Oct 29, 2016

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The Tide of Public Opinion: Ontarians and the Boating Industry
Presented by: Darrell Bricker,  CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs 


New Horizons: Future Indicators & Trends in the Recreational Marine Industry
Presented by: Thom Dammrich, President NMMA 


Parks Canada + Boating = A beautiful thing! 
Presented by Darlene Upton, Executive Director Ontario Waterways, Parks Canada 


Expert Education Sessions  


Creating Exceptional Customer Experiences 
Learn how you improve the customer experience you provide. How to tailor your products, services, and interactions to deliver advantages for you to retain your customers and attracting new ones.  Making a conscious decision to create exceptional customer experiences will give your business the momentum it needs to grow.  


How to Become A SMARTer Dealer - A Road Map to Profitability 
What if I was to tell you that increased profitability can be guaranteed by putting into play a 3 phase program that won’t cost you a ton of money if any, or time. Is it too good to be true, or are you willing to admit there may be a SMARTer way to operate your business and increase profitability in the process? Shockingly, less that 10% of the dealers in the industry employ this concept in their business. Those that do are the most profitable dealers in the Marine business, so why not take a little of your time a find out what you may be missing. 


Utilizing Your Clean Marina Designation
Being a certified Clean Marina is a high honor, but there is a lot to take advantage of once your marina is certified. Learn the latest in best management practices and how to best market your designation to the public to make your marina more profitable. 


Electric Shock Drowning- A Silent Killer
The safety of marina electrical systems has been under scrutiny for some years, as deaths from electric shock drowning were on the rise. Many locations have initiated new protection standards for docks. This presentation will detail the new, stricter standards, frequent code violations and maintenance issues, and solutions. The discussion will also cover product solutions for pedestals and monitoring systems, and examine operator’s issues in dealing with the developing regulations. 


Interactive and Networking Fun! 


Village Tour and Pub Crawl
Step outside the box, NEW for this year we have combined the trade show format with Village Tour and Pub Crawl. You are escorted on a guided tour of the village at Blue Mountain, along with the way you will be hosted at several venues by our Trade Members who will be there to greet you. While networking your way around the village you will enjoy games, prizes, contests, drinks and much more.


Last stop on tour we will all gather to cap off the night and enjoy live music, catch up with old friends and make new ones! With breathtaking views of the mountains and intimate venues, this evening will provide a unique way to networking with trade members. You won’t want to miss this!


President's Awards Gala
A celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s recreational boating industry. Nominations are due October 31st!  

Gain valuable credits! 

Earn education credits for professional development with these recognized industry certifications: 

Certified Marina Managers from AMI
Brokers from CPYB
Certified Marine Dealer 5 Star Program


Winterizing is keeping you busy, so we have extended the advanced registration rate to November 15th.  Register before it increases!


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Bob Spietaels 400Boating Industry Canada is saddened to advise you of the passing of Bob Spietaels on Wednesday May 30.  Bob and his wife Wendy have owned Marina Shores in Long Point for the past 45 years.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday June 5 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front St., Port Rowan.  A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday June 6 at 11 AM. READ MORE