October 6, 2015
ARI FLEET FORUMS CONCLUDE IN MONTREAL
ARI recently hosted its final fleet forum of the year in Montreal, Quebec. The cross Canada events also stopped in Toronto, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia. In all 450 fleet professions attended the events.
Fleet professionals attend the final ARI Fleet Forum of 2015 in Montreal.
“With these events, we try to consistently create value for our customers with compelling, innovative information, and knowledgeable speakers,” says Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager, ARI. “This year was particularly novel. With our Future Fleet theme, we were able to explore new, rapidly advancing technologies and the change they will bring to the fleet industry and society at large.”
The keynote presentation was made by Sebastien Sasseville who is an extreme athlete and motivational speaker who summited Mount Everest and completing a 7,200 km run across Canada.
OEM manufacturers displayed vehicle technology as part of a future fleet vehicle expo. Nicolas Saunier, associate professor of Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, addressed the latest developments in the world of autonomous vehicles, and Tony Candeloro, VP of Product Development, ARI provided an overview of ARI’s telematics offering.
“ARI would like to thank all our partners, including clients, whose contributions to the events were essential to their success,” says Nogalo.
September 21, 2015
BARRIE AUTO AUCTION HOSTS CARPROOF DAY
Barrie Auto Auction hosted CarProof Day at it’s weekly Thursday dealer auction. Richard Pasta of CarProof was on hand to support the event and answer questions. The sale which was well attended by Liveblock internet and floor bidders, included a free barbeque lunch and end of sale draws.
(From left) Phil Faulkner, Barrie Auto Auction with Richard Pasta, CarProof during the auction.
BAA recently launched it’s Monday Matiness Sale, which features 2011-2016 model year vehicles exclusively. The grand opening of the Monday Matinee Sale will take place on Monday September 28 at 3:00pm.
August 4, 2015
MITSUBISHI DONATES TO RIGHT TO PLAY
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada donated $196,240 to the international humanitarian organization, Right To Play. The donation was part of Mitsubishi Outlander launch held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mitsubishi and its 91 Canadian dealers jointly raised the donation. Through an eight year partnership, total donations have exceeded $2.1 million.
(From left) Georgia Simmerling, a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and Olympic ski cross athlete with Tony Laframboise, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada.
“Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada entered into a unique partnership with Right To Play in 2008 with a goal of fostering life skills and peace for children and communities affected by poverty, disease and war,” said Tony Laframboise, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “We are told our contributions have positively affected the lives of over a million children in Canada and around the world – a very meaningful, if not overwhelming, statistic for our employees and dealerships to cherish.”
A cheque presentation was made by Laframboise to Georgia Simmerling, a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and Olympic ski cross athlete.
“As an athlete, I understand the impact that sport and play can have in a child’s life,” said Simmerling. “Right To Play programs harness the inherent power of play and turn it into a tool for teaching children. I’ve witnessed its incredible impact by visiting programs in Tanzania, and I am very proud to stand alongside so many Canadian athletes, individuals and companies like Mitsubishi in support of this great organization.”
Right To Play is a Canadian charity, which aims to teach children life skills to encourage educated choices and change outcomes. Right To Play is involved in some 20 countries.
“Mitsubishi Motors’ partnership enables us to enhance the impact we’re having in children’s lives by providing both vital funds to run global programs, as well as vehicles to get our staff into communities in Canada to support programs for indigenous youth,” said Johann Koss, President and CEO, Right To Play. “So much can be achieved through play; whether we’re focused on teaching disease prevention in Uganda, empowering girls’ in Pakistan or building leadership skills in Northern Ontario, we could not achieve the result without the commitment, enthusiasm and generosity of valued partners like Mitsubishi Motors.”
July 28, 2015
ENTERPRISE HOLDS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
One hundred and forty golfers enjoyed the Enterprise Rent-a-Car 20th annual golf tournament. For the ninth consecutive year, funds raised (more than $40,000) went to the Woman in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC).
Paul Turner, Emkay, Randal Narike, Enterprise, Dave McQuilken, White Oak Ford Lincoln, Steven Tudela, Enterprise.
Representatives from fleet, OEMs, dealerships, the insurance industry, collision centres and other fleet suppliers took part at the King Valley Golf Club in King City, Ontario.
“Once again I think our team in Toronto did a terrific job of organizing a very successful event at King Valley Golf Club,” said Randal Narike, Senior Vice President Canadian Operations, Enterprise Holdings Inc. “The event brought together our key business partners, from the insurance industry, dealerships, collision centers and Canadian OEM partners for an enjoyable day on the course. Most importantly, however, everyone came together to raise a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause, the ‘Women In Insurance Cancer Crusade’.”
June 24, 2015
GM HOSTS RIDE AND DRIVE IN QUEBEC
Pierre Guevremont, Fleet Account Manager (Que. & Atlantic Canada), GM Canada, and Peter Bagnall, Director - Fleet And Commercial Sales, GM Canada, welcomed guests to the 2016 GM Product Preview at the Chateau Vaudreuil in Dorton, Quebec. Guevremont presented a business update and Marc Lamarche, Senior Instructor and Lead Curriculum Developer, GM Canada, outlined the product review.
Attendees look at various vehicles and upfit options available from GM.
“We were pleased that so many fleet customers in the Montreal area joined us at our annual Product Preview event to showcase the new 2016MY vehicles,” said Peter Bagnall, GM. “Beautiful Chateau Vaudreuil proved, once again, to be a most picturesque venue for the ride and drive and in addition to our end customers we were also very happy to have the FMC’s and upfitters join us. It was a great day to celebrate the car business by demonstrating the merits of our great products while keeping the customer at the centre of everything we do”.
Marc Lamarche, Senior Instructor and Lead Curriculum Developer, GM Canada, outlined the product review.
A ride and drive portion and upfitter section were also featured at the event, and allowed attendees to determine vehicles from selectors that they could drive and later upfit.
To view our article on the 2016 GM Ride and Drive in Toronto, Ontario,
June 23, 2015
PHARMA FLEET SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON SELECTOR PRACTICES
Element Fleet Management held its Annual Pharma Fleet Symposium in Mississauga, Ontario recently. The event brought pharmaceutical fleet managers from across Canada together to review Element's Pharma Fleet Selector Survey results and learn more about 2016 vehicles.
Nathalie Parent (left) and Suzanne Beaudry, Sanofi-Aventis flank Dale-Ann Gilbert Element Fleet Management during a networking break at the symposium.
The event also included a remarketing update as well as an open forum for networking and best practice sharing.
June 22, 2015
FCA CANADA AT 90
Chrysler Canada (now FCA Canada) celebrated its 90th anniversary in Canada in Windsor, Ontario. Employees, senior executives, and media attended the event at Dieppe Gardens.
Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada addresses employees at a ceremony commemorating FCA Canada’s 90th anniversary.
“It is a very special honour to help commemorate the 90th anniversary of FCA Canada,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “Over nine decades we’ve grown into the largest automotive company in Canada and a pillar in the Windsor business community. From humble beginnings in 1925 with 181 employees and 4,500 vehicles built, we’ve grown to 10,585 employees, 596,000 vehicles built annually, 440 dealers and a position as the number one-selling automaker in Canada. I want to sincerely thank our employees, dealers and customers past and present for their hard work and endorsement. I think even Mr. Chrysler would be surprised to see where we are today!”
Chrysler Corporation of Canada Limited was incorporated in 1925, 11 days after it was founded in Detroit. It was the successor in Canada to the Maxwell Chalmers Motor Company of Canada. The first President was John D. Mansfield from Ohio. Chrysler Corporation acquired Dodge Bros. and Graham Bros. companies in 1928, and established the Plymouth and DeSoto divisions. In 1929, Chrysler opened its first assembly plant in Canada; the core of the Windsor Assembly Plant.
A 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat leads a parade of Canadian-built vehicles spanning nine decades.
Today, FCA Canada has two vehicle manufacturing facilities, one in Windsor and one in Brampton,a key casting plant in Etobicoke, Ontario, three regional business centres, and three parts distribution centres. The company has grown to offer seven automotive brands: Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Ram and Mopar.
Current and historic company vehicles were on display for the event.
May 4, 2015
NORTH TORONTO AUCTION CELEBRATES 12TH ANNIVERSARY
NTA celebrated its 12th anniversary with an auction sales featuring major consignors such as Chrysler Canada, TD Auto Finance, Province of Ontario and GM Financial. There were 12 grand prizes ranging from a Mont Blanc pen to an exclusive selection of 12 year old single malt Scotch whiskey.
(From left) Founding NTA partners Matt Rispin, Frank Panza and Stu Ralph give NTA's future a thumbs up at the celebration sale.
"We owe the success to our hard working staff both in operations and in sales and are extremely thankful for the relationships we have developed with our OEM, Fleet, Finance and Dealer consignors. The 12 years seem to have flown by. In that time, the company has matured and has a solid foundation and is poised to gain more share in the market place," said Stu Ralph, NTA.
April 21, 2015
ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS RENTAL MANAGERS MEETING CELEBRATES SUCCESS AND PLANS FOR FUTURE
Enterprise Holdings Incorporated (EHI) held its Annual Rental Managers Meeting in Orlando. The event brought together over 3,000 senior management, employees and supplier partners. Meeting attendees were brought up to date on the four pillars of EHI's business strategy: customer service, employee development, growth and profitability during the course of the three day event.
(From left, front row, seated) Chrissy Taylor, Andy Taylor and Pamela Nicholson, EHI, were joined by a number of Canadian fleet OEM representatives at the Global Update session, held during the meeting.
A number of Canadian OEM vehicle suppliers were in attendance and learned more about Enterprise operations and how they affected their respective businesses. Enterprise operates in 70 countries providing car and truck rental, car share, commercial truck rental and fleet management services.
January 20, 2015
FLEET FLAG FLIES AT MONTREAL AUTO SHOW
OEM representatives along with commercial, corporate and daily rental fleet customers attended the Montreal International Auto Show VIP night at the Palais Des Congres De Montreal in Montreal, Quebec. All took the opportunity to see new products and technologies from a wide range of OEM manufacturers.
(From left) Danny Sbrissa and Michel La Brie, LeasePlan Canada / Foss National Leasing, Rita Lanctot, Danone Canada, Jean Champoux, Systemex Communications, Nancy Mercier, LeasePlan Canada / Foss National Leasing and Fidele Toghoua, Systemex Communications at the Montreal Auto Show.
Also at the show, the announcement of technology of the year awards from AJAC was presented. To get the results, click here. In addition, finalists for Canadian Car and Utlity of Year were announced, read about it here.
(From left) David Bellitto, Chrysler Canada Inc., and Jean Champoux, SC360, with the Dodge Viper.
January 20, 2015
ACTION EXPO 2015 HITS THE MARK
Action Car and Truck Accessories held an upfitting Expo at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario recently. The show attracted over 200 Action employees, customers, and aftermarket supplier partners.
(From left) Dan Hadcock, Weather Guard and Mark Boutilier Action at the Weather Guard booth.
“I enjoyed the Expo, especially the opportunity to speak with a number of the suppliers of many of the products we upfit our vehicles with," said Garry Drouin, Ministry of Transportation. "Having so many in one spot was a real benefit for me.”
Expo attendees had the opportunity to learn more about hundreds of car, van and truck upfitting products from over 50 leading aftermarket suppliers. In addition to the tradeshow, guests took part in a number of product seminars giving participants a deeper dive into the application and benefits of a wide variety of consumer and commercial aftermarket products.
(From left) Garry Drouin, MTO, with Amy Kohler, Action by the Back Rack booth.
The Expo also provided numerous networking opportunities for everyone at the event luncheon and breaks between sessions.
December 15, 2014
NAFA ONTARIO ROCKING ROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
NAFA Ontario held a Holiday luncheon recently to celebrate the Christmas season.
(From left) Chris Hill and Jennifer Chapman, co-organizers of the event taking a moment by the Christmas Tree.
The event was held at the Glen Erin Inn in Mississauga, Ontario and provided an opportunity for NAFA members to network and share best wishes for the holiday and the new year while enjoying lunch.
(From left) Ashlee Melo and Lisa Bouchard, ARI, with Sandy Hand, MTO.
"NAFA Ontario Chapter held a holiday lunch meeting on December 11, 2014 at the historic Glenerin Inn in Mississauga," said Chris Hill, NAFA. "Despite a day-long snowfall of about 20 centimetres in the area, 30 members came together for a traditional Christmas buffet. Chapter Chair Lyle Stedman recognized the volunteers who run the Ontario Chapter events and thanked the members for their support."
"A surprise blizzard could not keep our NAFA Ontario members from celebrating the Holidays at the beautiful Glen Erin Inn," said Jennifer Chapman, NAFA. "We were lucky to have a great turnout and were able to toast to the new year and consider even more exciting changes that 2015 may bring."
December 8, 2014
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH JIM PATTISON LEASE AT CONSTRUCT CANADA
Construct Canada held its annual show and conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event brings together over 35,000 attendees from the construction industry for a trade show, presentations, networking and keynote speaker presentations. Jim Pattison Lease has been exhibiting at the show for a number of years, providing fleet leasing and management information for convention attendees.
Tyler Simpson, Owens Corning confers with Lou Mancini, Jim Pattison Lease at the Jim Pattison Lease display.
December 1, 2014
EMKAY PRESENTS SAFETY INFORMATION SESSIONS
EMKAY Canada recently hosted two safety information sessions in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. Topics that were featured included: driver record checks, driver training, and accident management.
EMKAY hosts clients in Calgary at its safety information session.
“Our “Don’t Learn Safety by Accident” events were designed as information sessions which allowed clients to learn from industry-wide experiences, validate current internal processes and examine alternative options regarding driver and business safety programs ” said Paul Turner, President, EMKAY Canada.
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