about the haabc

history of the haabc

The Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia (HAABC) was established in 1997 to create a unique opportunity for Harbour Authorities (managers, directors, staff), associate harbours, and businesses in the marine industry to exchange information through ongoing networking, information sharing, workshops and annual conferences.

The idea of establishing the HAABC began in 1997 when a board director from Steveston Harbour Authority (SHA) requested that then SHA General Manager, Arnold Walter, look into the formation of a formal association of Harbour Authorities (HAs) in British Columbia. A meeting was called in April, 1997, and a cross-section of harbour managers, board directors and representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Small Craft Harbours Branch attended to discuss the formulation of the new association. In November, 1998, the association was officially incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Before long, marine related industries began requesting associate membership status so they could more closely and officially network with the various Harbour Authorities in BC.

The mandate of the fledgling HAABC was:

“To establish effective communications between Harbour Authorities, foster a good working relationship, exchange information and network, establish a professional standardized policy manual, and educate users, staff and directors.”

haabc mandate

 In September, 2009, the  HAABC Board of Directors revised the mandate of the HAABC to more concisely reflect the purpose and goals of the organization.

The HAABC’s revised mandate became, and remains:

“To support BC Harbour Authorities in building their capacity to meet the needs of the fishing industry and coastal communities.”


A full bylaw review was started in 2010 and was approved at the 2012 AGM. The HAABC Business Plan is currently under review by the Board of Directors.

The HAABC is becoming stronger and more vibrant each year, as the Board of Directors continues to work to ensure the needs of the membership are met. If you are a member or associate member and have any suggestions for the HAABC Board to consider, please send your comments in or contact us here.

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