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Boating Ontario Conference

29 Nov 2021 @ 3:00pm EST
01 Dec 2021 @ 1:00pm EST
Event Details

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1 (888) 547-6662

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. We're thrilled to say we've mixed things up again this year, and we can't wait for you to experience the 2021 Conference! Click here to download the full Delegate Details Package. 

What Can You Expect?

Meaningful Networking and Content that counts - Hybrid!
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! Whether you’re joining us in Niagara or virtually from the comfort of your home – CONTENT IS KING this year!

Hybrid BOATS - Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show 
BOATS kicks off the conference Monday evening. Enjoy music and a drink while you network with trade partners and fellow delegates. This year, you will be able to check out exhibitors in person, in the Great Hall AND online through the Boating Ontario Conference site. A great event like this should be available to all! 


NEW Conference Platform – Connecting virtual and in-person experiences 
We are beyond ecstatic to offer both in-person and virtual conference experiences for 2021. What is a virtual conference anyway? Well, virtual delegates will be able to join us through a Boating Ontario Conference site to experience live speakers, Q&A, and even a virtual Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show (BOATS).  A maximum of 5 delegates may join with one Virtual Conference Registration. 

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 industry leaders and key decision-makers from across the province.


We look forward to welcoming you to Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, ON with new twists you do not want to miss!

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


Why Sponsor the Boating Ontario Conference?

Taking exhibits to a whole new level, the Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show will take place in the Great Room of Sheraton on the Falls. Enjoy a drink, music and friendly conversations as guests make their way around the room to get to YOUR booth. BOATS will make a debut through the virtual conference site, which will be used by all virtual delegates.

We encourage you to create an engaging and interactive presentation to draw conference delegates in. The floor plan is designed to give your brand optimal exposure & provides endless moments for networking with industry leaders. New this year are the private seating areas where you can sit, engage, and have a drink with potential customers! Booths are in the Great Room, where the main conference presentations are being held throughout the event.


  • 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 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 on the website, conference event mobile app, virtual platform & post-conference communications
  • Raise 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 Kayla Dewhurst at or call 1-888-547-6662 


Book today to avoid disappointment!

BOC 2021 delegates receive a discounted rate for rooms at Sheraton on the Falls. 

The Sheraton on the Falls has undergone a $50 million renovation. From the unrivaled location overlooking Niagara Falls, the new Sheraton Fallsview Hotel is a luxury hotel with the Best Fallsview Guaranteed. Fallsview guestrooms & suites offer floor to ceiling windows and balconies for spectacular views of the Falls. Click here to see pictures of the gorgeous new rooms. 

Support your association by staying at Sheraton on the Falls. 

Book 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 (worth $40/day!) 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 here to access to the promo code & booking instructions for Sheraton on the Falls.


Not a member of Boating Ontario yet but are attending the conference?  Please contact Kayla Dewhurst at or 1-888-547-6662 ext. 222 to receive promo code

Meeting New Expectations 


For the 2021 Boating Ontario Conference we are following the Provincial Guidelines that refer to meetings & events, as well as the safety recommendations from the Marriott (Sheraton on the Falls)

  • Provincial regulations require that proof of  full vaccination (2 vaccinations + 14 days) is implemented for meeting and event spaces such as conferences. 
  • Meetings and event spaces will have less contact & more convenience – reduced seating capacity and virtual options will be available. 
  • Meals and breaks will include spaces reserved exclusively for conference delegates, and redesigned food and beverage stations to accommodate distancing. 
  • Deeper and more frequent cleaning including disinfecting, and sanitizing restrooms every hour. Hand sanitizing stations will also be made available throughout meeting spaces. 
  • Face covering policy is in place, all hotel associates will wear face coverings as part of their uniform. The hotel will also require all guests to wear a face covering unless seated. 

Click here to learn more about how Sheraton on the Falls is committed to keeping you and your team safe for the duration of your stay. 

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 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 Kayla Dewhurst at

Monday November 29th, 2021 



3:00 - 7:00 Registration



Swag Bags Sponsored by: 

12:00 - 4:00 RBK Training Session
5:00 - 6:00 

1st Timers Reception

By Invitation

5:30 - 9:00 BOATS - Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show                            

Welcome Words Sponsored by: 

9:00 Enjoy Niagara   

Tuesday November 30th, 2021 



6:00 - 7:00 Stretchin' with the Board  
7:00 - 12:00 Registration
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Welcome   
8:45 Opening Keynote  
10:15 BREAK  
10:30 Many Minds Session - Staff Challenges  
11:30 Valuation & Succession w/Dave Rozycki  
12:00 Lunch
1:00  Clean Marine Phase 2 Announcements  
1:30 New Boater Education Panel   

Breakout Sessions 

2:45  BREAK  
3:00 Engaging Government w/ Mike Dearden & Andy Blenkarn  
3:30 Keynote   
4:30 Discover Niagara   
6:30 Gala Dinner & Awards 

Gala Dinner Sponsored by:

Gala Awards Sponsored by: 

9:00 Enjoy Niagara   


Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 



7:00 - 9:00 Registration                                                                  
7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast 


8:00 What's up at Boating Ontario   
  Parks Canada
9:00 Many Minds Session - Customer Retention  
10:45  BREAK  
11:00  Panel Discussion  
11:45  Closing Keynote   
12:45  Departing Comments   
1:00 Departures & Lunch to go 

Lunch Sponsored by:


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 to assist 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 businesses 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
EARLY BIRD - Member Full Conference
31 Oct 2021
Members Only
EARLY BIRD - Member Additional delegates
31 Oct 2021
Members Only
Member Virtual Conference
29 Nov 2021
Members Only
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Full Conference 31 Oct 2021 $550.00
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Additional delegates 31 Oct 2021 $500.00
Non-Member Virtual Conference 29 Nov 2021 $300.00
Member One day only - TUESDAY
30 Nov 2021
Members Only
Member One day only - WEDNESDAY 01 Dec 2021 $140.00
Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event
29 Nov 2021
Members Only
Member Presidents' Dinner & Awards Gala
30 Nov 2021
Members Only
Non-Member One day only - TUESDAY 30 Nov 2021 $380.00
Non-member One day only - WEDNESDAY 01 Dec 2021 $240.00
Non- Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event 29 Nov 2021 $240.00
Non-Member Presidents' Dinner & Awards Gala 30 Nov 2021 $240.00
Member Full Conference
29 Nov 2021
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2021
Member Additional delegates
29 Nov 2021
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2021
Non-Member Full Conference
29 Nov 2021
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2021
Non- Member Additional delegates
29 Nov 2021
Sale Opens 01 Nov 2021

29 Nov 2021 @ 3:00pm EST
01 Dec 2021 @ 1:00pm EST

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