Boating Ontario has named the award recipients honoured at its President's Dinner, held during the association's annual Conference and Trade Show. The gala was held in December at the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario.
Dave Mayhew, Owner of The Boat Warehouse received the Gord Blake Visionary Award. The Boat Warehouse was named the 2012 top dealer in the world for two major boat brands – Four Winns and Lowe Boats and Pontoons. Boating Ontario says Mayhew's creative marketing ideas and endeavours to build new markets by partnering with major retailers made him an obvious choice for the honour.
Brad Buck, Owner of Buck's Marina in Wawa, Ontario, was awarded the W.J. Robertson Award for his commitment to representing the association in northern Ontario for more than twenty years. Buck was a key player in bringing Boating Ontario to Thunder Bay and northern parts of Ontario while also serving on several tourism and other boating associations.
HUB International's Vice Chairman, John Chippindale, was recognized with the President's Award for his outstanding contribution to the marine industry. Chippindale assisted Boating Ontario in creating an insurance policy that crafted a new concept for marina and dealer insurance in Ontario. The new program has been extended to more than 150 policyholders in the province.
Keenan Watters of Port Whitby Marina accepted the Robert Eaton Environmental Award for excellence in environmental practices within the marine industry. Waters and his staff made many innovations during 2012 to bring the marina's Clean Marine Eco-Rating to a new high. In addition to its successful Clean Marine performance, Watters goes out of his way to support the association by hosting meetings, training and workshops for members in his region.
For additional information on the event, see the January issue of Boating Business magazine. Next year's Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show will take place at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario from November 25 to 27 inclusive.