KingFisher Boats Announced as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies
Thursday, March 8, 2018

KingFisher Boats Announced as One of Canada's Best Managed Companies

Vernon, BC — KingFisher Boats was recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are among the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

"CIBC is pleased to congratulate KingFisher Boats on being named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, recognizing its excellence in leadership, business performance and innovation," said Dino Medves, Senior Vice President and Head, CIBC Commercial Banking. "As a sponsor of the Canada's Best Managed Companies program for over 20 years, CIBC is proud to celebrate private companies like KingFisher Boats as leaders in their industry."

KingFisher Boats attributes their success to a strategic approach with bold execution. Strategically, KingFisher participates in annual forecasting with a close eye on economic trends. With a finger on the pulse and a passion for the industry, KingFisher boldly executes plans including entrance into new markets, implementing the latest technologies, evaluating processes and maintaining a culture of excellence. KingFisher positions themselves as a market leader with an annual mandate of four new category leading models.

"We are honoured and extremely proud to have achieved this designation" said Byron Bolton, CEO. "This award is a testament to the skill and passion demonstrated by our team every day at the KingFisher Center of Excellence."

"It's much more than just financial performance," said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada's Best Managed Companies program "The ingredients to success also include overall business performance and sustained growth. It takes dedication and commitment from the entire organization."

Canada's Best Managed Companies is one of the country's leading business awards programs recognizing innovative, world-class business practices. KingFisher Boats competed for this designation through a rigorous and independent process to evaluate the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums.

About KingFisher Boats

KingFisher Boats is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of heavy-gauge aluminum recreational fishing, sport and commercial boats. We build and distribute 33 models in 5 series: Offshore, Coastal, Sport, Multi-Species and River Jet through an extensive global dealer network from California to Alaska to Newfoundland. The KingFisher Center of Excellence is a comprehensive manufacturing facility with 150 employees who build each KingFisher boat, one at a time, by hand. Experience our facility and learn more at

About Canada's Best Managed Companies

Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada's Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada's Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit

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Mark Delaney, Director, Sales & Marketing

26 Families in the Okanagan-Shuswap Receive a Christmas Hamper
Thursday, December 21, 2017

KingFisher Boats Gives Back

26 Families in the Okanagan-Shuswap Receive a Christmas Hamper

Vernon, BC — KingFisher Boats is spreading Christmas cheer once again this holiday season. The volunteer run social committee acted as Santa's little helpers, making Christmas hampers for 26 local families with a valued donation of over $20,000.

"We launched this drive in 2016 to massive success" stated Sarah Gregory, Senior HR Manager. "Our 145 employees live throughout the Okanagan-Shuswap and they anonymously nominate members of their community."

Each Christmas hamper has three portions; groceries, children's gifts, and a larger family gift. The social committee has fundraising events throughout the year which include a silent auction and 50/50 draws with proceeds going directly to the Christmas Hamper donation fund.

"KingFisher Boats has strong roots in our community, as we continue to grow it is more important than ever to continue to give back" says Gregory. "Between the nominations, shopping and wrapping our employees get so engaged in the spirit of giving."

The hampers are set to be delivered December 21.

About KingFisher

KingFisher is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of all welded heavy-gauge aluminum sportfishing boats. We build and distribute 33 models in 5 series: Offshore, Coastal, Sport, Multi-Species and River Jet through an extensive global dealer network from California to Alaska to Eastern Europe. To learn more visit


Kaitlyn Van de Cappelle
Media Relations
250 545 9171 ext. 138

Northwest Salmon Derby Series

NW Salmon Derby Series Debuts 2018 Boat and Schedule

The Everett No-Coho Blackmouth Derby was held Nov. 4-5 that drew 499 anglers who caught 109 chinook averaging 6.22 pounds (146 fish were caught last year averaging 6.55 pounds). About 70 percent of the fish were caught on first day due to the lousy weather conditions by second day. The winner was Adam Burke who caught an 11.89 chinook and took home a check for $4,000.

The winner of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize $85,000 fully-loaded Hewescraft boat with Honda motors went to Gary March of Worley, Idaho who fished earlier this summer in The Big One Salmon Derby on Lake Coeur d'Alene. In all more than 4,000 anglers were entered in 14 derbies. The story on March is truly a must read, and can be found at NMTA's Blog.

Looking toward 2018 we've got some exciting news as we introduce a derby to the series, and our new grand prize boat will be a KingFisher 2025 Falcon Series powered with a Honda 150hp and 9.9hp trolling motors on a EZ-loader galvanized trailer and fully rigged with Scotty downriggers, Raymarine electronics, WhoDat Tower and a Dual Electronics Stereo—a $65,000 value.

The 15 derbies in the series starts off with the Resurrection Salmon Derby on Jan. 5-7 in Anacortes.

Here is the 2018 Northwest Salmon Derby Series schedule:

  • Resurrection Salmon Derby January 5-7
  • Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Jan. 18-20
  • Friday Harbor Salmon Classic Feb. 8-10
  • Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby March 9-11
  • Everett Blackmouth Derby March 17-18
  • Bellingham Salmon Derby July 13-15
  • The Big One Salmon Derby July 25-29
  • Brewster Salmon Derby August 2-5
  • South King County PSA Derby August 4
  • Gig Harbor PSA Derby August 11
  • Vancouver, B.C., Canada Chinook Classic August 18-19
  • Edmonds Coho Derby September 8 (Depends on season setting process)
  • Columbia River Fall Salmon Derby September 8
BC Export Awards Finalist

The BC Export Awards — KingFisher Boats Recognized as Finalist

The BC Export Awards are the province's most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of BC export companies. Extending across industries, the awards recognize achievements in 9 different categories and are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. Conceived in 1982, the program has recognized over 300 companies since its inception, reflecting the growth and diversity of BC's economy over the past 30 years.

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2018 Boat Show Schedule Released

Check out the new 2018 KingFisher line-up at a show near you. Click here for a show near you.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

KingFisher Interpretive Center Annual Egg Take

The KingFisher Interpretive Centre is a watershed enhancement organization dedicated to interactive, hands-on ecological education, featuring salmon and watershed restoration. In 2017 KingFisher Boats volunteered an 1875 Extreme Shallow to help with the egg-take process, collecting thousands of eggs and milt to be hatched, and returned to the river in 2018.

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2025 Escape

KingFisher Boats New Addition; 2025 Escape

Designed with serious anglers in mind. The 2025 Escape is available in soft top, half-hard top and hard top. Extended transom, flat gunnels for downrigger mounting and 225 maximum HP set this model apart.

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3425 Offshore

The King of the Coast is here.

KingFisher's 3425 Offshore has arrived. Maximum fishability, and a comfortable cabin, the 3425 is a force to be reckoned with.

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KingFisher Pro Staff Dave Bennett Scores First Place at Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament
Thursday, June 1, 2017

KingFisher Pro Staff Dave Bennett scores first place at the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament

Dave Bennett has been chasing a first place win at the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament for over five years. In 2017, after years of near misses, hard work, perseverance, passion for the sport and a little bit of luck scored him the top position this year with a total weight of 50.85.

With 129 teams to contend with Dave's win is a testament to his focus and dedication to sportfishing. Dave Bennett has been on the tournament scene for over 14 years. With major wins in every multi-species category including walleye, musky and small mouth bass. Dave and his partner Mark are the only pair to have won the Kenora Bass International, Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament and Fort Francis Canadian Bass Championship.

With that kind of success, we had to ask… What's his secret?

"A lot of different things go into having a successful tournament, there's no secret. To be a successful angler you need to take the information presented to you and apply it to your own experience.

In my opinion, My KingFisher 2025 Flex SP is the ultimate big water multi-species fishing boat. It's incredibly versatile and gets you where to need to go. With the strength and durability behind KingFisher construction combined with my Mercury Verado engine my KingFisher gets me where the fish are.

When you're fishing on open water, like Lake Michigan, it's important to know that your boat can handle that big wake. Understanding the biology of the fish is important in understanding their behavior. Getting in a good spot, and letting the fish come to you is key.

The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament is something I've worked towards for a long time, looking forward to the rest of the 2017 season!"

Congratulations Dave on your huge win!

Learn more about Dave at or find him on Facebook at Dave Bennett Outdoors.

About the SBOBT

The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament (SBOBT) holds two tournaments throughout the year, hosted from Lake Michigan's beautiful Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. The waters in the surrounding area teem with world class smallmouth bass fishing. The SBOBT is one of the biggest open format team sportfishing tournaments in the midwest.

Monday, March 27, 2017

KingFisher Welded Sportfishing Boats Introduces Cutting Edge Technology

The Center of Excellence in Vernon acquires MultiCam 7000 Series Router

Vernon, BC - KingFisher Boats is excited to introduce new state-of-the-art technology to its manufacturing toolkit, the MultiCam 7000 Series Router. The router has improved safety features, reduces carbon emissions and increases precision in cutting and forming.

"This technology improves our already high caliber cutting and forming process" stated Mike Clements, Operations Manager. "This upgrade reflects our mandate to create an excellent work environment that utilizes technological advancements while producing a high quality, consistent hulls."

The MultiCam 7000 Series replaces plasma technology and puts employee health and safety at the forefront. The router uses precise cutting tools instead of fusion which reduces emissions and pollutants. Most importantly, automated 'off' switches and large bumpers are safety tools in place to protect employees. The 8 by 30 foot aluminum sheets are suctioned to the router using vacuum technology, to minimize slipping, improve safety and increase precision.

"This new system supports our mandate to provide safe working conditions while increasing our capacity," said Brad Armstrong, President. "We achieved an increase in market share over the past year. This new technology also gives us the opportunity to get our boats to market faster."

The MultiCam 7000 Series works in conjunction with the CNC nesting program to cut each unique piece that goes into a KingFisher Boat. The nesting hardware increases sheet utilization with an average 98 per cent of each sheet being used. More than precise, the router is efficient—cutting an impressive 528 inches per minute over a 240 sq. ft. surface.

This efficiency has allowed the team at KingFisher to implement a new tab and slot system, which means each boat will be developed faster, more precisely and have near perfect consistency for each model.

About KingFisher

KingFisher is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of heavy-gauge aluminum recreational fishing, sport and commercial boats. We build and distribute 35 models in 5 series: Offshore, Coastal, Sport, Multi-Species and River Jet through an extensive global dealer network from California to Alaska to Eastern Europe. To learn more visit


Kaitlyn Van de Cappelle
Media Relations
250 545 9171 ext. 138

Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association
Portland, February 10, 2017

KingFisher Boats makes financial donation to Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association

KingFisher Boats CEO, Byron Bolton presented NSIA with a $5,000 commitment to further it's important work at this critical time.

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association was founded in 1993 by a collection of sport fishing industry business leaders who understood the need for a strong voice in the local, state, regional and federal governments. NSIA is not a sports club but an industry lobby group, with lobbyist in both Washington and Oregon, representing the business interests of the many members that depend on the sport of fishing for their livelihoods.

NSIA is involved in every major salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and shellfish fisheries issue across the region. NSIA is also involved in the full range of other fishing and fishery-related issues and weighs in on the spectrum of concerns that can affect wild fish recovery, seasons, harvest and the future of all fishing interests in the N.W.

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2017 Vancouver Boat Show

KingFisher Boats Global Reveal at 2017 Vancouver Boat Show

KingFisher Welded Sportfishing Boats announces 4 new models for 2017: 20' Falcon, 22' Escape HT, 23' Coastal Express and 34' Offshore. Best-In-Class ride performance, styling, fishability and toughness. Check out what a Pre-Flex technology built KingFisher can do for you. Fish the Good Times.

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Big Coast Season 9 Wraps Up

The Big Coast KingFisher 2725 Offshore was straight-up the hottest boat on the West Coast in 2016! Whether monster Chinook salmon, feisty Coho, big Pacific Halibut or offshore Albacore Tuna, the Big Coast boat was at its finest from June to September. Highlights included a dozen Tyee Chinook salmon to the boat, three forty pounders and a whopper over 50 from Dundas Island! Tim Milne and Travis McNiece rallied the BC Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert in 10 hours flat…running 35 MPH steady on calm seas. Coastal cinematography at its finest, the Big Coast crew visited the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary, two hours North of Prince Rupert and Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu in addition to more humpback whales than you could imagine! After Milne and Mike Evans completed a fantastic voyage down through the Great Bear Rainforest, Big Coast capped off Season 9 with five weeks of fighting weather in the name of Albacore Tuna fishing on Vancouver Island. After winning the Newton Cove Salmon Derby while waiting on Albacore conditions, Milne, Jes McFarlan and Gord Olafson placed 5th in Bamfield Tuna Shootout, completing a couple epic 24 HR all-night runs, 110 miles offshore to chase Albacore…including a stunning 37 tuna day! See you on the water and don't forget to check us out on WFN.

Boating Business Employer of Choice Award

Happy Employees Build Better Boats. We Prove it To Ourselves and Customers Everyday.

KingFisher Boats is proud to be awarded the Boating Business Employer of Choice Award.

Award Criteria:

  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Management/Employee Relations
  • Training and Development
  • Career Advancement
  • Employee Engagement
  • Environment and Facilities
  • Leadership
  • Reputation
  • Personal Enjoyment
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KingFisher Pro Dave Bennett Wins Nestor falls Musky Cup!

KingFisher Pro Team member Dave Bennett wins another tournament! Dave and his partner won the 5th Annual Nestor Falls Muskie Cup this past weekend fishing out of his KingFisher 2025 Flex SPT.

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