Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
November 18, 2019 

Provincial Government Announces Reappointments to Standing Fish Price Setting Panel

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced reappointments to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel.

Wayne Follet (Chairperson) and William Carter (Regular Member) have been reappointed for three-year terms, effective January 10, 2020.

Biographical information for the two appointees is provided in the backgrounder below.

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.

The two re-appointees were originally appointed three years ago through the Independent Appointments Commission, administered by the Public Service Commission. Members of the public interested in opportunities to serve on provincial agencies, boards and commissions are encouraged to complete an application at

“I am pleased that Wayne Follet and William Carter will continue to provide their experience and expertise regarding the province’s fishing industry on the Standard Fish Price-Setting Panel. These re-appointments will maintain continuity on the panel and provide stability within its current operations and will ensure continued stability of the industry for the 2020 fishing season.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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Biographical Information for Two Members Reappointed to the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel

William Carter
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, Mr. Carter worked in senior plant management positions with Ocean Choice International and Cooke Aquaculture Incorporated. He currently lives in Harbour Breton where he manages and operates his own small business. 

Wayne Follett
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 time 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 recently served as the Public Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Surveyors Council. Mr. Follett attended Memorial University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

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