The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced that Ian Bruce and Marcel Dubois will be inducted into Canada's Boating Hall of Fame.
The two will be recognized with the Boating Hall of Fame Award at the induction ceremony at the Toronto International Boat Show's Industry Reception at the Allstream Centre on Monday, January 11.
“These men are legends in the boating industry,” says Linda Waddell, NMMA Vice President of Northern Shows. “Their valuable contributions have meant that thousands and thousands of people have discovered the enjoyment of spending time on the water. Working on parallel courses in sailing and power boating, they have illustrated that boating is something that can take you wherever you want to go – both personally and professionally.”
Marcel Dubois, who took control of Princecraft Boats in 1984, has seen the company grow from 60 employees to more than 300 while employing 600 workers from local suppliers based in Princeville, QC. Dubois has also been an active board member of NMMA Canada and Allied Boating Canada (ABC). Although stepping down from Princecraft in 2008, Dubois has helped grow the recreational boating industry, and served on association committees and boards for more than 25 years.
Ian Bruce, who was named an Officer of the Order of Canada this past summer, is recognized for this contributions to the sport of sailing in Canada and overseas. Bruce has been instrumental in the design and development of high-performance watercraft including the PS200 Laser sailboat. His work on the Laser began in the 1970s when he opened nine manufacturing plants worldwide. Bruce, who has been in the boating business for more than 40 years, has won the Prince of Wales trophy in international Fourteens twice and founded Montreal Classic Boatworks.
“Both Ian and Marcel have proven to be true trailblazers for the boating industry,” notes Al Donaldson, Executive Director of the Ontario Marine Operators Association. “The impact of their innovation, determination and love of boating will resonate for many, many years to come. We couldn't be more proud to add them to Canada's Boating Hall of Fame.”
Established in 1997, Canada's Boating Hall of Fame Award is presented annually by NMMA Canada. Inductees are voted in by the Hall of Fame's committee of industry experts.