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HAABC 2014 Conference Richmond BC
 Change is a good thing! That was the conclusion of the HA Board and participants at the recent HAABC conference after winding up a very successful four days of events, workshops, tours and meetings. From the very first day, the Richmond venue for the 2014 HAABC Conference worked out well for attendees, as the opening workshops Environmental Management and Strategic Planning were filled to capacity.


  The meet and greet was in a cozy waterfront room; the perfect setting for harbour people!  The River Rock Resort and Conference Center provided a variety of areas for large and small groups to gather and discuss relevant issues, ask questions, laugh and enjoy the company others in the industry.  This location’s proximity to the airport, rapid transit and it’s on-site hotel helped in keeping the participant’s close and networking long after the scheduled sessions ended.

Conference team Bob Baziuk and Janet Rooke kept the conference agenda moving along in a timely manner, and although the days were long and the information provided sometimes overwhelming, people left the room energized and ready for more.  Port Edward was our host harbour this year; Keri and Tammy  put a lot of work into their presentation, providing us with an overview of their facilities and the importance of the harbour in their community.


   Some agenda items, like derelict boats, have been discussed over and over the past few years; it was encouraging to see creative and quick solutions coming from the harbours, and a better flow of communication through Transport Canada, Receiver of Wrecks. It is rewarding to see the growth of the HA association and it’s members when successes are highlighted, and this reinforces the value of the annual conferences.

  Harbour tours were always popular at previous conferences, and proved to be again this year. Chris Lougheed proudly toured us through his facility in Ladner, and Bob and Joel Baziuk narrated us through the extensive Steveston harbour. The tour finished up with a hosted visit of the Historical Gulf of Georgia Cannery. The HAABC is happy to report the raffle and 50/50 funds raised this year by our members was donated to the museum, and we were able to present them with a cheque for $750.

   The AGM portion of the conference went quickly, with the possibility of the 2015 conference in Prince Rupert discussed. Elections were held, with the only change being Bob’s retirement from the Board and his son Joel stepping in as the lower mainland zone representative. Maureen Nordstrom was elected president, Lutz Budde, Vice president and Robin Millar Sec/Treasurer.

   Following the Thursday evening banquet we were delighted to host Anna Gustafson, comedian, TED presenter, and daughter of a prominent West Coast troller.  She struck a cord with everyone in the room when she discussed volunteerism, saying thanks, and recognizing the strength of the collective.

   Friday wrapped up with zone meetings, and lots of topics brought up that will be addressed throughout the year at the Board level, with SCH and in future zone meetings.

   As always the Board and Leslie would like to thank the Pacific SCH team for their support and participation. A follow-up survey will be sent soon to make sure we have met and will continue to meet the needs of the members, and to ensure each and every harbour knows the HAABC is there to make their job easier.


HAABC Conference 2013 NANAIMO BC

photo courtesty Bob Baziuk

   Mild weather, excellent food, lovely surroundings, interesting presentations, unbridled enthusiasm, good friends and co-workers. These were the elements that made the Harbour Authority Association of BC‘s 16th Annual AGM a resounding success.  The event was held February 12-15th, 2013 at the Vancouver Island Conference Center www.viconference.com on the Nanaimo waterfront. Positive responses from the delegates and a strong sense of camaraderie left both conference organizers and attendees heading home with a deep sense of satisfaction on time well spent.

   The conference theme, Foundation for Success: Building an Effective Organization was well supported by the speakers and presentations. Although HAs have been around for many years, within the organization there remains a constant desire to be better and stronger.

   The conference started off with 3 workshops: Environmental Management Planning, Sheila Freeman, F&O Canada; Electrical Systems, Jim Allen; and Canada Corporations Act, Darryl Anderson, Wavepoint Consulting www.wavepointconsulting.ca. Even though these three workshops have been offered before, the overflowing attendance goes to show our harbours are constantly being proactive to manage their facilities to the highest standards.  The ability to provide these added first day workshops has increased the value of the conference, particularly for those from remote communities whose access to training is sometimes challenging. Copies of these an all other presentations can be found in the Private Documents section of the HAABC website. www.haa.bc.ca   Contact Leslie contact [at] haa [dot] bc [dot] ca if you do not have a password.

   A social reception officially opened the conference on Tuesday evening. Alan Josul  www.alanjossul.ca from Courtenay provided some excellent mellow guitar music, creating a relaxing atmosphere, effectively encouraging lively conversation. The conference catering centre provided outstanding appetizers. The reception was well attended by SCH staff, HA staff, and exhibitors. They all took full advantage of this opportunity to chat with old and new friends.  It was an excellent venue to introduce some ‘non-west coaster’ attendees to island hospitality. Our new friend Tim Wentzell from the east coast took home one of Alan’s CDs to share this West Coast talent  with his local harbour associates.

   Bob Baziuk, HAABC president and Master of Ceremonies started off the proceedings by introducing Andy Ellingsen of Cortes Island Harbour Authority who gave an informative presentation highlighting the challenges and rewards of managing 5 community harbour  facilities in a remote setting. These docks are integral to the health of Cortes Island as a community and the harbour authority is doing an excellent job, with the assistance of SCH, determining what the islanders need and providing that to the best of their ability. Cortes Island HA is a shining example of the strength and importance of volunteer involvement in Canadian communities.

Andy Ellingsen, Cortes Island HA photo courtesty of Bob Baziuk  

     The HAABC was honoured with the presence of Linda Gray representing SCH Ottawa. Tim Wentzell from Feltzen Harbour South, Nova Scotia and Ron Courtoreille from Hay River, Northwest Territories represented their respective regions. We greatly appreciate the time they devoted to attend our conference. The opportunity to celebrate our successes with the rest of the country is very dear to the HAABC.

   Bob then introduced Sylvie Berube, Associate Regional Director of SCH Pacific. She expressed her appreciation for the candor of people she has spoken with at last night’s reception, and the relevance and success of the SCH program. Ken Smith, Regional Director of SCH Pacific spoke of the importance of data in supporting future funding for Small Craft Harbours and the role HAs can take in providing that data. 

   SCH Regional Distinction awards presentations were made.  At the 2013 HAABC conference in February Ken Smith, Regional  Director of SCH Pacific and Sylvie Berube, Associate Regional Director General, SCH Pacific presented Mike Jacobs, Program Manager Haisla Fisheries & Harbour Authority with the Individual Commitment Distinction Award.

Ken Smith, SCH; Mike Jacobs, Haisla HA; Sylvie Berube, SCH                                                              photo courtesty Bob Baziuk 

Mr. Smith and Ms. Berube also presented Tom Carney, Morley Riley, and Garrett Newkirk with the Harbour Authority Achievement Distinction Award on behalf of Bella Coola HA.

Ken Smith, SCH; Tom Carney, Morely Riley, Garrett Newkirk, Bella Coola HA; Sylvie Berube, SCH       photo courtest Bob Baziuk

Mike Griswald of Quadra Island Harbour Authority was honoured with the Individual Commitment Distinction Award. Mr. Griswald was unable to attend the conference this year. For more information on the SCH recognition program please go to: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/recognition-reconnaissance-eng.htm

   After the presentations the delegation took a break allowing for their first  opportunity to visit with the exhibitors. The HAABC truly appreciates the participation and support these vendors provide to our conference each year. It is nice to see the delegates, associate members and exhibitors greet each other as old friends, which again  demonstrates the value of the conference

   HAs from the South Island, Mid Island, and North Island gave harbour updates during the first Ports of Call session. Despite the downturn in the US and the Canadian economies, HAs reported that their revenues remain constant and their organizations remain strong.  Following a delicious lunch the delegates broke into two groups. The first group learned about Emergency Preparedness from Terrance  Berscheid, Saanich BC Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Terrance stressed the importance of having a plan ready when an emergency strikes. For more information on provincial emergency preparedness go to www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca This was followed by an Oil Spill Preparedness presentation by Bill Jehelka of WCMRC www.wcmrc.com  Our thanks to both Bill and Terrance who volunteered their time to provide the HAABC with this valuable information. Meanwhile in the next room, SCH provided a panel discussion on Integrated Projects, Lessons learned – Best Practices. The recent Canada Action Plan, though hugely successful for Harbour Authorities, at times proved to be overwhelming and challenging. Careful planning using lessons learned will ensure a smooth delivery of project dollars in the future.

   After the break the congregation reconvened and Ben Mabberley took the stage providing an   update on the HAC insurance plan. Ben announced that the Bodily injury coverage extends to volunteers up to 80 years of age.  Ben expressed his pride in representing our western harbours as a  NHAAC advisor, and how his involvement the past ten years has gone by  quickly. For more info on the NHAAC please visit:   www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/nhaac-ccnap/index-eng.htm

   Gina McKay of Fishsafe BC www.fishsafebc.com  then took the podium to present the new Safest Catch video. This professionally produced video outlines steps that fishermen can take to ensure they come home safely. Delegates were encouraged to provide the video to the many fishermen using their facilities and to encourage them to participate in the Safest Catch program.

Gina McKay, Fishsafe BC photo courtest Bob Baziuk

  Ryan Greville of Transport Canada Navigable Waters took to the stage to update the HAABC on the Derelict Vessel Survey they conducted last year. The survey is still not complete and results will be shared with the HAABC as they come available. Ryan fielded questions and provided some useful strategies HAs can use when faced with problem Derelict Vessels. Even with the limited funds available to deal with this issue, the Receiver of Wrecks office is proactive in helping HAs come up with workable solutions to this growing harbour problem.

   The AGM followed. Three new directors were added to the board. Representing the Sunshine Coast, Robin Millar from Pender Harbour; Mid-Island, Maureen Nordstrom from Fanny Bay HA; and our first Director at Large, Robert Clarke of Comox HA. Without the commitment these volunteer directors bring to the HAABC, it would not be the successful organization it has become. Thank you!

   Day 2 began with a breakout session. Session one brought back an old friend to the Harbour    Authority Program, Alisdair Smith www.alisdairsmith.com  Alisdair has the unique ability to make the subject of board Governance both entertaining and interesting. Session 2 had Richard Chan of SCH outlining the importance of developing an effective Maintenance Plan for your HA.

   After the break Shelley Chapelski, Bull Housser LLP www.bht.com, one of the highlights of many HAABC conferences, took to the stage to give her frank and practical advise on dealing with legal issues faced by many HAs. Shelley found herself answering questions well into the lunch break. We do appreciate the time she gives to the HAABC each time she attends the conference

as well as all the assistance she provides to HAs throughout the year.

   The afternoon provided some lighter fare, with a ports of call session for the North Coast, Sunshine Coast, and the Lower Mainland. The day ended on a serious note, with Harvey Delaney of Owen Bird Law Corporation www.owenbird.com giving a sometimes surprising and definitely informative presentation on Human Resources. The use of facts, not presumption is essential to maintaining harmony in the workplace. Good communication must be maintained.

   A fabulous banquet featuring Wild BC Sockeye was followed by some mystifyiing entertainment. Vitaly Beckman, www.sensationofmagic.com hailing from Vancouver BC asked that the audience enlist their imaginations while he displayed his magical powers. Jerry Gasner of Bamfield HA was thrilled to win the raffle prize, a painting by Cortes Island artist June Cameron. Chris Lougheed won the 50/50 draw. A well deserved win, he bought numerous arm lengths of tickets every time Phyllis (Campbell River) approached him with the ticket roll! Thanks Phyllis for all your hard work selling 50/50 and raffle tickets.  Proceeds go to the Dick Maughan Scholarship Fund which allows the HAABC to contribute to the education of a        deserving student.

   The final day of the conference began with a hearty breakfast after which zone meetings were held. Thank you to those who stayed for the zone meetings; they are an essential tool that allows  the HAABC board to determine the direction the membership would like the HAABC to take for the coming year.


HAABC Conference  2012 Nanaimo BC


                                               photo courtesy Bob Baziuk

The Harbour Authority Association of BC held their 15th Annual AGM and conference February 7-10th at the well appointed Vancouver Island Conference Center on the Nanaimo waterfront. As in previous years, the conference was well
 attended, and feedback indicated the venue, presentations and workshops were of the highest quality. Such enthusiastic responses from delegates make all the hard work worthwhile and highlights the positive results
 that arise when we all come together!


 Art Childs                   photo courtesy Bob Baziuk

The conference theme was:
Proactive, Practical & Professional: Characteristics of  Effective Harbour
The conference started with 2 bonus (optional) training sessions;  Environmental Management Planning and Electrical Safety.  This provided a great opportunity to deliver some much needed training for Harbour staff and directors.
A social officially opened the conference on Tuesday evening. The Wellington High School Jazz Ensemble added to the relaxing atmosphere, and the conference catering centre provided some sumptuous appetizers. The reception was well attended by SCH staff, HA staff, and exhibitors. They all took full advantage of this opportunity to chat with old and new friends and it was clear by evening’s end that everyone was excited about the next day’s events.
The next morning started off bright and early. Bob Baziuk served as the Master of Ceremonies. Bob introduced Jim Parsons and Shawn Cator who gave a colorful and informative presentation highlighting the major project rejuvenating the Powell River Waterfront. This project required careful long term planning which put them in good stead to take advantage of Economic Action Plan Funding through SCH. Although to both Jim and Shawn it seemed to take forever, this project was incredibly extensive and they are to be congratulated for having the vision to see it to completion.
The HAABC was honoured with the presence of Claudette Raymond and Donna Jean Kilpatrick, both representing SCH Ottawa, as well as Léo M. Vienneau, representing SCH Maritime Region. We greatly appreciate the time they devoted to attend our conference. The opportunity to celebrate our successes with the rest of the country is very dear to the HAABC.
Sylvie Berube, Associate Regional Director of SCH Pacific and Ken Smith, Regional Director of SCH Pacific took the podium and both expressed positive sentiments regarding the Harbour Authority Program and SCH.
SCH Regional Distinction awards were presented to:
Bick Benedict: Individual Commitment
Ken Smith, Bick Benedict, and Syvie Berube
photo courtesy Bob Baziuk
Fanny Bay Harbour Authority: Harbour
Authority Achievement
Ken Smith, Gordy McLellan, Sylvie Berube
photo courtesy Bob Baziuk 
HAs from the South Island, Mid Island, and North Island gave harbour updates during the first Ports of Call session. Despite the end of the Canada Action Plan in March of last year, harbours are still busy finishing up projects. Immediately following a delicious lunch Bob Gowe of Transport Canada spoke about the Navigable Waters Protection Program and Derelict/Abandoned Vessels. He was joined by Mike Carlson of DFO/RCMP who addressed the RCMP perspective on Derelict and Abandoned Vessels. He outlined the parameters the RCMP must adhere to when asked to assist an HA faced with both troublesome vessels and vessel owners. He emphasized the importance of maintaining a good working relationship with your local detachment. As expected Bob and Mike were peppered with a lot of questions from the delegates; the communication between Harbours and Transport Canada will continue to be strong.  
Ben Mabberley took the stage after the break and gave a presentation outlining changes to the Harbour Authority Corporation insurance. The insurance now covers Bodily injury for volunteers that meet specific criteria. This presentation was able to clarify the HAC program for many HAs.
Gina McKay of Fishsafe BC then took the podium to present the new Safe Catch Program. She sees the HAs as the best venue to get the word out to fisherman on the importance of Fish safety and the programs Fishsafe BC have to offer. Many harbours are already providing material and workshop space to this program, and the safety training within the commercial fishing fleet has vastly improved since the fishsafe program has been established.
The AGM followed. The new and improved version of the HAABC bylaws were ratified. New directors elected were Shawn Cator of Powell River, and Bob Baziuk of Steveston HA. Allowing their names to stand for another term were Janet Rooke of Tsehum HA, and Eric Gregory of Alert Bay HA. Without these directors and their commitment to the HAABC our organization would be unable to function. Thank you!
Day 2 began with technical tools as an electronic survey was presented to delegates.  This process continued periodically throughout the day. The information gleaned from the survey greatly helps the HAABC and SCH make plans for the future.
The morning began with a presentation entitled “Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act: How do I get there from here?” by Coleen Kirby of Industry Canada. Coleen Kirby of Industry Canada was kind enough to join us from Ottawa to give this important presentation.   This presentation was a good first step in informing HAs of the requirements that must be met to maintain their not for profit status. As if that was not enough information for one morning, a Risk Management and Liability Exposure Workshop followed. Many questions made  clear the desire that HAs have to have a better understanding of insurance and risk management. The afternoon provided some lighter fare, with a ports of call session for the north coast, sunshine coast, and the Lower Mainland. The day ended with a breakout session, Preparing Financial Statements with Keri Cargill CGA and Planning with SCH lead by Ken Smith. Although planning and financials could be considered “dry subjects”, both workshops had the delegates quickly sharing ideas and future plans.
A fabulous banquet featuring Wild BC Sockeye was followed by some zany entertainment. Alex Zerbe, hailing from Olympia WA enlisted the assistance of Art Childs, Phyllis Titus, Janet Rooke, and Tim Hobbs to display his particular brand of humour and juggling skills. Thanks for being good sports, your participation was clearly enjoyed by all. More than a few in the crowd laughed so hard they were brought to tears.  A raffle and 50/50 draw raised funds for the Dick Maughan Scholarship Fund which allows the HAABC to contribute to the education of a deserving individual.
The final day of the conference began with a hearty breakfast after which zone meetings were held. Thank you to those who stayed for the zone meetings; they go a long way in allowing the board to determine the direction the membership would like the HAABC to take for the coming year.
If your harbour did not attend the 2012 conference, please start planning to attend next year.  It is truly a great forum to learn from and share with your peers. You are all a wealth of information and we can only get better by learning from each other.

HAABC Conference  2011 Nanaimo BC



The 14th annual Harbour Authority Association of BC Conference and AGM was held from January 18 to 21 at the beautiful new Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. The conference was well attended and response to both the venue and presentations was enthusiastic.

The conference theme was:

Myths, Misconceptions and Realities, Planning for success in Uncertain Times.

The theme was well supported by the speakers and information sessions.

The conference started with a meet and greet reception, we were entertained by the Wellington High School Jazz Ensemble and were treated to some sumptuous appetizers supplied by the   Conference Centre catering staff.

The next morning started off bright and early. After introductions from Art Childs and Janet Rooke we got into the meat of the agenda.

Alec Finnsson of Mission Harbour took the stage. Alec gave a brief presentation on the progress that Mission HA has made in the last few years.

Ken Smith of SCH spoke about the success of the Economic Action Plan for SCH and the plans for the future. Collaborative planning and connecting with HA Boards are tops on the list. SCH achievement awards were presented to:

Lorraine Williams: Individual Commitment

Ladner Harbour Authority: Harbour Authority Achievement

Tsehum Harbour Authority: HA Environmental Stewardship Award

HAs from the South Island, Mid Island, and North Island gave harbour updates during the first Ports of Call session. HAs have clearly been busy with EAP    project implementation.

Paul A. Michaud, an accountant from North Vancouver, spoke about the importance of the board. The board’s role is to give direction to the harbour.        Policies, plans and budgets are some of the most important     issues the board must pay attention to.  In addition, they ensure the right people are hired to run the day-to-day operation of the HA.  Paul supported his presentation with a great     handout.  

Vahid Kahnamelli, Acting Regional Engineer and his team gave an overview of project planning, allowing for questions from the audience.

Ben Mabbereley gave an update on the HAC insurance plan, paid volunteers working at your harbour are now covered under the plan.

The AGM rounded out the day. Three new directors were elected; Alec Finnsson, Lower Mainland; Eric   Gregory, North Island; and Lutz Budde, North Coast.


Day 2 began with an electronic survey and this continued periodically throughout the day. The information gleaned from the survey helps the HAABC and SCH make plans for the future.

Shelly Chapelski from the law firmBull Housser Tupper, was joined this year by Kaitlin McKinnon also from BHT. They spoke about derelict and       delinquent vessels and offered some strategies and solutions.

Mario Govorchin’s workshop on ‘Challenging Conversations’ was both entertaining and informative. After lunch the North Coast, Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland harbours had their opportunity to give updates during the final session of the Ports of Call.

This was followed by a breakout session; ‘Harbour Admin and You’ was facilitated by Dave Garrett. This café style brainstorming workshop focused on developing systems in your organization. Robin Richardson and Mike Doutaz gave an excellent session for directors outlining the process for undertaking projects in Harbours.

A fabulous banquet featuring Wild BC Sockeye was followed by some special entertainment. Joe Jewell, harbour manager at Des Moines Washington provided a Frank Sinatra review that was highly entertaining. Chris Lougheed of Ladner HA won the raffle prize, a painting by Campbell River artist Dan Telosky. Bruce Haynes won the 50/50 draw.

The final day of the conference began with David Mailloux of Nanaimo Port Authority introducing the concept of forming a partnership between the HAABC and Tourism BC to market the Marine Sector. Henry Helin, from Western Canada Marine Response, shared his experience working on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the devastation that occurred and the challenges faced.

The group divided into their zones for a round of zone meetings to close the conference.

If your harbour did not attend the 2011 conference, you may want to start to plan now to attend next year.  It is truly a great forum to learn and share.  For either HA directors or HA staff the conference will rebuild your interest in your HA.






New Fisheries Minister Announced May 18, 2011

New Brunswick Member of Parliament Keith Ashfield has been appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

Minister Ashfield, first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 for the federal riding of Fredericton, has previously served in Cabinet as Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

Prior to his election to Parliament, Minister Ashfield served in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. He was provincial Minister of Natural Resources from 2003 to 2006, and served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislature from 1999 to 2003.

Minister Ashfield studied business administration at the University of New Brunswick.

He lives in Lincoln, New Brunswick and is married with two children.


Dave Thorne Memorial Bench

A Memorial Bench for Dave Thorne has been erected on the boardwalk at Steveston Harbour. If you are in Steveston, please take the time to visit the bench and pay tribute to this inspirational man. He would be so proud and pleased with the progress the HAABC has made in the 2 years since his passing.