New Leadership at the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance

Tim Kennedy to assume Executive Director position effective April 1, 2017

OTTAWA, ON – Members of the Canadian aquaculture industry are pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Kennedy as the new Executive Director of their national association, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA). He succeeds Ruth Salmon, who is leaving the position after a decade in the role.

“We are very pleased that Tim has accepted this important leadership position with CAIA as we set a new strategic direction for the future,” says Cyr Couturier, CAIA President. “Tim is a seasoned and versatile government relations and public affairs executive. He brings experience leading large-scale coalitions to successfully address regulatory and legislative concerns. His sound understanding of federal government inner workings and approaches to driving regulatory change will ensure a smooth transition.”

“At the same time, CAIA expresses its deep appreciation to Ruth Salmon, the outgoing Executive Director who led the association for ten years as a dedicated advocate for Canada's aquaculture sector. The Board acknowledges her reputation as a consensus builder with a deep understanding of the complexity of the industry and the variety of issues that are important to each region.”

“I’m very pleased to accept the position of Executive Director”, says Kennedy, former VP Government & Aboriginal Affairs for Spectra Energy. "It's an exciting time to come on board to work with this growing and innovative sector. Canadians are consuming more and more seafood products, yet are also increasingly concerned about the health of the oceans and environmental sustainability. I look forward to working with CAIA’s Board, its members, governments and other stakeholders to build a sound strategy for the sustainable and responsible growth of aquaculture in Canada."

Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance is the national association that speaks for Canada’s seafood farmers, representing their interests in Ottawa to regulators, policy makers and political leaders.

Read Kennedy’s full biography here.

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For further information, please contact:
Cyr Couturier, CAIA President (709) 778-0609