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.alanjosul.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
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
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.