CSSRA Holds Annual Technical Conference

The Canadian Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Association recently held its 35th Annual Technical Conference in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Closed sessions of the 95-member organization were held on the first day of the conference with special attention being paid to offshore opportunities and marketing. Craig Oliver, Assistant Deputy Minister, responsible for capital and industrial goods, industry, trade, and commerce, and Henry M. Walsh, president of the CSSRA, co-chaired a seminar on Offshore Opportunities to study how best Canadian industry can profit from offshore and Arctic petroleum developments.

Government representatives in the seminar included officials from the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration (COGLA) and the Office of Industrial and Regional Benefits (OIRB).

The open sessions of the second day were chaired by Harvey McKeough, chairman of the board of directors, and by Peter Hatfield, chairman of the technical section. The sessions began with an address by the association president, f o l l o w e d by Jean- Jacques Blais, minister of supply and services, who spoke on "The Steel Industry and Shipbuilding." Over 600 persons attended the sessions from across Canada and from many parts of the world to hear the presentation and discussion of 12 technical papers.

Edward Lumley, minister of industry, trade and commerce and regional economic expansion, was the guest speaker at the closing banquet attended by over 800 persons.

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