Maritime Awards Society of Canada


Public Forums

With a view to broadening the interest and membership in the society, as well as to increase general public awareness of maritime affairs and oceans issues, it was decided in 1994 to initiate a series of public fora and workshops. The first of these was mounted in 1995 and a second a year later, both at the University of Victoria. Subsequently, through workshops beginning in 2000 MASC has become recognized by governments and industry as an apolitical organization with the capacity to organize and promote expert interaction and public debate on current topics of major maritime importance. In addition to those already conducted, a number of topics are on the MASC calendar for workshops/forums in the future.

  • February 21 & 22, 2008 – Victoria’s Wastewater: Land-Based Treatment … or Something Better?
  • On World Oceans Day June 8, 2007, MASC opened the first day of a dynamic two-day workshop on Oceans Governance on Canada’s West Coast, bringing together a diverse group of people from governments, non-government organizations, industry and research centres.
  • 25 March 2006 – B.C Waters – Developments and Reflections
  • 23-25 February 2006 – Arctic Ocean Meeting of Experts sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • 18-21 March 2004 – MASC Lawyers Workshop
  • 22 February 2003 (St. John’s, Nfld.) – MASC/OMRN Symposium, Governors Strong, Johnston
  • 4 February 2003 – MASC joint initiative with the Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN) to launch internet-based development of research briefs and a research agenda addressing human use of ocean and coastal resources
  • 8-9 December 2002 – MASC delegation participates in Canadian Institute Conference, Governors David Strong and Andrew Walls
  • 21-22 October 2002 (Halifax) – 2nd MASC/MAP Symposium – Energy Issues (Douglas Johnston, Governor)
  • 17 October – MASC organizes evening Dunsmuir workshop for industry consultation session with the Ministerial Advisory Council on Oceans (MACO). MASC Governors Andrew Walls, Rod Dobell
  • 11 May 2002 (Victoria)—Dunsmuir II Symposium – Offshore Development Issues: Offshore Science and Technology, Energy Policy Options, First Nations Claims and Revenue Sharing Entitlements.
  • 15 January 2002 (Victoria) – Scientific Panel Report submitted to the Minister of Energy and Mines
  • 10 October 2001 (Victoria) – BC Government strikes Scientific Review Panel on Offshore Hydrocarbon Development. David Strong, MASC governor, is named to chair the Panel, and Rod Dobell, Past President of MASC, is asked to serve as director of a MASC project team to act as Secretariat to the Panel
  • 22 October 2001 (Halifax) – MASC/MAP (Maritime Affairs Programme) Symposium on Oil and Gas Development in the Canadian Offshore
  • 18 July 2001 (Victoria) – Report of October 2000 Workshop released
  • 10 October 2000 (Victoria) – MASC Dunsmuir Workshop on BC Offshore Hydrocarbon Development Issues and Prospects
  • 13 April 1996 (Victoria) – MASC Public Forum, Politics, Management and Conflict in the Canadian Fisheries
  • 04 March 1995 (Victoria) – MASC Public Forum, Pacific Ocean 21: Four Problems in Search of a Solution.

Future MASC workshops or public fora might include the following topics:

  • New prospects for deep ocean mining (manganese crusts)
  • New energy uses of the ocean
  • Bio-prospecting
  • The Northwest Passage revisited
  • The future of the Arctic Ocean
  • Problems of substandard vessels (port control systems)
  • Straddling fish stocks issues
  • Review of the law of the sea convention (case for and against revision)