Canadian Ferry Association raises $11,000 for Feed Nova Scotia

The annual Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) Conference & Trade Show, held this year in Halifax from September 24-26, travels to a different part of the country every year – and that gives the opportunity for delegates from across the country to give back to the host community. 

“We believe that the CFA Conference & Trade Show is the best event for the marine sector in Canada, bar none. It has become a tradition at the conference to showcase some of the important charitable work happening in the communities we visit and give our delegates the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives while having a little fun along the way,” said Captain Jamie Marshall, Chair of CFA’s Board of Directors. 

For 2017, CFA chose Feed Nova Scotia, the province’s main food distributor, as the recipient organization. Last year, food bank use in Nova Scotia had climbed faster than in any other Canadian province. 

“Through the generosity of our delegates and a matching donation from CFA, we were so pleased to present a cheque to Feed Nova Scotia for $11,000.00. What an effort for such an important cause,” said Captain Marshall.

“A gift this size will allow us to distribute enough food for 17,000 meals–that’s huge! And the real impact goes even deeper, because food is so much more than physical nourishment. It’s comfort, it’s peace of mind, and often it’s a stepping stone to amazing things,” said Karen Theriault, Director of Development and Communications, who spoke to the crowd about the work of Feed Nova Scotia. “The generosity of everyone in the room that night was truly overwhelming. It’s a gift we won’t soon forget.”

 

Captain Jamie Marshall, Chair of the CFA Board of Directors; Karen Theriault, Director of Development and Communications for Feed Nova Scotia; Serge Buy, CEO of CFA. 


We are pleased to release the Fall 2017 edition of our Ferry Horizons Magazine!

It’s World Maritime Day 2017!  We decided this was a great day to release the Fall 2017 edition of our popular Ferry Horizons Magazine – launched in Halifax this week at the annual CFA Conference + Exhibition (more on that later!).

This edition is all about fleet renewal. You will read how CFA members like the City of Toronto, Marine Atlantic and BC Ferries are renewing their fleets, and our cover piece features the unique story of the Chi-Cheemaun.

Other stories and our members directory also await you.

Make sure to take a look at our advertising. They make this publication possible.

Thank you to everyone who contributed – and enjoy!

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CFA in the News: Canadian Ferry Association’s annual conference gets underway in Halifax

News 95.7 – September 25, 2017

HALIFAX – The chief executive officer of the Canadian Ferry Association says Atlantic Canadian ferry systems set an example for the rest of the country.

The association’s annual conference got underway in Halifax on Sunday.

CEO Serge Buy says every year the conference brings together Canadian owners, operators and government officials in a different city to hear sector updates, review regulations and to look ahead to the future of ferries.

He says there are about 40 ferries in Atlantic Canada which in 2016 transported about 10 million passengers. When compared to the national rate of 53 million passengers, Buy says that’s quite an accomplishment.

“We look at our operators throughout the country,” said Buy. “In Atlantic Canada, we have fantastic operators who have been doing a great job for the regions that they serve.”

He says generally speaking the region has seen a slow increase in ferry passenger numbers over the years, which he attributes in part to the low dollar and a growing awareness of their sustainability and efficiency.

Buy says the conference will push the environmental conversation forward, looking at new ferry power options.


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CFA in the News: People and technology featured at Canadian Ferry Association annual conference

BC Shipping News – September 19, 2017

Excitement builds for CFA conference

The annual Canadian Ferry Association conference is just days away, this year happening on Canada’s east coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“This conference has become the premiere event for Canada’s ferry industry and once again we are looking forward to a fantastic line-up of speakers and exhibitors,” says Canadian Ferry Association CEO Serge Buy.

Every year, this is the place where Canadian owners, operators and government officials gather to network, hear sector updates, review regulations and also look ahead to the future.

This year, the theme is Charting Our Course: The People and Technology of Tomorrow’s Ferries. It will feature important discussions on the people and the innovation that will sustain the sector for years to come – and it will once again be home to a sold-out exhibitor showcase with leading products and services from industry suppliers from around the world.

“Our sector is growing and owners and operators are embracing new and emerging technology like never before, often benefitting the environment along the way,” says Mr. Buy.

As part of the technology segment, experts will be presenting on a variety of topics such as hybrid electric power systems, digitalization for the ferry industry and even the growing interest in methanol as fuel.

As a keynote at the event, the new President and CEO of BC Ferries, Mark Collins, will present the vision for BC Ferries’ growth and development over the next five years. He will speak about their strategies for modern customer experiences, safe and efficient operations, environmental and social governance leadership, motivated and productive employees, diversified revenues and prudent capital investment.

The technology sessions will invite excitement about the future for ferries – but there is another equally important theme that looms large for the industry.

“The ferry sector is on the cusp of an unprecedented skills shortage,” confirms Mr. Buy.

Captains, crew and other experienced workers are preparing to retire in the next 5-10 years– and in droves. When they look behind them, there isn’t a long line of new, young, freshly trained employees to fill their vacancies.

The CFA Conference will also look at workforce strategies – from engaging Indigenous communities to embracing Millennials.

As is a tradition at the Canadian Ferry Association conference, one of the most popular sessions will be the owner/operator panel, where senior representatives speak openly about upcoming plans for fleet renewal, new vessel purchases and maintenance.

The annual Canadian Ferry Association conference is being held from Sept 24-26. The event closes off with a gala dinner featuring remarks from the city’s Mayor and a raffle for a local charity.

More information and registration is available at www.canadianferry.ca/conference-2017.


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CFA in the News: Canadian Ferry Association conference to focus on technology

Cruise & Ferry – September 19, 2017

The theme for the 2017 Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) conference – which takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 24-26 September – will be ‘Charting Our Course: The People and Technology of Tomorrow’s Ferries’.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic line-up of speakers and presentations once again this year at CFA2017,” said Serge Buy, CEO of Canadian Ferry Association. “Our sector is growing and owners and operators are embracing new and emerging technology like never before, often benefitting the environment along the way.”

The event’s keynote speaker will be the new president and CEO of BC Ferries, Mark Collins, who will present his vision for the firm’s growth and development over the next five years.

The CFA2017 conference will also see discussion around various ferry power options, including LNG, hybrid and pure electric.

Gurinder Singh, Director of Global Marine for ABS, will outline different types of energy storage and generation technologies, along with their associated challenges and level of readiness for marine and offshore application.

Jason Chesko, senior manager for global market development at Methanex Corporation, will provide an overview of methanol fuel as part of a penal discussion. “Methanol is an ultra-clean burning marine fuel that complies with the shipping industry’s increasingly stringent emissions regulations,” he said.

On the ‘people’ side of the agenda, CFA2017 will consider the shortage of employees to take the place of those retiring from the industry.

“Across Canada, employers are grappling with the challenge of filling skilled trades positions just as a cohort of skilled baby boomers moves into retirement,” said Sarah Watts-Rynard, executive director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, who will highlight how apprenticeships can offer a pathway that can work for both employers and Canada’s indigenous communities.

The event closes with a gala dinner featuring remarks from the Mayor of Halifax and a raffle for a local charity. The event’s annual golf tournament, this year sponsored by Detyens Shipyards, will take place on September 27th.

More information about CFA2017 and registration is available at www.canadianferry.ca/conference-2017.


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CFA in the News: Canadian Ferry Association to meet in Halifax

Professional Mariner – September 18, 2017

This year’s show will focus on the people and technology of tomorrow’s ferries.

The following is the text of a news release from the Canadian Ferry Association:

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — In just a few days, more than 200 delegates will gather on Canada’s east coast for the annual Canadian Ferry Association conference and trade show.

“This conference has become the premier event for Canada’s ferry industry and once again this year in Halifax we are looking forward to a fantastic lineup of speakers and exhibitors,” said Canadian Ferry Association CEO Serge Buy.

Every year, Canadian owners, operators and government officials gather to network, hear sector updates, review regulations and also look to the future.

This year the theme is “Charting Our Course: The People and Technology of Tomorrow’s Ferries.” It will feature important discussions on the people and the innovation that will sustain the sector for years to come — and it will once again be home to a sold-out exhibitor showcase with leading products and services from industry suppliers from around the world.

“Our sector is growing and owners and operators are embracing new and emerging technology like never before, often benefiting the environment along the way,” said Buy.

As part of the technology segment, experts will be presenting on a variety of topics such as hybrid electric power systems, digitalization for the ferry industry and even the growing interest in methanol as fuel.

The conference agenda will also be tackling the looming challenge of work force planning. “The ferry sector is on the cusp of an unprecedented skills shortage,” Buy said. Speakers will be discussing creative solutions for the sector including engaging indigenous communities and embracing millenials.

As a keynote at the event, Mark Collins, the new president and CEO of BC Ferries, will present the vision for BC Ferries’ growth and development over the next five years. He will speak about their strategies for modern customer experience, safe and efficient operations, environmental and social governance leadership, motivated and productive employees, diversified revenues and prudent capital investment.

As is a tradition at the Canadian Ferry Association conference, one of the most popular sessions will be the owner/operator panel, where senior representatives speak openly about upcoming plans for fleet renewal, new vessel purchases and maintenance.

The annual conference is being held from Sept 24-26 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event closes off with a gala dinner featuring remarks from the city’s Mayor and a raffle for a local charity.

Click here to register.

 


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Call for Advertising – Ferry Horizons & Conference Program

Members discount and special pricing packages available

Advertising is open for the third installment of Canadian Ferry Association’s Ferry Horizons Magazine.  

This edition’s theme is: Fleet Renewal.  Offering articles and commentary from industry experts and senior representatives from Canada’s ferry sector, this edition promises to be a great one.

For inquires about guest commentary or opinion pieces, please contact: aqueen@canadianferry.ca.

CFA is the voice of Canada’s ferry sector.  Our publication is distributed throughout the sector to members, government officials and other stakeholders – and will be on-site at the 2017 Conference.  It is also available on our website.

To view specs, media kit, and rate card, click here.

Pricing:

PriceMembers Price
Full Page$2,000 + HST$1,600 + HST
Half Page$1,250 + HST$1,000 + HST
Quarter Page$900 + HST$720 + HST

Members receive a 20% discount on advertising.  Multiple bookings eligible for discounts. 

Advertising is also open for our 2017 Conference Program!

Available online and given to every conference delegate in their registration package, this program will be seen by owners/operators of ferries across the country.

Pricing:

Full Page$1000 + HST
Half Page$650 + HST
Quarter Page$450 + HST

Register today, click here.

Want to double your reach?  Advertise in both!  Receive an additional 10% discount when you choose to advertise in both the Magazine and the Conference Program! 

Contact sales@canadianferry.ca today!


We are pleased to release the Winter-Spring 2017 edition of our Ferry Horizons Magazine

This edition is jam-packed with interesting content. CN offers their perspective on the important economic role our sector plays and you will also be treated to the unique story of the Victoria Harbour Ferry. We also start to tap into some interesting technological advancements from guest contributors along with publishing our popular Members’ Directory and some conference updates.


L’Association canadienne des traversiers se réjouit des fonds en infrastructure que le gouvernement fédéral octroie aux services de traversier

Ottawa (Ontario) – Le 31 mars 2017 – L’Association canadienne des traversiers (ACT) se réjouit de l’annonce du gouvernement fédéral concernant l’octroi de sommes importantes en vertu du Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada dans le but d’améliorer et d’accroître les services de traversier en Colombie-Britannique. Le financement a été accordé à BC Ferries pour trois projets distincts.

« Les traversiers constituent une partie importante de l’infrastructure du Canada et l’Association canadienne des traversiers (ACT) a travaillé fort pour préconiser l’accès du secteur au Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada, a déclaré Serge Buy, chef de la direction de l’ACT. Nous remercions le gouvernement fédéral de reconnaître le rôle que les traversiers jouent au Canada grâce à l’annonce d’aujourd’hui en Colombie-Britannique et nous espérons que d’autres propriétaires et exploitants de traversiers du pays demanderont et pourront recevoir du soutien en vue de faire des investissements essentiels dont profiteront les passagers et les collectivités desservis par les traversiers. »

L’honorable Amarjeet Sohi, ministre de l’Infrastucture et des Collectivités, a modifié les critères d’admissibilité au Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada en 2016 afin que les projets relatifs aux traversiers de passagers puissent être admissibles. À l’origine, les critères d’admissibilité au programme de financement, établi en 2014, excluaient la plupart des projets liés aux traversiers.

Une fois menés à terme, les projets annoncés aujourd’hui accroîtront la sécurité, permettront aux passagers et aux véhicules de monter à bord et de redescendre plus rapidement et facilement et favoriseront l’activité touristique – des aspects qui auront des effets réels sur les collectivités côtières de la Colombie-Britannique pendant les décennies à venir.

Renseignements connexes :

Lien vers le communiqué de presse conjoint

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Pour de plus amples renseignements :

 

Alyson Queen

Directrice des communications

Association canadienne des traversiers

aqueen@canadianferry.ca

 

 


Canadian Ferry Association applauds federal infrastructure funds awarded for ferries

Ottawa, Ontario – March 31, 2017 – The Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) applauds the federal government for a significant funding announcement under the New Building Canada Fund to upgrade and expand ferry service in British Columbia. The funding has been granted to BC Ferries for three separate projects.

“Ferries are an important part of Canada’s infrastructure and the Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) worked hard to advocate for the sector’s access to the New Building Canada Fund,” said CFA CEO, Serge Buy. “We thank the federal government for acknowledging the role that ferries play in Canada with today’s announcement in British Columbia and are hopeful that other ferry owners and operators across the country apply and are able to receive support for crucial investments that will benefit passengers and communities served by ferries.”

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, changed the criteria for eligibility for the New Building Canada Fund in 2016, in order to allow for projects related to passenger ferries to qualify. The original eligibility criteria for the fund, established in 2014, excluded most projects related to ferries.

Once completed, the projects announced today will increase safety, make it faster and easier for passengers and vehicles to load and unload, and promote tourist activities – all making a difference for British Columbia’s coastal communities for decades to come.

 

Related information:

Link to Joint News Release

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For more information:

Alyson Queen

Director, Communications

Canadian Ferry Association

aqueen@canadianferry.ca

 


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