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So much has happened in our industry in just the past year. Supply chain disruptions, rising fuel prices, inflation, staff shortages and an added luxury tax are all influencing business dynamics. The 2022 Boating BC Conference entitled “Winds of Change” will explore our current business landscape and delve into “what’s next”. Learn from leading experts in business development, customer retention and industry best practices over two days of in-person sessions, keynotes and social activities. Safety protocols will be in place to ensure a safe environment for all attendees.

Register Now or download the PDF registration form here.

Book you stay at the host Sheraton Airport Hotel here. 


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.


Owner, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Graham Sherman is a self-professed “high level geek” and co-founder of the Tool Shed Brewing Company. He met his Tool Shed co-founder back in 2007, while they both worked on contracts supporting the Canadian and US government and military forces in Afghanistan.

By day, they rolled around in armoured vehicles, “geeking out” in the world of satellite communications. By night, they aimed their obsessive, high-level thinking at mastering coffee, competitive BBQ, and eventually, brewing craft beer in Graham’s backyard tool shed.

In 2013, the Tool Shed Brewing Company was launched and Graham has never looked back. Tool Shed is now sold in over 1000 locations across Western Canada, with its 22,000 square foot headquarters located in Calgary. 

Graham has been nominated as Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, was named one of Calgary’s “top 40 under 40”, and received the 2018 Business in Calgary Leaders award.   



Eddie LeMoine’s audiences represent people from 83 countries around the globe and his speeches have been translated into five different languages.

Eddie is a Canadian-born international author, keynote speaker, seminar leader and corporate trainer. He is a sought-after resource for both government and corporate clients. Eddie's unprecedented success is based on his powerful ability to close the gap between business results and personal development. He inspires greatness by awakening the talent in each individual.

Not only a successful professional speaker, his career experience as a seasoned business executive quickly builds credibility for his topics as he can personally relate business success stories and lessons learn throughout his 35 plus years of experience.

Eddie LeMoine is an authority on changing demographics, diversity, performance development and productivity improvement.



For more than 10 years, Matt Gruhn has served as the President of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the industry’s leading trade association serving boat dealers, their customers and their partners. Matt and the MRAA team produce the annual Dealer Week MRAA Conference and Expo (which will be held in Austin, Texas, in December 2022), the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program, an expansive catalog of dealership-specific educational courses at, and both advocate for and protect the interests of the marine industry through a powerful voice in Washington, D.C., and across North America. The MRAA fuels the success of the marine industry by serving and championing the businesses that interact with today’s boaters.



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

2021 Economic Overview of the Recreational Boating Industry

We are extremely pleased to welcome back Antoine Lejeune, Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, to kick off the 2021 Conference with an economic overview of the Canadian recreational boating industry. Antoine is a CPA, CMA with a Business Administration Degree and has been with Wells Fargo (formerly GE Capital) for 20 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.

The 2022 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.

If you would like to book a traditional room at the Boating BC conference, please contact 1-800-663-0299 and request Boating BC conference rate. 



For guests staying at the hotel, your parking is included in your hotel rate. Please register your license plate number at the front desk immediately upon arrival at the hotel.

For guests who are not staying at the hotel, a discounted daily parking rate of $12 is available. 


The Boating BC Team

Register below or download the pdf registration form here.


Monday, November 21

Presented by

7:00 pm 

Marina Sector Night. Speakers include: 


  • Odai Sirri – Poralu Marine
  • Paul Mendham – NAVIS Insurance
  • David Jarrett – Burnard LLP

Tuesday, November 22


7:30-8:30 am 

Registration + Coffee

Bernard LLP

8:30-8:45 am           

Opening Remarks

8:45-9:15 am 

2022 Economic Overview of the Recreational Boating Industry

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

9:15-9:20 am 

Spotlight Series – Winds of Change


9:20-10:15 am 

Matt Gruhn – President Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

10:15-10:30 am 



Roton Industries

10:30-11:00 am

Rumon Carter – BC Parks, Marine Recreation Action Plan

11.00 – 11.30 am 

Marina Infrastructure Presentation – Odai Sirri

11 :30 – 11 :45 am 

Kyle Stojke – Shifted Visuals

11:45-1:15 pm 


Oak Bay Marine Group

1:15-1:20 pm

Gold Sponsor Recognition: Citrus Pie Media

1:20-1:30 pm

Spotlight on Success:

Milltown Marina

1:30-2:00 pm

RCMSAR Presentation Tracey Lakeman & Bill Riggs

2:00-2:30 pm 


2:30 – 3:00 pm 

Peer to Peer Challenge Discussion

3:00 – 3:20 pm


Purified Systems

3:20-4:20 pm

Eddie LeMoine Keynote 

5:00-6:30 pm

Industry Reception 

Navis Marine Insurance

7:00-8:30 pm 


8:30-10:00 pm 

Game Show Night

Wednesday, November 24

7:30-8:30 am


8:30-8:40 am 

Opening Comments

Boat for Hope – Rick Cassel

8:40-8:50 am 

Gold Sponsor Recognition: Canadian Boat Shows

8:50-9:20 am 

2022 Sport Fishing Report

Martin Paish, Sport Fishing Institute

9:20-9:35 am 

Georgia Strait Alliance Clean Marine

9:35-10:15 am

The Electrification of Recreational Boating 

Panel discussion 

Andy White – Mercury Marine

Phil Garber – Voltsafe Marine

10:15-10:30 am 


Chic Marine

10:30-11:45 am 

Graham Sherman Keynote Speaker

Port of Vancouver

11:50--12:00 pm

Grand Prize Draw + Closing Comments


It's time to play the feud! Join us for a fun evening of feud. Play against your rivals in a game of wits, with a bunch of laughter mixed in. Strategize with your team to put the pressure on your competitors. Two teams at a time go head to head to get the highest possible score in the three rounds of play. The top two teams with the highest scores in the rounds play for the bragging rights in the final! A ton of fun and a chance to let loose with friends or co-workers.


22 Nov 2022 @ 7:30am PST
23 Nov 2022 @ 12:00pm PST

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