The 2019 Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs) were held on Sunday, January 19th 2020 in Toronto, at the National Yacht Club. At this gala event, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), its members and stakeholders in recreational boating safety assembled to honour the people, programs, organizations and marinas that help to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean.

The CSBC is proud to announce the following winners of this year’s nine 2019 CASBA Awards.

Marine Professional of the Year: Deborah Lineberry as owner operator of Paris Marine Ltd who focuses significant personal and company energy to boating safety and education, especially to the women in her community.

 

Top Volunteer Dedicated to Boating Safety: Jason Rodgers / André Bastille for the incredible number of hours they individually donate to boating safety with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

 

Safeguarding the Environment: Canot Kayak Québec for the development of sustainable activities and projects and the delivery of environmental awareness outreach.

 

Marine Industry: SeeArch Inc for creating a personal safety device that helps significantly in locating someone in the water, but also assist with their reboarding.

 

Stearns Rescue of the Year: For the rescue of 5 individuals on Lake Erie on July 15, 2019. Jeff Anderson                       Laura Ferriss                         Rick Malott

 

Best Boating Safety Initiative: Sail Nelson for creating the Nelson Safe Boating event to support Safe Boating Week and promote water safety in the Kootenays.

 

Best Media Contribution to Boating Safety: Cam Woolley for his invaluable support of the water safety community through his broadcast platform in the GTA.

 

Special Recognition: Calgary Police Marine Unit for their dedication in keeping the Bow River waterway around the City of Calgary safe through both patrols and the promoting of safe boating.

 

Special Recognition: Chad Buchner, Parks Canada for his leadership and stewardship of boating safety for his employees and boaters who use the Trent Severn Waterway

The CASBA Gala recognizes the efforts of the public, volunteers, professionals, agencies and organizations who have distinguished themselves in the fields of boating safety and environmental stewardship. Each CASBA event has shared amazing stories of bravery, innovation, passion and dedication.

The CSBC would like to thank our sponsors, without whom the CASBAs would not be possible:

  • Presenting Sponsor – Stearns
  • Gold Sponsor – Ontario Power Generation
  • Silver Sponsor – Salus Marine
  • Silver Sponsor – Yamaha
  • Silver Sponsor – Mustang Survival
  • Silver Sponsor – Playsafe Productions
  • Bronze Sponsor – SiriusXM Marine

For additional information on the 2019 CASBAs winners, future events and boating safety information, please visit www.csbc.ca.

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Brad Roberts
Brad grew up at the family cottage on Lake Simcoe using both powerboats and sailboats. A veteran journalist with large national daily newspapers, outdoor interest magazines, and syndicated television shows, Brad has entertained and educated readers for over 25 years with his unique family-inclusive perspective. His favorite pastime is teaching others to use their boats to access the freedom and beauty of a Life Afloat. Brad, his wife, and their three daughters have traveled and boated all over North America and the Caribbean, but choose to keep their "floating home" on the fresh waters of Central Ontario.