Online Conference 2022

Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Online Conference 2022

Cape Spear Lighthouse, Newfoundland and Labroador, Canada.

Online Conference 2022

Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal, Ireland

Online Conference 2022

Point Amour Lighthouse, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Online Conference 2022

Inishtrahull lighthouse, Inishtrahull, Co Donegal

Online Conference 2022

Bay Bulls Lighthouse, East Coast trail, Avalon, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Online Conference 2022

Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal

Online Conference 2022

Bona Vista Eastern Lighthouse, Newfoundland and Larador, Canada.

Online Conference 2022

Cape Race Lighthouse, Avalon, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Online Conference 2022

Greencastle Lighthouse, County Donegal

Online Conference 2022

Rose Banche Lighthouse, Newfoundand and Labrador, Canada

Online Conference 2022

Baard-Loeken, Norway

Online Conference 2022

Tranøy lighthouse, Norway

Online Conference 2022

Terje-Rakke, Norway


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
  • Iceland
  • 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.

Conference Agenda

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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

14:25 Q&A

14:40: Break

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

Iceland: TBC

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)

10:05: Q&A

10:25: Break

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

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