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Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board

Responsible Entity

Fisheries and Land Resources


Section 5 of the Professsional Fish Harvesters Act


No Remuneration


The Professional Fish Harvesters Act (the Act), assented to June 18, 1996, provided for the establishment of the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) in 1997, a Category 3 government entity under the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The PFHCB is a non-profit organization, created by and operating for the benefit of all Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters. The objectives of the PFHCB are to promote the interest of fish harvesters as a professional group; to operate and maintain a fish harvester registration system; to develop, evaluate and recommend courses under the professionalization program; to be responsible for defining the standards for professionalization; to issue certificates of accreditation to qualifying fish harvesters; to provide an independent appeals procedure for fish harvesters; to develop, maintain and monitor compliance of a Code of Ethics; to apply sanctions against fish harvesters who violate the Board's Code of Ethics; and to provide an advisory role to the Federal and Provincial Governments in the formation of fisheries policies consistent with the common good of fish harvesters. For additional information on the PFHCB, please visit www.pfhcb.com.


The Act states that the 15-member board appointed by the minister shall be comprised of: seven representatives of the organization that has been recognized by the Labour Relations Board as representing fish harvesting in collective bargaining (Fish, Food, and Allied Workers); one representative from a registered fisheries co-operative; a representative of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA); a representative of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills; two representatives of the federal government, at least one of whom shall be from Fisheries and Oceans Canada; a representative of a post-secondary education training institution; a representative appointed to represent aboriginal fish harvesters in the province; and a representative-at-large chosen by the minister.

The PFHCB has an internal executive committee consisting of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, one other member elected by the members of the PFHCB as a member-at-large, and the executive director. The chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary cannot be representatives of a department of the Provincial Government or of the Government of Canada.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the PFHCB should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of the commercial fish harvesting industry (asset)


Note: Most PFHCB representatives are nominated by the organization/group they are affiliated with and, as such, are deemed as a qualified representative by that organization/group. For example, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers nominate seven members and, as directed in Section 5(3) of the Act, ensures that these are “chosen in a manner which ensures that all areas of the province and the different fleet sectors are represented on the board.”

All members of the PFHCB should possess:

  • high ethical standards and integrity;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • an understanding of obligations under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
  • Objectivity.

Time Commitments:

Members of the PFHCB should be available to meet two times per year but may occasionally be called to meet as needed. Executive Committee members generally meet monthly.


Members are appointed for a term of up to three years, are eligible for reappointment, and can continue to serve after the expiry of their term until reappointed or replaced.

Vacancy Profile:

The Minister is seeking a candidate to represent Aboriginal fish harvesters in the province.

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the core competencies and qualifications identified above for all members, in addition to possessing some knowledge of or experience with the following:

  • Aboriginal issues, including those of Aboriginal fish harvesters;
  • Aboriginal Governments, organizations, and communities in the province;
  • Aboriginal participation in the fishery.

The Minister will consider a combination of relevant qualifications and experience.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Best, Mr. ReginaldMemberMinisterial2016-09-192018-12-31
Bonnell, Mr. Carey MemberMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Broderick, Mr. William ChairpersonMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Chuenpagdee, Dr. Ratana Member, Representative at LargeMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Director of Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans PolicyMemberMinisterial2017-06-292020-06-28
Director of Workforce DevelopmentMemberMinisterial2017-06-292020-06-28
Feltham, Mr. George Vice-ChairpersonMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Hedderson, Mr. Carl MemberMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Keenan, Mr. Robert MemberMinisterial2016-09-192018-12-31
Noonan , Mr. Mike MemberMinisterial2016-09-192018-12-31
Penney, Ms. Kimberley Member-at-LargeMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Pilgrim, Mr. Brooks MemberMinisterial2015-06-252018-06-24
Skinner, Ms. MildredSecretaryMinisterial2016-09-192018-12-31
Spence, Mr. Dwight MemberMinisterial2016-09-192018-12-31
VacantMinisterialNot Applicable

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