Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
January 26, 2017
Focusing on Important Fishery Issues
Appointments Made to Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel
The Provincial Government has appointed four individuals to the Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel. Effective January 10, 2017, the appointments include: chairperson, Wayne Follett; two regular members, Rosalind Walsh and William J. Carter; and alternate member, Brendan Condon. All appointments are for a three-year term.
“I am pleased to announce the selection of a new chairperson and members for the Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel. We began recruitment efforts for these positions in July 2016 and following the merit-based screening process, these qualified individuals were selected. Mr. Follett, Ms. Walsh, Mr. Carter and Mr. Condon have strong backgrounds in the fishing industry and will bring diverse skills and experience to the panel.”
- The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Established in 2006, the Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel is responsible for annually identifying, in consultation with stakeholders, particular fish species for collective bargaining; collecting and disseminating market information; establishing parameters for negotiations; facilitating collective bargaining; setting hearings; and where necessary, acting as an arbitration panel in setting fish prices when the parties have been unable to agree.
Biographies of the new appointees can be found in the backgrounder below.
These appointments were made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act.
- Wayne Follett has been appointed as chairperson and Rosalind Walsh and William J. Carter have been appointed as regular members of the Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel. Brendan Condon is appointed as an alternate member.
- As members of the Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel, these individuals will work with industry stakeholders to identify species for collective bargaining, facilitate collective bargaining and act as an arbitration panel for parties in setting fish prices where necessary.
- These appointments followed the merit-based process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act.
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Below are the biographies of the new members of the Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel:
Wayne Follett is a part-time consultant offering services in business management and planning, fisheries management and public policy. Mr. Follett is the former President and CEO of Marine Atlantic Inc. Prior to this he worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans including as a Regional Director of Fisheries Management, Regional Director of the Canadian Coast Guard and seven years as a Regional Director General for the Newfoundland Region. In 2007, Mr. Follett co-chaired a Task Force on the Renewal of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery reporting to the Premier and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. In 2016, he served as a member of the Ministerial Panel on Last In First Out in the Northern Shrimp Fishery.
Mr. Follett has been a member of numerous boards including One Ocean, the Marine Institute and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation. He currently sits as the Public Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Surveyors Council. Mr. Follett attended Memorial University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Rosalind Walsh has dedicated her career to the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry and she has held a number of positions in the public and private sector.
Most recently she worked for the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union as a project coordinator. Prior to this, Ms. Walsh held the position of Executive Director for the Northern Coalition, an organization of community and aboriginal offshore northern shrimp licence holders.
She has served on multiple fishing industry related boards, foundations, and steering committees and worked for six ministers of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
William Carter grew up on the south coast of Newfoundland and has been involved in the fishing industry for most of his working career. After graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he began working in the private sector with Fishery Products International Limited. He later entered the public service and worked with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture for nine years before moving to the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation. Returning to the south coast in 2002, he worked in senior plant management positions with Ocean Choice International and Cooke Aquaculture Incorporated. Mr. Carter currently lives in Harbour Breton where he manages and operates his own small business.
Brendan Condon was born in Calvert and completed his high school years in nearby Ferryland. Following a period of time as an inshore fish harvester, he attended the College of Fisheries (Marine Institute) where he attained a number of certificates in the fishing and marine sectors.
Mr. Condon joined the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the mid 1970s. During his tenure at the department he served as manager of the department’s Middle Distance Fishing Vessel Program, director of the Field Services Division and director of the Fisheries Adjustment Division.
In 2000, Mr. Condon became Executive Director of the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board for Newfoundland and Labrador, a position he held until 2005.
During his more than 30-year career in the fishing industry, Mr. Condon served on a number of inter-governmental and industry committees. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Fish Harvesters Resource Centre.
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