As outlined in all of our communications the booking of your rooms at The Lord Elgin Hotel has a cut-off date of August 22nd, 2014. There has been a closure of three hotels recently in Ottawa which has created a very large loss of available rooms in downtown Ottawa. After August 22nd you will not be able to book a room at The Elgin Hotel for our Symposium rate of $145.00.  Also the hotel will probably be sold out after we release our room blocks on August 22nd. This means that there may not be any rooms available at any price. If there happen to be any rooms available at the Lord Elgin after August 22nd the minimum room rate will be $243.00. We have NO wiggle room this year if you are late in booking your rooms so it is imperative to book before August 22nd. You will save at least $100 so book your room now. 1-800-267-4298 (or 1-613-235-3333) Reference 'CSBC Symposium' to receive the discounted rate. 


The Canadian Safe Boating Council Invites YOU! 


The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) invites boating safety enthusiasts from all over the world to participate in the 2014 CSBC Symposium in Ottawa, ON. With the theme of 'Exploring New Horizons', the Symposium will take place from Sunday, September 21 to Tuesday, September 23 at the elegant Lord Elgin Hotel. Delegates include government policy makers, not-for-profit organizations, marine law enforcement, first responders, boating safety instructors and course providers, marina operators, volunteers, marine manufacturers and more.


Highlights of this year's Symposium build on the theme of 'Exploring New Horizons', and include:

  • Special feature presentation: be the first to hear the results of the latest Canadian boating safety research!
  • Engaging the boating safety community
  • Learning about Behavioral Change and Influencing People`s Actions
  • Boating Safety in Northern Canada
  • Internationalconnections: boating safety presentations from Australia and the U.S.
  • New paddle sport programs: PaddleSmart
  • Renegades Bass Professional Tournament Association  
  • Canada/U.S. Lifejacket Harmonization: how will this affect you?

The Ottawa symposium follows on the highly rated 2013 Symposium held in Whistler, BC. Delegates at that event commented that:


"I love the symposium; it makes me feel like I'm part of something worthwhile."


"The conference was very informative and the networking is great."


"The passion of the CSBC is infectious! Very relevant and amazing job of organization; loved it!"


If past participant experiences are any indication, the 2014 Symposium will be the boating safety event of the year! Join Canadian and International colleagues to experience your own professional development and learning, to share new safe boating research and innovative ideas, to connect with boating safety organizations and exchange information.  To preview the agenda, click here. 


Symposium registration and hotel details:

Make your room reservations no later than August 22, 2014 by directly contacting the hotel at 1-800-267-4298 (or 1-613-235-3333) Reference 'CSBC Symposium' to receive the Symposium rate of single or shared occupancy $145/night (plus taxes). The Lord Elgin allows the conference rate to be extended three days prior and three days post Symposium dates - a great opportunity to take all our countries capital has to offer. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.


Symposium registration is $395 including the two days of sessions, dinner cruise, opening reception and closing banquet.
If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Hodgson at 705-549-1667 or email [email protected].

The CSBC is excited to announce our keynote speaker Bob Izumi


Bob is Canada's most popular fishing personality and the host of Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Show.  He has won more than 70 professional tournaments in Canada. In 1995 he became Canada's only Triple Crown winner, capturing the Canadian Open, the GM Pro Bass Classic Championship and the GM Pro Bass Angler of the Year award.  He is the only three-time winner of the Canadian Open bass tournament.  In 2004 Bob again captured the Angler of the Year title and the Canadian Fishing Tour's Team of the Year honours with his brother Wayne.