Mariners’ Workshop January 21 and 22, 2025

The Mariners’ Workshop aims to foster dialogue among mariners and provide an opportunity to interact with manufacturers, service providers, regulators, and other stakeholders.  While the primary focus will be on the continuous modernization of Canadian waterways through e-Navigation, we will also address vessel transit details and discuss existing challenges in communications and information flow that can hinder operational efficiency.    Stay tuned for the following:

Registration Form


List of Participants


Thank you to our Sponsors


Presentations From 2023 Workshop:

Day 1
Government Agency Perspectives & Initiatives
Canadian Coast Guard Antonella Ferro
Transport Canada Jey Rajasingham
Canadian Hydrographic Service Mark Leblanc
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation Alain Godard
National Research Council – Part 1 Fraser Winsor
Part 2  – Navigation in Ice
Part 3  – Physics Simulation
Part 4  – ‘Warm’ Ice Tank
Part 5  – Testing of Lattice Planner Methodology  (animation disabled)
Environment and Climate Change Canada Daniel Huang
U.S. Coast Guard Dave Lewald
Panel One : Marine Environmental Initiatives – Navigating Complexity
Clear Seas Meghan Mathieson, Moderator
What are the environmental initiatives that impact mariners in Canada? Miako Ushio, Shipping Federation of Canada
What are the challenges of incorporating evolving environmental requirements into voyage planning in Canadian waters? Nathan Boutilier, British Columbia Coast Pilots
Chris Connor, Company of Master Mariners
What are the best practices for communicating with mariners? Antonella Ferro, Canadian Coast Guard
What are the lessons learned from the Proactive Vessel Management initiative? Louise Murgatroyd, Transport Canada
Regional Activities & Initiatives
The West Coast Paul Devries, British Columbia Coast Pilots
The Great Lakes Scott Porter, Canada Steamship Lines
Quebec / St. Lawrence River Jean-François Belzile, Montreal Port Authority
The Atlantic Darlene Sampson, Canadian Coast Guard
Port Collaborative Decision Making Initiatives in Canada
Optimized Pilotage Service Etienne Landry, Laurentian Pilotage Authority
Active Vessel Traffic Management System Shri Madiwal, Vancouver-Fraser Port Authority
Collaborative Vessel Management System Marc-André Morin, Canadian Coast Guard
Voyage Information System Alain Godard, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation


Day 2
Waterways Management, Training, Technical and Operational Developments
 A Canadian Maritime Single Window by 2024? Karen Kancens, Shipping Federation of Canada
Physics-based Port Traffic Management System at Port of Vancouver Shri Madiwal, Vancouver-Fraser Port Authority
Danker Kolijn, DHI Water & Environment Inc.
Simulation to Safely Optimize Canadian Waterways

Part 1 – Pilot Challenges

Part 2 – Virtuality based on reality

Part 3 – Developing a ship model

Part 4 – Pilots & Simulations

Part 5 – Size of Vessels

Part 6 – Data Validation

Part 7 – Montreal 101 Jet Fuel Project (animation disabled) & Improving Waterways via Technology

Alain Arsenault, National Center of Expertise on Maritime Pilotage
Bruno Boissoneault, CPSLC
Pascal Rhéaume, CPBSL for the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre
Roger Williams, British Columbia Coast Pilots
Panel Two: Building a Workforce of Diverse and Tech-Savy Mariners
Canadian Marine Careers Foundation Julia Fields, Moderator
How to recruit the next generation of mariners? Linda Feuerhelm, British Columbia Institute of Technology
How to design the future fleet to support diversity? Sowmya Iyathurai, Canadian Coast Guard
Can technology address the capacity gap and what new skill sets are required? Alain Arsenault, National Centre of Expertise on Maritime Pilotage
What are Nautical Colleges doing to attract underrepresented groups? Richard Haire, British Columbia Institute of Technology
What are shipowners doing to address the capacity gap? Karen Ogidigben, Algoma Central Corporation
What more can Canada do? Danielle Wensauer, Transport Canada
Integration of nautical publicaiton layers (S-123, S-125 & S-127) into ECDIS; influencing international standards Natacha Riendeau, Canadian Coast Guard
Breaking down barriers to address the workforce capacity gap Linda Feuerhelm, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Navigating in a storm of digital data; effective integration of information for use by mariners Meghan Mathieson, Clear Seas