Event Details

To commemorate Boating BC’s 60th Anniversary, join us at the 2017 Boating BC Conference presented by Mercury Marine, where we'll celebrate 60 Years of Boating in BC. The recreational boating industry has overcome obstacles and grown tremendously by working together as a united group and adapting to changing business landscapes. Longevity is the name of the game as we explore topics including succession planning, selling to new audiences, how to continually innovate our businesses, and industry trends and updates.

This is the premier event for networking with current and new colleagues, learning from business and industry experts, and consistently creates an environment rich in camaraderie through shared activities, receptions and great entertainment. Our delegates tell us this is an exceptional experience — so it’s no surprise that each November, our industry feels just a little bit stronger and more united than the year before.

Fabulous conference! I leave loving this industry just a little bit more. Congratulations for strengthening this great industry! – 2016 Conference Attendee

BCYBA CPYB yacht brokers receive 10 re-certification points for attending both days of the Boating BC Conference!

Register online below or download the pdf registration form here.

Tom Deans

Succession Planning & Wealth Management Expert

Planning for the Future: Achieving Business Longevity Through Succession Planning

Over the next 20 years, Canadians will have $1 trillion passed on to them as inheritance. Award-winning speaker and Globe and Mail bestselling author Dr. Tom Deans explains how this unprecedented wealth transfer will transform lives, culture, and Canada itself. In this thought-provoking keynote presentation, he will outline the most difficult yet crucial questions business owners in the recreational boating industry must ask as they consider their exit and succession planning strategies while ensuring wealth preservation and businesses that last for generations to come. Dr. Deans is the President of Detente Financial Press, specializing in offering advanced executive training for family and independently owned businesses, financial institutions, charities, as well as legal and accounting firms.

Martina Beck

nvasive Mussel Program Manager | BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy

BC’s Invasive Mussel Program; How Can the Recreational Boating Industry Help?

Quagga and zebra mussels are not native to North America and pose a serious threat not only to B.C.’s aquatic ecosystems (the waterways the recreational boating industry relies upon) but also salmon populations, hydro power stations and other infrastructure facilities. In response to this threat, the Province of BC launched the Aquatic Invasive Mussel Defence Program in 2015. The program requires all boats crossing into the province be inspected, and, in 2016 alone, 24,500 boats were inspected along our borders. Martina Beck is the Invasive Mussel Program Manager with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Attending the Boating BC Conference for the first time, she will provide an overview of the Province’s aquatic invasive species program to ensure our industry is well-informed and is happy to answer any questions delegates may have.


President, tWorks

50 Shades of Beige: Communicate with the Cross-Cultural Advantage in the Boating Industry

Twenty percent of Canada’s population is foreign-born, and that number is even higher in urban centres like Vancouver. Successful organizations understand that being able to communicate cross-culturally in the workplace and through their sales efforts leads to enhanced productivity, performance, employee engagement and increased sales. Managing diversity drives profitability, leads to innovation and promotes an inspiring workplace culture. Tina Varughese, President of t Works, is a professional speaker and trainer specializing in cross-cultural communication and inclusive leadership. She ran her own successful relocation and settlement firm working with expatriates from all over the world. Prior to t Works, Tina worked with Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, where she spearheaded international recruitment missions in response to Alberta’s labour shortage. In her keynote presentation she will demonstrate how businesses in the recreational boating industry can only benefit when it comes to learning how to communicate with culturally diverse clients, venders, and an increasingly multicultural workforce.


President, Canadian Safe Boating Council

Introducing the Safety First Marine Certification Program

Did you know that 40% of boaters head out on the water without the legally required safety equipment? Safety First Marine is an online certification program developed by the Canadian Safe Boating Council, in partnership with Public Safety Canada and offers education modules on the choosing, care and maintenance of basic boating safety equipment. John Gullick, President of the Canadian Safe Boating Council, will explain how this valuable program came to be, how to access the program and a brief demonstration following by an audience question and answer period.


Principle, Strategic Advantage, Author, Speaker

Thriving in the Era of Disruptive Innovation

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, innovation is an essential strategy for continued relevance and to grow the top line of your business. But innovation isn’t easy – if it was, everyone would be doing it! Innovation requires a discipline, it requires a process for gaining insight, evaluating possibilities and placing strategic bets. Gain insights into these essential strategies for the recreational boating industry from expert innovation speaker Jim Harris, Principle at Strategic Advantage. Jim works with organizations to address issues of most concern to executives: leadership, change, Customer Relationship Management, and creating learning organizations. His over 20 years of independent research, has led to his standing as a renowned speaker on innovation. He has authored six business books, three of which have been national or international bestsellers, and has appeared in Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Macleans, CBC, BBC, CTV, and Global.


President, Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia

Navigating BC's Waters Together: An Update from the BC Chamber of Shipping

BC is amidst an unprecedented investment in ports, terminals and infrastructure to support relentless growth in trade with Asia. An increase in trade brings newer and larger vessels into our waters – balanced with the need to ensure our local waterways, environment and communities are sustained for generations to come. Robert Lewis-Manning is the President of the Chamber of Shipping, which represents commercial marine interests in Canada. Based in Vancouver, the Chamber works closely with legislators, industry partners and stakeholders, like Boating BC, to facilitate collaborative solutions. Robert will share an update on the deluge of activity in the commercial shipping sector, including initiatives in which the recreational boating community shares common interests.


Commercial Leader, Dealer Relationships, Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF)

2017 Economic Overview of the Recreational Boating Industry

We are extremely pleased to welcome Antoine Lejeune, Commercial Leader, Dealer Relationships at Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance who will kick off this year’s Boating BC Conference. Antoine is a CPA, CMA with a Business Administration Degree from the University of Montreal Business School ( HEC), and has been with Wells Fargo (formerly GE Capital) for 16  years. His internal and external commercial team members service CDF’s network of over 3,400 dealers across Canada ensuring dealers have the necessary credit facilities in place to meet their business targets. Antoine will share insights on the current economic status of the Canadian recreational boating industry.


Director, Business Development, Sport Fishing Institute of BC

2017 Sport Fishing Report

Fishing and recreational boating are directly connected: we know that 50% of people who own a boat use it to go fishing! Martin Paish, Director of Business Development at the Sport Fishing Institute of BC (SFI), and a seasoned professional in both the recreational boating and fishing industries, will join us at the 2017 Boating BC Conference to share an update on SFI’s latest initiatives, trends and forecasts for the 2018 fishing season and key issues and opportunities facing the fishery over the longer term.

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The 2017 Boating BC Conference will be hosted at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC. Easy to access from the sky train and ferry terminals, the Pacific Gateway is only minutes from the Vancouver International Airport and offers a free shuttle from the airport every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. The facility has state-of-the-art convention and meeting facilities, three restaurants, a 153-slip marina, and is pet-friendly.

Conference delegates receive a rate of $139.00 per night. To reserve your room, call 1-866-382-3474 and quote the Boating BC Conference block code: 1711BOAT or you may reserve online here. The reservation block is open to delegates until November 7th, so be sure to book your space as soon as possible,

Delegates will also be required to enter their license plate numbers here for complimentary parking and to avoid being ticketed.


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The seventh annual Boating BC Conference presented by Mercury Marine offers a unique opportunity to engage with individuals and organizations from every sector of the marine industry across the province. Delegates are not limited to our nearly 300 member companies — everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The 2017 marketing campaign launches in August with early registration and continues through November. Sponsors are gratefully acknowledged in all communications to our membership, the industry at large and the boating public. Of course, sponsors are widely acknowledged throughout the event to over 200 industry delegates.

This is your invitation to partner with a one-of-a-kind event; to increase awareness of your business and connect with this unique audience while showing support for the recreational marine industry. The more we work together, the stronger, more vibrant our industry will be for generations to come.


2017 Boating BC Sponsorship Opportunities


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Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Boating BC Member Rate
21 Nov 2017
Members Only
Boating BC Member Group of 5 Rate (**minimum 5 tickets must be purchased)
21 Nov 2017
Members Only
Non-Member Rate 21 Nov 2017 $299.00
Student Rate 21 Nov 2017 $99.00
Dinner Guest (November 21) 21 Nov 2017 $70.00

21 Nov 2017 @ 8:00am PST
22 Nov 2017 @ 11:30am PST

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