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Boating Ontario Conference 2022

28 Nov 2022 @ 3:00pm EST
30 Nov 2022 @ 1:00pm EST
Event Details

Register Today for the Event of the Year!


What's New?!

The Boating Ontario Annual Conference is constantly evolving to ensure it encompasses all aspects of our ever-changing industry. We're very excited to present this year's Conference & Christmas Awards Gala! 


What Can You Expect?

Meaningful Networking and Content that counts

We are excited to present leaders in their field who will share educational opportunities that are sure to provide insights on some best practices that can be applied across your business, to attract and retain employees, help take your digital marketing to the next level, and to help you achieve a work/life balance.

There will also be countless networking opportunities, starting with the Welcome Reception & BOATS (Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show) on opening night where you can explore new products or services offered by industry. 

Our Christmas Awards Gala is something
you're not going to want to miss!


Register here for the conference and call to book your room 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 before, and after the conference. 

Special rates starting at $159 per night, are available until November 7th, 2022. 

Please contact Deerhurst Reservations 1-800-461-4393 to book and ask for the “Boating Ontario” group rate.


BOATS - Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show 
BOATS kicks off the conference Monday evening. Enjoy dinner and drinks while you network with trade partners and fellow delegates. 


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.


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 Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, ON with some exciting events that you do not want to miss!

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


Check back regularly for updates to the agenda...
Thank you very much to
our sponsors.

Monday, November 28

3:00 - 7:00 Registration

5:00 - 5:45 1st Timer Reception - by invitation only
Room: Tom Thomson Room
5:30 - 9:00

BOATS - Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show

Room: Legacy Hall

BOATS Welcome

$5 Buck Bar 

9:00 - 2:00 Compass Lounge or delegate choice


Tuesday, November 29

6:30 - 7:00

Stretchin' with the Board

Room: Waterhouse 4

7:30 - 9:00 Registration

7:15 - 8:15 BREAKFAST - Sponsored by:
Room: Peninsula Room



Welcome - Rick Layzell & Brett Ramsey

Room: Legacy Hall

8:45 Opening Keynote - Self-Respect: The Foundation of Leadership -  Drew Dudley

9:45 Many Minds Session #1 - Leadership Team Techniques
10:45 BREAK
11:00 Four Financial Experts to Guide You to 2023  

LUNCH - Sponsored by: 

Room: Peninsula Room

1:00 Afternoon Keynote - Selling Happiness -  Marc Gordon
2:00 Breakout Sessions
Waterhouse #5 Communications -  Discover if what you're saying is what you mean - Jan Bailey  
Waterhouse #3 HR Performance & Results Inc. - How to Get the Star Employee - And Keep Them - Janice Leroux & Cheryl Claringbold  
Waterhouse #1 HUB - Employee Benefits as a means to Retention, Engagement and Recruitment - John Ohorodnyk  
2:45 TAKE A BREAK and Visit CandyLand!  
3:00 Clean Marine - WHO / WHAT / WHERE & WHY you should! - Rick Layzell  
3:30 Closing Keynote - The Art of the Possible - Adam Rodricks
4:30 TAKE A BREAK - You've earned it!

Christmas Awards Gala Reception

Room: Rotunda Hallway



Christmas Awards Gala Dinner

Room: Peninsula Room

Cash Bar Open Until Midnight

Gala Dinner 

Gala Wine

Gala Awards

Christmas Gala Decor 

9:00 - 2:00 Compass Lounge or delegate choice  

Wednesday, November 30

7:00 - 9:00 Registration

6:45 - 7:45

BREAKFAST - Sponsored by:

Room: Peninsula Room


Annual Meeting

Room: Legacy Hall

7:55 Treasurers Report - Vanessa Orchard  
8:05 Presidents Report - Brett Ramsey  
8:15 CEO Report - Rick Layzell  
8:45 Driving an Outstanding Customer Experience in 2023 & Beyond - J.D. Ney from JD Power & Associates
9:30 Many Minds Session #2 - Navigating the Staffing Conundrum Together

BREAK & Room checkout - 

We can safely store your gear at registration.

10:40 Breakout sessions
Waterhouse #5 Communications -  Discover if what you're saying is what you mean - Jan Bailey  
Waterhouse #3 HR Performance & Results Inc. - How to Get the Star Employee - And Keep Them - Janice Leroux & Cheryl Claringbold  
Waterhouse #1 WSPS - Managing workplace stress and mental health - Pam Patry  
11:30 Parks Canada - Chad Buchner - Managing our own leadership stressors and staffing challenges  
12:00 Closing Keynote - The Success-Energy Reset - Michelle Cederberg

Departing comments

50/50 and Grand Prize Draws - Rick Layzell

(Must be in the room to win)

1:00 Lunch to go
We greatly appreciate your sponsorship
of the 2022 Boating Ontario Conference
Swag Bags 

Hotel Key Cards
Hotel WIFI
Fun Photo-booth




Drew Dudley

Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker 

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to redefine leadership. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” proved that leadership is 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, happiness, and retention. He empowers audiences and equips them with the tools needed to make a difference, at home and work.  

Marc Gordon

Selling Happiness!

Marc is an internationally recognized Customer Experience professional. Appearing on television, radio and print, he is regularly interviewed for his opinions and expertise on topics ranging from customer service to social media. He has been called a “marketing superstar” by the Oprah Winfrey Network. As a speaker, Marc’s goal is to empower your audience to create and deliver experiences that inspire customer loyalty and increase sales, while at the same time reducing employee stress and boosting moral. Applying the science of communication and human behaviour, Marc shows organizations how to combine service, support and communication to create cost effective, manageable and fulfilling customer experiences.

  • Find out what customer experience really is how every employee can contribute
  • Learn the three traits that start every successful customer experience
  • Discover what truly drives customer loyalty (Hint: it doesn’t involve exceeding expectations)
  • Find out the single easiest way to deliver experiences that keep customer coming back
  • Learn what influences expectations, and how to use that to engage with customers more effectively

Adam Rodricks

The Art of the Possible

Canada's Top Social Media Strategist & Digital Marketing Expert

Adam Rodricks is an award winning keynote speaker & bestselling author, known as Canada's top expert at growing brands through digital marketing & social media. Adam Rodricks is an international award-winning social media strategist and speaker who has transformed "word of mouth" into a world of mouth for Fortune 500 companies. He has spent the last decade growing the digital marketing & social media properties of a number of prominent brands, including American Express & Staples. His 'trigger fingers personal branding through storytelling' tool has helped thousands of individuals gain insight on their branding journey.


Adam recently became a #1 Best-Selling author for his Trigger Fingers (#1 on Amazon in Public Relations, Direct Marketing and Business Biographies), a 2-time “Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Blogger to Watch” (Front Side Bus) and a recipient of the Top 100 Canadian Speaker Series award (Post Media). He is also the previous winner of the National Rogers Marketing Competition, for which he also held the title of best undergraduate speaker in Canada. As social media strategist, Adam brings innovative ideas to blend personal branding with corporate branding while making content that gets picked up by the algorithms on each platform.

J.D. Ney

Driving an Outstanding Customer Experience in 2023 & Beyond

J.D. Ney is the Automotive Industry Practice Leader in Canada. He is responsible for day-to-day client service, providing Canada’s automotive decision-makers with reliable and actionable research insights utilizing the breadth of data available at J.D. Power today.  Mr. Ney assumed leadership of the automotive research and consulting practice in 2017, providing our clients with critical benchmark performance across the entire vehicle shopping, purchase, delivery, service and long-term ownership continuum.

Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2011, Mr. Ney held senior editorial positions with Canadian magazine publications in the automotive, restaurant and hotel sectors. Mr. Ney received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick, and a Masters degree in journalism from Bond University in Australia. 

Michelle Cederberg

The Success-Energy Reset

How to Regain Focus + Recharge Your Life in a Post-Pandemic World

In an age of disengagement, distraction and fatigue still lingering from the pandemic, how we work and live have been tested. Organizations and individuals have been disrupted like never before, and now as the world returns to ‘normal’, you may be wondering, “What now? What next?”

In this thought-provoking and entertaining keynote, Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg shares research from her latest book The Success-Energy Equation to help you uncover what personal and professional success looks like today and re-energize for the work you love.



Do you want to meet new clients or connect with your current clients in a fun and engaging setting? Do you want to be recognized within the boating community and grow your brand? New business contacts and opportunities await!

We know the power of networking and how it can impact the growth of a business and brand.  We are excited to present a variety of "NEW" and unique opportunities for our sponsors to increase their exposure at the Boating Ontario Conference! 

*** Look for the "NEW" flag in our Sponsorship Opportunities Brochure.  


Why Sponsor the Boating Ontario Conference?


Taking exhibits to a whole new level, the Boating Ontario Annual Trade Show will take place in the Legacy Hall at Deerhurst. Enjoy food, drink and friendly conversations as guests make their way around the room to get to YOUR booth. 

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 and potential customers.  Booths are in the Legacy Hall, 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 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 & 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 Lesley Hough at or call 1-888-547-6662 


Book today to avoid disappointment!

BOC 2022 delegates receive a discounted rate for rooms at Deerhurst Resort. 

Embracing Peninsula Lake, Deerhurst Resort is your year-round retreat for a Muskoka vacation or getaway to Ontario’s famous “cottage country”. Ideal for fun-filled family vacations, year-round getaways and group meetings.

Deerhurst has undergone a 10-year, $500 million master planned community with hotel, residential and mixed-use buildings received municipal approval, ensuring Deerhurst’s continued growth as top Canadian tourism and lifestyle destination. The first phase of this plan, the magnificent Lakeside Lodge, opened July 2019, providing waterfront accommodation for resort guests and homeowners on the site of the resort’s original lodge on the shores of Peninsula Lake.

Support your association by staying at Deerhurst. 

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 Deerhurst.

Overnight guests will enjoy complimentary parking.


Deerhurst Number: 1-800-461-4393

Promo Code - Boating Ontario


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


2022 Awards Gala

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.

Have you dealt with a 2022 superstar who is deserving of the recognition?


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?  We invite you to submit your nomination.  You may nominate as many businesses/individuals as you like.




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.


Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
EARLY BIRD - Member Full Conference
14 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Member Additional delegates
14 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Full Conference
14 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
EARLY BIRD - Non-Member Additional delegates
14 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Member One day only - TUESDAY
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Member One day only - WEDNESDAY
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Member Presidents' Dinner & Awards Gala
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Non-Member One day only - TUESDAY
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Non-member One day only - WEDNESDAY
30 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Non- Member Welcome Reception & BOATS Event
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Non-Member Presidents' Dinner & Awards Gala
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Member Full Conference
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Member Additional delegates
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Non-Member Full Conference
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended
Non- Member Additional delegates
25 Nov 2022
Sale Ended

28 Nov 2022 @ 3:00pm EST
30 Nov 2022 @ 1:00pm EST

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