President's Message 2018/2019

Gabrielle Ross, President

I consider it a great honour and privilege to be appointed the 2018/2019 Marine Club President. Having been associated with the marine industry for over 20 years, the Marine Club has become extremely important to me.

We are now celebrating our 80 th anniversary!!!! Taking a look back in history, The Marine Club was formed in 1939, and the dinner tickets for the first Annual Dinner, held at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, was $3.50. Although costs have increased over the years, the same value holds true. The Marine Club creates a platform whereby relationships are fostered, problems are solved, and memories are made. The Marine Club is an integral part of the marine community on the Great Lakes, where all individuals that are part of the industry can meet on common ground.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Corporate Sponsors for their ongoing support. The contributions and commitment from our Sponsors and all members allow The Club to provide resources to those in need within our community. In 2017/2018, we donated in excess of $56,000.00, including bursaries to Cadets (the key to our future success), the Mission to Seafarers and many other important organizations and communities within our industry.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge our Directors of The Marine Club, whose hard work, dedication, fantastic ideas and unchartered enthusiasm ensures the continuing success of The Club - Hats off to those who donate so much of their time. I am confident that the upcoming year will be a great success in large part due to our team of Directors, our members and our corporate sponsors. In closing, I would like to wish all our members and the marine community a prosperous and successful year and look forward to seeing you out at our many events.

About The Marine Club

The Marine Club membership, enriched with a long-standing history, encompasses a range of marine industry stakeholders. Shippers, ports, terminal operators and service providers come together with a focused effort to promote and celebrate the industry. The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway is among the most significant waterways in the world, providing efficient transportation of a range of cargo feeds industry in one of the most heavily populated regions in North America.

The club and its' membership join together at a series of annual events creating fellowship and a spirit of cooperation, while also raising funds for a range of charitable organizations and causes. The club also takes pride in supporting cadets, who will become our future leaders in maritime trade. We salute our membership and encourage continued work to foster commerce, safe and reliable trade, connect with the communities we serve and ensure a focus on advancing the industry throughout our activities.