Ontario Aquaculture Conference 2024


March 19 – 20    |    Fern Resort, Orillia

Join fish farmers from Ontario and beyond for our best event yet. Learn about the latest and greatest in the industry, meet other farmers and suppliers, and feast on plenty of seafood!

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Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 19

  • 3:30 – 5:00pm — Conference Launch with Keynote Panel
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm — Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
  • 6:30pm onwards — Tailgater Social Party with Dinner

Wednesday, March 20

  • 9:00 – 4:30pm — Panels & Presentations
  • 5:30 – 6:30pm — Reception 
  • 6:30pm onwards — Gala Dinner & Fish Farm Olympics (you read that right!)

And don’t forget to wear your best fish clothing and accessories to the gala dinner for the Fishwear Contest. We’ll have a runway (or raceway) and more prizes than ever!

Conference Venue

Fern Resort
4432 Fern Resort Rd, Ramara, Ontario
One hour from Toronto’s Pearson Airport!

Fern Resort is more like being in Dirty Dancing than staying at a typical hotel. There will be a minimum two-night stay and all meals, parking, Wi-Fi and resort access are included. 

Reserve Your Spot Today

To participate, you will need to register in two places.

1. With the Association

We can accept registrations until March 15, 2024. Visit the conference registration page to sign up under the following categories:

  • Full Conference Ticket – $299
    • Includes registration fee, all meals and networking events
  • Discounted Conference Ticket – $249
    • For speakers and OAA members in the “Individual” membership category
  • OAA Member Conference Tickets – $0
    • All corporate OAA members receive TWO free registrations. Please sign up all additional registrants at the discounted rate.

2. With Fern Resort

To reserve your room, visit the Fern Resort Group Booking page and enter code 2024AQUA.

Cost is $219 per person / night, whether you’re staying one or two to a room. Add your preference for single or double rooms in the comment section during reservation.


Program Highlights

Here’s your look at some of the sessions, with more to be announced!


  • How Ontario’s trout farmers could triple supply in five years: insights from a new market assessment and growth plan — Terry Drost, Four Links Marketing
  • From tinned seafood to traceable catches, insights from the frontlines on changing seafood trends — Chef Charlotte Langley, MSC Ambassador, Co-founder, Scout Canning
  • Understanding today’s seafood consumer: learnings from the latest market research and the Choose Canadian Seafood campaign — Jo-Ann McArthur, President, Nourish Food Marketing
  • From cellular fish to plant-based burgers: how are alternative proteins disrupting the grocery market — Mike McMorris, CEO, Livestock Research Innovation Corporation


  • A look at Sapphire Springs, a new large-scale Arctic Char RAS farm in Manitoba and the Yukon — Doug Hotson, Vice President Operations, Sapphire Springs 
  • Perspectives from Ontario’s first jade perch farmers — Will Haney, Co-founder, Northern Sustainable Farms


  • The fish health threats that might ‘scale’ up in Ontario, and how to ‘tackle’ them — Alexandra Reid, Lead Veterinarian Animal Health and Welfare, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Powering blue food: What algal oil approval in Canada means for trout farmers — David Seeley, Commercial Director, Skretting North America
  • Technologies, pathogens and best practices associated with fish vaccinations: pulling lessons from Atlantic salmon and beyond — Michael Ness, Aquaculture Technical Support and Account Manager, PHARMAQ Canada


  • Best practices for business partnerships with Indigenous communities
    — Dawn Madahbee Leach, General Manager, Waubetek Business Development Corporation
    — Leonard Genereaux, Consultation Department, Lands, Resources, and Economic Development, Sheshegwaning First Nation
  • How FloMov airlift pump technology can help aquaculture systems to perform better — Wael Ahmed, Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph & Josh Rosettani, Application Engineer,  FloNergia Systems
  • Seafood influencer insights: Sharing Ontario’s aquaculture story online — Emily De Sousa, Seafood Influencer @seasidewithemily
  • Bird bangers: Lessons from 50 years of use in the grape industry — Hugh Fraser, Sole Proprietor, OTB Farm Solutions
  • Deep Trekker ROVs: Robotic tools for elevating your aquaculture management to the next levelAndrew Lawrence, Account Executive & Mackenzie Normandeau, Business Development Representative, Deep Trekker
  • Where to access funding and support for new farms or expansions in northern Ontario — Scott Wiebe, Trade and Investment Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry 
  • Agri-Stablility and other programs you may not know are available to fish farmers — Jeff Janssen, Senior Program & Policy Specialist, Agricorp


  • What are our green goals: the outcomes of two workshops to set sustainability research priorities for Ontario’s aquaculture sector — Neil Rooney, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Do flow-through fish farms impact macroinvertebrates in the river: What two years of monitoring on three Ontario rivers tells us — Angelique Pichette, Research Technologist, Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production, Fleming College
  • University of Guelph research spotlights: Updates on nutrition and microbiome trials with lake whitefish, rainbow trout and other species — David Huyben, Assistant Professor of Aquaculture, University of Guelph
  • Impacts of functional feed additives on the growth and microbiome of zebrafish as a model species — Junyu Zhang, MSc Candidate, University of Guelph
  • Effects of insects and yeast on the growth and microbiome of rainbow trout using in vivo and in vitro trials — Cody Anderson, MSc Candidate, University of Guelph


Presenting Sponsor:


Fish Farm Olympics Sponsor:

John Woodhouse Memorial Reception Sponsor



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Fishwear Contest Sponsor:






Tailgater Social Sponsor:

Student Sponsor:


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Sponsorship spots still available!

If you are interested in getting extra exposure with the Ontario aquaculture community, please contact RJ Taylor, OAA’s managing director at hello@ontarioseafoodfarmers.ca