BC Boating April


Boating BC members who attended April 14th’s AGM were treated to a beautiful day at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.   

Following the business of the AGM, attendees participated in a planning session for the future of the Vancouver International Boat Show. It was an excellent discussion that generated some great, creative ideas about the future of the show. This discussion was the beginning of Boating BC’s broader strategic planning process that members will be working through over the coming months. 

Welcome New Boating BC Directors

Don Prittie, President – Canoe Cove Marina

Paul Mendham, Director-at-Large – Navis Marine Insurance

Mike Hudson, Director-at-Large – Port Boat House Marine

Martin Paish, Director-at-Large – Oak Bay Marine Group

Andy White, Director-at-Large – Mercury Marine

Thank You to Retiring Board Members

Alan Stovell + Glenn Spartz stepped down from the Boating BC Board.

Alan was on the board for 12 years – he served as President for six years and Past President and Treasurer for two. His leadership, contribution and passion for the Association have been immense.

Glenn served on the board for 10 years and, while his industry knowledge and experience have made an indelible contribution to all aspects of the Association’s work, his legacy lives with the new Marine Mechanical Technician’s program, now available at BCIT. Glenn spearheaded this program on behalf of Boating BC – a task that required dogged determination and ‘stick-with-it-ness’.

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The provincial marine associations from across the country, collectively representing over 80,000 jobs and $9.2B in national annual economic impact, announced the formation of a new national association whose mandate will be to represent the interests of recreational boating including recreational boat retailing and brokering, boat and engine & trailer sales, accessories, slip rentals, service, storage, fuel sales and more. Headquartered in Penetanguishene, Ontario, the newly formed Canadian Marine Retailers Association (CMRA) will focus on national issues facing the sector.

“The formation of a national voice to address the many aspects of our sector that affect the jobs and lives of Canadians from coast to coast is something many of our provincial associations have been calling for, for years,” says Brett Ramsey, President of Boating Ontario. “This is a positive step to ensuring issues facing our sector are represented to decisionmakers in the federal government.” READ MORE

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