Breakfast | Spectra Restaurant, 1st Floor

Breakfast7:00 am to 9:00 am

Plenary | Grand Ballroom B & C

Keynote Address: Corporate Social Responsibility9:00 am to 9:20 am

As the global director of corporate affairs and sustainability at Thai Union Group since 2015, Darian McBain has taken one of the world’s largest seafood companies from a commodity focus to a wholistic ecosystem approach, with an emphasis on oceans and people. Working within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, McBain developed Thai Union’s sustainability strategy, SeaChange®. She also played a role in Thai Union adopting its Ethical Migrant Recruitment Policy, one of the first “zero-fees” recruitment models regionally, which encouraged the Thai government to adopt new legislation eliminating recruitment broker use in Thailand. In her keynote address, McBain will focus on the two main topics of discussion for the Day 3 plenary — social responsibility and feed sustainability — and how each of the two play off of each other.

  • Speaker:  Darian McBain Thai Union Group
Worker Voice: Aquaculture as a Vehicle for Positive Social Change9:20 am to 10:00 am

Social responsibility in aquaculture and fisheries is not simply the absence of slave labor and forced labor. To solve its labor challenges, the industry must treat the problem, not the symptoms, by providing platforms for worker voice and creating safe working conditions with gender equality, protections for young workers and community development. Leading off the session is a presentation by Rani Hong of Rani’s Voice, a survivor of child trafficking and one of the world’s leading voices in the fight against modern-day slavery. Following Hong is a presentation by Froukje Kruijssen of KIT Royal Tropical Institute, who will present the final results of an impact assessment aimed at gauging whether GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices standards in Chile, Indonesia and Vietnam are driving social change and improvement. Moderated by BAP’s Avery Siciliano, the session will conclude with a question-and-answer panel discussion.

  • Speaker:  Darian McBain Thai Union Group
  • Speaker:  Rani Hong Rani’s Voice
  • Speaker:  Birgitte Krough-Poulsen Poulsen Consulting/GAA Standards Oversight Committee
  • Speaker:  Froukje Kruijssen KIT Royal Tropical Institute
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  • Moderator:  Avery Siciliano Best Aquaculture Practices
Coffee & Tea Break | Grand Ballroom Foyer10:00 am to 10:30 am
Not So Novel: Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Market Acceptance in the Feed Sector10:30 am to 11:10 am

Moderated by BAP’s Dan Lee, representatives of the various feed ingredient sectors will discuss the obstacles associated with bringing new feed ingredient products to market. Despite a strong sustainability story, acceptance in the production community as well as in the retail and foodservice community remains a challenge. But progress is being made. Sponsored by Veramaris.

  • Speaker:  Karim Kurmaly Veramaris
  • Speaker:  Chris Haacke Corbion Algae Ingredients
  • Speaker:  Allan LeBlanc Calysta
  • Speaker:  Clément Ray InnovaFeed
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  • Moderator:  Dan Lee Best Aquaculture Practices
Marketplace Roundtable: North America11:10 am to 12:00 pm

The world’s leading retail and foodservice companies and seafood supply companies are always well represented at GOAL. Each year, GAA hand picks some of the more influential buyers and suppliers to address the major challenges and opportunities facing aquaculture. Moderated by BAP’s Chris Trosin, this is the third of three question-and-answer marketplace roundtable, focusing on the challenges and opportunities specific to North America.

  • Speaker:  Tony Downs Sysco Corp.
  • Speaker:  Beth Grant Ahold Delhaize USA
  • Speaker:  Dan Underkoffler Sam’s Club
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  • Moderator:  Chris Trosin Best Aquaculture Practices
The Future of Responsible Seafood Assurances: How Will Certification and Rating Programs Work Together?12:00 pm to 12:40 pm

A panel of representatives from the world’s leading third-party aquaculture and fisheries certification and ratings programs will discuss opportunities to drive efficiencies in the certification process and verification process, opportunities for more pre-competitive collaboration, the push to put aquaculture stakeholders on a path of continual improvement, the main threats to providing responsibly sourced seafood, and the effort to reduce confusion and fear in consumers.

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Closing Address12:40 pm to 1:00 pm

GOAL veteran Travis Larkin of The Seafood Exchange wraps up the conference with a summary of three-day program, reflecting on this year’s theme, “Connect. Collaborate. Commit.” The location of GAA’s GOAL 2020 conference will also be unveiled.

  • Speaker:  Travis Larkin The Seafood Exchange

Lunch | Royal Ballroom

Lunch | Royal Ballroom1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


Breakouts3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Breakouts TBD.