Boating Ontario Conference

25 Nov 2019 @ 3:00pm EST
27 Nov 2019 @ 1:00pm EST
Event Details

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

Please be advised that completion of online registration requires a credit card; if this is not possible for you or your business, please call the Boating Ontario office at (888) 547-6662 so that a member of our team may assist you.

There is also the option to donate to the MarineWorx Development Fund at checkout. If you are interested in donating, please click the blue wording above or check "yes" and a member of the Boating Ontario team will be in touch.


 What's New?!

The Boating Ontario Annual Conference is constantly evolving to ensure it encompasses all aspects of our ever-changing industry. So, what's new? LOTS!


What Can You Expect?

1) Networking and Knowledge - you asked, now we're prepared to deliver!

We've packed our agenda full of opportunities to network with other industry members and peers while also getting the low-down on all sides of the recreational boating industry in Ontario! Check out our Agenda tab to get a feel for the awesome sessions we'll be bringing you in November!

2) NEW  BOATS - Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show - the inaugural event!

2019 will see the first-ever BOATS (Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show) event! BOATS kicks off the conference Monday evening along with the Welcome Reception. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks while you network with trade partners and fellow delegates. This year, the Trade Show will be bigger - 10' x 10' booths bigger - and better than ever. Another first is the presence of booths in the main presentation room (Great Room) throughout the ENTIRE conference!

3) NEW  Conference Mobile App - keeping you app-to-date!

We're excited to be bringing you a mobile app to keep you connected to all things conference! Really looking forward to a certain presentation (or all of them)?! Bookmark the item in the Agenda section, and it'll create a reminder so that you don't miss out! Speaker finished early?! You'll get a notification for what's next, so you're not wondering where you're supposed to be! You can also read Speaker profiles, resolve your queries in the FAQ section, check out the BOATS participants, and so much more! We'll be sending out the info for how to get your hands on the app in November, so stay tuned!

4) NEW  Spousal Program - eat, drink, and be married!

Boating Ontario is excited to be launching a Spousal Program at this year's conference! Participating spouses will receive entry into the Welcome Reception & BOATS event on Monday evening before being whisked away Tuesday morning for a fun-filled day in the Niagara region. The group will visit two wineries and a brewery, and stop for a pay-your-own-way lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake, before attending the Presidents' Reception, Dinner, & Awards! Wednesday is a spousal relaxation day - do whatever your heart desires!

5) NEW  The Sip Trip - enjoy Niagara!

We get it - Niagara Falls is a heck of a hike for some to travel for two days of conference.. which is why we've partnered with several wineries and breweries in the surrounding areas to bring you yet ANOTHER reason to come out to your annual conference: free samples of Niagara nectar! Make a mini-vacation out of it - especially now that your spouse is going, too - and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to sample numerous wines/beer courtesy of participating partners! We'll be hooking you up with multiple different ways to enjoy Niagara!

 6) NEW  First-Timers Reception - there's a first for everything!

If this is your first time attending the Boating Ontario Conference, join us Monday evening for the First-Timers Reception and meet the Boating Ontario Board.


About Boating Ontario & Our Annual Conference!

The Boating Ontario Association represents over 500 marina operators, boat dealers, brokers, and suppliers in Ontario's diverse recreational boating industry. Our annual conference provides you with endless opportunities to network, share ideas, further your knowledge and learn from industry experts.  The conference 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.


The Boating Ontario Conference is your source for networking, knowledge, and fun this November! Book now so you do not miss out!

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Monday, November 25th, 2019




3:00 - 7:00pm  Registration  
5:00 - 6:00pm NEW - First-Timer Reception  
5:30 - 9:00pm

NEW - BOATS (Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show)



  Welcome Reception

Welcome Words

Government Acknowledgements

6:30 - 9:00pm Five Buck Bar
9:00pm onwards Enjoy Niagara  

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019




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

Opening Keynote:

David Coletto, Expert on Millennials - How to Engage Millennials at Work: Understanding Where They Are Coming From and What It Means for Management 


9:45 - 10:15am

Wells Fargo - State of the Financial Union

10:15 - 10:35am Networking BREAK  
10:35 - 12:00pm Shirt Sleeve Session - Share Knowledge and Grow Together  
12:00 - 1:00pm LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00pm Prepare to be Blown Away!  
2:00 - 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions - Divide and Conquer

  1. TIAO - How Tourism Benefits Your Business
  2. TD Finance - Retail Finance
  3. Workplace Saftey & Prevention
  4. Association of Marina Industries - How the Largest Marina-Centric Network in the World Can Help YOU be More Successful
3:00 - 3:15pm Networking BREAK  
3:15 - 3:45pm

Fernandes Hearn, LLP - Update on Marine Liability Act

3:45 - 4:30

Day 1 Closing Keynote:

David Coletto, Expert on Millennials - Putting a Generational Lens on How You Lead: Turning Theory Into Action

4:30pm Industry Cheers
4:30 - 6:00pm Discover Niagara!  
6:00 - 7:00pm Gala Reception
7:00 - 9:00pm

Gala Dinner

  Gala Awards
9:00pm onwards Discover Niagara!  

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019




7:00 - 9:00pm


7:00 - 8:00am Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15am Boating Ontario AGM  
8:15 - 8:30am What's up at Boating Ontario - Words from the President & CEO  
8:30 - 9:00am

Polaris Industries - Committed to the Marine Industry

9:00 - 9:30am IJC (International Joint Commission) - High Water Levels  
9:30 - 10:30am

Breakout Sessions - Divide and Conquer

  1. Brown & Struthers - Software Systems for Small Marinas
  2. Parks Canada - 2019 Actions and Updates
  3. Cambridge FX
  4. Muskoka Grown - Don't Boat High

10:30 - 10:45am

Networking BREAK

10:45 - 11:45am 

Your Business, Discovered on Mobile

- Brian Sencich, Client Partner at Facebook Inc.

11:45 - 12:45pm

Day 2 Closing Keynote:

- Drew Dudley, Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker

12:45 - 1:00pm Departing Comments
1:00pm Departures & Lunch To-Go
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David Coletto

Expert on Millennials


David Coletto delivers strategic advice and research design expertise to many of Canada’s foremost corporations, advocacy groups, and political lead

David’s clients have included Nestle, Sysco, Google, Ernst & Young, the RCMP and Hudson’s Bay, among many others.

Having earned a doctorate in 2010, David is an Adjunct Professor teaching courses on polling and public opinion, political marketing, research and public affairs. He is also an instructor at the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management.

He is an outspoken proponent of transparency in the polling industry and is regularly called upon by media and organizations alike to provide expert analyses of public opinion and research methodologies.

ers. A leader in online research methodologies, public affairs research, corporate and organizational reputation studies, and youth research, Coletto has led projects for top-tier companies in many sectors including pharmaceutical, transportation, financial services, educational, natural resource, telecommunications, media, arts and cultural, tourism, and retail.

Brian Sencich

Client Partner, Facebook Inc.


Brian has been working in online advertising for over 10 years. He had meaningful and enjoyable stops at both and, and eventually found his way to Facebook. He strives to ensure businesses find the most efficient ways to spend their marketing budget through partnership and optimal solutions. Facebook has 24 million monthly active users in Canada. Brian will go into detail about ad targeting, creative best practices, measurement and solving for the right business objectives on the platform.

Kim Stoll

Partner, Fernandes Hearn LLP


Kim Stoll’s practice includes a specialty in transportation law focusing primarily in marine and trucking including marina claims (including personal injury), freight forwarding and logistics, cargo losses, products liability, casualty, loss transfer and transportation-related personal injury litigation and mediation. She also has years of experience in litigation, mediation and adjustment of property casualty matters.  Kim has provided detailed complex insurance coverage advice and has acted as excess counsel and for underinsured entities in various matters.

Kim has conducted trials in both the Ontario Superior Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Kim is an active mediator of Bluestone ADR ( serving all of Ontario.  She holds her Certificate in ADR and Advanced ADR from the University of Windsor and also from Pepperdine University, California, regarding its STAR program (Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies). She is a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and is presently taking their Gold Standard Arbitration Course.

Kim is very active in the transportation industry and is a Past President of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association (2012). She is Vice President – Central Region of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (2017 to present).

Kim is listed in Best Lawyers (2016 -2020) for Maritime Law and is listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2016-2019) as Consistently Recommended for Transportation (Rail and Road). She is listed by Who’s Who Legal: Shipping and Maritime (2017-2019) as a Leader in the Field.

Kim regularly organizes and speaks at conferences, conducts seminars and writes articles in the areas of her expertise, including The Transportation Lawyer and The Navigator. She had been Chair of or Contributor to various CPD planning committees of industry conferences including the Marine & Energy Symposium of the Americas (MESA 2018), Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association including the 2019 CTLA Annual Conference. In 2019, as part of Wista Canada Central Region, Kim has developed a new lecture series: Women in Leadership: A Personal Conversation, featuring prominent women in the transportation industry.

Kim is a member of The Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, The Transportation Lawyers Association, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, Canadian Maritime Law Association, The Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, The Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, The Toronto Transportation Club, The Organization of Women in International Trade- Toronto, The Marine Club, the Marine Recovery Forum, the Advocates Society and the Defence Research Institute.

Rui Fernandes

Partner, Fernandes Hearn LLP


Mr. Fernandes practices in all aspects of transportation law (aviation, marine, trucking, rail, freight forwarding, logistics and warehousing). He advises clients on business issues ranging from incorporation, commercial contracts, buying and selling businesses and litigation.

Mr. Fernandes has been included in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He’s on the list in "Best Lawyers in Canada" in the area of maritime law and transportation law. He is Chambers Canada ranked, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated, and a Who’s Who Legal Canada Thought Leader in Shipping and Maritime Law. Mr. Fernandes has appeared before the courts of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He conducts numerous mediations and arbitrations for clients and also acts as a mediator and arbitrator for other parties.

He is the author of numerous articles and seven texts on transportation and insurance law, including the three-volume “Transportation Law” published by Aerospark Press. Lexis Nexis has published three volumes by Mr. Fernandes, on Railway Law, Carriage of Goods and Maritime Law, in their Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

Mark Amaral

Executive Director, Association of Marina Industries


Mark Amaral is the Executive Director of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). He oversees all aspects of the Association’s work including oversight of its Training Institute’s programs, the International Marina and Boatyard Conference, legislative, lobby and data collection activities, and membership retention and growth.   He played an important role in creating the Association by facilitating a merger between Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and the International Marina Institute (IMI).

Mark is also the co-founder and President of Lighthouse Consulting Group, Inc.  The group provides association management services to a range of different organization in the recreational boating space, including AMI and facilitative services to a wide range of public and private clients. These clients include United States Agency for International Development, The World Bank, the United Nations Environmental Progamme, United States Agency for Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Sea Grant College Program. 

Mark focuses on moving concepts into concrete actions.  His twenty plus years of experience have focused helping individuals and organizations to conceptualize and managing the change process at local, regional and national scales.  Past work includes the development of a national coastal policy and supporting structure for the country of Tanzania, designing and deploying a coastal management regional training program for the countries in the Western Indian Ocean region, developing Local Action Plans for all coral reefs in the United States, providing research during the creation of the Clean Vessel Act and writing Rhode Island’s pollution reduction program for marinas, which was one of the first Clean Marina programs in the United States.

Drew Dudley

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker & 

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author


Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to help people discover the leader within. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” redefined leadership — it’s not a characteristic of an elite few, but one that lives within us all. Through his high-energy talks, Dudley shares practical and actionable insights on creating cultures of leadership that lead to higher levels of pride, productivity, and happiness. He empowers audiences to believe that they are leaders and gives them the tools needed to make a difference.  

Dudley is the founder and Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, where he has helped organizations around the world increase their leadership capacity. His clients have included such dynamic companies as McDonald’s, DreamWorks Animation, JP Morgan Chase, the United Way, and more than 75 colleges and universities.

Prior to founding Day One, Dudley spent eight years as the director of one of Canada’s largest leadership development programs at the University of Toronto, and served as a national chair of one of Canada’s largest youth charities, which mobilized 35,000 volunteers to raise $1 million dollars annually in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.    

Dudley has spoken to more than 250,000 people on five continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America,, and, where his talk was voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time”. TIME, Business Insider and Inc. magazines have all named his talk one of their “10 speeches that will make you a better leader”.

A bestselling author, Dudley’s first book This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters debuted at #6 on The Wall Street Journal bestseller List, and has gone on to become an international bestseller.

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 in interacting with the delegates.  In return for their generous commitment of sponsorship, a range of benefits allows each partner to showcase their business/organization in several ways.


  • Opportunity to actively participate in the many learning and educational opportunities during the conference
  • Endless networking with delegates while promoting your brand
  • On-site exposure during BOATS & Reception and in the various event rooms throughout the conference; this is done through displays, signage, verbal recognition, sponsor identification on badges, and promotional material
  • Potential to capitalize on the conference’s gathering of key industry players and develop new business relationships
  • Pre-event exposure through conference registration on website and conference event mobile app
  • Raising the profile of your organization within the recreational boating industry

Download Sponsorship Package

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or to book your BOATS (Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show) space please contact Madi Lacey at or call 1-888-547-6662 ext. 222


Book today to avoid disappointment!

BOC2019 delegates receive a discounted rate for rooms at Sheraton on the Falls and a very limited number of multi-bedroom suites at the Crowne PlazaBook soon to guarantee your delegate pricing and availability as space is limited.  All delegates can take advantage of discounted room rates for up to 3 days pre- and post- event at the Sheraton on the Falls.

Overnight guests will enjoy complimentary self-parking, accessed at check-in.

PLEASE NOTE - Sheraton on the Falls is waiving the Resort Fee, as noted on the launch page of their booking site. You will see this fee as part of your total when you confirm your booking; your credit card will NOT be charged at this time and will only be used to reserve your room. You will NOT be required to pay this fee.


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



Booking Instructions & Promo Code


Not a member of Boating Ontario yet but are attending the conference?  Please contact Madi Lacey at or 1-888-547-6662 ext. 222 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 a positive long-term impact on the boating industry.


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


Download the relevant award nomination form above and send to Madi Lacey at


Introducing the Spousal Program!

For the first time, the Boating Ontario Conference will be offering a Spousal Program! Participating spouses will receive entry into the Welcome Reception & BOATS event on Monday evening before being whisked away Tuesday morning for a fun-filled day in the Niagara region. The group will visit two wineries and a brewery, and stop for a pay-your-own-way lunch in Niagara-on-the-Lake, before attending the Presidents' Reception, Dinner, & Awards! Wednesday is a spousal relaxation day - do whatever your heart desires!


The MarineWorx Development Fund is an industry-funded, education-focused program for members of all sizes, markets, and segments of recreational boating. The focus of MarineWorx is assisting all employees or prospective employees in the Ontario marine workforce with expenses incurred as they further their career. The goal is to create a sustainable long-term funding model that will lead the recreational marine sector to addressing our workforce challenge in all areas of business including service, parts, sales, and operations.

If you wish to make a donation to the MarineWorx Development Fund, please click the blue wording or check "yes" during the registration checkout process; a team member from Boating Ontario will be in touch.

Learn More

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
NEW Spousal Program 15 Nov 2020 $300.00
EARLY BIRD - Member Full Conference
01 Nov 2019
Members Only
EARLY BIRD - Member Additional delegates
01 Nov 2019
Members Only
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Full Conference 01 Nov 2019 $550.00
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Additional delegates 01 Nov 2019 $500.00
Member One day only - TUESDAY
26 Nov 2019
Members Only
Member One day only - WEDNESDAY 27 Nov 2019 $140.00
Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event
25 Nov 2019
Members Only
Member Presidents' Reception, Dinner & Awards Gala
26 Nov 2019
Members Only
Non-Member One day only - TUESDAY 26 Nov 2019 $380.00
Non-member One day only - WEDNESDAY 27 Nov 2019 $240.00
Non- Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event 25 Nov 2019 $240.00
Non-Member Presidents' Reception, Dinner & Awards Gala 26 Nov 2019 $240.00
Member Full Conference
27 Nov 2019
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2019
Member Additional delegates
27 Nov 2019
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2019
Non-Member Full Conference
27 Nov 2019
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2019
Non- Member Additional delegates
27 Nov 2019
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2019

25 Nov 2019 @ 3:00pm EST
27 Nov 2019 @ 1:00pm EST

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