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REF NO.: 10

SUBJECT: Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation welcomes managing director

DATE: Oct. 26

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), Memorial University’s research and development centre for Atlantic Canada’s fishing and aquaculture industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Hutchings as its managing director.
 
CCFI’s board of directors appointed Mr. Hutchings to the position effective Oct. 26.
 
“Keith brings a broad perspective to the position given has past experiences in industry and public life," said Alberto Wareham, chairperson, board of directors, CCFI.

“I am looking forward to working with Keith to ensure the wild capture and aquaculture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador are aware of and can benefit from the many innovative technologies that are available to us and working on unique solutions to the challenges faced by both industries in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Productivity and profitability
 
Mr. Hutchings will work directly with industry to facilitate access to scientific and technological facilities and expertise within Memorial University and Atlantic Canadian institutions in the areas of aquaculture, fishing and harvesting with the aim of enhancing the industry’s productivity and profitability.
 
“The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation has a record of identifying operational challenges in the fishing industry and working collaboratively with industry and academia in identifying innovative solutions,” said Mr. Hutchings.

“I look forward to using my professional experience and skill set to cultivate an innovative environment that takes advantage of the abundant opportunity in the fishing industry and continue to contribute to its growth. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders and seizing opportunities that enhance efficiencies and returns to industry participants.“

Biography
 
Mr. Hutchings was a member of the House of Assembly, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2007-19.

As a senior cabinet minister, he led the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and served as minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. He led the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture as well as the Department of Municipal Affairs.

In addition, he served as parliamentary secretary in the departments of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, and Health and Community Services. He was the lead minister for the province during negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.
 
Prior to his entrance into politics, Mr. Hutchings operated a private sector consulting business where he provided strategic business planning, occupational health and safety programming, regulatory compliance and public and government relations.

He spent 11 years with the Workplace Health and Safety and Compensation Commission, leading departmental operations in health and safety prevention, financial management and legislative entitlement.

Mr. Hutchings succeeds Robert (Bob) Verge, who retired from the centre after 10 years of service.
 
“On behalf of the board and employees of CCFI, I would like to thank Bob for his dedication to CCFI since January 2010," said Mr. Wareham.

"Bob was instrumental in securing funding through challenging times for the centre while continuing to develop and guide projects in both the wild capture and aquaculture industries to keep our industry moving forward."
 
About CCFI
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated and sponsored by Memorial University, in collaboration with industry and government. Since 1989, it has supported industry through projects involving technical problem-solving and research and development related to aquaculture, capture fishing and fish processing by working with the people and facilities of Memorial and other academic institutions.

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For more information, please contact Alberto Wareham, chairperson, board of directors, Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, at 709-427-7303.

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