Aquaculture North America

Virtual Event
Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2022
September 8, 2022 at 11:00am ET

Women in North American Aquaculture Summit, or WINAAS, aims to understand the road to equal opportunity in the industry. This live virtual event welcomes men and women in North American aquaculture to tackle solutions for equal pay, entrepreneurship, innovation, training and mentorship.


Keynote: “Shine Bright Like a Diamond”

Julie Kuchepatov, Founder, Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE)

What do North American women in aquaculture and global music superstar Rihanna have in common? For one, all are thriving in industries dominated by men in leadership. Join Julie Kuchepatov, founder of Seafood and Gender Equality, to hear more as we kick off the Women in North American Aquaculture live virtual summit. She will be sharing insights into the challenges women in the aquaculture sector face and how they compare to those experienced by the inspiring music sensation, Rihanna.

By the end of the event, we'll understand the unique barriers women in the sector face, hear many uplifting stories, and learn some solutions that will give us all the courage to, as Rihanna sings, "Shine bright like a diamond”.

Recruitment and mentorship

  • Kathleen Offman Mathisen, CHRO, Grieg Seafood Norway
  • Leah Stoker, Senior Consultant, AquacultureTalent
  • Tina Garlinski-Gonsky, Director of Human Resources, Grieg Seafood BC
In this panel, discussion will be around the key to accelerating development, and provide what some describe as ‘shortcuts to success’ in the aquaculture industry. Mentorship is important, as mentors can offer advice on navigating their careers and finding a work-life balance. Women who have been mentored describe the experience and the skills they acquired as essential toolkits for their professional lives. Our panelists will answer the questions of finding aquaculture jobs, recruiting interns, and finding career mentors.

Women in Leadership: “View from the Top”

  • Diane Morrison, Managing Director, MOWI Canada West
  • Briana Warner, CEO, Atlantic Seafarms
  • Jennifer Woodland, CEO, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood
This will be a special discussion, featuring a panel full of women in the C-suite level, sharing their journeys and stories about leadership and how they got there. The discussion will revolve around bringing women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills and create positive change in the future of women’s leadership in aquaculture.

Aquaculture Advocacy: “Empowering an Industry”

Jeanne McKnight, Executive Director, Northwest Aquaculture Alliance

Building intentional dialogue and equity in aquaculture

Moderator: Imani Black, Founder & CEO, Minorities in Aquaculture
  • Imani Black
  • Natalie Abdo
  • Taja Sims-Harper
  • Anoushka Concepcion
This panel will feature an open discussion with Minorities In Aquaculture (MIA) founder, Imani Black and MIA members Natalie Abdo, Taja Sims-Harper and Anoushka Concepcion about their different experiences as women of colour in the aquaculture industry.

This discussion will highlight the current status of DEI in aquaculture and identify impactful approaches that could advance diversity, equity and inclusion as we continue to strive for a more sustainable seafood fishery.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2022

When & Where?

Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2022 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on September 8, 2022 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 8, 2022.

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.