Grey Owl Paddles Ltd.
Grey Owl currently produces about 30,000 paddles a year and distributes throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The plant, now 12,000 square feet and still located in Cambridge, produces wooden paddles for all facets of the canoe and kayak market.
Brian Dorfman as the owner and managing director, remains actively involved in all phases of the business, from designs, to set-up of new machinery, to marketing. In addition, he continues to do much of the product testing himself. In 1986 he paddled the outrigger races in Tahiti; in 1988 he paddled Olympic C-1, C-2 and War Canoe in the Canmas Games; in 1989 he s urvived a whitewater trip on the Highland River in the Northwest Territories.
Brian’s first love is still wilderness canoe tripping which he first began as a camper in Ontario 60 years ago.