Legend Boats, Whitefish, Ontario, has been presented the 2013 "Company of the Year' award at the annual Bell Business Excellence Awards. The award recognizes an organization in the private or public sector that has demonstrated significant business achievement, sustainable financial performance, outstanding growth and success, and has a significant impact on the areas economy.
The award is one of several business awards presented each year to local businesses by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.
"Winning the award for company of the year is truly an honour' says Jamie Dewar, Legend Boats General Manager. "We have been very fortunate that our founders, our fathers, Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar built such a solid foundation for us to build on. What started as a local tire shop over 45 years ago has evolved into Legend Boats, one of Canada's largest boat brands, and we couldn't be more proud and thankful for everything they have done to make that possible.'
Legend's origins begin with Victor Duhamel and Carl Dewar who opened a tire dealership called Duhamel and Dewar in Sudbury in 1968. In 1970, they moved their business to Whitefish, Ontario and expanded the business to include the sale of recreational vehicles and boats. Later, in 1986 the pair launched Legend Boats, which became their main business.