CBMU Spring Conference 2023

May 24, 2023 - May 25, 2023

09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

2023-05-24 09:00 AM 2023-05-25 10:00 PM CBMU Spring Conference 2023 Halifax, NS America/New_York


Registration is now closed. We look forward to welcoming you!

The CBMU Spring Conference will be held in Halifax, May 24th-25th 2023. Join us for the Welcome Reception at the Museum of Immigration on the evening of May 24th, then followed by the full day programme of speakers at the Lord Nelson Hotel on May 25th, and concluding with the Conference Dinner in the evening. 

Registration includes attendance to the Welcome Reception, Conference Programme sessions, catered Luncheon and breaks, and the Conference Dinner. 

The Lord Nelson Hotel has extended booking under the CBMU room block to April 26th for the guaranteed room rate of $259 and applicable taxes. More details below.


Full programme details to be confirmed. 

Wednesday May 24th

4.00pm - 4.30pm

CBMU Annual General Meeting 2023

Lord Nelson Hotel Vanguard Room

All staff members from CBMU Voting Member companies are welcome to attend, however, please note that only one person per member company will be eligible to vote on the AGM motions.

Only members in good standing for the 2023 membership year will be able to attend and vote.

5.30pm - 7.30pm

Welcome Reception

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

"Our mission is to share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present and coast to coast to coast. The Museum is located in the Pier 21 national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971."

The CBMU welcomes you to the Spring Conference 2023 with a beautiful evening Reception at Canada’s sixth national museum. A Museum Tour Guide will be present to introduce the exhibits and answer your questions.

Included in your registration.

Sponsored by: 


Thursday May 25th

All sessions to be held in the Lord Nelson Hotel Regency Ballroom

9.00am - 9.15am

Opening Remarks and President’s Report

Keeley Wylie is a marine insurance professional with eighteen years in the industry. She is an Assistant Vice President and Marine Industry Leader at Liberty Mutual Canada where she oversees the marine insurance portfolio. She specializes in all lines of marine insurance including Hull and Protection & Indemnity, Liabilities, Cargo, and Specie.
She is President of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters and a member of the International Union of Marine Insurer’s Legal and Liability committee.
Keeley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Risk Management designations.

9.15am - 10.15am

Industry Updates

  • IUMI; Sean Dalton
  • MIABC; Jackie Farquharson
  • AIMU; John Miklus
  • CMLA; Paul Harquail
  • Transport Canada; Joel Fryer

10.15am - 10.30am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

10.30am - 11.30am

Irving Shipbuilding’s Role in the National Shipbuilding Strategy

Christopher Myers, MBA, P. Eng. Contracts Manager, Irving Shipbuilding

Chris Myers is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Nova Scotia and holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Chris has over 20 years of experience and started his career in the utility industry having worked for both Nova Scotia Power and Ontario Power Generation. In 2005 Chris joined the J.D. Irving group of companies starting with Fleetway Inc. then transferring to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Since 2018, Chris has been a member of the AOPS Programs team at Irving Shipbuilding first in the role of Contracts Manager, and then as Deputy Project Director. Chris was most recently involved in the addition of the AOPS 7 and 8 (the Canadian Coast Guard Variant) to the AOPS Shipbuilding Contract.

Chris will be presenting a general overview of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI), and a brief summary of the work ISI is performing including work under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, and ship repair services.

11.30am - 1.00pm

Conference Luncheon

Sponsored by

1.00pm - 4.30pm

Natural Catastrophes with a focus on East Coast Marine Operations

Joanna Eyquem, PGeo. ENV SP. CWEM. CEnv. (she/her), Managing Director, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Coastal areas are on the frontlines of climate change. Those operating in the marine and coastal environment must adapt to reduce the risks. This presentation will present key impacts along Canada’s coasts together with practical tools to analyse climate vulnerabilities and a toolbox of coastal adaptation measures. The presentation will specifically highlight the need to consider natural coastal processes to avoid maladaptation and the opportunities to achieve multiple objectives when combining grey and natural infrastructure solutions.

The Future of Electric Vessels

Evan Willemsen, Director of Business Development, AKA Energy Systems (Aspin Kemp & Associates Inc.)

Supply Chain, Perishable Cargo and the Seafood Industry

Chris Redmond, CCLP, P.Log, SCMP, Director – Supply Chain, Fisher King Seafoods Ltd


Coffee Break

6.00pm - 10.00pm

Conference Gala Dinner

Sponsored by:

Programme details subject to change. Download the sessions program here.


Lord Nelson Hotel


We are currently holding rooms at the Lord Nelson Hotel and are pleased to extend a preferred group rate of $259 for Classic Guest Room Accommodations until Thursday, April 26, 2023. This group rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and is for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax (currently 2% Marketing Levy, 15% HST). 


Should you wish to extend your stay in beautiful Halifax, this preferred rate may be reserved for up to 3 days pre and post based on Classic Guest Room availability through the online booking link or by calling the reservations department.

To make your reservation at the group rate, please use the link below or speak directly with the reservations team: please call 1-800-565-2020, 902-423-5130, or email ask@lordnelsonhotel.com with your preferred dates and refer to Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters.

Book Online Here


Registration Categories

Member Non-member

Full Program Registration

Includes Reception, Conference & Gala Dinner



Education Program Only

Includes Conference, Lunch & Coffee Breaks



Registrant Dinner Guest

Includes Reception & Gala Dinner



Registration is now closed. We look forward to welcoming you!

Please note that travel and accommodation are not included. Companies with Platinum and Gold Sponsorships with CBMU will be contacted about their Conference Gala Dinner guests.


The generosity of our sponsors in supporting this event is greatly appreciated and recognised.

















For more sponsorship opportunities at the Spring Conference 2023, contact cbmu@cbmu.com


The generosity of our sponsors in supporting this event is greatly appreciated and recognised.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more sponsorship opportunities at the Spring Conference 2023, contact cbmu@cbmu.com

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