– “Seafarers’ Welfare in Canada” – Montreal, Quebec — April 13, 2018


The efficient flow of goods through Canada’s waters is essential to our economic success. The proficiency and safety of logistics chains and cargo operations is a miracle of our modern world, but the real strength of the maritime industry – both domestic and foreign – is its people. Due to the intensely global nature of shipping and the efficiencies to keep costs down, crews of ships can feel the heaviest pressures of the sector. Industry, labour, and government stakeholders continually dialogue to safeguard the welfare of seafarers, notably through the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. This one-day seminar gathers a wide network of those interested in seafarers’ welfare in Canada to expand the conversation and cultivate a network of support for the benefit of seafarers.


Montreal Seafarers’ Center, 200, rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal (at the end of Alexandra Pier) H2Y4B2


  • Chad Allen, Shipping Federation of Canada
  • Elisabeth Bertrand, Transport Canada
  • Patrice Caron, VP, Seafarers international Union, Canada
  • Yoss Leclerc, President & CEO, Logistro Consulting International, Inc. and board member, International Sailors’ Society Canada
  • Katherine Lippel, University of Ottawa
  • Barbara Neis, Memorial University Newfoundland
  • Desai Shan, University of Ottawa
  • Jason Zuidema, North American Maritime Ministry Association

9 a.m. – Arrival and registration

9:30 a.m. – Welcome – Jason Zuidema, NAMMA

9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Session 1 – “MLC, 2006, seafarers’ protection, and Canada”

10:30 a.m.: Coffee break

11 a.m. – noon: Session 2 – “Seafarers’ wellbeing in Canada’s ports and waterways: collaboration for success”

12:00 p.m.: Lunch

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Session 3 – “Welfare of seafarers in Canada: lessons from workers on the move”

2:30 p.m. – Reception and networking in Seafarers’ Centre

4 p.m. – End of seminar

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