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2010 Canadian Hydrographic Conference
Mission accomplished

The 2010 Canadian Hydrographic Conference, which took place in Québec City in June, was a resounding success. Thanks to a balanced technical program that dealt with the three themes central to the conference, Hydrography: Science, technology and people dedicated to the maritime world, participants were able to find what they were looking for in the presentations, poster sessions, workshops and trade show, where networking was particularly intense. In addition to the activities held at the Québec City Convention Centre, the visits of some Fisheries and Oceans Canada hydrographic vessels, the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO), the CCGS Amundsen and the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) nicely rounded out the already well-packed program.  

A visit back in time revealed the essential role hydrographic knowledge played in the outcome of such historic events as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Participants took numerous opportunities to discuss a host of issues, most notably, business development, training, the non-traditional use of hydrographic data and future technologies. The conference brought together not only the active hydrographic community, but also former hydrographers who, although no longer actively involved, continue to keep an attentive eye on what’s happening in the field.

The participants went home with renewed energy and the latest knowledge, ready to take on the many challenges facing the hydrographic world. The next conference will be held in two years, in Niagara Falls.

Robert Dorais, Conference Chair

MPO  P. Vallières
Expedition in the Arctic
A wide-angle view

Do the activities of the Canadian Coast Guard in the Arctic interest you? From August 20 to September 8, you can follow the expedition of the CCGS Des Groseilliers through the eyes of Gracia Bahati, winner of Radio-Canada’s Gagnez le Nord contest.  

Throughout her three-week stay in the Arctic aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, Bahati will be discussing her discoveries in radio interviews and a blog that she will update daily. Delivering supplies to military personnel as well as to Aboriginal and scientific communities in the North, meeting Inuit communities, visiting weather stations, providing assistance to vessels in distress, intervention training exercises, work aboard a vessel... these are just a few of the things on the program.

Gracia Bahati will also play the starring role in a documentary relating her experience that is to be aired this winter on Radio-Canada television.

Gracia Bahati’s blog and interviews on the Arctic expedition (In French only)
Société Radio-Canada

Follow us on Twitter!

The Quebec Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard now has its own Twitter profile.

Follow us! You will be informed about what’s happening at the Department, our public activities, new publications, Web updates, media releases and much more.

Twitter is a subscribable microblogging platform that allows users to follow a variety of groups, organizations and individuals. The published messages (known as tweets) are very short and can redirect readers to more detailed information, photos or videos located elsewhere on the Web.

Twitter profile for the Quebec Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard

A CAREER with the Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard offers some interesting career opportunities. Here are just a few of them:

  • Electronics technician
  • Engine room rating
  • Deckhand / Helms (man/woman)
  • Marine communications and traffic services officer
  • Marine engineer
  • Navigation officer

For more information:

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