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Boating Ontario Conference

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

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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 - 5:45pm NEW - First-Timer Reception  
5:30 - 9:00pm

NEW - BOATS (Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show)



  Welcome Reception

Welcome Words

5:30 - 9:00pm Five Buck Bar
7:00pm Live Band
9:00pm onwards Discover 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

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 Learn Together
12:00 - 1:00pm LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00pm Prepare to be Blown Away!
2:00 - 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions - Divide and Conquer




- You're in the Tourism Industry - Use it to Grow your Business



TD Finance

- Retail Finance




Workplace Safety & Prevention Services 

- Employee Health & Safety Handbook Workshop


Association of Marina Industries

- How the AMI Can Help YOU be More Successful

3:00 - 3:15pm Networking BREAK  
3:15 - 3:45pm

Fernandes Hearn, LLP 

Marine Liability Act & Your Business

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 Free Time!  
6:00 - 7:00pm Gala Reception
7:00 - 9:00pm

Gala Dinner

  Gala Wine
  Gala Awards
9:00pm onwards Discover Niagara!  

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019




7:00 - 9:00am


7:00 - 8:00am Breakfast
7:45 - 8:00am Boating Ontario AGM  
8:00 - 8:15am What's up at Boating Ontario - Words from the President & CEO  
8:15 - 8:45am

Polaris Industries - Committed to the Marine Industry

8:45 - 9:15am IJC (International Joint Commission) - Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River High Water Levels
9:15 - 9:30am NMMA - Luxury Tax Update
9:30 - 10:30am

Breakout Sessions - Divide and Conquer


Brown & Struthers

- Software Systems for Small Marinas


Parks Canada

2019 Actions and Updates


Cambridge FX

- Currency Exchange Program


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 - This is Day One: Defining the Things That Define You

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 leaders. 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.

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.

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.

Kirsi Henry

Manager Small Business, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services


Kirsi is a Canadian Registered Health & Safety Professional (CRSP) with an Honours Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Adult Education Administration. Throughout her 19 years with WSPS she has delivered training and consulting solutions to customers across the province, with the goal of promoting practical workplace health and safety programs. Currently, Kirsi is working with WSPS to develop tools and resources that will help small businesses save time and money as they work towards health and safety compliance.

Kirsi also has personal and work experience with the boating industry, having grown up at a small fishing resort and working summer jobs at a local marina. On her days off, you can expect to see Kirsi and her family exploring the beautiful waterways of Georgian Bay in their 21’ Stanley Islander.

Mayor Jim Diodati

Mayor of Niagara Falls


Mayor Jim Diodati won his seat as Mayor of Niagara Falls for the third consecutive time in 2018. When an elected official wins their third term, it is sometimes regarded as a considerable feat, as it is often noted as the most challenging race of their career. Mayor Jim’s 3rd term win was a challenge of epic proportions, but not in the same way most would expect. After first being elected mayor in 2010, beating out the incumbent, Mayor Jim proved he was doing something right when he was re-elected with a whopping 84% of the vote in 2014 his second time around. But that type of ma-jor community support didn’t make his 3rd run any easier. Months before the election in 2018, Mayor Jim was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent extensive chemotherapy over the course of that year— including right through the election. Un-able to fully campaign, his team took over and did everything Jim couldn’t.

Jim made only very few appearances, often with no hair, a weak voice, limited energy and was unable to shake people’s hands to protect his healing immune system. A vote for Mayor Jim was a vote of faith— for a strong and healthy future for Mayor Jim and for our City. Once again, people came out with incredible support, allowing him to handily win his seat as mayor. Mayor Diodati has never taken the idea of teamwork lightly, but more than ever, he appreciates the sheer magic of a strong, dedicated team, along with prayer, support, and a positive outlook— even in the darkest days. He has come back since receiving a clean bill of health, more active and engaged than ever. He is focused on seeing some major projects in Niagara Falls to fruition: year-round daily GO Train service, a new South Niagara Hospital for residents, a cultural market hub and many more. He is more focused on living well, feeling well and sharing vitality, enthusiasm with those around him, but one thing hasn’t changed— he remains the City of Niagara Falls’ biggest fan!

Richard Straka

Commercial Sales Leader (OEM - Relationships), Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance


Richard began his distribution finance career in 1996 and has held various positions including: Field Service Representative, Credit Analyst, Six Sigma Black Belt and Portfolio leadership roles.

Richard has worked in the U.S., Europe and Asia to develop new markets and provide project management skills to key customers. In his current role as Commercial Sales Leader he manages team members dedicated to working with OEMs across CDF’s served industries: Marine, Recreational Vehicles, Power Sports, Lawn and Garden, Agriculture and Appliances.

Richard earned his Bachelor Degree in economics at the University of Waterloo in 1994 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in economics from McGill University in 1996.

Beth Potter

President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)


Beth Potter took over the reins as President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) in January 2011. Beth leads the advocacy efforts for the tourism industry – promoting the importance of tourism as an economic driver and job creator for Ontario – by working with business owners, tourism organizations and governments.  Collectively, TIAO represents the 189,000 businesses and 391,000 employees that are dedicated to promoting and operating the Province’s tourism infrastructure. With more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and tourism sectors, Beth has worked with a variety of boards, committees and volunteers across the tourism industry and from all walks of life. She currently serves on the boards for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Ryerson University.

Pierre Béland

Canadian Commissioner & Chair, International Joint Commission


Pierre Béland is a scientist in environmental biology and toxicology, best known as an expert on the conservation of beluga whales. He was a founder and research scientist with the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology, an NGO dedicated to research and education on toxic compounds in estuarine ecosystems.

Dr. Béland has published three books, numerous scientific and popular articles, has hosted a TV series on the environment, and participated in several documentary films. He served for ten years as a Commissioner for BAPE, the Quebec environmental assessment Board. He has chaired public hearings for various agencies such as Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Energy Efficiency Agency, Telus. Previously he headed the Fisheries Ecology Research Center with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and was a paleoecologist with the National Museum of Nature. From Sept 1995 to Sept 1998, Dr. Béland was one of three Canadian Commissioners (and Acting Chair) with the International Joint Commission. 

Until recently he owned and managed a company manufacturing equipment for research and management of aquatic and marine ecosystems. His most recent duties were as a Director of AquaForum, whose AquaHacking Challenge is a Canada-wide competition for graduate students and innovators aiming to create start-ups in the field of water technology and the blue economy.

Dr.  Béland holds a BA and a BSc from Laval University (Quebec City), and a PhD from Dalhousie University (Halifax). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at ORSTOM Centre, New Caledonia, and at the University of Queensland, Australia. He resides in Montreal, QC; he is fluent in French and English and proficient in Mandarin.


Honourable Lisa Macleod

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries


Lisa MacLeod is the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Lisa attended St. Francis Xavier University where she obtained a BA Honours degree and completed Master’s level course work in Strategic Intelligence at American Military University in Virginia.

Lisa was first elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018. In her terms in Opposition Lisa served as Vice Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee, the Government Agencies Committee and the Public Accounts Committees. She held senior critic portfolios in Finance, Treasury Board, Energy and Education, among others. She also served as Vice-Chair of the Quebec-Ontario Parliamentary Committee and the Steering Committee for the Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentary Association.

As an opposition member, Lisa was able to receive all party support on numerous occasions for important initiatives such as making Queen’s Park Family Friendly, protecting Ontario’s horse racing industry, including the Rideau Carleton Raceway, Rowan’s Law (Canada’s first concussion legislation), Lebanese Heritage Month and Trans Day of Remembrance.

A supporter of Equal Voice for many years, Lisa was instrumental in the ground-breaking Daughters of the Vote initiative which brought 338 young women to Parliament Hill during Canada’s 150th. For that work she was awarded the 2018 EVE Award for the advancement of women in politics. Lisa was also the recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion Friendship Medal and the St. John’s Ambulance Commendation. For her work in Ottawa she was named Top 25 in the Capital, Top 50 in the Capital and Faces Magazine’s Favourite MPP.

In Nepean, Lisa was a co-founder of the South Nepean Autism Centre (SNAP), is a member of the Barrhaven Legion, an avid supporter of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard and a former parent volunteer at Manordale Public School and the Nepean Hotspurs. A hockey Mom, Lisa was a trainer with the Nepean Wildcats hockey team. Lisa is also the author of a cookbook “I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies, A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends.”

Lisa and her husband, Professor Joe Varner, live in Nepean with their daughter Victoria and their dog Bonnie Brae.

Prior to being elected, Lisa worked for Sobeys Inc., the City of Ottawa and for Nepean politicians. She was also a commentator for Ottawa area political and current event programs.TIAO) in January 2011. Beth leads the advocacy efforts for the tourism industry – promoting the importance of tourism as an economic driver and job creator for Ontario – by working with business owners, tourism organizations and governments.

Aaron Young

National Account Manager, Cambridge Global Payments


Aaron Young has been working in currency exchange for nearly 10 years. He leads the partnership with the Boating Ontario Association, working closely with boat distributors to develop hedging policies to help businesses harness foreign exchange market volatility. He started his career with a Bank and moved over to Cambridge Global Payments over 4 years ago.  He lives in Toronto, with his puppy Frankie, named after Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Aaron is also a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities' serving on their Young Professional Council.

Bob Mack

SVP, Corporate Development & Strategy, and President, Global Adjacent Markets & Boats, for Polaris, Inc. 


Bob is currently Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, and President, Global Adjacent Markets & Boats, for Polaris, Inc.   Based in Medina, Minnesota, he has been in this role since April 2016, reporting to Scott Wine, Chairman & CEO.

Immediately prior to joining Polaris, Bob was Vice President, Corporate Development for Ingersoll Rand plc, based in Davidson, NC.  With Ingersoll Rand for a total of 20 years, Bob held a variety of positions with the Company across a range of functions and businesses.  He has also held audit related positions with KPMG, LLP. 

Bob holds an MBA degree from Duke University, a BBA degree from Siena College and is a Certified Public Accountant.   He is a director of West Marine and a member of the NMMA Boat Builders Board.  

Broidy Rondelet

VP, Corporate Development & Stakeholder Relations, Muskoka Grown


Broidy began his career in the health, supplement and fitness industry with success in the wellness space. He’s been involved in everything from corporate sales, finance and marketing. Before MG, Broidy managed the transitioning of Toronto’s largest and luxurious fitness facility, taking leadership in all facets. In addition, Broidy has spent time in the US researching the cannabis market in addition to being involved in Canada under the ACMPR before joining Muskoka Grown as it's first employee.

Andrea Grand

Director of Marketing, Muskoka Grown 


Andrea comes to Muskoka Grown from the loyalty industry, where she worked in a variety of different positions, including PR, sponsorship, brand, digital and experiential marketing. Most recently, Andrea managed the strategic partnerships lane where she built out the strategic approach to finding new revenue sources for the organization. She managed the Live Nation and NBA Canada relationship, built out the retail and pop-up strategy and launched a national, 3,000 store instant loyalty program with a 360-degree approach to the marketing plan.

Chad Buchner

Manager, Canal Operations, Ontario Waterways, Parks Canada


The Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal are home to Parks Canada’s renowned inland passageway that welcomes an estimated 4 million visitors annually through its historic lock stations. A scenic string of rivers and lakes the Ontario waterways link communities together playing a vital role in rural tourism.  Manager of Operations for Ontario Waterways  Chad Buchner began his career with Parks Canada in 1999 as a student at the Peterborough Lift Lock. The son of a Lockmaster, he followed in the family tradition when he became the youngest Lockmaster in the history on the Trent-Severn Waterway at the age of 25. Today Chad can be found managing the Operations on the Trent-Severn waterway, but when Chad is not managing and promoting Canada’s busiest canal, he can be found giving back to his community as the Vice President of Peterborough’s newest charity Small Change PTBO or at his favorite place …. lounging dockside enjoying Ontario’s beautiful lake country with his friends and family. 

Dave Brown

Owner/Operator, Brown's Marina 


A second-generation marina operator/owner, Dave started into the marina business when his parents moved from Toronto to buy Kelly’s Marina in Chaffey’s Lock in 1976. At 14, he started his career by washing boats and eventually moving into mechanics full time. At 19, he left for Carleton University to study business, concurrently working summers and week-ends at the marina. Upon graduation, he returned to the family business with his Commerce degree and a whole new way of looking at how a business should run. He embraced the coming digital technology and quickly implemented computerized accounting, then writing his own source code to take over parts and work order management. In 1999 Dave returned to university to get his Education degree at Queen’s and began teaching marine mechanics and business part time at local high schools and colleges, but always remaining full time at the marina. Dave currently sits as a board member of the Ontario College of Trade’s Motorcycle, Marine and Small Engine committee as well as the Complaints Tribunal Committee. An active community booster, avid downhill skier (at least once a year), and boater, Dave lives in downtown Chaffey's Lock with his partner Carole. He has 2 boys in their late 20’s, the youngest of which began working at the marina for the first time in his life this past summer. Next year will be Dave’s 44th anniversary in the trade.  

Nancy Struthers

Owner/Operator, Roger's Marina


My background is Retail Management and did this straight out of high school. When the company that I worked for closed I decided to learn Canvas and Upholstery and Opened Canvas Complete in 2001.  I knew I wanted to purchase Roger’s Marina at a very young age so I thought this would be a good idea. In 2010 My husband Yves and I had our chance and we became the 3rd generation owner of an old marina. Did not realize the work ahead of us and took it from small marina to Brand-New two-story facility. We won Business of the Year this April in our community. Received Special Achievement Award for being in business for 65 years. In my off time I am on the board and President of the SDG Landlord association and formed the Northern NY Landlord Association

We have 2 boys (young adults) that help with the marina. Andre works full time for us with keeping the yard organized and Nick helps in the sales Department in the summer months and loves tagging along with us on conferences and public events.

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.

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Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
NEW Spousal Program
15 Nov 2020
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Member Full Conference
31 Oct 2019
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Member Additional delegates
31 Oct 2019
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Full Conference
31 Oct 2019
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Additional delegates
31 Oct 2019
Sale Ended
Member One day only - TUESDAY
26 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Member One day only - WEDNESDAY
27 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event
25 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Member Presidents' Reception, Dinner & Awards Gala
26 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Non-Member One day only - TUESDAY
26 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Non-member One day only - WEDNESDAY
27 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Non- Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event
25 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Non-Member Presidents' Reception, Dinner & Awards Gala
26 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Member Full Conference
27 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Member Additional delegates
27 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Non-Member Full Conference
27 Nov 2019
Sale Ended
Non- Member Additional delegates
27 Nov 2019
Sale Ended

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

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