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2017 Seminar Speakers

The Toronto Boat Show provides an extremely popular seminar series, with over 200 free seminars set to Educate, Inspire and Motivate the boater in you!


In addition to the 200 Free Seminars, and for those looking for more education on specific topics we offer a variety of All Day Seminars and 2-3 hour Workshops and Training presented by knowledgeable, experienced leaders in their fields. You will need to register for these seminars and workshops. So easy, just click on the topic of your choice to get more details and then continue on to the registration/purchase ticket page.

Nigel Calder: Understanding & Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems All-Day Seminar
Friday, January 20: 9am – 4pm

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal plus Nigel Calder: Offshore Cruising All Day Seminar
Saturday, January 21: 9am – 5pm

Nigel Calder: Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance & Troubleshooting All-Day Seminar
Sunday, January 22: 9am – 5pm

John & Amanda Neal plus panel hosted by Sarah & Will Curry
Sunday, January 22: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Lee Chesneau: Tropical Cyclone (Hurricane) Basics & the 1-2-3 Rule for Avoidance Workshop
Friday, January 27: 4:00pm – 7:00 pm

Lee Chesneau: The Surface Pressure Chart Workshop
Saturday, January 28: 2:00pm – 5:00 pm

Lee Chesneau: The 500 Mb Chart Workshop
Sunday, January 29: 10:15pm – 1:15 pm

Lee Chesneau: Understanding Weather and Cruise Decision Making Workshop
Sunday, January 29: 2:00pm – 5:00 pm

Sarah & Will Curry: Cruising Freedom Forum
Sunday, January 22: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Register for 2-hour training as space is limited! No additional cost.

Graham Ketcheson: PaddleSmart Presenter Training Session
Tuesday, January 24: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Register for 3-hour training as space is limited! No additional cost

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

12:00pm

Liza Copeland

Cruising for Couples

Presentation Theatre

1:30pm

2:00pm

Sarah & Will Curry

The South Pacific: A Two Year Sailing Plan

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky

Dream Big - A Family Circumnavigates

Salon 107

3:00pm

Alexei Pachkevitch

Trent-Severn Waterway on a Sailboat

Presentation Theatre

4:00pm

Sheldon Foulds

New Devices To Improve Safety On The Water

Presentation Theatre

5:00pm

Ken Blodgett

Tips on Cruising the North Channel

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

Sandy Macpherson

Becoming Ocean Racers

Salon 107

6:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

10:30am

John & Amanda Neal, Isabelle Tremblay & David Hayes hosted by Sarah & Will Curry

Cruising Freedom Forum (2 hours) *no fee required but pre-registration strongly encouraged to guarantee seat.

Presentation Theatre

10:30am

Greg Marlo

Motor Yacht Charter Vacations

Salon 107

11:30am

1:00pm

John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal

Storm Avoidance and Survival Tactics

Presentation Theatre

1:30pm

2:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Liza Copeland

Popular Cruising Routes Around the Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

Cornelia Manske & Michael, Zoe, Maia, Liam Buratynsky

Dream Big - A Family Circumnavigates

Salon 107

4:00pm

Pamela Bendall

Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo

Presentation Theatre

5:00pm

Sarah & Will Curry

Windvane Self Steering: Your Best Crew Member

Presentation Theatre

MONDAY, JANUARY 23

12:00pm

Ken Gillstrom

Evil in the Dark - Boating at Night

Presentation Theatre

12:30pm

Pam Wall

Women and Cruising

Salon 107

1:00pm

Wally Moran

Forbidden Paradise - Cruising Coastal Cuba

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Liza Copeland

Provisioning, Storage and Much More

Presentation Theatre

3:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising in France & the French Canals

Presentation Theatre

4:00pm

Pamela Bendall

Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage

Presentation Theatre

5:00pm

Liza Copeland & Isabelle Tremblay

Women Cruising – Fears, Fantasies, Facts and Fundamentals (2 hours)

Presentation Theatre

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

12:00pm

Liza Copeland

The Cruising Life – Coastal to Circumnavigator

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

2:30pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

Ken & Carol Gillstrom

Reducing Anxiety in Boating

Presentation Theatre

4:30pm

Sandy Macpherson

Going Solo

Salon 107

5:00pm

Ken & Carol Gillstrom

When Things Go Wrong 

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

Graham Ketcheson

PaddleSmart Interactive Presentation

Salon 107

6:00pm

Wally Moran

Forbidden Paradise - Cruising Coastal Cuba

Presentation Theatre

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

12:00pm

Wally Moran

ICW (Part 1): Tips and Techniques

Presentation Theatre

12:30pm

Alexei Pachkevitch

Trent-Severn Waterway on a Sailboat

Salon 107

1:30pm

Graham Ketcheson

PaddleSmart Interactive Presentation

Salon 107

2:00pm

Liza Copeland

Beautiful BC to Alaska

Presentation Theatre

3:00pm

Ken & Carol Gillstrom

Sailing Away:  Making Your Cruising Dreams A Reality

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

4:00pm

Pamela Bendall

Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo

Presentation Theatre

4:30pm

Greg Marlo

Motor Yacht Charter Vacations

Salon 107

5:00pm

Ken Blodgett

Tips on Cruising the North Channel

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

6:00pm

Sandy Macpherson

Becoming Ocean Racers

Presentation Theatre

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

12:00pm

Pamela Bendall

Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage

Presentation Theatre

1:00pm

Wally Moran

Cruising in Paradise - The Bahamas

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Kurt Wege

A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

Serge Besner

Weather Basics for Mariners

Salon 107

3:00pm

Ken Gillstrom

Evil in the Dark - Boating at Night

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

4:00pm

Lee Chesneau

Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart

Presentation Theatre

4:30pm

Sandy Macpherson

Going Solo

Salon 107

5:00pm

Lee Chesneau

An Introduction to the 500 Mb Chart

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

6:00pm

Lee Chesneau

Wind & Wave Concepts & Charts

Presentation Theatre

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

12:00pm

Sheldon Foulds

New Devices To Improve Safety On The Water

Presentation Theatre

12:30pm

1:00pm

Lee Chesneau

Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising in France & the French Canals

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Carol Gillstrom

Romancing your Dream or Flogging your Sails

Presentation Theatre

3:30pm

4:00pm

Mike Evans & Jayne Finn

Newfoundland Circle Part 4 - Cruising Newfoundland's East Coast

Presentation Theatre

4:30pm

Greg Marlo

Motor Yacht Charter Vacations

Salon 107

5:00pm

Wally Moran

ICW (Part 1): Tips and Techniques

Presentation Theatre

5:30pm

Sandy Macpherson

Becoming Ocean Racers

Salon 107

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

10:00am

10:30am

Pamela Bendall

Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo

Salon 107

11:00am

Paul & Sheryl Shard

How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean

Presentation Theatre

11:00am

11:30am

12:00pm

Lee Chesneau

Wind & Wave Concepts & Charts

Salon 110W

1:00pm

Mike Evans & Jayne Finn

Newfoundland Circle Part 4 - Cruising Newfoundland's East Coast

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Kurt Wege

A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation

Presentation Theatre

3:00pm

Ken & Carol Gillstrom

Reducing Anxiety in Boating

Presentation Theatre

4:00pm

Serge Besner

Weather Basics for Mariners

Presentation Theatre

4:30pm

Greg Marlo

Motor Yacht Charter Vacations

Salon 107

5:00pm

Ken Blodgett

Tips on Cruising the North Channel

Presentation Theatre

6:00pm

Alexei Pachkevitch

Sailing the Great Lakes: Toronto to Thunder Bay

Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

12:00pm

Sandy Macpherson

Going Solo

Presentation Theatre

12:30pm

1:00pm

Ken & Carol Gillstrom

Sailing Away:  Making Your Cruising Dreams A Reality

Presentation Theatre

2:00pm

Michael Lahrkamp

Buying a Foreign Boat - Unencumbered By Thought

Presentation Theatre

2:30pm

3:00pm

Paul & Sheryl Shard

Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean

Presentation Theatre

4:00pm

Kurt Wege

A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation

Presentation Theatre

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