisting entrepreneurs grow globally. While abroad, she completed her MBA and worked as the China Director of Marketing and Trade Sales with an importer and distributor of North American beverages. Prior to moving overseas, Allison was the Director of Operations for a boutique Canadian winery with exports to over 20 countries.

Adriana Carrillo
Manager, Agrifoods @ International Trade Division

Born and raised in Mexico, Adriana first came to Canada as a student. Before immigrating several years later, she worked in roles that included international business consulting, lecturing, and managing key accounts for a large multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. She has worked for the B.C. Government for the past five years in areas that include international marketing an international business development for various markets around the world. Adriana holds a Master in International Relations (Japan), a Bachelor of Business Administration with International Business concentration (Mexico), and certificates in Procurement and Supply Chain Management (Mexico), Asian Studies (Japan) and Project Management (UBC, Canada). She lives in Vancouver, enjoys spending time in the mountains, and has a special love for yoga, dancing and food.

Regan Khan
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

Regan Khan earned a master’s degree from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He began his career in international trade in 2001 at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where he specialized in technical trade barriers, and was often a member of various Canadian delegations to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, along with international standard setting organizations in Rome and Paris. Following AAFC, Regan spent 10 years at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, representing that federal department in numerous international trade negotiations, including at the WTO, in the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), the Canada-South Korea free trade agreement, the Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. In 2017, Mr. Khan moved to British Columbia where he now works in the International Trade Division of the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology.

Janel Quiring
Director, Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch @ Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

Janel Quiring is a Director in the Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch of the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology for the Province of British Columbia where she has worked since 2007. During that time, she has worked on files such as the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership. Janel has worked for the BC public service for 25 years and in addition to her work in trade policy has gained experience working on a broad range of issues including major economic development projects and regulatory reform.

Josh Temple
Coastal Restoration Society

Josh is a 5th generation commercial fisherman who went on to obtain CCG and USCG Certified Captain accreditation. He has had extensive experience in commercial fishing, tourism development, international marine operations, First Nations and Government consulting. Since the spring of 2017 Josh has been working diligently to find solutions to the issue of plastics in our marine environment. In late 2017 Josh founded Coastal Restoration Society to take the initiative beyond the borders of Clayoquot Sound and combat the global crisis on a more industrial scale. Today, Coastal Restoration society, under Josh ‘s leadership, is becoming a global leader in marine habitat restoration. It is a registered non-profit and it is governed by a Board of Directors, including reps from local indigenous communities, marine operators and habitat rehabilitation experts.

Kelly Hawboldt
Memorial University

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt is a chemical engineer at Memorial University. Her overall area of research is in the green processing of natural resources, particularly process development of biomass residues (fishery and forestry) to bioproducts and biomaterials. She works with a multi-discplinary group of chemists, biochemist, and ocean scientists. The particular focus is on developing processes and products that “fit” regional needs and infrastructure, ensuring remote and rural regions can take part in the growing bioeconomy. Dr. Hawboldt has over 12 years of experience in bioproducts, in green sustainable process development to produce bioproducts from residue streams, and in developing applications for “waste” biomass. She has supervised or co-supervised 50+ graduates, 10 post-doctoral fellows and 20 undergraduates. She has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented as an invited speaker at several conferences.


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