Aquaculture North America

Virtual Event
Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2023
September 7, 2023 at 11:00am ET

WINAAS 2023 is an online event, highlighting women in the North American aquaculture industry, who inspire, lead and encourage new generations of women to advance careers in the aquaculture industry. The event will feature live panel discussions and on-demand sessions exploring various topics, aiming to understand the road to equal opportunity in the industry.


Panel 1: Cast a digital net: Spreading the message of aquaculture online

Moderator: Jean Ko Din, editor of Hatcher International and RAStech magazines

  • Cora Hirashiki
  • Dianna Fletcher
  • Afton Vigue
  • Jessica Miller
Aquaculture, as a crucial component of sustainable seafood production, plays a vital role in meeting the growing global demand for fish and seafood. In the digital age, effectively communicating the importance, benefits, and responsible practices of aquaculture online is essential to foster awareness, dispel misconceptions, and encourage informed consumer choices.

The panel will bring together aquaculture experts, digital marketing professionals, and environmental advocates to explore innovative strategies and best practices for effectively leveraging digital platforms to promote responsible aquaculture practices and engage with diverse audiences.

Panel 2: Sustainable seafood: A key player in human and planetary health

Moderator: Mari-Len De Guzman, aquaculture writer and editor

  • Roxanne Nanninga
  • Sophie Egan
  • Daisy Berg
Seafood is a high-protein, healthy, and nutritionally rich food. To have a sustainable supply of seafood for future generations means that seafood needs to be caught or farmed in environmentally and socially responsible methods. Consumer interest in sustainability is growing and there is opportunity to educate clients and patients on how consumers can ensure they are buying the best seafood for their health and our planet’s health.

Learn in this panel about the sustainability and technology practices being put in place to help meet the growing global demand for healthy seafood.

Panel 3: Young professionals in Canadian aquaculture

  • Michelle Franze, Manager of Communications, Partnerships, and Community, BC Salmon Farmers Association
  • Sam Tomkinson, Regulatory Specialist, Grieg Seafood BC
  • Emily Warren, Licence and Development Officer, Cermaq Canada
  • Kirstyn Hallberg, Environmental Specialist, Grieg Seafood BC
  • Kaitlin Guitard, Fish Health and Food Safety, Lab Manager, Mowi Canada West
  • Kathryn Smith, Aquaculture Veterinarian, Grieg Seafood BC
Young Professionals of Salmon Farming in BC (formerly the BCSFA Youth Council) is a diverse group of millennial leaders (under 35) that represent virtually every aspect of B.C.’s salmon farming value chain.

The group includes farm/hatchery technicians and managers, water quality technicians, engineers, transportation managers, veterinarians, communicators, procurement managers, biologists, fish processors, certification managers, environmental specialists, and divers.

They aim to be an inclusive body that leads, informs, and sustains a positive dialogue about ocean-based salmon farming in rural coastal Vancouver Island communities.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2023

When & Where?

Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on September 7, 2023 at 11:00am ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of September 7, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.