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Brian Kingzett named new executive director of B.C. Salmon Farmers Association

Kingzett acknowledges “challenges ahead” as he looks forward to new role

Brian Kingzett has been announced Jan. 6 as the new executive director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA).

Bringing over three decades of experience to the role, Kingzett has amassed a unique blend of professional expertise both at the local and international levels. Kingzett’s education includes a Bachelor of Science with Honors and a Master’s in Marine Biology, at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University resepectively.

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“He has been a valuable member of the BCFSA team,” said BCSFA chair and Managing Director of Mowi Canada West, Diane Morrison. “We are very pleased to have Brian onboard as the new Executive Director.”

Kingzett initially joined the BCFSA last summer as the Director of Science and Policy. In this role, he navigated the sector through some important new policy developmental ideas, as well as fostering collaborative research initiatives and enhancing the BCSFA’s science communication and public education efforts.

“We have a lot of work ahead as we accept the challenge of the federal government’s transition process,” said Kingzett. “There is the task of further reconciliation with our Indigenous partners. I have devoted my entire career to seafood sustainability. I am looking forward to helping the sector realize its potential as part of Canada’s Blue Economy,” said Kingzett.

Ruth Salmon, former Interim Executive Director for the BCSFA since Feb. 2022 following the departure of John Paul Fraser, will be stepping away from the association as she enters retirement. Salmon served as an Executive Director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) for a decade and had been part of the BCSFA for the past four years.

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