Seminar Speakers

The Toronto Boat Show provides an extremely popular seminar series, with over 250 free seminars set to Educate, Inspire and Motivate the boater in you! We are working on the 2018 schedule & have left the 2017 schedule posted for your review. Check back in November for the exciting 2018 Schedule!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

9:00am
Nigel Calder
Understanding & Troubleshooting Boat Electrical Systems (7 hours) $100 seminar fee plus boat show admission Pre-registration required.
Salon 105

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

9:00am
John & Amanda Neal plus Nigel Calder
Offshore Cruising All-Day Seminar (8 hours) $100 seminar fee plus boat show admission Includes a copy of John & Amanda's updated 43rd edition 260 page Offshore Cruising Companion text book. Pre-registration required.
Salon 105

10:30am
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

11:00am
Isabelle Tremblay & David Hayes
A Family's Journey Around The Atlantic
Presentation Theatre

11:30am
Wally Moran
Sailing South - First Timers' Guide to the ICW
Salon 107

12:00pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Steven Parry
Charter Sailing Mediterranean, Pacific and Caribbean
Salon 107

1:00pm
Chad Buchner & Steven Bull
Where, Why and How? Boating Ontario
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Pamela Bendall
Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage
Salon 107

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

3:30pm
Pam Wall
Outfitting for Blue Water Cruising (2 hours)
Salon 107

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

6:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean
Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

9:00am
Nigel Calder
Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance & Troubleshooting (8 hours) $100 seminar fee plus boat show admission Pre-registration required.
Salon 105

10:30am
Panel hosted by Sarah & Will Curry – with John & Amanda Neal, and Isabelle Tremblay & David Hayes
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
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

12:30pm
Roy Eaton
Summer In Paradise - Georgian Bay and the Fabled North Channel
Salon 107

1:00pm
John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal
Storm Avoidance and Survival Tactics
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Wally Moran
Cruising in Paradise - The Bahamas
Salon 107

2:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
How to Sail Your Boat Across an Ocean
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Pam Wall
A Family Sails Around the World
Salon 107

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

4:30pm
David Hayes
Casting Off?... What About First Aid?
Salon 107

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

1:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
St. Lawrence River: Toronto to Quebec City on a Sailboat
Salon 107

2:00pm
Liza Copeland
Provisioning, Storage and Much More
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Chad Buchner
Lock Lessons on Ontario's Canals
Salon 107

3:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
Cruising in France & the French Canals
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

4:00pm
Pamela Bendall
Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Roy Eaton
Summer In Paradise - Georgian Bay and the Fabled North Channel
Salon 107

5:00pm
Liza Copeland & Isabelle Tremblay
Women Cruising – Fears, Fantasies, Facts and Fundamentals (2 hours)
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Salon 107

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

11:00am
Graham Ketcheson
PaddleSmart Presenter Training (3-hour facilitator training) *admission is free with boat show admission; however, pre-registration is required due to limited seating
Salon 107

12:00pm
Liza Copeland
The Cruising Life – Coastal to Circumnavigator
Presentation Theatre

1:00pm
Roy Eaton
Summer In Paradise - Georgian Bay and the Fabled North Channel
Presentation Theatre

2:00pm
Pam Wall
Cruising in the Abacos and Bahamas (2 hours)
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

3:30pm
Pamela Bendall
Ocean Sustainability: If Fish Could Talk
Salon 107

4:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Reducing Anxiety in Boating
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
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

1:00pm
Wally Moran
ICW (Part 2): Destinations, Anchorages and Problem Areas
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Graham Ketcheson
PaddleSmart Interactive Presentation
Salon 107

2:00pm
Liza Copeland
Beautiful BC to Alaska
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

3:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Sailing Away:  Making Your Cruising Dreams A Reality
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

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
Sheldon Foulds
New Devices To Improve Safety On The Water
Salon 107

6:00pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Presentation Theatre

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

12:00pm
Pamela Bendall
Practical Tips for Your Offshore Voyage
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Claire Lawson
Boat Stories and Water Laws  
Salon 107

1:00pm
Wally Moran
Cruising in Paradise - The Bahamas
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Chad Buchner
Lock Lessons on Ontario's Canals
Salon 107

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
Alexei Pachkevitch
Sailing the Great Lakes: Toronto to Thunder Bay
Salon 107

4:00pm
Lee Chesneau
Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart
Presentation Theatre

4:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
Trent-Severn Waterway on a Sailboat
Salon 107

5:00pm
Lee Chesneau
An Introduction to the 500 Mb Chart
Presentation Theatre

5:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

6:00pm
Lee Chesneau
Wind & Wave Concepts & Charts
Presentation Theatre

6:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

12:00pm
Sheldon Foulds
New Devices To Improve Safety On The Water
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

1:00pm
Lee Chesneau
Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Chad Buchner
Lock Lessons on Ontario's Canals
Salon 107

2:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
Cruising in France & the French Canals
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Serge Besner
Forecast Techniques for Mariners
Salon 107

3:00pm
Carol Gillstrom
Romancing your Dream or Flogging your Sails
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Pamela Bendall
Ocean Sustainability: If Fish Could Talk
Salon 107

4:00pm
Lee Chesneau
Tropical Cyclone (Hurricane) Basics & the 1-2-3 Rule for Avoidance Workshop (3 hours) $68 seminar fee plus boat show admission. Limited seating. Pre-registration required. There are no prerequisites for this workshop but it would be helpful to attend Lee's free seminar "Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart".
Salon 110W

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
Alexei Pachkevitch
St. Lawrence River: Toronto to Quebec City on a Sailboat
Salon 107

6:00pm
Wally Moran
ICW (Part 2): Destinations, Anchorages and Problem Areas
Presentation Theatre

6:30pm
Michael Lahrkamp
Buying a Foreign Boat - Unencumbered By Thought
Salon 107

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

10:00am
Lee Chesneau
Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart
Salon 110W

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
Lee Chesneau
An Introduction to the 500 Mb Chart
Salon 110W

11:30am
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

12:00pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Presentation Theatre

12:00pm
Lee Chesneau
Wind & Wave Concepts & Charts
Salon 110W

12:30pm
Steven Parry
Charter Sailing Mediterranean, Pacific and Caribbean
Salon 107

1:00pm
Mike Evans & Jayne Finn
Newfoundland Circle Part 4 - Cruising Newfoundland's East Coast
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
David Hayes
Casting Off?... What About First Aid?
Salon 107

2:00pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Presentation Theatre

2:00pm
Lee Chesneau
The Surface Pressure Chart Workshop (3 hours) $68 seminar fee plus boat show admission. Limited seating. Pre-registration required. Pre-requisite: Attend the free seminar “Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart”
Salon 110W

2:30pm
Wally Moran
Forbidden Paradise - Cruising Coastal Cuba
Salon 107

3:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Reducing Anxiety in Boating
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Chad Buchner & Steven Bull
Where, Why and How? Boating Ontario
Salon 107

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

5:30pm
Michael Lahrkamp
Buying a Foreign Boat - Unencumbered By Thought
Salon 107

6:00pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
Sailing the Great Lakes: Toronto to Thunder Bay
Presentation Theatre

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

10:15am
Lee Chesneau
The 500 Mb Chart Workshop (3 hours) $68 seminar fee plus boat show admission. Limited seating. Pre-registration required. Pre-requisite: Attend the free seminar “An Introduction to the 500 Mb Chart". It is further recommended to also attend the free seminar "Introduction to the Surface Pressure Chart" & the prepaid workshop "The Surface Pressure Chart" for a more comprehensive understanding of how weather works in three dimensions.
Salon 110W

10:30am
Chad Buchner & Steven Bull
Where, Why and How? Boating Ontario
Salon 107

11:00am
Isabelle Tremblay & David Hayes
A Family's Journey Around The Atlantic
Presentation Theatre

11:30am
Mike Evans & Jayne Finn
Newfoundland Circle Part 4 - Cruising Newfoundland's East Coast
Salon 107

12:00pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Presentation Theatre

12:30pm
Serge Besner
Forecast Techniques for Mariners
Salon 107

1:00pm
Ken & Carol Gillstrom
Sailing Away:  Making Your Cruising Dreams A Reality
Presentation Theatre

1:30pm
Alexei Pachkevitch
St. Lawrence River: Toronto to Quebec City on a Sailboat
Salon 107

2:00pm
Lee Chesneau
Understanding Weather and Cruise Decision Making Workshop (3 hours) $68 seminar fee plus boat show admission. Limited seating. Pre-registration required. Pre-requisite: Attend all of Lee's free seminar topics & the pre-paid workshops "The Surface Pressure Chart Workshop" & "The 500 Mb Chart Workshop"
Salon 110W

2:00pm
Michael Lahrkamp
Buying a Foreign Boat - Unencumbered By Thought
Presentation Theatre

2:30pm
Craig Hamilton
Docking and Close Quarters Maneuvering
Salon 107

3:00pm
Paul & Sheryl Shard
Cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean
Presentation Theatre

3:30pm
Michael Leahy
The Great Lakes - Sailing The Sweetwater Seas
Salon 107

4:00pm
Kurt Wege
A Practical Primer for Celestial Navigation
Presentation Theatre

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