Sunday, February 1st-1.0°C
24736
24977

Campion Marine founder passes away

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

24357


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14673.48+37.521
S&P CDNX676.81+9.70
DJIA17164.95-251.90
Nasdaq4635.24-48.167
S&P 5001994.99-26.26
CDN Dollar0.7856-0.0067
Gold1286.60-5.10
Oil49.60+3.16
Lumber322.50+0.70
Natural Gas2.87-0.111

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.120.00
Knighthawk0.010.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.400.00
Cantex0.035-0.005
Anavex Life Sciences0.174-0.006
Metalex Ventures0.040.00
Russel Metals23.42-0.16
Copper Mountain Mining0.99+0.01
Colorado Resources0.150.00
ReliaBrand Inc0.01+0.0031
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.050.00
Mission Ready Services0.2350.00

 



25007

FEATURED Property
20892954896 Lakeshore Road
4 bedrooms 6 baths
$6,495,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Leaving a job: changing careers

Many people, who find themselves out of work and with time on their hands, and money in their pockets due to lay-off, start thinking about a career change. If you weren’t happy with the directio...


Service fit makes happy employees

Finding the right employees for the front lines of your company is key to developing a great service attitude within your company. It is just as important as hiring the right accountant, manager, sale...


How to price: workbook approach

In 2008 Self Counsel Press published my book - Pricing Strategies for Small Business. The book is now available in Europe, India, Russia and the United States. The purpose of the book was to make avai...

_








Member of BC Press Council


24975