President’s Message 2019/2020

Todd Jeffery & Oliver Hiltebrand, Co-Presidents


With unprecedented times come extraordinary measures.  In this, our 82nd Year of The Marine Club, the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic has set forth challenges to all of us in how we interact, conduct business and live our daily lives.  With these challenges in our forefront, the importance of leadership, perseverance, survival and connecting has never been more important.  To effectively lead through this precarious time a decision was made to create a Co-President role for this year.   This shared role will help effectively navigate our way through the everchanging conditions ahead and ensure our membership and Good Works programs are at the forefront of our mission.


We are both honoured and privileged to be Presidents of this historic organization.  We thank our members, corporate sponsors and hard-working volunteer Board / Executive for the opportunity to jointly serve you in this role.

The objectives of The Marine Club include:

  • The promotion of the marine industry on the Great Lakes
  • The promotion of cooperation and fellowship amongst its members
  • The holding of informal social events for its members and friends and to further knowledge of the industry amongst its members and the public at large.
  • Raising funds through memberships and events to fund our Good Works Program.

The long-standing traditions of The Marine Club have been to unite all sectors of the marine industry through fellowship and socialization.  With the health and wellbeing measures needed to battle the COVID-19 pandemic the means to unite through traditional social event platforms has been halted.   We respect the current measures needed to remain safe, and hope for medical breakthroughs so that The Marine Club may once again unite in social events.   With our current inability to raise funding for our Good Works programs through social events, we have determined that our Corporate Sponsorship program funding will be our primary means to support our Good Works operations.  With these challenging times we are offering a promotion of a 2-year membership to our Corporate Sponsors to make this more viable.  Details of the program are noted in our membership section of the web site.

The funds raised by the Club go towards our Good Works Program which are used to promote and assist the marine industry.  In the past year over $63,000 was distributed to various organizations:

  • Bursaries to Navigation and Engineering Cadets at Georgian College
  • Financial support to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets
  • Financial support to the Mission to Seafarers – The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women helping to promote the spiritual, moral and physical well-being of Seafarers and their families world-wide.
  • Financial support to the Toronto Brigantine who assist under privileged children with opportunities to sail.

The Board of Directors and the Executive all work hard throughout the year to bring us together and support our mission.

On behalf of the Board, we thank you for your continued membership and support of The Marine Club. If you are not already a member of The Marine Club, then I hope you will take an opportunity to learn more about our organization and join us.

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