May 10-12, 2017 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Canada is a maritime nation whose prosperity relies on maritime trade.

This is particularly evident on the west coast, in which most of our links with the Indo-Pacific area are situated. The developing energy trade to this region from BC is adding to the complexity of a marine environment that is already full with diverse and sometimes competing interests. The success with which increasingly varied users will access the marine environment will depend largely on the manner in which they each understand and practise risk management.

NIBC proposes for our 2017 conference to address the importance of marine risk management in the Pacific North-west region.

This topic affords several avenues of approach, from theoretical and academic to practical and operational:

  • How do we teach mariners and industrial partners to recognize risk, and to learn from failure to anticipate known and unknown risks?
  • What is the role of simulation in exploring the boundaries of risk? How do we define tolerable risk …and answer those who would advocate “zero-risk” policies?
  • When misfortune does arise, how do we act to minimize impact and honour (not criminalize) those who have done their best in a bad situation?
  • And what is the role of policy, regulation and technology in risk mitigation?

This topic aligns with the strategic priorities of the Nautical Institute’s Five-Year Plan in these subject areas: Navigation safety, Competency, Mentoring, Command, Usability of systems, and Manning/Fatigue.

This topic could be addressed in four sessions over two days as follows (to be refined into specific session structures of briefs and panel discussions depending on speakers):

  1. Define the subject, provide historical and anticipated context for the PNW marine industry
  2. Examine theoretical and practical structures/processes of risk assessment and mitigation; interpretation and application by different sectors of the marine industry in the PNW
  3. Training & Command responsibility: how do we train to recognize and avoid risk?
  4. Dealing with adverse outcomes, operational and legal considerations; public communications/addressing disinformation


Participants will have a chance to hear informed debate and also network throughout a full programme which includes an opening reception on the evening May 10th and a conference banquet at the end of the first full day.

This conference will be of interest to professionals from all aspects of the maritime industry: shipmasters, owners and operators from private, government and naval domains; marine, civil and mechanical engineers involved either in the operation of ships or in the design and construction of marine structures; policy officers and regulatory officials engaged in transportation and environmental safety compliance; energy industry executives and advisors interested in exchanging views and contributing to better public awareness; marine surveyors and lawyers who deal with the consequences of risk; professional educators looking to anticipate the increased demands for a highly skilled workforce; safety equipment manufacturers and emergency responders; port and terminal operators; classification societies and risk-management professionals; and members of the public seeking to better understand the issues of maritime risk management.


A number of influential nautical professionals will be speaking at this year's conference.

RAdm Art McDonald

Maritime Forces Pacific

Assistant Commissioner Roger Girouard

Canadian Coast Guard

Captain Kevin Obermeyer

Pacific Pilotage Authority

Captain David (Duke) Snider

President | The Nautical Institute

Tero Vauraste

Arctia Ltd.

Captain Jamie Marshall

BC Ferries

RAdm Nigel Greenwood

Chair NIBC

Bart Reynolds


Robert Lewis-Manning

Chamber of Shipping

Shelley Chapelski

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Captain Kevin Greenwood


Sandra Parkins

Parkins Consulting

Captain Ramanbir Mangat

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Captain Yves Vandenborn

The Standard Club

John Riding


Ivana Kubat

National Research Council of Canada

Captain Philip McCarter

British Columbia Institute of Technology | Marine Campus

Nippin Anand

Principal Specialist in safety management system

Captain Stan Bowles

MOL Chemical Tankers America

Adam Parry-Wingfield


James D. Reid

Acuratek Inc

Captain Victor Gronmyr

Canadian Coast Guard

Captain Kent R. Reid

Canadian Coast Guard

Keith Taylor

Holland America Group

Dermot Loughnane

Tactical Marine Solutions


Ideally located in downtown Victoria, the multi-award winning Victoria Marriott Hotel is walking distance to all there is to see and do in Victoria, British Columbia.

Stroll to the famous Inner Harbour for Victoria attractions, musicians and artisans, and whale watching tours. Marriott Victoria special conference rate has been arranged with the Marriott Inner Harbour and a block of rooms set aside.

To make your reservation, click on the link below. This will direct you to the Marriott Victoria's website with the conference discount rate. All you need to do is enter your arrival date to begin the reservation process. If booking by phone, be sure to mention the 'Nautical Institute' to obtain the conference rate.

Directions | Hotel Info | Reservation Details



May 10-12, 2017 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada



  • Full admission for the two-day conference.
  • Includes Reception on the evening before, Dinner the first day and Lunch both days.
  • Additional guest tickets for Dinner only are $50 ea.
  • All prices in CAD.




  • Full admission for the two-day conference.
  • Includes Reception on the evening before, Dinner the first day and Lunch both days.
  • Additional guest tickets for Dinner only are $50 ea.
  • All prices in CAD.




  • Full admission for the two-day conference.
  • Includes Reception on the evening before, Dinner the first day and Lunch both days.
  • Additional guest tickets for Dinner only are $50 ea.
  • All prices in CAD.





Sponsorship and speaking opportunities can be pursued by contacting the Conference Chair, RAdm Nigel Greenwood through the website.