Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2015

The NSBA wishes to thank all the delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and seminar presenters for helping make the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2015 such a success. It was our best-attended yet, with over 70 industry stakeholders from Canada’s Maritimes, Ontario, and the USA.


Here are the results of the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2015:

Photo 2015-02-26, 1 04 13 PMThe seminar room was full both days

The 2015 Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference was held February 26th & 27th at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Seminar Program:

The line-up of seminar presenters and topics for the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2015 were as follows:

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm
Aaron Porter
Editor, Professional Boatbuilder magazine, Brooklin, ME

Trends in boat design and construction
Is it market needs or technological advances that drive development in boat design and construction – or a mix of both? And if you don’t stay on top of these, what impact will it have on your business? Through his experience as Editor of Professional Boatbuilder magazine, Aaron sees many examples of boat design and construction that are at the cutting edge of technology. He’ll use these to illustrate trends that boatbuilders and designers can apply to their advantage.

IMG_3846Aaron Porter gets delegates thinking at the Conference start

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Russ Newberry
Crew member of “Time Bandit”, TV series Deadliest Catch

Deckhand’s view of fishing boats
Few people have experienced the cold, wet, slippery and dangerously heaving decks of an Alaskan crab fishing boat pitching in the Bering Sea – at night. But Russ Newberry has. As a deckhand on the “Time Bandit”. Russ has seen and survived it all. As a result, his views on fishing boat design and construction may surprise you!

IMG_3851Russ Newberry’s stories were both moving and impressive

3:50 pm – 4:50 pm
Paul Gartside
Boatbuilder & Designer, Paul Gartside Ltd., Shelburne, NS

Traditional Design in the 21st Century
At a time when we can land a space vehicle on a far-off comet, back on earth is there still a market for traditional boat design? Paul Gartside knows there is – and he’ll tell you why, using some of his designs as examples.

IMG_3863Paul Gartside explains why his business decisions worked

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Industry Networking Reception

  • Lifetime Achievement Award presentations to boatbuilders Roland DesChamp and Bruce Atkinson
  • Russ Newberry from “Deadliest Catch”
  • Cash bar
  • Light food

Lifetime achievement awardL to R: Tim Edwards, Bruce Atkinson, Roland DesChamp, Glen Aylward

IMG_3873L to R: Glen Aylward, Roland DesChamp, Tim Edwards

Friday, February 27th, 2015

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Les MacIntyre
President, Superport Marine Services, Port Hawkesbury, NS

Stemming the Tide
Many businesses in rural Nova Scotia are finding it hard to attract and keep young employees. The marine industry is no exception – and this is threatening its future. As a business leader in the industry, Les MacIntyre knows all about this challenge and has some suggestions on how to tackle it, using his own company experiences to illustrate the points.

IMG_3911Les MacIntyre’s tips on how to retain good employees proved popular

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Dave Gerr
Gerr Marine Inc., New York, NY

Does Hybrid make sense?
Hear well-known designer Dave Gerr’s comments and views on the future of hybrid propulsion for boats. This is a lead-in to the expert panel discussion.

IMG_20150227_103307881_HDRDave Gerr analyzes the economics of hybrid propulsion

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Expert Panel Discussion moderated by Aaron Porter, Editor of Professional Boatbuilder magazine

Panel members:
Dave Gerr
Gerr Marine Inc., New York, NY
Tony Thompson
EYE Marine Consultants, Dartmouth, NS
Sue Molloy
Glas Ocean Engineering, Halifax, NS
Paul Jamer
Breakwater Group, Fall River, NS

How realistic is all-electric or hybrid electric propulsion?

Designing and building “greener” boats and small ferries makes all kinds of sense – for the recreational or commercial boating markets – and all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion will likely play a big part in this trend. But are our expectations realistic? What’s viable now, and likely to be in 5 to 10 years’ time? Hear what our experts have to say.

IMG_3928The expert panel generated good discussion and questions

Registration Information:

NSBA Members – $135 + HST ($155.25)
-includes breaks and evening reception

Non-NSBA Members – $235 + HST ($270.25)
-includes breaks and evening reception

Student Rate – $95 + HST ($109.25)
-includes breaks and evening reception


Early Bird Registration – Register for the 2015 Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference by Friday, February 13th 2015 and receive free admission to the Halifax International Boat Show!

Click here to download the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference Registration Form or email details to Chantel.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Click here to learn about Sponsorship Opportunities or click here to download the Sponsorship Form.

NSBA would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors!

Signal Sponsor:




Burgee Sponsor:

Mermaid Marine LOGO            Ocean Research Stacked_Colour


Conference exhibitors:

IMG_3918Stright-MacKay show off their catalogue and some supplies

IMG_3922DSS Marine show their new FitzWright liferaft

IMG_3919Mermaid Marine show a selection of their supplies