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Paul Topping
Director - Regulatory & Environmental Affairs at Chamber of Marine Commerce


Paul Topping is currently Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs at the Chamber of Marine Commerce located in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.  Prior to joining the Chamber, he worked for 28 years in marine-related positions in the federal government, leading to his last position at Transport Canada as Manager of Environmental Protection with Marine Safety and Security.  

Paul has experience developing and overseeing marine safety regulations, policies, standards, guidelines and procedures at both Environment Canada and Transport Canada.  For many years he represented Canada at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as part of the Canadian delegation for the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).  He has also has represented Canada at other international forums, namely the United Nations and the Consultative Shipping Group. 

He has managed regulatory programs dealing with preventing water pollution, reducing air pollutants and greenhouse gases, managing ballast water, ocean noise, marine protected areas, and recycling of old ships. As well, he has chaired the Standing Committee on the Environment at the national meetings of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council. 

Paul holds an Honours Bachelors of Science Degree in biology from the University of Waterloo and lives in Maxville, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, with his wife Erin. He has three adult children and five grandchildren.

Agenda Sessions

  • Case study: experience of Canadian domestic ship owners to date