Dates: November 7, 2022

Location: Shaw Center, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

Hotels: many possibilities including Novotel, Les Suites or other hotels nearby

Registration: No Cost, but Registration is required here.

Introduction: Since the founding of the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board in November 2020, our members and partners have only met online. We build on the success of our online meetings to convene an in person meeting in Ottawa, ON from November 7, 2022. This in-person gathering will allow us to have a much better opportunity to learn about each other’s work and solidify our working relationships. The meeting will begin with a board meeting and then welcome additional guests for a seminar in the afternoon. The seminar will allow us to learn best practices, disseminate knowledge, and bring attention to the important challenges of seafarers’ welfare in Canada’s ports.


  • To facilitate face-to-face relationship building between Board members and the larger seafarers’ welfare community
  • To share international and national best practices that can support seafarers’ welfare capacity development in Canada
  • To galvanize the profile and presence of the Board with decisionmakers and the seafarers’ welfare community

November 7 (Shaw Center, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2)

  • [10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Board Meeting]
  • [12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch for board members (sponsored by )]
  • 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Registration Open for Canadian NSWB Seminar
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Conference-Seminar
    • Opening Remarks
      • Debbie Murray (ACPA)
      • (invited) Hon. Omar Alghabra (Minister of Transport)
    • MLC, 2006 updates
    • International Perspectives
  • 2:30 a.m. – Coffee Break – (Sponsored by )
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Conference-Seminar
    • Regional Initiatives and Perspectives
    • Research and Future Trends in Seafarers’ Welfare
    • Seafarers’ Mental Health and Wellness
  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Dinner Reception (sponsored by )
  • 7:00 p.m. End of Canadian NSWB Conference

For more on the Canadian National Seafarers’ Welfare Board, please see the website of Transport Canada.