The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada today will induct Ian Bruce and Marcel Dubois into Canada's Boating Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony took place at the 2010 Toronto International Boat Show's industry reception. The show runs Jan. 9-17.
"These men are legends in the boating industry," said Linda Waddell, NMMA vice president of Northern shows, in a statement. "Their valuable contributions have meant that thousands and thousands of people have discovered the enjoyment of spending time on the water. Working on parallel courses in sailing and power boating, they have illustrated that boating is something that can take you wherever you want to go - both personally and professionally."
Bruce's contributions to the sport of sailing in Canada and abroad include the design and development of high-performance boats such as the PS200 Laser sailboat. His work on the Laser began in the 1970s when he opened nine manufacturing plants worldwide.
During his 40-plus years in the boating business, Bruce, 76, also won the Prince of Wales trophy in international Fourteens twice, in addition to representing Canada twice in the Summer Olympics. He remains an avid sailor and has founded another business, Montreal Classic Boatworks, makers of retro-styled 1940 Canadian launches.
For more than a quarter century, Dubois has dedicated his career to products that expand the fun and appeal of fishing and family boating. Since taking control of Princecraft Boats in 1984, Dubois has played an instrumental role in ensuring that its name is synonymous with high-quality, durable aluminum boats in the marine marketplace.
He has captained Princecraft through several ownerships and has seen the company grow from less than 60 employees to more than 300 while employing 600 workers from local suppliers based in Princeville, Quebec.