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.