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How can your business attract and retain top talent? How can our industry attract new people? We have to Be the Choice. It’s a challenge in today’s business climate and the focus of the 2019 Boating BC Conference. You’ll come away with an understanding of the labour market in BC, strategies to attract talent and leadership techniques to help keep them. You’ll also learn about the latest digital strategies and how they impact your businesses relationships. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Register Now or download the PDF registration form here.

Why should you attend?

Actionable Insights

Every presentation offers tangible takeaways and actionable insights that you can apply to your work and life the moment you walk out the door.

World-Class Speakers

Every speaker, an expert in their field, is pushing the boundaries, pioneering new insights and/or brings fresh knowledge to share. This carefully curated roster has been selected to ensure you leave with the tools, insights and knowledge you need to be effective in your role and to grow your business.

Get Connected

This is your opportunity to have some fun and connect with industry colleagues; to learn, share stories and build community. We hear it year after year; delegates find the networking opportunities at this conference invaluable. Delegate have plenty of time to connect throughout the day and at the ever-popular Navis Marine Insurance Industry Reception.

Rave Reviews

Take it from past attendees; if you work in the recreational boating industry, this is a must-attend event!

“The Boating BC Conference is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to get together, network, discuss best practices and to learn about what is happening in our trade.”– Conference Attendee

“This conference was well planned and executed. The speakers covered such a broad range that affected all different sectors of our industry. I had such a great time and can’t wait for next year!” – Conference Attendee

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


Future of Work & Change Leadership Expert

The Future of Work Is Now – Are You Ready?

The competition for attracting top talent is increasing, and as quickly as people are being hired and trained other industries are approaching and poaching talent. In addition, the increase in freelance and entrepreneur opportunities for millennials is making the talent search even more challenging.

What can companies do? What do leaders need to do to win the war for talent? Cheryl Cran, Future of Work & Change Leadership Expert, will teach delegates how to map out a strategy and plan on how to attract top talent and retain them for longer than average time frames.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Innovative ideas on finding the right people that are suited for your industry
  • The top ten ‘attractors’ of what top talent want when looking to work for a company
  • Creative solutions that you can put into place right away to increase your wins in attracting and keeping top talent

Cheryl’s future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and more.


The Brain Guy

Wire Your Brain for High Impact Leadership

How can you use brain science to become a more effective leader? 

Cognitive neuroscientists are gaining greater insights into how the brain interacts and learns in the workplace environment.

In this very engaging keynote, Terry Small will combine his expertise and experience in working with 230,000 people around the world. He will show you techniques and introduce skills that will allow you to bring your leadership abilities to the very highest levels; to attract talent and build effective teams.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Three influencing techniques that every leader must know. 
  • How to use a brain-based approach to initiate and lead change in your organization, and in your life. 
  • How your thinking habits influence other people's actions, especially with problem solving and conflict resolution.  
  • How understanding the brain positively impacts organizational leadership, team management and retention

Terry Small, B.Ed., M.A., is a master teacher and Canada's leading learning skills specialist. He is the author of the Brain Bulletin with over 34,000 subscribers worldwide.

Terry has presented on the brain for over 33 years to organizations around the world. His knowledge, warmth, humour and dynamic presentation style have made him a much sought-after speaker at workshops and conferences. Terry often appears on TV, radio, and in the press. He recently appeared on BCTV, Global, CKNW and Student Success. He has presented his ideas to over 261,000 people in 23 countries.


President, engageQ Digital

TOUCH: Five Factors to Growing and Leading a Human Organization 

For better or worse, digital business has fundamentally changed how organizations hire staff, market their services, and connect with stakeholders. The problem is, in a world filled with complicated web forms and digital marketing services, we have lost the “human” element in how we run our organizations. In this keynote presentation, Tod will identify these challenges in stark terms, and then provide delegates with real-world, tested solutions for how to best use digital media in todays business environment.

Tod is president of engageQ digital, a digital marketing agency that helps such brands as the Grey Cup, Mountain Equipment Coop, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Abbott Pharmaceutical, OK Tire, and more.

In January 1999, he founded MindfulEye, an artificial intelligence firm that went public in 18 months and precipitated a meteoric rise in his popularity as a technology futurist. His insights on the future of business have been covered by major media including the Globe and Mail, USA Today, CBC, the Huffington Post, and more – and he has addressed audiences around the world.

Today, thousands of professionals in the international media, technology, and business communities follow Tod’s insights. He continues to report on national technology trends on CBC Radio, is the past host of tod adio dot com and Real Life Chronicles and was one of the world’s first podcasters and web masters.


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

2019 Economic Overview of the Recreational Boating Industry

We are extremely pleased to welcome back Antoine Lejeune, Commercial Leader, Dealer Relationships at Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance who will kick off the 2019 Boating BC Conference with an economic update of the Canadian recreational boating industry. 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 18 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.

Register below or download the pdf registration form here.

The 2019 Boating BC Conference will be hosted at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Located in the core of Richmond’s City Centre, it is only a short walking distance to
all amenities including the Richmond Centre Mall and Canada
Line, a rapid transit line that provides a direct connection to
the Airport and Downtown Vancouver in a matter of minutes.

Conference delegates receive a rate starting at $189.00 per night. To reserve your room, call 1.800.663.0299 and book under "2019 Boating BC Conference" or reserve online here.  The reservation block is open to delegates until October 31, so be sure to book your space as soon as possible.

Register below or download the pdf registration form here.

The Boating BC Conference will open the morning of Tuesday, November 26th with presentations throughout the day, followed by the Navis Marine Insurance Industry Reception and dinner and entertainment.

On Wednesday, November 27th, presentations will run through the morning and the conference will close at noon.

A detailed agenda will be published in September. If you have any questions about the agenda, please contact us at info@boatingbc.ca or 604.238.7500.

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Non-Member Rate 26 Nov 2019 $399.00
Student Rate 26 Nov 2019 $99.00
Dinner Guest (November 26) 26 Nov 2019 $75.00

26 Nov 2019 @ 9:00am PST
27 Nov 2019 @ 12:00pm PST

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