Introducing…the new team!
It's been an incredibly busy summer with trade missions, outreach and research projects. And we have started out fall with some big changes in the AANS office:
Farewell to Bruce
Late in August, it was announced that Bruce Hancock had been selected as the new Director of Aquaculture with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture. It was with mixed emotions that we all said our goodbyes; sad to see our office lose such a strong and passionate advocate for our industry, but happy to see him move to a position where he can hopefully help us grow our industry to reach its potential. Bruce started in his new position in Shelburne as of September 30, 2013.
For anyone looking to get in touch with Bruce, his new contact information is: 902-875-7433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Angela Bishop
In response to Bruce's new position, the AANS Board of Directors established a Hiring Committee to seek out the next ED. After a lengthy process, Angela Bishop has been named Executive Director of the AANS.
Angela has more than a decade of experience in non-profit leadership and consulting, and significant experience with member-based organizations leading programming, communications, community relations and outreach initiatives. With a strong knowledge base in social responsibility, she led the development of a social responsibility management, reporting and certification program, in collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups, as the Director of Programs with the Toronto-based Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Prior to moving to Toronto, she lived in Halifax and worked with stakeholders across Nova Scotia and Canada, and closely with government to address the social issues of homelessness and affordable housing.
Angela grew up on mixed farm in the Annapolis Valley, which included a small aquaculture operation. She was involved in the management of poultry farms for close to 15 years. Her two sons reside in the Annapolis Valley and are part of that family farm operation.
Angela holds a BBA from Acadia University; MBA from Saint Mary’s University; Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility, Peace University, Costa Rica; and Certification in Global Reporting Initiative Reporting. She is currently teaching non-profit marketing, communications, and fundraising at George Brown College, Toronto and will be in the AANS office on a full-time basis by the first week of December.
You can reach Angela at her new email, email@example.com. If you would like to speak with her prior to her move into the office, you can reach her at 1-416-996-0020.
Congratulations, Danielle!...and Welcome Dr. Vicki Savoie-Swan
As many of you know, Danielle recently had her second child. She officially started her maternity leave October 18, and though she is planning to take her year off to be with her growing family, I do expect we will see her from time to time at our events or committee meetings;)
While Danielle is away, we have brought in a wonderful new team member to continue all the great R&D work we have going on: Dr Vicki Savoie-Swan.
Vicki is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS currently working on a genomic study of the parasite Haplosporidium nelsoni(MSX) infecting oysters. Vicki’s research has encompassed both finfish and shellfish studies, including salmon and cod aquaculture projects relating to the development of parasitic treatment strategies and during her doctoral work in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI on the MSX parasite in oyster aquaculture. In addition to her post-doctoral work at the Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics at Dalhousie University, Vicki is a part-time faculty member of the Acadia University Biology Department.
As Vicki finishes out her semester of teaching at Acadia University, she will join the AANS office on a part-time bases (Tuesdays & Thursdays) until the new year when she will be here full-time. You can contact her at her new email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the midst of all of these changes and transitions, we do appreciate all of your help, support and patience. We will do our best to ensure things run as smoothly as usual, including planning for our conference. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office at (902) 422-6234 as Melissa is there on a full-time basis.
Lobsters, oysters, quahogs and bears..?
In the middle of this year’s July heat wave, we set out to enjoy the sun at the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The carnival, along the waterfront of Pictou, is always a hit for the town and for tourists coming through. Our visitors loved our recipes and pamphlets, and really enjoyed meeting our oyster and quahog friends on display courtesy of AANS member Bay Enterprises! The day brought out lots of great questions and aquaculture discussions, including topics like integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), where farmers grow a number of different types of fish and plants (ie. shellfish, finfish and aquatic plants) within close proximity so they mutually benefit one another, and growing mussels in Nova Scotia compared to Prince Edward Island.
The people at the carnival were really interested in our booth due to the lobster hatchery across the street, which was open to the public for the carnival and shows how diverse aquaculture can really be. As always, all the great shops and restaurants were open along the waterfront and a variety of booths were set up for the festival. Our picture shows how much fun outreach can really be thanks to our neighbouring booths photo setup:)
Members in the News: Dunphy's Oysters
Where do you get your shellfish?
The 9th Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival is a great start to the summer for Englishtown, Cape Breton. Annually held at the community centre on St. Ann’s Bay, the event is a big hit for the town’s people and all the tourists coming through that part of Cape Breton. The event was on June 29th this year and even though it was a little rainy and foggy, there was a huge turnout for the event. Our visitors were looking for recipes and pamphlets, but they loved the two young halibut in the tank, which sparked many great aquaculture discussions. The people at the festival already knew lots about the wild fishery and aquaculture, but they still had some great questions for us, including whether the public can dig for their own shellfish in Nova Scotia. We talked to them about the risks of getting sick as many beaches have bans due to possible contamination, and also told him about some of our sea farmers who are able to clean these shellfish so we can still enjoy them. Gotta love aquaculture!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth, we hope to see you again next year.