Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2014

rack cardsThe NSBA wishes to thank all the delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and seminar presenters for helping make the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2014 the success it was. Just over 50 industry people attended the event, and with positive feedback received from many delegates, the NSBA is already planning next year’s conference. Check back in a few months to see dates and details! 

The Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference will take place at The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 27th – 28th February, 2014.

Conference Program

Day 1 – Thursday 27th Feb

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm    Welcome

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm
Michael Reardon

Managing Partner Carbon Yachts, CT
Practical project management
Whether you’re involved in a new build, refit or conversion – good project management is key for success. Completing the project on time and within budget means you stay happy – and more importantly, so does your client. Michael will present good project management tips and techniques through use of real-life examples that he has experienced first-hand. 

Michael Reardon grew up on the water in Sydney, Australia and by age 14, was building racing skiffs with his friends. As he grew, so did the size of the boats. Among his extensive yacht experience, Michael has worked with Ted Irwin in the USA and more recently the Jakopin brothers in Europe, revolutionizing the yacht manufacturing world. To date Michael has built more than 400 yachts. IMG_6587

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm – Break and view exhibits

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Jeff Wright
Technical Director, Gougeon Bros, MI
Common errors in fibreglass repairs
Repairing fibreglass is something that boatbuilders, marinas, yacht clubs and boat owners all find themselves doing – probably on a fairly regular basis. Jeff will give some examples of common (and potentially costly) mistakes made in repairing fibreglass, and will go on to explain some best practices for safe and effective FRP repair.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jeff Wright, worked as a structural engineer at Tiara Yachts specifying laminate schedules and developing new manufacturing processes. In 2002, Jeff joined Gougeon Brothers Inc. – the manufacturer of WEST SYSTEM and PRO SET Epoxy – providing customer support in the use of epoxy and the testing of composite materials. 

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm – Break and view exhibits

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Alastair Smith
Regional Sales Manager, Alexseal Yacht Coatings, Charleston, SC
A division of Makiewicz Gebr. & Co, Hamburg, Germany
Painting boats for profit
Whether you’re fairing and painting the hull and topsides of a new boat, or refinishing an existing boat, it’s often hard to estimate what it’s going to take to complete the job – and make a profit. Alastair will give you some proven tricks for estimating for this type of work using examples of Alexseal’s range of coating products.

Alastair Smith has been working in the marine industry for 27 years, mostly in marine coatings technology – in particular with new developments in primers and topcoats. Alastair covers the Northeastern US and Maritime Canada regions – an area well known for boatbuilding and boating that requires his expertise in a variety of new construction and repair projects. 

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Reception with an America’s Cup flavour.
Special guest, New Zealander, Richard Downs-Honey will give his views on technology trickle-down from the recent America’s Cup.


Day 2 – Friday 28th Feb

8:00 am – 8:45 am continental industry breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 am Presentation to R D-H
Business Development Manager, Gurit, RI
What do you mean ‘green’?
We all hear a lot about the ethical and business cases for ‘going green’ and at times it seems both confusing and daunting to try and figure out what to do about it. Richard will help clarify what ‘green’ means for boatbuilding industry, and will suggest practical ways of gaining and market edge through ‘going green’.

Richard Downs-Honey graduated with a Masters in Engineering from Auckland University, with a thesis on the use of fibreglass in boatbuilding. For 30 years Richard worked for High Modulus where he grew the business into an engineering consultancy with annual sales over $40m. In 2009 High Modulus was bought by Gurit where Richard now works as Business Development Manager out of their Rhode Island offices. 

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Break and view exhibits

10:30 am – 11:30 am 
National Sales Manager, Legend Boats, ON
Marketing boats – a winning formula
In the face of stiff competition, Legend Boats has enjoyed a steady increase in their share of the aluminum boat & pontoon market through offering quality products – and by developing smart marketing messages. Thinking of different ways to reach their target market has been a priority for this 46 year old Canadian company based out of Northern Ontario, who will suggest proven ways of marketing your boats that may surprise you!

Pete Lafreniere has been working in sales for over 25 years: in telecommunications, hospitality, power sports and the marine industry. He joined Legend Boats in 2005 and brought with him a wealth of experience that would see Legend’s sales in aluminum boats increase dramatically. Pete firmly believes that education is the key to sales success on both wholesale and retail levels. In 2007 Pete was appointed National Sales Manager for Legend Boats. 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Closing commentspaper jet - lord nelson

Registration Information:

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

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

Early Bird Special – Register for the conference by Friday, February 14th and get a free pass to the Halifax International Boat Show!

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

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Click here to learn about Sponsorship Opportunities.

Exhibitor Opportunities:

NSBA Gold Associate Members – FREE (includes one conference delegate)
NSBA Silver Associate Members – $150 + HST (includes one conference delegate)
Non-members – $300 + HST (includes one conference delegate)

Contact Andrea if you are interested in exhibiting.

Delegate Bags:

NSBA would like to thank the following companies for donating items to the delegate bags:

Mermaid Marine – bags, stickers and floating key chains
CME Marine Works – hats
Marinelite Windows – notepads
Atlantic Cat – pens
Stright-MacKay – lanyards and pens


NSBA would like to extend a very big thank you to our sponsors!

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NRC-IRAP_for_webNSBA gratefully acknowledges National Research Council for their support of the Nova Scotia Marine Industry Conference 2014.