Arctic Shipping Challenges
    May 22-24, 2019
    Victoria, British Columbia


The Nautical Institute BC Branch is planning and hosting this international two-and-a-half day conference consisting of informative presentations, interactive Q&A sessions, and panel discussions, bringing together key Canadian and international stakeholders in maritime industry, environmental organizations, governmental transport authorities, coast guards, consultants, and technology providers. Social and professional networking opportunities are embedded in the program. Join the Nautical Institute BC Branch in Victoria, BC, to participate with leading executives and experts as we discuss opportunities and challenges associated with the maritime Arctic.


  • Trending opportunities for development in both Polar regions, from tourism to mining, will result in an increase in ship traffic
  • Developments in regulation, and their effects
  • Economic effects of increased shipping
  • Effects on indigenous communities
  • Navigation standards, and Specialization of Navigation
  • Roles and interests of other nations


Wednesday May 22, 1830-2100 - Conference check-in and evening networking. Meet conference attendees at the historic Union Club for an evening of social and professional interaction.

Thursday May 23, 0700-0800 - Morning Coffee and Conference check-in continued

Thursday May 23, 0800-1700 - Conference Day 1

Thursday May 23, 1800-2100 - Evening  supper, included in the conference fee (additional costs for guests). A time for social and professional interaction, including a presentation, in the historic Union Club's Centennial Ballroom.

Friday May 24,  0800-0830 - Morning Coffee

Friday May 24, 0830-1645 - Conference Day 2


   Government agencies
   Environmental agencies
   Indigenous peoples
   Ship owners and operators
   Marine project planners/managers
   Marine/eco-tourism operators
   Marine industry associations and institutes
   Marine surveyors
   Marine lawyers
   Engineers and ship repair enterprises
   Safety equipment designers and vendors
   SAR commanders and agencies
   Shipís Captains and crews
   Naval/CCG officers
   Training institutions


   Registration now open
   Nautical Institute Member $300
   Non-member $800
   Early non-member registration $650 (prior to May 8, 2019)


   Keynote and Invited Speakers
   WiFi access (no additional cost) for use in meeting rooms & public areas
   Welcome Evening Reception (22 May)
   Lunch each day
   Refreshment breaks, twice daily
   Evening Supper and Social (23 May)



Tero Vauraste

Chair Arctic Economic Council

Neil O ’ Rourke

Assistant Commissioner, Arctic Region, Canadian Coast Guard

Aldo Chircop

Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy, Dalhousie University

Captain David (Duke) Snider

Immediate Past President | The Nautical Institute

Lieutenant Commander Angus Fedoruk

Lieutenant-Commander, Chair, BC Branch Nautical Institute

Tim Keane

Fednav Limited

RAdm Nigel Greenwood

Greenwood Maritime Solutions

James Bond

American Bureau of Shipping ABS

John Parker

Director Canadian Ice Service

Desmond Raymond

Transport Canada OPP

Andrew Kendrick


Jukka Salminen

Aker Arctic

Niels Gram

Fathom Marine

A.I. Topshee


Paul Gallagher

Foss Maritime

Bilyana Ivanova

Senior Naval Architect, Robert Allan Ltd

Captain Christopher Hearn

Director, Centre for Marine Simulation

Commander William Woityra

Program Manager Domestic and Polar Icebreaking, United States Coast Guard

Nitin Nayyar

Mitsui OSK lines bulk shipping USA

Dr. David E Atkinson

University of Victoria

Dr. Laura Eerkes-Medrano

PhD in Physical Geography

Captain (select) Kenneth J. Boda


Melissa Nacke

World Wildlife Federation

George Schlaginweit

Canadian Hydrographic Service

Ed Carr


Eric A. Chamberlin

Holland America Seabourn

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