April 19, 2017

Schedule

Life Jacket Association
2021 Annual Conference
May 4 & 6, 2021 | Virtual

Agenda subject to change.
All times in Eastern Time.

TUESDAY, MAY 4th

12:00 – 12:45 PM

Networking: Brown Bag Breakfast/Lunch
Host: Gordon Colby, Chair, Life Jacket Association
1:00 – 1:10 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Gordon Colby, Chair, Life Jacket Association
1:10 – 1:35 PM

REI’s Product Impact Standards & Climate Action
Greg Gausewitz, Product Sustainability Manager, REI
1:40 – 2:05 PM

All Boats Float; Diversity in Paddlesports
Andrea Knepper, Executive Director, Chicago Adventure Therapy
2:10 – 2:25 PM

Q&A with Speakers

2:25 – 2:40 PM

Break

2:40 – 2:50 PM
Life Jacket Website
Hannah Helsby, Deputy Executive Director, NASBLA
2:55 – 3:10 PM

Commercial Fishing PFD Research & Training: An International Overview
Rebecca Weil, Research Coordinator, NE Center Occupational Health and Safety
Rachel Eckert, Research Assistant, NE Center Occupational Health and Safety
Jessica Echard, Research Coordinator, NE Center Occupational Health and Safety
3:15 – 3:25 PM

Q&A with speakers

3:30 – 3:50 PM

Paddling Fatalities: Trends, Contributing Factors and Simple Interventions
Robin Pope, Chair, American Canoe Association (ACA)
3:50 – 4:00 PM

Q&A with Speaker & Open Mic

THURSDAY, MAY 6th

12:00 – 12:40 PM

Networking: Brown Bag Breakfast/Lunch
Host: Troy Faletra, Vice Chair, Life Jacket Association
12:45 – 12:55 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Gordon Colby, Chair, Life Jacket Association
12:55 – 1:00 PM

Break

1:00 – 1:15 PMU.S. National Water Safety Action Plan – Life Jackets, PFDs and Other Flotation​
Christopher Stec, Whitewater Canoe & SUP Instructor Trainer Educator, American Canoe Association (ACA)
Elizabeth “Tizzy” Bennett, Former Director Community Health and Drowning Prevention, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Dana Gage, Founder, The LV Project
1:20 – 2:10 PM





PANEL: Working Towards Sustainability: Developing a Path Forward
Brandi Baldwin, Division Chief, USCG Lifesaving & Fire Safety Division
Catherine Martin, Engineering Leader, UL LLC, Life Safety and Security
Steve Keller, Commercial Manager, ITWNexus
Clint Smith, Senior Director, Global Sustainability, Pregis LLC

*Time includes Q&A
2:10 – 2:20 PM

Break

2:20 – 2:45 PM

A look ahead with BSX
Verne Gifford, Chief, USCG Boating Safety Division
2:50 – 3:10 PM

How to Combat Life Jackets Being Sold in the U.S. That Are Not Approved by the United States Coast Guard
Stefan V. Stein, Intellectual Property Attorney, GrayRobinson, P.A.
3:10 – 3:20 PM

Q&A with Speakers

3:20 – 3:50 PM

Business Meeting

3:50 – 4:00 PM

Open Mic

Updated: 05/03/21