Did you know that seaweed is the world’s most underused resource? Seaweed is a sustainable resource that has tremendous potential in many industries, such as food, green energy, industrial sectors, and even medicine.
Hear from experts from Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Ireland, North Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands who will discuss processes to farm, protect, promote sustainability and the tremendous opportunity and potential of the seaweed industry.
Director, Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation
Keith is currently the Managing Director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) located in St. John’s NL, Canada. Keith has spent his professional career in a variety of roles and responsibilities with a proven record of strategic leadership, planning and execution, financial management, public engagement, media and public relations, driving change and advocacy.
CCFI is a not-for-profit Separately Incorporated Entity (SIE) of Memorial University. Since 1989, CCFI has supported industry related projects to drive innovation and technological advancements in solving industry problems related to the efficiency and profitability of those involved in the sectors. The Centre actively promotes research and development in the aquaculture, capture fishing, and fish processing sectors while utilizing both the human and facilities assets and resources of the Marine Institute, Memorial, and other academic and research institutions.
Senior Director of Impact Investing and Ecosystems Services, Aquaculture
Paul Dobbins is the Senior Director of Impact Investing and Ecosystems Services on the WWF-US Aquaculture team. He is identifying companies for impact investment, stakeholder collaboration, and research opportunities that will accelerate the growth of seaweed and shellfish farming. His project, titled Advancing Aquaculture for Climate Gains, includes research into the potential market for feed additives for ruminants and the development of new markets for seaweed biomass.
Founder and CEO, Islander Kelp Northwest Ireland
Kate Burns is the founder and CEO of Islander Rathlin Kelp. With a professional background and personal interest in marine innovation, her ambition is twofold. Firstly, to help people access a new resource of delicious, highly nutritious food. Secondly, to use kelp production to regenerate coastal and island communities.
Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest Faroe islands
Olavur is our Managing Director, co-founder and a major shareholder in the company since 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and international consultant as well as being a non-executive Director in several innovative companies and projects. Ólavur has specialized in business development, project management and socio-economic impact analysis and he has been the coordinator of several European and Nordic research projects.
Olavur is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences on seaweed cultivation and growth in the blue bioeconomy. He is a member of the West Nordic Bioeconomy Panel, a member of the Blue Economy Working Group in the Arctic Economic Council, an Expert Working Group on Macroalgae providing advise for DG Mare in EU, and Board member in California Aquaculture Associaiton.
Anne Marit Bjørnflaten
Co-owner, Oceanfood AS North Norway
Anne Marit Bjørnflaten is the CEO of Oceanfood AS, a newly established Tromsø based company. Oceanfood will cultivate and produce kelp in the Arctic.
Prior to co-founding Oceanfood, she was responsible for sustainability, public affairs and communication in Hurtigruten. She has also been a member of the Norwegian Parliament for eight years.
Jónas R. Viðarsson
Director of Division of Value Creation, Matis Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D
Jónas R. Viðarsson is the director of division of value creation at Matís in Iceland, a public non-profit food & biotech R&D company. Jónas is educated in Fisheries Science, Environmental Science and Resource management, and has a long hands-on experience in working in fisheries and fish processing. Jónas has as well 15-years of experience in running national and international research & innovation projects related to the food sector, some of which include climate change scenarios.
Aquaculture Scientist, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University
Cyr is an aquaculture scientist and faculty member at the School of Fisheries, Marine Institute of Memorial University. His areas of research interest span a wide range of topics, including enhanced farm production, environmental management and aquaculture interactions. He also held an adjunct faculty position at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, taught at Duke University and Unversite de Sherbrooke.
Cyr is engaged in several research and development projects with partners in the shellfish, seaweed, and finfish culture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has collaborated in 18 countries around the world in development, trade missions, and extension and technology transfer / science exchange programs. Recently completed a project in Indonesia on seaweed, milkfish and organic shrimp culture with smallholder farmers in Sulsel, and just started a CBET-based project in Kenya as technical lead for aquaculture (Education for Employment).
Cyr participates fully in a range of academic, industry and professional organizations devoted to sustainable aquaculture development. He is a past President of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA), the Aquaculture Association of Canada, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA), and past-Chair of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council (CAHRC). He currently sits on the Boards and in executive positions of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, CAIA, CAHRC, NAIA, as well as a couple of francophone economic development organizations (HORIZON TNL – president, RDEE Canada – Board).
Stein Arne Ranes
Senior Advisor, Department of Industry and Economic Development, Troms and Finnmark County Council
Stein Arne Rånes is a Senior Advisor at the Department of Industry and Economic Development at Troms and Finnmark County Council. He has more than 30 years of research and advisory experience in the field of management and planning of natural resources. He has been researcher at The Norwegian College of Fishery Science and NOFIMA, and Advisor at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, The Regional Council of Northern Norway and Nord-Trøndelag, and several County and Regional councils.
He has also worked many years in the industry, both in fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and oil & gas. Since 2013, he has worked at Troms and Finnmark County Council (former Troms County Council) as Project Manager and Senior Advisor with Marine Spatial Planning and regional development.
He has also been and is responsible for several major projects related to coastal development, both at national and international level. This applies both in relation to seafloor mapping, interaction in coastal ecosystems and climate resilience. He has been a member of the working group on Marine and Maritime SDI, and of marine base maps in the coastal zone initiated by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation.
Currently he is also advisor and facilitator for several intermunicipal Marine Spatial Planning projects in the region. In addition, he is also a member of the national expert group on Marine Spatial Planning in the County Councils Aquaculture Cooperation.