The Canadian Marine Careers Foundation (CMCF), in partnership with Master Mariners of Canada (MMC), will be hosting its inaugural IMAGINE MARINE CONFERENCE 2024 for the marine shipping industry from October 2-3, 2024, in Ottawa, Ontario. This national workforce development conference will bring together marine shipping stakeholders, speakers and HR/EDI experts and resources to share best practices, inspire ideas and develop strategies and solutions to Elevate Marine’s Recruitment and Retention Game in the face of increasing talent shortages in Canada’s competitive labour marketplace.

This 1.5 Day Conference will:

  • Share the latest marine workforce development research from across the country.
  • Facilitate sharing of pilot projects, best practices, and resources on improving training, attraction and retention of talent on vessels, in ports, shipyards, government agencies, marine services and suppliers.
  • Include sessions with external experts and speakers centered around better understanding the workforce needs of underrepresented groups and focused on sharing perspectives and learning practical steps, resources, and strategies.
  • Help inform future workforce related programs for the marine sector.
  • Provide networking and collaboration opportunities.
  • Feature sponsorship exhibits

Call for Presentation/Speaker Proposals

The conference welcomes attendees from all segments of the marine sector, including education and training organisations, vessel operators, ports, shipyards, government agencies, marine services and suppliers, along with workforce development experts and other stakeholders.

We are seeking presentations in the following areas:

  • Workforce development, labour market or training research related to the marine sector and/or that would help inform marine sector practices or approaches.
  • Pilot projects, practices and programs that could help address key challenges for attracting employees and/or students into the Canadian marine sector.
  • Initiatives/best practices that address retention challenges (e.g. upskilling training/career progression, isolation, work-life balance, parenthood support, connectivity, anti-harassment measures, mentoring, and inclusivity).
  • Perspectives, strategies and/or workshops to improve the understanding of workforce diversity/inclusion; and increase attraction and retention of underrepresented groups in the marine sector.

Proposals will be reviewed by a designated programming committee. We will contact you accordingly about your submission.

Please contact Anna Hogarth for all programming information and submissions at

Program information to come

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