Nominations Open for Boating Ontario President’s Awards


For the first time, Boating Ontario, based in Penetanguishene, is  accepting nominations for its annual President’s Awards.

The prestigious provincial awards are a celebration of success and an opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s recreational boating industry.

Winners will be announced at the 2016 President’s Dinner and Awards Gala on November 28, as part of the Boating Ontario Annual Conference program.

“The Awards Program has long been a way for the association to recognize significant contributions from individuals or companies within recreational boating industry,” saysJanet Bauer, CEO of the Boating Ontario Association. “We all know people or businesses that go above and beyond to advance recreational boating in Ontario, this is an opportunity for peer-to-peers recognition for the hard work they do all year long.”

There are four distinct Boating Ontario President’s Awards of Excellence:

W. J. Robertson Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution and has expressed appreciation for the Boating Ontario Association. Little Gull Marina’s Richard Carroll received the award in 2015.

Gord Blake Visionary Award recognizes an individual or business who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of innovation or successfully leveraged an opportunity for visionary leadership within the boating industry. Darlene Upton of Parks Canada was the recipient in 2015.

Robert Eaton Environmental Award celebrates individuals and businesses dedicated to environmental responsibility and stewardship while contributing their time and effort to advancing their efforts in the Boating Ontario Clean Marine program. Happy Days Houseboat Rentals & Marina received the honour last year.

President’s Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to long-term impact on the boating industry. Last year, Georgian College’s Rob Davidson won the award.

To nominate an individual or business for the Boating Ontario President’s Awards, visit conference.boatingontario.ca/2016/awards/. Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016.

Boating Ontario represents marina operators, boat dealers, brokers, and suppliers in Ontario’s diverse recreational boating industry. As the largest recreational marine trade association in Canada, it represents over 600 participating members. The association actively advocates and promotes recreational boating and supports its members through marketing initiatives and programs across the province. Boating Ontario is the founder of the Clean Marine – Eco-Rating Program for marinas.