Mar 13, 2018

CEO Rick Layzell Boating OntarioStory and Photos Exclusive to News Week by Craig Ritchie

Interest in Boating Ontario’s 2018 spring regional meetings appears to be very high among marina operators and the boating trade, with record attendance reported at each of the first three regional meetings.

The association’s annual spring presentations kicked off on March 6 in Whitby, followed by meetings in Chatham on March 7 and Hamilton on March 8, with a strong turn-out at each event. The events build on the momentum established at the Boating Ontario conference in December, as the group celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Boating Ontario Regional Meeting 2018

 

 

The clear focus of the 2018 meetings is the roll-out of Boating Ontario’s new strategic plan, with CEO Rick Layzell walking delegates through its creation before detailing each of its five pillars: business development, workforce development, government relations, growing boating participation and building membership value. “One thing that I recognized when I came into this role in July 2017 is that Boating Ontario needs to develop a strategic plan,” said Layzell. “Our industry in Ontario has recieved very little support from the government over the past five years, and they won’t even talk to us if we can’t give them an idea of where we’re going. We drafted this under the leadership and guidance of a member survey that we received a great deal of input on, and we had an independent facilitator help us map the strategic plan and take us to where we are today.”

Each of the nine meetings on the spring regional meeting schedule has its own agenda with content specific to that region, with discussion of the new strategic plan representing about half of the overall content. Additional presentations on relevant business topics such as workplace safety, Clean Marine, job connection programs and an open forum provide additional value to meeting attendees.

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Fenelon Falls LockAs a part of an historic investment program along the Trent-Severn Waterway, the lower lock gates at Fenelon Falls Lock 34 were painted this winter. Painting and routine maintenance helps to extend the life span oflock gates by protecting against rusting, corrosion, and natural wear. This work has now been completed. The site has now been turned over to Parks Canada maintenance teams once again, to complete seasonal maintenance tasks in advance of the opening of the navigation season on May 18, 2018. READ MORE

 

 

 

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 BOAT BUILDER AWARDS

METS Boat Builder Awards 2018 400The 2018 edition of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, is now open for nominations in 10 categories that highlight key facets of the industry, from innovation and collaboration, through to future investment and performance by individuals.

Entry is free and easily accessed via the improved boatbuilderawards.com website, which offers clear explanations of each category.

Nominations can be made by individuals or companies on their own behalf. Or by any other industry professional who believes a boat builder, supply chain partner or individual should receive recognition. READ MORE

 

ALBIN MAKES ON BOARD HOT WATER AN AFFORDABLE LUXURY

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Available in 120V or 230V, both drawing 850W, Premium Water Heaters run off AC current from shore power or a generator, or the engine's coolant exchanger. They heat quickly and efficiently. Sized to fit most installation spaces, they're direct replacements for common Isotemp models. READ MORE

 

 

 

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