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April 24, 2017
EHI FOCUSED ON INVESTMENT, GROWTH, PROFITABILITY

(From left) Randal Narike and Chrissy Taylor enjoy the festivities at the tailgate party during the meeting.
Canadian fleet minded OEMs joined EHI’s (Enterprise Holdings Incorporated) annual Rental Managers meeting in Orlando, Florida recently. The event included a Canadian Manufacturer update as well as Enterprise Rental and Enterprise Fleet Management Canadian updates from Steve Tudela and Brice Adamson, EHI.

Special guest Mike Wall from IHS Markit presented a North American market update and forecast into the near future. Canadian guests joined over 1,400 Enterprise area managers from across North America in celebrating the company’s recent milestones and plans for the future at a tailgate themed BBQ reception as part of the three-day event.


April 10, 2017
WOMEN AND AUTOMOTIVE FORUM CONTINUES TO GROW

The second annual Women and Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum took place at the Westin Habour Castle in Toronto, Ontario recently.

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April 10, 2017
AUTO REMARKETING CANADA EXPANDS CONTENT

Over 700 remarketing, automotive finance, automotive retail, and fleet attendees were on hand at the 2017 Auto Remarketing Canada conference in Toronto, Ontario.

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March 31, 2017
ALTERNATIVE FUEL OPTIONS ON DISPLAY AT WORK TRUCK SHOW
 Photo Courtesy of NTEA
The NTEA held its annual Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana recently.

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March 6, 2017
ARI FLEET TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASED AT OPEN HOUSE

More than 170 clients, fleet professionals, business and community partners, were on hand for ARI’s official grand opening of their recently renovated and expanded Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.

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February 21, 2017
FORD FLEET HOSTS RECORD AUTOSHOW MEETING

Ford of Canada Fleet held a preview meeting at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario recently. The meeting had a record turnout, as 275 fleet professionals attended.

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February 21, 2017
FCA VIP AOK

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hosted select fleet customers at its annual VIP Night Fleet Reception at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario.

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February 21, 2017
BMW 7 SERIES SUIT LIMOUSINE SERVICES TO A T

Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services Ltd., recently added six BMW 7 Series vehicles to its fleet.

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February 6, 2017
COLLISION COURSES

The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) was held at the Universal Event Space in Vaughan, Ontario recently.

The forum featured a cars and event showcase which allowed a selection of OEMs and suppliers to display new technologies. The showcase took place during the CCIF reception, and the Showcase hall was also open during breaks at the meeting.


An Auto Industry Outlook was presented by Andrew King, Managing Partner, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc., while a presentation on Pre and Post Vehicle Scanning and Calibration included OEM representatives from Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, FCA Canada, insurance representatives from Economical Insurance, Intact Insurance, and RSA Canada, and supplier representatives from Audatex Canada, Mitchell International, and Collision Diagnostic Services.

Other seminars looked at all aspects of the collision industry, as well as the future of the automobile, which was presented by Zack Spencer, automotive journalist.

CCIF meetings will make place at the Delta Fredericton in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 25 and 26, and at The Westin Edmonton in Edmonton, Alberta on September 28 and 29.


February 3, 2017
CHEVROLET BOLT CHARGES UP FIRST CUSTOMERS

General Motors delivered the first of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles (EVs) to customers in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.

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January 30, 2017
GENERAL MOTORS WELCOMES BUSINESS COUNCIL OF CANADA TO NEW CAMPUS

General Motors welcomed over 70 members of the Business Council of Canada to its Canadian Technical Centre Markham Campus.

“It is an honour to welcome members of the Business Council of Canada to visit and learn about our new advanced engineering and manufacturing operations in Markham today,” said Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada. “At GM Canada we are excited to be giving Canada's best and brightest software engineers opportunities to help define some of the most important mobility technology changes in a generation. Canada's focus on innovation, talent development and partnerships with the academic sector all bode very well for the future.”

The 150,000 sq. ft. facility will develop autonomous vehicle software and controls, active safety and vehicle dynamics systems, infotainment and connected vehicle technologies. Currently 180 employees work at the centre, with an estimated capacity of 700 when it’s completed.

“GM’s decision to build its automotive software development centre in Markham highlights the strength of Canada’s education system and labour force. Governments and business need to continue working together closely to ensure that our country remains a magnet for investment and a hub of innovation,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Canada.

Members of the Business Council toured the facility and discussed opportunities for Canada within the disruption of the auto sector as part of its first full members meeting of 2017.

“The innovation taking place at GM's Canadian Technical Centre is truly exciting, a shining example of how Ontario has become a global leader in developing and commercializing disruptive technologies. GM’s investment to expand this world-class facility is also a testament to this province’s highly skilled workforce and vast pool of engineering talent. Our government will continue its close partnerships with industry, labour, and the innovation sector to ensure Ontario plays a leading role in building the auto industry of the future,” said Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth.


January 23, 2017
ACTION EXPO BEST EVER

Action Car & Truck Accessories held its annual Expo in Toronto, Ontario, on January 22.

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January 20, 2017
GEOTAB HOSTS ANNUAL CONNECT 2017 EVENT

Geotab hosted customers, resellers and marketplace partners at its GEOTAB CONNECT 2017 event at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas recently.

The two-day event, themed, Drive to 1 Million to reflect the company’s goal of having a million active subscribers by the end of the year, focused on training and networking, and featured over 250 attendees as well as being webcast live.


The event featured keynote presentations, hands-on learning sessions, round-table discussion, and technology/ solutions expo. Attendees learned best practices about business productivity, efficiency, and Geotab Marketplace solutions. Topics including trucking regulation, business profitability, big data and cyber security were also covered.

GEOTAB GRAND OPENING

(From left) Derek Carder, Neil Cawse, Sherry Marlow, and Joey Marlow, Geotab.

Prior to the Connect event, Geotab held a grand opening for its Customer Experience and Marketplace Innovation Center, located in Las Vegas.

The 25,000 square-foot centre opened in 2016, with the grand opening taking place on January 9, 2017. It is now open to the public, who can schedule a tour of the facility.

The centre offers customer support and specialized services for the small to mid sized fleet segment. Geotab Marketplace allows businesses to customize their solution at Geotab and offers mobile apps, software add-ins, hardware accessories and add-ons.

Geotab expects their workforce in Las Vegas to be over 120 employees by December 2017.


January 16, 2017
LANDSCAPE ONTARIO CONGRESS SPROUTS NEW GROWTH

Landscape Ontario held its annual trade show and conference at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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January 16, 2017
ELEMENT RECOGNIZES TOP PERFORMERS AT REMARKETING MEETING

Element Fleet Management recently held its remarketing strategy meeting in Chicago, Illinois, where it recognized top performing auctions.

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December 23, 2016
JAGUAR LAND ROVER AND THE ART OF PERFORMANCE

Jaguar Land Rover Canada invited a select group of journalists to the two-day Toronto, Ontario stop of its Art of Performance tour event at Woodbine Racetrack.

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December 19, 2016
SANTA GETS A HELPING HAND FROM NAFA ONTARIO

NAFA Ontario Chapter held its annual Christmas luncheon at the Glenerin Inn and Spa in Mississauga, Ontario.

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November 28, 2016
AVIVA CANADA TO OFFERS DISCOUNT FOR VEHICLES WITH AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING

Aviva Canada announced a 15 per cent auto insurance discount for those drivers who have vehicles with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). The discount, which is an industry first, is available to all Aviva-insured drivers automatically to their policy when purchased or renewed.

"Automatic emergency braking is quickly becoming a key feature in preventing collisions and reducing their severity. This means less repair costs and more importantly, fewer injuries," said Jason Storah, Executive Vice-President of Broker Distribution, Aviva Canada. "It's simple – our customers who choose vehicles with features that help prevent collisions, or reduce their impact, will pay less for their insurance coverage."


The announcement was made at Toyota Canada head office in Toronto, Ontario. With demonstrations of the AEB system, which is part of Toyota Safety Sense, for those in attendance.

AEB systems automatically apply the brakes on a vehicle when a front-end collision is possible. A total of 20 automakers plan to make AEB standard on cars by no later than September 1, 2022.

"We applaud Aviva Canada for being the first Canadian auto insurer to reward drivers for adopting advanced safety features like AEB," said Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. "We feel that everybody deserves to benefit from advanced safety technologies and have already started including them on most models."

For more information contact an Aviva insurance broker.


November 18, 2016
TALKAUTO CANADA CONFERENCE LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

The fifth annual TalkAUTO Canada conference presented by Canadian Black Book (CBB) with J.D. Power was hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Ontario

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November 14, 2016
WHEELS SUMMIT TAKES FLEET TO NEXT LEVEL

Wheels held its Annual Results+ Fleet Performance Summit in Chicago, Illinois recently.

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November 8, 2016
ARI’S BEST IN FLEET CELEBRATES CLIENTS SUCCESS

ARI brought its Best In Fleet symposium to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to recognize the accomplishments of its clients.

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October 31, 2016
TOYOTA CANADA PUTS SAFETY FIRST AT RIDE AND DRIVE

Toyota Canada Inc., held a ride and drive event at Copper Creek Golf Course in Kleinburg, Ontario. The event brought together fleet professionals to drive a selection of Toyota products.

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October 21, 2016
ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT HOLDS ANNUAL FLEET ROUNDTABLE
 Kristi Webb, President and CEO, Element.
Element Fleet Management recently held its annual Fleet Roundtable at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Fleet management continues to change at a rapid pace and Fleet Roundtable creates a shared environment for thought leaders and industry experts to discuss emerging trends like the sharing economy and autonomous and connected vehicles,” says Kristi Webb, President and CEO of Element. “We’re working with our customers and partners to create the future. There has never been a more exciting time to be in fleet management.”

 (From left) Sebastien Blondin, President, Canada, Aaron Baxter, President and CEO Australia/New-Zealand, and Carlos Castillo, Director of Products Mexico, Element.
The keynote speakers included Kim Lear, Founder and Content Director, Inlay Insights, who discussed the growing impact of the sharing economy, and Dr. Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist, Consumer Technology Association, who spoke about how the ‘age of data’ is transforming the way we work, live and communicate.

Workshops at the event included sessions on: turning big data into practical and actionable insights; how transformative tech and data security will impact business models; and the connected car. Element also previewed its next-generation analytics-driven fleet management system, new native drive application, and web site.

Those in attendance included OEMs, fleet service providers and customers.


October 18, 2016
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE PICTURE PERFECT VENUE FOR AUDI/VOLKSWAGEN RIDE AND DRIVE

Audi Canada and Volkswagen Canada held their annual ride and drive fleet meeting at the Pillar and Post hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario recently.

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October 7, 2016
EMKAY WESTERN FLEET FORUM FOCUSED ON COST CONTROL

EMKAY Canada held its first Western Fleet forum at its Calgary, Alberta office recently.

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October 7, 2016
ACTION CAR AND TRUCK ACCESSORIES HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

Action Car and Truck Accessories held an open house at its renovated Mississauga, Ontario location recently.

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October 7, 2016
ELEMENTS NO MATCH FOR NAFA ONTARIO RIDE AND DRIVE

NAFA’s Ontario Chapter recently held its ride and drive at the Garry W. Morden Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

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September 30, 2016
FCA FLEET EVENT PUTS PEDAL TO THE METAL

Toronto area fleet customers were treated to FCA’s 2016 Full Throttle Tour held at the Pearson Convention Centre on September 22.

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September 30, 2016
DRIVEWISE HOLDS COLLABORATE CONFERENCE

DriveWise held its fifth annual Collaborate Conference at its headquarters in Barrie, Ontario recently. The event included a variety of topics on the safe operation of motor vehicles.

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September 20, 2016
JIM PATTISON LEASE HOLDS SALES CONFERENCE

Jim Pattison Lease recently brought together 60 sales facing people from across Canada for its annual Sales Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The focus of the two-day session was on best practices for supporting customers and growing the business.

"I am always impressed by the level of industry knowledge and expertise that our account executives share with each other,” said Mike Rusch, President, Jim Pattison Lease. “This year was our biggest conference ever and reflects the great work our group has been doing.”

Attendees, which included management, regional managers, account managers, account executives and sales reps, were from Jim Pattison Lease’s regional offices in Montreal, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton.


September 20, 2016
QUEENS PARK TAKES IT EV

Plug’n Drive recently hosted a ride and drive event at the Ontario legislature, dubbed Queen’s Park EV Day. On hand were representatives from OEMs who brought their electric vehicles to the event.

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