The 14th Annual Laurentic Forum (2022) will once again be hosted in a virtual setting for all of our international followers to enjoy! This online conference takes place on the 29th and 30th of November 2022.
The Forum supports an overarching theme that is focused on Sustaining Coastal Communities by exploring the challenges & opportunities that lay before them.
This year’s conference will address thematic key aspects of Sustainable Tourism and The Value of the Blue Economy in the North Atlantic.
The event will include themed collaborative sessions from regional & national stakeholders who represent the consortium’s four partner regions across the North Atlantic. These include:
- The Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest of Ireland
- North Norway
Each session will present informative insights into the various facets of sustainable tourism and Blue Economy in the North Atlantic area. This includes relevant case studies, followed by an engaging panel discussion comparing the four North Atlantic Regions.
We have chosen the icon of a lighthouse as a key feature of our logo because of the message it represents around the world: a beacon of hope to coastal communities.
For centuries these guiding lights have withstood the elements in order to ensure safe passage, pointing the way to a secure future. It symbolizes the mission of the Laurentic Forum and our hope to do the same.
This conference is free to attend with compliments of the Laurentic Forum and sponsors.
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Online Conference Begins
Day 1: Embedding Tourism as a Trusted Partner in the Community
- Start Times: 9:00 am Newfoundland & Labrador / 12:30 PM Ireland & Iceland / 1:30 pm Norway
- Event Duration: 2 hours
- Norwegian Times Below
13:30: Welcome– Chair Craig Foley, CEO Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.
13:40: Tourism Videos Ireland & Norway
13:45: Speaker 1: Dr. Conor McTiernan, Lecturer, Atlantic Technical University (Donegal) – Building Trust
14:05: Speaker 2: Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of Department for Heritage & Tourism, Languages & Humanities, Atlantic Technical University (Galway City) – Sustainable Destination Management for Island Tourism Casestudy
14:50 Tourism Videos Newfoundland & Iceland
14:55: Panel Discussion on Involving the Community in Destination Development Planning including Q&A from audience
Chair: Meadbh Seoighe, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Ireland
Newfoundland and Labrador: John Angelopoulos, Director of Tourism Product Development, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
Ireland: Joan Crawford, Fáilte Ireland
Norway: Laura Johanne Olsen, Lofoten Council, North Norway
15:55: Closing Remarks: Chair
Finish: 16:00 –all welcome to remain till 15:30 for further discussions
Day2- The Value of the Blue Economy
Event Duration: 3 hours
Event Chair/Moderator: Keith Hutchings, Executive Director, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation.
9:00: Welcome and Introduction: Chair, Keith Hutchings, Executive Director, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation.
9:05: Welcome and Opening Address: Charlie McConaloque TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine
Theme 1: Seaweed & Algae Development
9:15: Speaker 1: Joanne Gaffney, Aquaculture Technical Manager, Bord Iascaigh Mhara : Irelands new Seaweed Development Strategy
9:30: Speaker 2: Donegal Seaweed (TBD)
9:45: Speaker 3: Heidi Meland, CEO, Norwegian Seaweed Association, and co-manager for the Norwegian Seaweed Cluster (NSC)
Theme 2: Oceans of Opportunity: Value Added / Fish Utilization
10:45: Speaker 1: Dr. Deepika Dave, Research Scientist, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland
11:05: Speaker 2: 100% FISH, Alexandra Leeper PhD, Head of Research and Innovation, Iceland Ocean Cluster
11:25: Q&A + Discussion
11:45: Closing Remarks: Chair and Event Organizer