Invitations

Her Honour the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

As the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Honorary Patron of The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, it is my distinct honour to invite you to attend the 2019 World Maritime Rescue Congress in Vancouver. This congress provides an outstanding opportunity to network and learn with search and rescue practitioners, industry, and governments interested in maritime safety from around the globe. On behalf of all British Columbians, we will be pleased to welcome you to this incredibly diverse city and Canada’s gateway to the Pacific.

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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I wish to welcome delegates to Vancouver for the 2019 World Maritime Rescue Congress. The Canadian Coast Guard is the cornerstone of one of the strongest marine safety systems in the world with a proud history of ensuring the safety and security of our waterways, which are vital to Canada’s economy and central to our identity. As a global leader in maritime safety and environmental protection, the Canadian Coast Guard is well placed to engage and exchange best practices with other nations on marine safety systems as well as support others in the development and strengthening of their own systems. By supporting  capacity building, as we have done over the last three years in Africa, our Coast Guard is demonstrating its commitment to improving global maritime safety and security.

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Canadian Coast Guard has strengthened its relationship with Indigenous communities, other governments and partners. This has allowed our government to develop a world class marine safety system anchored in planning, training and exercising, to enhance preparedness for response to marine emergencies. This includes the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment and platforms to ensure that collectively we can deliver a more effective response now and into the future. Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and the International Maritime Rescue Federation are important partners of the Canadian Coast Guard, with whom it trains, exercises and provides response to maritime search-and-rescue incidents.

In 2019, the Canadian Coast Guard participated in two international maritime safety and security exercises in Africa. The demands for Canada’s expertise and skills for capacity building and mentorship with training to other coast guards around the world is growing. Coast Guard’s participation in maritime exercises over the years has helped establish foundational skills that have increased regional capacity to detect and respond to maritime incidents. Training strengthens ties and improves operational understanding among global partners, increases regional capacity, helps to improve partners’ ability to work successfully together.

Collaboration with multiple Canadian and international agencies further strengthens our relationships within the international maritime community. The Canadian Coast Guard is committed to continuous growth and improvement in maritime safety, security and environmental protection.  

Please accept my very best wishes for a successful Congress.

Jeffery Hutchinson

Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, it is my pleasure to support the 2019 World Maritime Rescue Congress. The Canadian Coast Guard has the legislated mandate to lead maritime search and rescue in federal Canadian waters. The success of our mission is predicated on cooperation with supporting agencies and communities along Canada’s diverse and challenging coastline and in international waters. We are honoured to be associated with WMRC 2019 and to partner with the host agency, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, in supporting the Congress proceedings. Please join us at WMRC 2019 such that we can continue to learn together and develop key relationships that will make our global SAR system even stronger!

Bob Auchterlonie

Rear-Admiral, Royal Canadian Navy
Victoria Search and Rescue Region Commander

As the Search and Rescue Region Commander for Canada’s West Coast, it is my distinct honour to invite you to attend the 2019 World Maritime Rescue Congress in Vancouver. Our region is proud of the network of response agencies and supporting communities that ensure our marine environment is a safe domain for commercial, government and pleasure craft traffic. Along with our host colleagues from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, and the International Maritime Rescue Federation, we look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Vancouver to share informed practices and collaborate in the continuous improvement of our shared mission to keep mariners safe at sea.

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