Publisher’s letter

On the right track

March 28, 2017 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

This year marked the fifth time that I have taken to the stage as one of the moderators at the CADA Summit. As I looked out over the crowd, I saw many familiar faces. The attendees that return each year represent the cream of the crop of Canada’s automotive industry. […]

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The more things change

February 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm Comments are Disabled

The more things change, the less they actually do look the same. The funny thing about change, is it doesn’t tend to tap you on the shoulder. It comes in increments. Some small, some massive. But they add up. When enough change hits an industry, it can lead to transformative […]

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The end of an era?

December 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm Comments are Disabled

A recent announcement from Ford yesterday took me right back to my earliest automotive memories, and produced decidedly mixed feelings for me. My father worked for a pharmaceutical company and drove a company car. GM products, always GM products. I remember the brown Chevrolet Caprice, the silver Oldsmobile Delta 88, […]

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A party for the ages

September 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm Comments are Disabled

Mark January 25, 2017 on your calendars — you are invited to the dealer party of the year! The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) is throwing a party in New Orleans to celebrate the association’s 75th anniversary with its dealer members. This special event coincides with the 100th anniversary of […]

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I think Colonel Sam would be proud

June 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm Comments are Disabled

It was my great pleasure to be part of the Canadian Automobile Dealer Association’s (CADA) 10th anniversary celebration of their Laureate program. As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, CADA invited all the past Laureate winners to a multi-day event culminating in a tour and lunch at the Parkwood Estate, […]

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Heading into the future

May 3, 2016 at 11:56 pm Comments are Disabled

I’m going to be hitting the road shortly to see first hand what many are describing as the near future of the automotive purchase experience. Specifically, I want to play around in some of the new digital showrooms that are bringing technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and touch-screen interfaces […]

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Stretching my perspective

March 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm Comments are Disabled

As part of my role of moderator, I have had the privilege of speaking directly with many of the presenters and panel participants for the CADA Summit. We use those discussions to ensure they understand the overall theme of the event and how they fit into that theme, and to […]

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A winning tradition

March 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm Comments are Disabled

There is a giant slogan emblazoned across the wall of the hospital in Newmarket, Ont. “Tradition is cherished, change is welcomed.” Apart from being a good philosophy, it also nicely sums up the way that J. Clark and Son Ltd. seem to have managed to sustain their dealership’s operations for […]

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