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Pivotal time for NAFTA and auto industry

Pivotal time for NAFTA and auto industry

October 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm Comments are Disabled

Turbulent times ahead for NAFTA negotiators as bluster and rhetoric increase Beginning August 16th the federal government’s trade negotiators will be sitting down in with their American and Mexican counterparts in Washington for five days to begin the first, of what we have been advised, will be seven rounds of […]

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The future will be autonomous, electric and shared

The future will be autonomous, electric and shared

October 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm Comments are Disabled

That’s the consensus of an international conference on future mobility The future of mobility will be autonomous, electric and shared. That conclusion, condensed to its essence, was the consensus of presenters at an international conference on the future of mobility held recently in Montreal. Called “Movin’On’, that conference was the […]

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All leads are not created equal

All leads are not created equal

October 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm Comments are Disabled

Canadian dealers would be wise to learn the lessons from their U.S. counterparts A few years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Cape Town, South Africa through an organization that supports Canadian athletes in their quest for Olympic gold. While there, I was humbled to visit Robben Island and […]

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Access-orize your dealership

Access-orize your dealership

October 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm Comments are Disabled

“As the baby boomers like me are retiring, they will spend whatever it takes — and they’re the wealthiest generation in our country — to make themselves live an enjoyable life in their retirement years.” — David Rubenstein, Co-Founder, The Carlyle Group As the boomers get older, society will increasingly […]

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One voice for all

One voice for all

October 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm Comments are Disabled

Celebrating 75 years of excellence with the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Over the past summer all Canadians have been celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Festivals and celebrations of all shapes and sizes took place on and around July 1, 2017 in communities large and small celebrating this remarkable milestone. […]

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Keeping yourself “Above the Line”

Keeping yourself “Above the Line”

August 4, 2017 at 11:12 am Comments are Disabled

Winning the game both on the field and in the showroom depends on the right mentality Early in 2016, I decided to go back to coaching and accepted the Head Coach role for a Midget AA Boys hockey team. For any of you familiar with seventeen year-olds, you certainly understand […]

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Reality is what you make it

Reality is what you make it

August 4, 2017 at 11:08 am Comments are Disabled

Seeing is believing that virtual reality will play an important role in retail There was nothing external to distinguish the room from the hundreds of others deep inside Ford’s Dearborn engineering and design complex. Stepping inside, it didn’t seem unusual: a meeting table at one end; a technician behind an […]

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The heady days of summer…fall, winter and spring

The heady days of summer…fall, winter and spring

August 4, 2017 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

From within and without, technological, regulatory and social disruptors have got dealers thinking — a lot We are fortunate to be involved in a great industry. Each and every day is exciting, challenging and rewarding.    Sometimes, though, it can be depressing: just when you think you might have it […]

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