Boating Industry Canada June 2016 - (Page 10)

I M PA C T New Government, New Opportunities The NMMA Canada Recreational Day on Parliament Hill STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANDY ADAMS MAY 2016 saw the largest gathering of boating industry groups and associations (that I have ever been a part of) arrive at Parliament Hill in Ottawa to start off May 3rd with a Recreational Boating Strategic Planning Session followed by a full day of meetings on May 4th with Canada's new Liberal majority government. Organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada by Vice President, Executive Director Sara Anghel and with the meetings set up and scheduled by their Ottawa lobby organization, Global Public Affairs, it was our industry's "Day On The Hill". The 2016 Day On The Hill was the fourth one. The previous three Day On The Hill events were well attended by NMMA Board members and key industry representatives and the group met with MPs and staff in the previous Conservative government under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 10 Boating Industry Canada JUNE 2016 MP Vance Badawey from the riding of Niagara Centre and Port Colborne gave us a warm reception. His family owns a commercial marine chandlery and he's a keen water skier and fisherman himself. From the left, Peter Spiegel, Marc Duhamel, Vance Badawey, Sara Angel and Andy Adams. Each of those events was increasingly successful. The first time the industry arrived in Ottawa, the group learned that Ottawa was not focused on boating, but our industry recognized the importance and potential value of the effort. The second NMMA Canada Day On The Hill plainly showed that the event was gaining some traction. The third Day On The Hill event seemed to me to be better again, but our fourth Day On The Hill with the new Liberal government felt significantly more effective. It appeared that the people we were meeting with, at all different levels, were more receptive. They listened with greater interest, asked more questions and seemed to recognize the eco-

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IMPACT – NMMA CANADA DAY ON THE HILL - Canada’s boating industry came together in Ottawa for two days of discussions, planning and meetings with the new Liberal government and key Ministry staff. This covers the important industry issues and how we hope to move boating forward in 2016. – By Andy Adams
MANUFACTURING FABRICATION - SEA RAY - Boat manufacturer Sea Ray speeds production and eliminates labour intensive manual sanding by applying robotics with help of unique abrasive nylon brush. – By Greg Rankin – Power PR
MANUFACTURING FABRICATION - CANADA METAL - Canada Metal (Pacific) continues their US market expansion with a new Virginia Manufacturing Center. Continued US expansion could create as many as 70 new jobs over the next three years. – By Craig Ritchie
MADE IN CANADA – STAINLESS OUTFITTERS - Stainless Outfitters, established in 1993 was the original supplier to such well-known names as Hinterhoeller Yachts, builders of Nonsuch, C&C Yachts, Bombardier Aerospace and others. – By Glen Cairns
NMEA - SATELLITE TV - Re-printed from the NMEA Marine Electronics Journal, this story delivers the latest in Sat TV from the experts at KVH Industries, Cobham and Intellian. – By NMEA Staff

Boating Industry Canada June 2016