Nov 6, 2012 / 10:58 am
The man who founded Campion Marine in Kelowna passed away unexpectedly on Sunday.
Gordon Elliott was 82.
"It is difficult to find the words for such an announcement. Our dad was such a great leader, his life filled to the brim, very diverse and rewarding," his son Brock Elliott, president of Campion Marine stated in a news release.
"He made lasting impressions with so many people from his professional accounting career to his strong interest in agriculture, farming and ranching, to the power boat industry."
Gordon Elliott founded Campion Marine along with Ross Jardine in 1974.
Over the past 38 years the company has grown from a small, regional boat builder to the largest fibreglass boat manufacturer in Canada.
Company GM, Chris Forrest, says, while the economy has caused a slowdown in the boat industry, the company's goal is to manufacture about 1,000 boats per year.
Forrest says Campion Marine ships boats to more than 30 countries worldwide.
While Gordon Elliott was no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the company, his experience and knowledge was invaluable.
"He was hands off day-to-day, but I know Brock talked to him pretty much every day. I talked to Gordon just about every day," says Forrest.
"He's a great sounding board and he definitely set the direction for our company. For not being here day-to-day he was hands on."
Forrest says that experience will be missed.
Just last month, Campion Marine tested its new EFusion motor, a 180 horsepower electric motor - the first of its kind in the world.
"When we were talking about doing something like that we definitely talk about it prior - the pros and the cons," adds Forrest.
"If it was something he didn't feel we should be looking at we definitely wouldn't be looking at it."
Read more Business News
|QHR Technologies Inc||0.61||+0.01|
|Anavex Life Sciences||0.77||0.00|
|Copper Mountain Mining||1.81||-0.05|
With so many choices and variables, how do you find the perfect fit? Before you start your search, it’s a good idea to narrow down the playing field by looking at what would fit you best. Here&r...
My closest partner is my wife and this week I just wanted to share some of our work from her perspective, as she is more of a "thinker" than me, and I wanted to share our activities and goa...
Photo: ContributedAn artist's rendering of the finished SOPA square.This is good news for Kelowna and the valley. Penticton’s Greyback Construction has signed a management contract with the...
- TSX drops in early market trading
- Canadian dollar takes a hit
- Apple unveils music streaming service
- What's up Apple?
- Canadian dollar rises on job report
- Tom Cruise backs Wal-Mart
- Royal Bank to edge up mortgage rates
- Loonie surges, stocks to open higher
- Canada adds 95,000 jobs in May
- Chocolate price-fixing case charges laid
- Stock market up after choppy day
- Chrysler to recall 630,000 vehicles