Ferries Conference is produced by Colibri Northwest


October 3, 2023, Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

Below is the 2023 agenda.
The Ferries '24 agenda will be announced here.

Accommodating the New Commuter.

Continental Breakfast & Registration

Opening Remarks: Peter Philips, Colibri Northwest

Legislative Overview and Public Sector Funding

  • Federal and State financing programs
  • Legislative update
  • Private sector financing tools

Stacey Crawshaw-Lewis, Pacifica Law Group 


Stephanie Bowman, Washington State Dept. of Commerce

Ray Bucheger, FBB Federal Relations

Justin LeBlanc, Justin LeBlanc Government Relations, LLC

Amanda Wyma-Bradley, US Senator Patty Murray

Coffee Break & Networking

Ferry Decarbonization: Technology and Operations

How to choose the right power sources for different applications, and how the private sector can participate in public sector investment in alternative fuels for use in marine transit.

Panelists will discuss technology challenges and opportunities in ferry decarbonization:

  • Ferry emissions: the case for decarbonization.
  • Commuter electric ferry systems: what it takes for reality to meet expectations.
  • Technology options and priorities.
  • Vessel design: customization vs standardization.
  • Shoreside charging solutions for electric ferries.

Michael Eaglen, EV Maritime

Mark Keneford, Wärtsilä Canada Inc.

Hosted Lunch

Terminal Infrastructure Considerations


Brent Baker, WSP

Mark Bandy, Kimley-Horn

David Sowers, PE., Washington State Ferries

Marsha Tolon PLA, ENV-SP, Washington State Ferries

Coffee Break & Networking

Case Studies

Panelists will discuss existing and proposed ferry services around the country, explaining how they quantify demand, choose vessels and terminals and integrate the service into their community.


Dr. Dilip Trivedi, PhD, PE, Moffatt & Nichol


Neil Bowles, Artemis Technologies

Tim Hanners, San Francisco Bay Ferry/WETA

David Mik, Power Engineering

Heather Salem, TDM-CP, Genentech, Inc

Hosted Reception