Sara Anghel, executive director and vice president of government relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada, was named the recipient of this year’s Boating Ontario President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Boating Ontario president Richard Carroll presented the award to Anghel Wednesday at the Boating Ontario Conference & Trade Show President’s Dinner.
"The Boating Ontario board of directors have unanimously voted to present Sara with this year’s Boating Ontario President's Award,” Carroll said in a statement. “This award is presented each year to one person from the industry that has made a significant contribution to the Ontario boating industry."
“This is recognition of the hard work Sara is doing for the Canadian boating industry and the outstanding job she has done building a strong relationship with Boating Ontario and marine trade associations in Canada,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “Sara has successfully created a unified voice for the Canadian recreational boating industry and created a stronger North American presence.”
In 2014, under Anghel’s leadership, NMMA Canada actively engaged with the government to ensure water access for two of Canada’s historic canals in Ontario. The reinstatement of the hours of operation on the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal were a direct result of the industry’s unified advocacy efforts. Working closely with marine trade groups and the Office of the Minister of the Environment, they were able to reinstate the hours of service.
Notable accomplishments from her tenure at NMMA include the first Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, securing more than $200,000 in government funding to support the industry and the establishment of NMMA Canada’s first Recreational Boating Day on the Hill in Ottawa, an annual event in which industry leaders meet with government officials to address key issues affecting the boating industry.