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Boating Ontario Conference

26 Nov 2018 @ 3:00pm EST
28 Nov 2018 @ 2:00pm EST
Event Details

Final Week to Register!


Members who are looking to purchase tickets for their spouse/guest to attend conference events please use member pricing when booking.

Boating Ontario's province wide industry event provides members of the Ontario boating industry with endless opportunities to network, share ideas, further their education and learn from industry experts.  The program focuses on boating industry priorities identified by the members of the Boating Ontario Association and attracts over 300 industry leaders and key decision makers from across the province.

Boating Ontario takes pride in representing over 500 marina operators, boat dealers, brokers and suppliers in Ontario's diverse recreational boating industry.

We look forward to welcoming you to our third round at the beautiful Blue Mountain Resort in Blue Mountains, ON.

Let's join together and make memories out of moments!


Need another reason to book the 2018 Boating Ontario Conference? 


We are expecting a sold out crowd this year.  Book now so you do not miss out!

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Arrival Day

Delegate bag Sponsor: 

Monday November 26th, 2018



Sponsored by:

3:00 - 7:00pm  Registration  
5:30 - 7:00pm Tailgate Dinner

Welcome Words

Government Acknowledgements

7:00 - 9:00pm

$5 Buck Bar

Exhibitor Extravaganza

9:00pm onwards Post Party: Rusty's in the Village  

Day 1

Tuesday November 27th, 2018



Sponsored By:

7:00am - Noon Registration  
7:30 - 8:30am Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 - 9:45am

Opening Keynote:

Drop more PROFIT to your bottom line

-Valerie Ziebron, VRZ Consulting


9:45 - 10:30am Breakout sessions - Divide and Conquer  
  1. Clean Marine
  2. TIAO - Industry update on issues affecting the boating industry
  3. RBC - Succession Planning
  4. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services - Developing Health & Safety programs- An Interactive Workshop.
10:30 - 11:00am Networking BREAK
11:00 - 12:30pm Shirt Sleeve Session - Tackling tough topics together
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch/ Vendor Visits
1:30 - 2:30pm Education Panel
2:30 - 2:45pm What's up at Boating Ontario  
2:45 - 3:00pm Networking BREAK
3:00 - 4:00pm

Day 1 closing keynote:

Boat Businesses that have fun and get more done!

-Valerie Ziebron, VRZ Consulting

4:00  Industry Cheers
4:00 - 6:00pm Industry meetings  
6:00 - 7:00pm Gala Reception
7:00 - 9:00pm

President's Dinner



  Awards & Director recognitions
9:00pm onwards  Post Party: Time to play in The Village  

Day 2

Wednesday November 28th, 2018



Sponsored by:

7:00 -  8:00am Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am Boating Ontario By-Laws & AGM - Share your opinion and cast your vote.  
9:00 - 9:45am

"A Conversation with NMMA on Tariffs, Market Expansion & Advocacy".

with - Sara Anghel, President NMMA Canada

& Nicole Vasilaros, Senior Vice President, NMMA Government Relations

9:45 - 10:30am Breakout sessions - Divide and conquer  
  1. Hub International: Insurance Program updates.
  2. Trade Meeting: Impact of new By Laws
  3. Saving Employers Time & Money: Employment Ontario Initiatives
  4. Parks Canada: 2018 Actions & Updates.
10:30 - 10:45am Networking BREAK
10:45 - 12:00pm

Engaging & Retaining Employees across the Generations

- Giselle Kovary, N-Gen People Performance Inc.

12:00 - 12:45pm Cannabis Management : How to manage your employees and how to handle your customers.
12:45 - 1:00pm Closing comments  
1:00 Lunch & Departures - 50/50 DRAW


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Valerie Ziebron 

President, VRZ Consulting


Valerie Ziebron is a leading marine industry expert and top-rated speaker.  You may have seen her on the cover of Boating Industry, heard her speak at MDCE - or had her pop into your operation in seach of "Golden Nugget Best Practices" to help marine businesses get more proactive and profitable.

Valerie Ziebron started VRZ Consulting in 1989 and has since worked with hundreds of client - big and small to increase not only CSI and Profitability but also job enjoyment.  She firmly believes that "Work that's fun, gets done!"

She has delivered thousands of presentations that educate, motivate and entertain.  Valerie makes a special study of what business can do to "flip the switch from Reactive to Proactive" with the firm belief that to be profitable, you must be proactive.

Watch Valerie here to see what she is all about!

Sara Anghel

President, National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada


Sara Anghel President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada has been with NMMA for more than 10 years. Anghel has more than 23 years of experience in the realm of government relations. She served in a number of political positions with the Ontario government including communications, policy and chief of staff to the Minister of Northern Development & Mines and Environment.

Since taking the helm, Anghel has raised the profile of the NMMA and of the recreational boating industry in Canada. Notable accomplishments at NMMA include the first ever annual Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, securing more than $700,000 in government funding to support the industry and establishment of NMMA Canada’s first Recreational Boating Day on the Hill in Ottawa where industry leaders meet with government officials to address key issues impacting the boating industry.

Under Anghel’s leadership, NMMA Canada actively engages with the government on a number of important issues such as water access, trade and regulatory issues. The reinstatement of the hours of operation on two of Canada’s historic waterways was a direct result of her leadership in unifying the industry’s advocacy efforts.

Anghel furthers her involvement and commitment to the recreational boating industry by serving on a number of national and international industry boards including being Vice President of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Executive Committee, Chairperson of the (ICOMIA) Statistics Committee. Vice-chair of the Ontario Region Recreational Boating Advisory Council (RBAC), Co-Chair of Transport Canada’s National Recreational Boating Advisory Council (NRBAC). Member of the Board of Directors of the International Marine Certification Institute, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and the Canadian Outdoor Caucus Association.

Anghel has an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto. Double Major: Political Science, Ethics, Society, Law and Minor in Philosophy.

T. Nicole Vasilaros, Esq.

Senior Vice President, Government and Legal Affairs at National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)


Nicole Vasilaros serves as Senior Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). In her current role, Vasilaros manages NMMA’s Washington, DC office and oversees the federal, state, regulatory, and grassroots advocacy agenda. Vasilaros specializes in federal relations with a portfolio including fuel policy, international trade, transportation and environmental access. In addition, Vasilaros serves as in-house legal counsel for NMMA's government relations department. Vasilaros has been with NMMA for over 7 years, initially as Manager for State Government Relations responsible for monitoring a 50 state legislative agenda advocating for the recreational marine industry and overseeing the federal, state and legal agenda for the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, a subsidiary of NMMA.


Prior to working for NMMA, Vasilaros was a Legislative Aid to Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL) handling health care, education and judiciary issues. Vasilaros also clerked for Congressman Robert Wexler (FL) and was a summer associate for The Cochran Firm in Washington, DC. Vasilaros received her JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and was a visiting student at Georgetown University Law Center. Vasilaros is a graduate of Emory University. She is a member of the Virginia Bar and currently serves the Administration on the International Trade Advisory Council for Consumer Goods, Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council and National Boating Safety Advisory Council.

Giselle Kovary, M.A.

President, N-Gen People Performance Inc.


As president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc., Giselle is dedicated to building strategies and programs that help clients target, motivate and engage employees in order to increase performance and productivity. She is a sought after resource to industry leaders, having worked with 18 of the top Fortune 500 companies across North America. Over 60,000 people globally have experienced an n-gen workshop or presentation. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than fifteen years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance.

Giselle has created solutions and programs in six practice areas – sales & customer service, leadership, team building, Millennials & Gen Z and human resources.  She has co-authored two books: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. As a human resources expert, Giselle is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio, including CBC, CTV News Channel and News Talk radio.

Giselle has a Master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and raises money for breast cancer research in her free time.

David Laks

Vice President/Eastern Canada Manager, Risk Services Division

David Laks is VP/Risk Control Services Manager Eastern Canada on the Risk Services team. He brings 30 years of experience in risk control consulting. He develops and implements solutions in the areas of property loss control, building envelop analysis, risk mitigation, construction management, training, business continuity, and regulatory compliance.  Prior to joining HUB, Mr. Laks was the Loss Control Manager with a Fortune 100 food manufacturing company responsible for all aspects of property risk management. Mr. Laks leads HUB’s Cannabis Risk Service technical group.   Currently, Mr. Laks is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) – Ontario Chapter, and the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI).



B.S., Civil Engineering with a Minor in Management – McGill University


P. Eng. (Professional Engineer); Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS);  Registered Roof Consultant (RRC), Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

Why Sponsor the Boating Ontario Conference?

Sponsorship at the Boating Ontario Conference provides you with the opportunity to reach an enthusiastic and energized crowd of over 300 delegates.  Our partners and sponsors are an important and highly visible attraction of the event and play an integral role interacting with the delegates.  In return for their generous commitment of sponsorship, a range of benefits allow each partner to showcase their business/organization in several ways.


  • Endless Networking with delegates while promoting your brand.
  • Actively participate in the many learning and educational opportunities during the conference.
  • Exposure through conference website & Boating Ontario e-newsletters.
  • On-site exposure to delegates during the Tailgate Reception and Exhibitor Extravaganza, Atrium and Huron Ballroom through displays signage, verbal recognition, and promotional material distribution
  • Raising the profile of your organization within the recreational boating industry
  • Capitalize on the Conference’s gathering of key industry players and develop new business relationships

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or to book your Tailgate Exhibitor Extravaganza, space please contact Ashleigh Andrews at or call 1-888-547-6662 ext. 222


Support your association and book today!

BOC2018 delegates receive a discounted rate at Blue Mountain Resort.  Book soon to guarantee your delegate pricing and availability as space is limited.  Special conference rate is available for up to 3 days pre- and post- event. 


Gain access to great rates using our promo code...

Click the link below for access to the promo code & booking instructions

Booking Instructions & Promo Code


Not a member of Boating Ontario yet but are attending the conference?  Please contact Ashleigh Andrews at or 1-888-547-6662 to receive promo code

The Boating Ontario Awards of Excellence are a celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made or continue to make significant contributions to Ontario’s recreational boating industry. These prestigious awards are presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that demonstrate outstanding contributions to recreational boating in Ontario.

We've made it easier than ever to nominate someone, with a quicker more streamlined nomination process

There are four distinct Boating Ontario President’s Awards of Excellence:

W. J. Robertson Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of and appreciation for the Boating Ontario Association.   

Gord Blake Visionary Award recognizes an individual or business who have made a significant contribution in the field of innovation or successfully leveraged an opportunity for visionary leadership within the boating industry.

Robert Eaton Environmental Award celebrates individuals and businesses who are dedicated to environmental responsibility and stewardship while contributing their time and resources to advancing their efforts in the Boating Ontario Clean Marine program.

President’s Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an individual who strives for excellence and whose passion creates positive long-term impact to the boating industry.


Do you know a business or individual that deserves to be recognized?  


Dowload the relevant award nomination form above and send to Ashleigh Andrews at

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
EARLY BIRD - Member Full Conference
11 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD-Member Additional delegates
11 Nov 2018
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EARLY BIRD-Non-Member Full Conference
11 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD -Non- Member Additional delegates
11 Nov 2018
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Member One day only - TUESDAY
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Member One day only - WEDNESDAY
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Member Welcome, Tailgate Reception & Exhibitor Extravaganza
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Member Presidents' Reception, Dinner & Awards Gala
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Non-Member One day only - TUESDAY
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Non-member One day only- WEDNESDAY
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Non- Member Welcome, Tailgate Reception & Exhibitor Extravaganza ONLY
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Non-Member Presidents Dinner & Awards Gala
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Member Full Conference
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Member Additional delegates
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Non-Member Full Conference
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended
Non- Member Additional delegates
28 Nov 2018
Sale Ended

26 Nov 2018 @ 3:00pm EST
28 Nov 2018 @ 2:00pm EST

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