As was the case with previous congresses in Quebec City, Vancouver and Halifax, the event was a successful opportunity for leaders in the maritime sector to discuss important issues of the day and enjoy each other's company.
Joining marine pilots from each of Canada's four pilotage regions, were shipping industry leaders, senior government officials, port and pilotage authority executives, and pilots from a number of U.S., South American and European jurisdictions.
Opening the deliberations of the Congress as keynote speaker was the Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada, who spoke about Canada's role in the world in the 21st century. His remarks fitted nicely into the Congress' theme "Beyond the Horizon: the Future and Pilotage". Like Mr. Clark's remarks, many of the panel discussions at the Congress explored the future in terms of how events and issues were likely to unfold and what the appropriate reaction to those developments might be. The subjects examined included world trade, global politics, environmental questions, shipping technology and marine navigation.
As always, a highlight of the Congress was the presentation of the CMPA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marine Safety. The recipient, Maury Sjoquist, past President of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild was honoured for his extraordinary leadership on behalf of seafarers in respect of their status as professionals, their conditions of employment and the safety and security of their work environment.
The Great Lakes pilots played host to the Congress and those attending were unstinting in their praise of the hospitality, accommodation and fine meals, including a wonderful evening at one of the region's leading vineyards.
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The Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C. and CMPA President, Capt. Simon Pelletier.
Participants in the opening ceremonies: Mr. Nick Cutmore, Secretary-General, International Maritime Pilots' Association, Niagara Falls Mayor, Jim Diodati, CMPA President, Capt. Simon Pelletier, The Honourable Jim Bradley, Chair of Cabinet and Deputy Government House Leader, Government of Ontario, CMPA Vice-President for the Great Lakes Region and Chair of the Host Committee, Capt. Mike Burgess, and Mr. Jeff Watson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P.
Participants in the "Pilotage Around the World" session: Capt. Don Cockrill, Chairman, United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association, Capt. Hans-Herman Luckert, President, German Pilots’ Association, Capt. Frédéric Moncany, President, Fédération française des pilotes maritimes, Capt. Ricardo Falcao, President, Brazilian Maritime Pilots’ Association, Mr. Paul Kirchner, Executive Director and General Counsel, American Pilots’ Association, and Capt. Simon Pelletier, President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association.