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The CSBC has had to cancel the 2020 Symposium, planned for September 28 – October 1 at the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, because of the COVID-19 situation. This is disappointing – we had a great program planned, the hotel and the location are beautiful, and it is always wonderful for the boating safety community to get together and learn from each other. We hope to return to St. Andrews in the future.

The good news is, we are planning an exciting virtual Symposium to be held on October 1, 2020, and you can participate for free!

The focus of this webinar will be Shared Waterways: the Way Ahead. Shared Waterways was the theme for the 2019 Symposium in Port Credit, and it attracted a lot of interest. We engaged new groups such as port authorities, who shared their own perspectives and practices; participant discussions yielded several ideas; and all agreed that shared waterways is a significant issue. However, no clear way forward on the issue emerged. At the October 1 webinar we are planning to take the next steps:

-        to bring additional perspectives from international speakers and the paddling community

-        to examine the tools we collectively have to address shared waterways issues

-        and to determine the next steps we can take, individually or collectively.


Our thanks, as always, go to Stearns Coleman, Presenting Sponsor, for their support of this event and many other CSBC activities.

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PowerPoint Presentations from the 2019 CSBC Symposium available for download here!

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