Are You Among Canada's Best Marine Employers?

Boating Business, in partnership with Corporate Culture + Employer of Choice Inc. (CCEOC), is proud to announce the launch of the Boating Business Employer of Choice (BBEOC) awards. The new program will honour Canada's top employers across several categories falling under the recreational marine industry umbrella.

This will be the industry's first ‘made-in-Canada' recognition for our country's top marine dealers, marina operators and marine businesses (including manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, retailers and distributors) determined by the very people working for your business.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Boating Business, Canada's leading marine industry magazine, to bring the Employer of Choice Award to the market,' explains Jeff Doran, President of CCEOC. "This prestigious award is the first of its kind and will help recreational marine businesses build positive brand recognition and create a true competitive advantage for attracting, retaining and engaging top talent.'

Unlike other some other marine awards in the market that reward customer service, volume sales or are largely political in nature, the BBEOC awards will be judged you on how well your business operates.

There is no fee to participate for our inaugural year (2016) and signing up is simple. Participating marine businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Compete in the Canadian marine industry
• Have a physical presence in Canada
• Employ 10 or more full-time employees and have been in business for at least one year

Getting started is an easy, three-step process.

Simply go to and fill in an application. Complete the company profile (leadership questionnaire and HR inventory) and have your staff fill out the employee commitment survey.

Once completed surveys are returned, your dealership is automatically in the running.

"This awards program presents a wonderful opportunity to determine which marine businesses are setting the bar for employment excellence,' says Jonathan Lee, Editor of Marine Publications for Metroland Marine. "Even if you believe you already have an open dialogue with your staff, third-party confirmation can serve as reinforcement for you and your management team.'

A weighted scoring system will be used to determine the winners. All participating dealers must achieve a minimum of 75 percent completion on the assessment to claim the award. The company profile section accounts for 50 percent of the overall evaluation score. The employee commitment survey represents the remaining 50 percent.
All stages of the assessment process must be fully completed and submitted on or before the indicated deadlines.

Winning marine businesses will be announced late this year.

Each winner will also be featured in an article in a special issue of Boating Business that uncover some of the best practices these businesses employ to create a winning organization.

"The timing of the BBEOC awards is perfect with our magazine marking a rich 40-year history in 2016,' adds Lee.

CCEOC says detailed summary reports and summary benchmark reports are available to all participating marine businesses for a nominal fee.
Doran says these reports provide all the guidance necessary to help businesses increase employee engagement, improve the customer experience and build a superior employer brand.

Applications to participate must be submitted by no later than August. Company profiles and employee surveys must be filled out by the end of September. Submissions will be evaluated in October with winners announced in November. A special edition of Boating Business covering 2016's winners will follow in early 2017.

Click here to participate