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Future Leaders Canada



In partnership with National Fisheries Institute 

The Fisheries Council of Canada welcomes applications to the 2021 Future Leaders Canada program with support from the National Fisheries Institute.

Just as the seafood industry has adapted to the pandemic’s unforeseen challenges, so has FCC’s Future Leader Canada program. In 2021, FCC is committed to providing a strong and robust Future Leaders program. The program will be virtual with sessions held over five months, from April to August, plus additional access to online learning and networking opportunities.

Seafood sustainability is essential to Canada. Over 70,000 Canadians earn their living directly from fishing and fishing-related activities. The Future Leaders Canada virtual curriculum will help develop the emerging leaders in the Canadian seafood industry through networking, programming and unique experiences along the supply chain.

NEW in 2021: More Education Included in the Future Leaders Canada Program

FCC has added more value to the Future Leader Canada 2021 Program by adding more education. The 2021 Future Leaders Class will have full access to NFI’s Virtual 2021 GSMC Conference and NFI’s year-long GSMC Webinar Series.

That’s not all! Future Leaders Canada participants will have their choice of attending two virtual NFI Species Schools in 2021. Choose from NFI Shrimp School; NFI Salmon School; NFI Scallop School; and NFI Lobster School. The species schools will be held in April, May, August and October (see attached schedule).

The 2021 Program will kick off with a virtual orientation on March 30; following that, plan to meet with your class bi-weekly via Zoom Leadership Webinars (see schedule) April-August. Each webinar session is designed to enhance knowledge and leadership skills in the areas of production, sales, marketing and the industry in general.

Participants will receive free participation at FCC’s annual conference in October 2021. It is very likely that this conference will be virtual. More details to follow.

What a Future Leader Should Expect

The Canadian seafood industry is diverse in geography, in harvest type, and in size of company. This program seeks to expose Future Leaders Canada participants to the various aspects of the seafood industry and allow ample virtual opportunities for networking with classmates. There will also be a class project that runs from May thru December.

What is Expected of a Future Leader

A Future Leader should conduct themselves professionally and with integrity at all times. Participants are held to the highest standards and are expected to treat each other and all others with respect and consideration. A successful Future Leader will be prepared, on-time, and professional throughout each session.


FCC Members will invest $3,940 CAD/$3,130 US in their future leadership. The investment fee for non-FCC Members is $5,940 CAD/$4,690 US. The tuition includes all sessions.

To apply to be a Future Leader of the Canadian seafood community:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Attach a one-page written bio of yourself, your seafood experience, and why you would like to be a Future Leader.
  3. Include tuition payment made payable to National Fisheries Institute. (Please note there is a 5% surcharge for credit cards and will be processed in US dollars)
  4. The deadline for applications is 27 January 2021. There will be no refunds after attending the first session.
  5. If you are selected to be in the Future Leaders Canada Class of 2021, you will be notified no later than 29 January 2021.

Program Information and Key Dates


The 2019 Inaugural Program

The links below provide more information on the 2019 inaugural program.

Program information

Session 1 highlights video

Session 2 highlights video

Session 3 highlights video

Companies in the sector are encouraged to plan for participating in 2020!  Registration will opens November 11, 2019.