Fisheries Enterprise Management Training (FEMT)

Fisheries Enterprise Management Training (FEMT) Module Descriptions

The Fisheries Enterprise Management Training (FEMT) Program is a series of six modules designed for CFE managers, staff and board members who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of commercial fisheries enterprise management. The six topics include: strategic business planning, project management, financial management, human resources, fisheries operations management and informed decision making. Each module offers participants tools they can use to strengthen and focus their decision making around their current business, HR and training plans for the future of their CFEs. Upon the successful completion of all six modules, participants will receive a certificate of program completion from Vancouver Island University. For more information, contact BDT Training Advisor Alison Krahn –

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In this module, participants are expected to bring a working copy of their Business Plan for their Commercial Fishing Enterprises. The module will continue to strengthen and deepen the learners’ understanding of ongoing strategic business planning for this enterprise. You will address the key questions of ‘why’ and ‘how’ projects fit within your businesses. The course materials will challenge you to utilize some key tools that are commonly employed in strategic business management, namely the PESTLE framework, Porter’s Five Forces Model, and a focused analysis of their business’ resources and capabilities to gain a competitive advantage.
Upon successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Understand of the Strategic Business Planning process and the key elements of a Business Plan
  • Evaluate the current market environment of the industry in order to identify opportunities for your Commercial Fishing Enterprise
  • Assess the internal resources and capabilities of your Commercial Fishing Enterprise in order to recognize and build upon your competitive advantage
  • Develop priorities for the fiscal year (and further into the future) through Strategic Business Planning and use technical business writing skills to articulate these priorities

The primary objectives of this Project Management Module are to empower personnel with the vocabulary, knowledge and basic performance competencies of their roles in any given project. Participants will also learn about project management concepts and methods that assist with organizing and executing their own day-to-day work in a more efficient manner. This module focuses on the four project management phases: Planning, Build-up, Implementation and Closeout.
Upon successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Use the four project management phases in their planning
  • Write clearly defined project statements, including clear project objectives and measurable outcomes
  • Evaluate a project’s success and lessons learned
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities within the project team
  • Communicate effectively with your team, management, and clients

This module will provide participants with an overview of the financial side of their enterprises. Learners will have the opportunity to use financial management to understand the financial statements of their enterprises, how to better use the financial information to make more informed decisions, and how to prepare budgets and reports to better guide their enterprises.
Upon successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Review and understand the financial statements of the enterprise
  • Use different financial management tools for better decision making
  • Prepare and review a budget
  • Prepare a set of pro forma statements
  • Understand the impact that a financial manager can have on a company

This module will support participants in building their capacity to understand the full depth of Human Resource Management and utilize tools to manage their Commercial Fishing Enterprise. The Human Resources Management module will use effective adult learning techniques, including case studies, role playing, group discussions, and participation engagement techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to practice scenarios with real-life examples. The most up to date resources and tools will be given to participants for their further use. From this the top challenges and or most common HR topics be discussed in more details with the group.
Upon successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Understand Federal and BC Legislation Human Resources standards, and where to locate up-to-date information
  • Develop key policies and procedures on the most relevant HR topics for participants (discipline, WorkSafe, harassment etc.)
  • Utilize best practice recruitment and selection techniques, including job expectations, interviews, and retention
  • Develop key training and development initiatives, and recognize the difference vs. professional development
  • Develop appropriate resolutions for common workplace discussions involving communication, conflicts, personalities, and leadership.

The Fisheries Operations Management module is designed to provide an improved understanding of fisheries management in British Columbia, including management objectives, initiatives, guiding principles, governing parties, key laws and policies, and management tools. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with others about the current and evolving framework, objectives, and complexities of BC fisheries and how they are managed. This module is designed to be delivered to CFE managers, employees and Board of Directors. The module is comprised of three sections: 1) BC Commercial Fisheries Management, 2) CFE Business Development, and 3) CFE Fishery and Fleet Management.
Upon successful completion of the module, learners should be able to:

  • Understand BC commercial fisheries and how CFEs fit into this industry
  • Understand BC commercial fishing vessel enterprise operations
  • Develop effective and viable fisheries operations and how to maximize benefits

The Informed Decision Making module supports learners in building capacity to understand the full depth of decision-making Management, and understand and utilize the data and tools to manage their Commercial Fishing Enterprise. The module gives participants the opportunity to work with their own data and work through engagement techniques. From this training the top challenges and or most common topics will be discussed in more detail with the group and incorporated into remaining days.
Upon successful completion of the module, learners should be able to:

  • Complete Leve 1 Excel Training
  • Distinguish between the processes of decision-making
  • Explore decision types and their difference from outcomes
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Review decisions as part of self-development – Including communication and presentation skills on how to “sell” your decisions.
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