Dec 5, 2017

Boating BC ConferenceDon Prittie, Boating BC President makes his report to the audience.
Credit: SeaSnaps

This year’s 2017 Boating BC Conference presented by Mercury Marine celebrated 60 Years of Boating in BC. The recreational boating industry has overcome obstacles and grown tremendously by working together as a united group and adapting to changing business landscapes. The conference topics explored succession planning, selling to new audiences, how to continually innovate our businesses, and industry trends and updates.

Each year the conference is the premier event for networking with current and new colleagues and learning from business and industry experts.The Conference consistently creates an environment rich in camaraderie through shared activities, receptions and great entertainment. It’s no surprise that each November, British Columbia’s recreational boating industry feels just a little bit stronger and more united than the year before.

Boating BC President, Don Prittie, and First Vice President & Treasurer, Mike Short lead the open forum discussions, and answer questions related to membership.

Boating BC Conference Groupguest speaker Tina Varughese and her presentation called 50 Shades of Beige.
Credit: SeaSnaps


Lisa Geddes Executive Director of Boating BC summed it up; “We were extremely pleased with this year’s Boating BC Conference. It really is the only time during the year when the industry comes together and we’re not working. It’s such a great time to learn, connect, get inspired and leave ready to take on another year.The feedback from our attendees echoes that and we know they look forward to it every year.”

 

 

 

Delegate Comments:

• It is a great combination of information, networking and inspiration. Keep it up.
• Thank you for another great Conference! Enjoyed the wide variety of speakers, great venue, very well run and well attended.
• Fantastic! Look forward to it every year.
• The speakers were entertaining and informative, ample time to network, great conference.

After receiving special acknowledgement, Andy White from Mercury Marine had this to say; “What a lovely surprise! We were caught completely off guard with the over the top gesture of thanks and recognition. This year’s conference not only recognized us at Mercury Marine as Boating BC’s longest standing member, but it also offered a great range of guest speakers and industry information. We always look forward to the event and look ahead to continuing to support the association for years to come. Job well done to all and see you next year!”

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