Publisher’s letter

Mark your calendars

June 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

One of the real pleasures of my role in the industry is the opportunity to assist in the planning of a number of important industry events. Often, I get to participate directly as a conference speaker or panel moderator. I love this part of my gig, because these events give […]

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Adventures in Halifax

May 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm Comments are Disabled

The Canadian auto dealer team recently returned from a successful CADEX conference in Halifax. CADEX is the annual conference put on by the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association (NSADA) with the goal of bringing leading national figures to the Maritimes to help local dealers better understand the forces shaping our […]

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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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