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Hamilton-based marine services company supports the April 21st charity gala & art auction for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water

March 29, 2016. Hamilton, ON ~ McKeil Marine is proudly stepping forward as presenting sponsor for the fifth annual Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala to be held at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC) on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Waterkeeper Gala is Canada’s foremost fundraiser for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

“It’s a natural fit,” says Blair McKeil, Chairman and CEO of McKeil Marine, who co-chairs the gala along with his wife, Kathy McKeil, Director Corporate Communications for the company, and Susan Schaefer of Corus Entertainment. “Water is the essence of our business and McKeil Marine shares Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s vision for safe, clean water for everyone.”

“McKeil Marine has been privileged to support the work of Mark Mattson, Founder and President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper over the past five years,” says Kathy McKeil. “The Gala has become one of Toronto’s top events, engaging the community to celebrate and protect Canada’s waterways. We’re delighted to be part of it. Respect for the water anchors McKeil’s culture of safe practices for our environment and our people.”

The Waterkeeper Gala brings together business leaders, philanthropists, artists and the community for a dinner, art auction and musical celebration. The art auction features works by notable artists, including recent Governor General Awards-winners Edward Burtynsky and Wanda Koop. Works can be previewed online at

The fifth annual Waterkeeper Gala takes place on Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. at the CBC, 250 Front Street West in Toronto. Tickets are $500 and available online at All proceeds from the event will support the work of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to ensure Canada’s waterways are swimmable, drinkable and fishable so communities can prosper.

Established in 1956, McKeil Marine Limited is a family-owned marine services company delivering transportation and project services solutions. Its versatile fleet of tugs, barges, workboats and vessels operate throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, east coast and the Canadian Arctic. McKeil Marine is Green Marine Certified.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is a Canadian charity working for a day when every person in our watershed can safely touch the water, when the water is pure enough to drink, and when the lake is clean and wild enough that you could toss in a line anywhere and pull out a fish.

Visit the Waterkeeper Gala website