2021 AGM and Mini-Conference

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association is hosting its 2021 Annual General Meeting and Mini-Conference in person at Pictou Lodge in Pictou, NS. If you are unable to attend in person, we will be offering a virtual option as well. Click the link for zoom information.

As announced in the recent Save the Date this event is taking place on September 8 & 9th.

Wednesday, September 8

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – We will kick off the event with an evening reception on Wednesday, September 8. We will exclusive access to the Oceanview Dining Room for the reception where there will be a cash bar and a variety of hors d’oeuvres and other foods. 

Thursday, September 9
The AGM and Mini-Conference will be held the following day on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

8:00 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Health Break

10:15 am – 11:45 am – Annual General Meeting
Documents related to the Annual General Meeting can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
These documents include:

12:00 pm – Lunch

Conference topics will focus on:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Session 1
Title: Making Immigration Part of Your HR Plan
Presenter: Rohan Christian, NSBA

As many employers struggle to find and retain an adequate supply of workers, many are looking to immigration as a source of employees. This session will explore the value of including immigrants in your workforce, immigration program pathways, employer responsibilities, and how the NSBA can support employers as they navigate immigration opportunities and challenges.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Health Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – Session 2
Title: Youth Engagement Update
Presenter: Jan Fullerton, NSBA

At our 2018 Annual Conference, we had a panel talking about best practices for engaging youth. We continue to hear of challenges and in 2020-21, we conducted a survey and held focus groups to better understand youth perceptions of our industry. We’ll share the results of those findings and some recommendations for employers as well as discussing NSBA initiatives to address barriers identified in this research.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Relocate to Hector Quay

3:30 – 5:00 pm – Session 3
Title: Blending History with Training Today
Presenter: Board Members / Volunteers from the Ship Hector Project + NSBA Team Members

Join team members from the NSBA and the Ship Hector project for an on-site, personalized tour of the restoration project at Hector Heritage Quay. This will include information about the work being done on the Ship Hector replica and a discussion of the training opportunities this project might present for teaching entry-level skills in the boatbuilding and marine repair industry. 

Registration fees:

Member rate: $75 plus HST.
Non-member rate: $150 plus HST

Registration includes access to reception, AGM and conference sessions. There will be a cash bar at the reception on the 8th as well as plenty of hors d’oeuvres.The registration also includes breakfast, break snacks and lunch on the 9th. 

Please register by August 27th by emailing Chantel at admin@nsboats.com

If you would like to put your name forward for the board, please fill out the Board Nomination form and submit a brief bio so the industry has an opportunity to know you better. 

Current nominees for the 2021-22 Board include the following candidates (listed alphabetically by first name):

Member positions (up to 9 of the 12 Directors):
John Kinley
Gilles Theriault
Brett Robinson
Fraser Challoner
Kevin Feindel

This will be updated as more nominations are received.

Associate Member positions (up to 3 of the 12 Directors):
Steve Allt
Lee Toole

This will be updated as more nominations are received. 

Each Member and Associate Member in good standing has one vote per company. We will let you know how to cast your vote over the coming weeks. 

Information on how to participate virtually will be available over the coming weeks. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

The NSBA Team