Speaking at the conference in order of presentation are:

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

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Ian Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Seafoods (Clearwater). He brings to this role over 24 years of global experience in the food and consumer products industry.

Prior to joining Clearwater (May 2010), Ian held senior leadership positions at Campbell Soup Company in the United States, China and Canada including Vice-President and General Manager of Campbell Soup Company Greater China and Vice-President of Business Development for North America. Prior to Campbell, Ian held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales and international business development for Allergen, Colgate-Palmolive and the Gillette Company.

Ian is a member of the Board of Governors of Food & Consumer Products of Canada, The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and the Halifax Grammar School. He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executive Officers and the Manufacturer’s Executive Council of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

Ian is a graduate of McGill University (BA, MBA) and a former Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve.  He and his family reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Joe Gill

Joe Gill

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Joe Gill is Director of Corporate Broking with Goodbody Stockbrokers. He previously worked in a number of investment banking roles in Dublin and London covering equity research and sale andis a specialist in the aviation and agrifood industries.

Prior to a career in investment banking he was Chief Economist with the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) where he worked on the consolidation of the Irish dairy industry. He has also held a senior corporate development role with Ryanair.

Joe was voted the No 1 Agrifood Equity Analyst and overall Analyst of the Year in the latest Finance Dublin Stockbroking Survey.

Jon Hindar

Jon Hindar

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Jon Hindar took up the position as CEO of Cermaq in March 2012.

Mr. Hindar holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and has supplementary management education at IMD from Lausanne, Switzerland. He was previously the CEO of Norsun AS, Senior Vice President of Invitrogen Corp., CEO of Dynal Biotech ASA, and Partner and Managing Director of Fondsfinans ASA. Jon Hindar is also on the board of Photocure ASA.

Alistair Gray

Alistair Gray

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Alistair Gray is the founder and Managing Director of Renaissance & Co and one of Europe’s leading strategic management consultants.

He has direct international management experience in the food and drink industry with British American Tobacco, Unilever and the John Wood Group PLC plus 30 years strategic consulting internationally with Arthur Young in the US and PA Technology where he was a Director of both firms Strategic Management practices. Alistair founded Genesis in 1992 and led the firm through to its merger with PMP in 2009. He has consulted internationally with RBS, DTZ International, NCR, UPM Kymmene, ScottishPower, Nokia, Rémy Cointréau, Akzo-Novel, National Semiconductor and Mobil Plastics Europe.

Food and Drink represents a major part of his career résumé ranging from executive positions especially in Unilever to non-executive directorships with Highland Distillers plc. In addition his consulting clients in the industry include Marine Harvest, International Fish Canners, Graham’s Dairies, Ballyclough Co-operative, Scot-Trout, Neptune, Clipper Seafoods and Dawnfresh. He has consulted extensively in the fishing and fish processing sectors including the strategy for the industry in Aberdeen and Grampian, research for Seafish, Seafood Innovation Ireland (BIM), the introduction of plastic boxes to the North Sea fleet and export opportunities (Bord Bia).

He facilitated and led (over a period of 10 years) the formation of Scotland Food & Drink, the industry leadership body formed to integrate the various organisations supporting the industry. This group, which is industry-led brings together farmers, fisherman, food processors, research institutes, food brokers and public sector agencies behind one single strategy, for a sector which has out-performed all other sectors in Scotland over the last 10 years.

Caroline Keeling

Caroline Keeling

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Caroline Keeling is the CEO of Keelings. Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business which started producing fruits and salads on their farm in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. Keelings are focused on growing and sourcing the best fresh produce from around the world. 

The Company has expanded to its current size with 5 divisions – Keelings Retail, Keelings Farm Fresh, Keelings Market, Keelings International and Keelings Solutions.  Keelings is headquartered in FoodCentral, Co. Dublin, Ireland but has operations around Ireland, in the UK, Europe and Asia. Keelings employs approximately 2,000 people and has sales of approximately €300m.

As well as fresh produce, Keelings has developed produce-specific ERP software solutions, consultancy and management services.  Keelings Solutions supplies a suite of software and services that provides industry focused solutions in procurement, stock management, warehouse and production planning, as well as sales and quality assurance.

Caroline has a BSc (Chem) & MSc in Food Science which she obtained from University College Dublin (UCD).  Caroline started her career with Green Isle foods from 1992 – 1994, going on to join Keelings as Technical Manager in 1994, becoming Group MD in 2006. Caroline is an Ambassador for The Women’s Fund for Ireland and also sits on the Bord Bia Board.  In 2013, she was a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and overall winner of the Image Business Woman of the Year Award.

Martin Sullivan

Martin Sullivan

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Martin Sullivan graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a B.Comm (Honors) in 1985 and with an MBA in 1989. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Choice International based in St. John’s, NL.

Mr. Sullivan grew up in a fishing family in Calvert, Newfoundland, a small town of 500 people 50km south of St. John’s. He started working in the fishing industry at a very early age through summer employment, and since 1985 he has worked in senior management positions in the fishing industry. In 2000, Mr. Sullivan and his partners started Ocean Choice International (OCI) and it has grown to become one of the largest and most diversified seafood companies in Atlantic Canada, employing more than 1,600 people throughout the region.

OCI is a fully vertically integrated seafood company that adheres to the highest possible standards in order to delivery Canada’s best seafood to the world. The company is exporting100 million pounds of seafood to over 35 countries throughout the world, and has annual sales of about $250m CAD.

OCI has been the recipient of various prestigious awards and certifications including the Newfoundland Export Award for International Marketing in 2000; the Canada Export Award in 2001, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Export & Innovation Award in 2010. The company is committed to environmental sustainability and marine stewardship and more than 90% of OCI’s products are either certified or are in assessment under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). OCI has taken a leadership role in all fisheries organization in Canada to promote our seafood around the globe.

Martin Sullivan has been actively involved in promoting the seafood industry and is an active member of many international, national and regional industry organizations. He is the past Chairman of the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) a national umbrella industry association and a founding director of the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) in his home Province. He is an industry advisor to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans regarding the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and an active member on several other industry organizations including the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC), Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC), Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP), Seafood Value Chain Roundtable (SVCRT) as well as others.

Martin Sullivan considers the fishing industry to be one of the most important sectors in Atlantic Canada and he is committed to the sustainable management and development of the fisheries sector.

Magnús Bjarnason

Magnús Bjarnason

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Magnús Bjarnason is the President and CEO of Icelandic Group which is building on over 70 years of expertise in fisheries with an international network of production and marketing companies in Europe and Asia and The Saucy Fish Co & Icelandicbrands.

Icelandic core business is value-added processing of seafood for retail and food service. The company operates processing plants in the UK, Belgium, Spain, China and Iceland. The sales and marketing platform is focused on private label products sold in leading retail chains and own brands which are the The Saucy Fish Co and Icelandic. visit www.icelandic.is

From 2010-2013 Bjarnason  was EVP Marketing and Business Development and a member of the executive committee at Landsvirkjun Iceland's largest energy company. The focus was on increasing demand for Iceland's renewable energy and diversification of its energy intensive customers by further developing the emerging data center industry in Iceland, an interconnector between Iceland and the UK and new power intensive industrial projects.

From 2005 - 2010 he was CEO of Glacier Partners and EVP Glitnir. Provided investment banking services including lending, investments, M&A advisory in geothermal and seafood in the Americas, Europe and China. Clients included American Seafoods, Icicle, Pacific Andes, US Renewable, Pain & Partners, Char, Clearwater, Cooke Aquaculture, FPI, Neveda Geothermal (Blue Mountain), Alterra Power (Magma) and Thermosource.

Bjarnason was previously  Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Iceland in China. Worked on business development in China including the establishment of a geothermal district heating company owned by Icelandic investment consortium and Sinopec.  

From 1997-2003 he was Consul General, New York and Trade Commissioner in USA and Canada where he was responsible for business development including Iceland as a film location, and the Iceland Naturally projects. visit www.icelandnaturally.com

Torben Foss

Torben Foss

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Torben Foss, Attorney at law was previously Deputy Director General of Fisheries and Director General for the fishfarming, industry and export division in the Ministry of Fisheries, Norway. He has worked as a legal and strategy advisor to a number of Norwegian and international fishing, fish-farming and fish-processing companies and to banks and P/E funds with interests in the seafood sector. Torben was an advisor to the Polish Government during the EU accession negotiations concerning the Fisheries Chapter. He also acted in an advisory capacity to the Faroese and Icelandic government on fisheries questions. He has been the team-leader for The World Bank mission to Mauritania to evaluate the socio-economic effects of the seafood industry. He was Vice President in the Fisheries Committee of OECD from 1996 to 1998. Torben’s EU work includes extensive experience in counterattacking dumping-allegations. He has extensive experience in employing the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) as a guarantor for the rights of individuals.

Aidan Cotter

Aidan Cotter

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Aidan Cotter was appointed Chief Executive of Bord Bía, the Irish Food Board, in July 2004, bringing with him to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience in food marketing.

He previously served in Bord Bía as Director of Operations, and European Director, based in its London office, and Dusseldorf.

Bord Bía works in partnership with industry and is charged with the development of markets and the promotion of Irish food and drink. Its head office is in Dublin and it has eleven international offices including seven offices in Europe as well as in Dubai, New York, Moscow and Shanghai.

In 2012, Bord Bía launched its ground-breaking “Origin Green” programme designed to position Ireland’s food and drink industry as a world leader in sustainability.

Mr Cotter holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK and has Master Degrees in Economic Science and Agricultural Economics from University College, Dublin (U.C.D.).

In September 2013 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by U.C.D.

Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

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During his 30+ years in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Jonathan has held senior sales and marketing positions in multinational manufacturers and a retailer. By turning data into actionable insights he helps manufacturers and retailers formulate winning strategies.

After 7 years as Nielsen’s Business Insight Director, he formed Jonathan Banks Associates Ltd to provide consultancy with an emphasis on Category Management, and recently joined Europe’s leading CatMan resource, and shopper experts - Bridgethorne.

He has 2 children, lives near London, and is making diminishing contributions to the Old Latymerians football club.

Barry Deas

Barrie Deas

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Barrie Deas has been Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, the representative body for fishermen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, since 1995.

He chairs the Demersal Working Group of the North Sea Regional Advisory Council; is a member of the Executive Committee of the North West Waters RAC, a member of the EU Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture and Vice-President of Europeche, the European trade association for fishing.