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NAFA’s Ontario Chapter recently held its ride and drive at the Garry W. Morden Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The ride and drive was challenged by inclement weather, however the conditions were no match for the enthusiasm of attendess as the closed circuit track was full of vehicles for most of the day.

“Despite a cold and rainy day, we are very pleased with our turnout this year for our NAFA Ontario Ride & Drive. Guests were able to drive the 75 vehicles around the closed track with puddles, rain slicks and really get a feel for how the cars respond in less than ideal elements," said Jennifer Chapman, CAFM, Account Manager, Foss National Leasing. "The display area highlighted some new technologies and the latest in upfit equipment, tires and vehicle maintenance and was well attended. Thank you go all of our OEM partners and Vendors for their participation in our event and to our numerous volunteers who helped make today a success.”

The event included 75 vehicles ranging from compact to full size trucks from a wide selection of OEMs. In addition, 18 displays that included representatives from upfitters, telematics, graphics and emission technology companies were part of the annual event.

In all, an estimated 175, fleet professionals (owners, operators and managers) attended. Those in attendance networked with fleet representatives from each OEM. A BBQ lunch was provided courtesy of Action Car and Truck Accessories to keep attendees fueled up on the rainy day.

(From left) Stu Ralph, North Toronto Auction, and Mike Cole, MTO.

(From left) Thomas Roth, Volkswagen Canada and Brad Homer, AstraZeneca Canada.

Martin Medina, Tony Harold and Filip Rokitnicki-Wojcik, Mazda Canada.

Lorraine Smith, Subaru Canada Inc., Maria Barradas, Ecolab, and Deborah Pavao, Foss National Leasing.

Lee Cullen (left) and Denley Philip (right), Mercedes-Benz Canada with Basil Marcus, Foss National Leasing.

(From left) David Murphy, Mitsubishi Canada, with Wayne Rose, Jim Pattison Lease.

Michelle ... and Stephanie Smith, Kia Canada Inc.

(From left) Christine Clews, Nissan Canada Inc., Philip Wood, City of Mississauga, Srishti Bindra Melyssa Passera, Nissan Canada Inc.

(From left) Pierina Betancourt, Carol Gooding, Alex Davidovic, and Tim Efendiev, Toyota Canada Inc.

Matthew Pawluk (left) and Adam Brtnik (right), BMW Group Canada, flank Ron Groves, Plug’n Drive.

(From left) Russ Seton and Sean Logan, Hyundai Canada.

(From left) Claude Malette and Bill Fisher, FCA Canada, Norm Lyle, Emkay Canada, and Bernie Moorcroft, FCA Canada.

(From left) Jay Mlinaric and Mark Boutilier, Action Car and Truck Accessories, and Jeff Meggitt, York Region.

Fred Dixon, General Motors Canada.

(From left) Scott Langlois, Subaru Canada Inc., and Paul Wingate, Element Fleet Management.

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