With support from the Teekay Foundation, three BCIT Nautical Sciences students from the Marine Campus attended the Arctic Shipping Challenges Conference hosted by The Nautical Institute British Columbia Branch (The NIBC) in Victoria, BC.
This two-day conference in May brought together key Canadian and international stakeholders in the maritime industry, environmental organizations, governmental transport authorities, coast guards, consultants, and technology providers. Interactive presentations and panel discussions focused on a wide range of topics such as: Arctic sovereignty; the Oceans Protection Plan and partners in the arctic; ice class vessels and design; and the Polar Code.
Throughout the conference, students furthered their industry knowledge and connections in the commercial marine industry by engaging in thoughtful panel discussions and networking with marine professionals from diverse backgrounds, including: shipping companies; marine consultants; the Royal Canadian Navy; university researchers; the US and Canadian Coast Guard; Transport Canada; and the Federal Government.
“The speakers were diverse and detailed. The amount of expertise each individual had at the conference was not only informative, but also inspiring,” says BCIT Deck Cadet Zachary Mauriks.
To further support students in their professional development, The NIBC has generously offered each student with a one year membership to The Nautical Institute. The Teekay Foundation and Lieutenant-Commander Angus Fedoruk also continue to champion the marine industry and inspire students to thrive in the industry.
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