Jan 23, 2018

Harold CoppingThe National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada announced Tuesday, January 16th, the induction of Harold Copping, former president of SeaStar Solutions (formerly Teleflex Canada Ltd.), into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Copping’s career achievements and contributions to the recreational boating industry were recognized this morning during NMMA Canada’s Recreational Boating Industry Breakfast at the Toronto International Boat Show at the Beanfield Centre, where he was presented with the 2018 NMMA Hall of Fame Award.

The NMMA Hall of Fame Award is the Association’s highest honour. Established in 1988, it recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It honours individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation, and perfection within their respective spheres of expertise.

“Harold has provided great contributions to the development of modern marine industry steering systems and more, helping to drive our industry forward through his forward thinking,” said Sara Anghel, NMMA Canada President. “We honour him with the Hall of Fame award in recognition of his constant focus on innovation, leadership and dedication to the industry.”

Andy Adams and Harold CoppingHarold Copping began his career with Teleflex in 1974. He surmised quickly that as boat engines got larger and more powerful, mechanical steering systems would become less efficient and not provide the necessary comfort and safety required for powerboats. Harold’s vision was to make boats steer as well as cars and was a visionary for the direction of marine steering technology. Teleflex Canada’s hydraulic steering systems (SeaStar, SeaStar Pro and BayStar) were designed to enable more comfortable control of pleasure powerboats.

By 2004, under Harold’s leadership, the company had a strong market share in North America, as well as internationally. Harold created a segment which allowed sterndrive engine companies to purchase a private label steering system as well as trim and tilt and integrate it with their engine to provide a complete steering and controls package for boat builders. To this the day, the division that Harold lead employs more than 350 people in Richmond, British Columbia.

And in 2012, as a result of Harold’s vision, the Optimus and Optimus 360 (NMMA Innovation award winner) joystick steering system for outboard boats were launched. These products fundamentally changed the marine industry.

For more information on NMMA Canada’s Hall of Fame and to nominate a deserving leader for future Awards, visit http://www.nmma.ca/industry-awards/hall-of-fame-award.

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