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RVDA of Canada Offering 1-Time Training Grant

February 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

To encourage dealership training, RVDA of Canada board has created a one-time dealership Education Grant. For all training conducted between May 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014, RVDA of Canada will award $1,000 to the dealership.

We encourage all member dealers to apply as there is a limited number of grants available for each province / region, and they will be awarded based on the order in which applications are received.

Eligibility requirement include:

• Education and training programs must be enrolled between May 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

• All types of education and training are eligible with the exception of the Calgary Trouble Shooter Clinic.

• A $1,000 grant will be awarded per RVDA of Canada dealer member location on a first come/first served basis.

• Each province/region will have 15 grants available and awarded based on qualification and order of application received.

• Should a province or region submit less than 15 applications, remaining grants will be reallocated.

• Proof of payment and successful course completion is required.

• Total cost of education and training program(s) must be equal to or greater value than $1,000.

Apply by:

• Submit a letter on company letterhead detailing: Title of course/seminar/workshop; training provider; purpose of training; number of participants; enrollment and completion dates.

• Submit copy of proof of payment for each course/ seminar/workshop.

• Submit copy of certificates of completion or letter from training provider stating successful completion for each course/seminar/workshop.

Applications can be emailed or mailed to :

RVDA of Canada

6411 Buswell St., Ste. 204

Richmond, BC

V6Y 2G5

 

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RVDA of Canada Backing Moves by Government

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada is supporting conservative government on key measures outlined in the recent Federal Budget, addressing needs for the RV industry.

According to a press release, Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented in the House of Commons the 2014 budget proposals to create the Canada Apprentice Loan by expanding the Canada Student Loans Program to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.

“The RVDA of Canada has long-advocated for new initiatives to forgive a portion of Canada Student Loans for trade apprentices,” said Kyle Redmond, RVDA of Canada chairman. “Canada-wide, there are currently not enough new college apprentice program graduates to replace those who will leave the work force. In order to promote job creation in Canada, we therefore recommended that the federal government play a lead role to support RV service technician apprentice programs across the country.”

Additionally, Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $391.5 million over five years on a cash basis to the Parks Canada Agency to make improvements to highways, bridges and dams located in Canada’s national parks and along historic canals, facilitating better access to these national treasures.

“RVing and camping play vital roles in Canada’s tourism sector,” added Redmond. “A key component of our ongoing advocacy strategy, we have recommended that the federal government provide targeted investment in camping and RV infrastructure in Canada’s National Parks, in order to maintain the treasured parts of Canadian history. Investing in this infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity.”

Contributing $14.5 billion to the Canadian economy in a given year, the Canadian RV industry makes vital contributions to ongoing tourism and recreation spending across Canada. Some 14% of Canadian households currently own an RV and there are more than 1 million RVs on Canada’s roads today.

“We are pleased to see these measures outlined in the 2014 Federal Budget,” concluded Redmond. “We look forward to continuing to work with government on these and other key initiatives, to ensure thatproactive roles are being taken to develop policies that support all travel and tourism, and recognize RVing as a prosperous tourism activity.”

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RVDA of Canada Gives $25K to Learning Center

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada has donated $25,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, according to a press release.

The contribution, combined with prior donations totaling $150,000 in Canadian dollars puts RVDA of Canada in the Major Donor category, which is the highest level. For a list of current donors, go to the contributor list.

“We truly value the partnership we have with RVDA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center,” stated Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA of Canada. “Our board unanimously approved this additional contribution as the quality education and training programs offered through the Center are of great importance to our membership.”

“The RV Learning Center is a tremendous asset to all dealers in North America,” said Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “This significant donation by RVDA of Canada shows how much Canadian dealers value education for our industry. I commend them for their strong show of support. We can do so much more working together.”

The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is considered one of the most important education and networking event for RV dealers in North America. The Learning Center’s two most popular publications among Canadian dealers are the “Service Management Guide” (often referred to the “flat rate manual”) and the “Damage Repair Estimator.” These publications and more are available through the RV Learning Center.

Convenient online donations as well as a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and donations have simplified giving.

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Moore Named as ’13 Canadian Dealer of the Year

December 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ian Moore

Ian Moore of Big Boy’s Toys in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, was presented with the prestigious 2013 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

According to a press release, Moore was presented the award Monday (Dec. 2) at the Canada Night Dinner in Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 51st Annual National RV Trade Show.

Moore accepted the award while surrounded by friends and colleagues at the event held by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and presented by RV Lifestyle Magazine.

The award is presented to a candidate who has:

• Demonstrated long-term dedication to the RV industry and promotion of the RV lifestyle by the acting dealer principal of a recognized full service RV dealership.

• Shown commitment and participation in the RVDA at the provincial or national level.

• Been recognized by customers and peers as a person with the highest integrity and credibility in both work and personal life.

• Made a contribution to their community.

Moore’s enthusiasm for the RV industry, his pride and integrity as well as his passion and commitment have made him an ideal recipient of the prestigious 2013 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award, according to RVDA of Canada.

Along with Moore, nominees for this year’s award included:

• Herb Cowen, Pike Lake Golf & RV, Clifford, Ontario.

• Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta.

• Terry Rumple, Glenwood RV Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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‘Canada Night’ to Honor Walter Paseska Winner

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Dealer News will present the 2013 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award during this year’s Canada Night on Dec. 2 at the Galt House Hotel as part of the upcoming Louisville Show.

This year’s nominees include: Ian Moore of Big Boy’s Toys, Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre, Terry Rumpel of Glenwood RV Centre and Herb Cowen of Pike Lake Golf Centre. According to a press release, all have demonstrated tremendous dedication and leadership in their business and in the community.

To register for the event click here. Cost is $65 per person prior to Nov. 25 or $85 at the door. A cocktail reception will start at 5:50 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The following offers a brief bio on the four candidates for the Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award:

Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toy

• Owner and President of Big Boy’s Toys.

• Involved in family RV business since 1998; 15-year veteran.

• Served on RVDA of BC Board in various capacities.

• Current Past Chairman of RVDA of Canada Board.

• Supports Scouts Canada, Canadian Cancer Society’s Wishful Thinking Foundation & Relay For Life, Royal Legion Poppy Fund.

• Active supporter of annual food drive for local food bank and community literacy.

Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Centre

​• General manager of Bucars RV Centre.

• Involved with family business since 1989; 24-year veteran.

• Bucars RV Centre is one of the founding members of RVDA of Alberta (1959).

• Served on RVDA of Alberta board from 2007 and just finished tenure as president.

• Current Chairman of RVDA of Canada.

• Supports Rotary Club of Calgary, Young Canadians of Calgary Stampede, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and local community groups providing medical care and housing support.

Terry Rumpel, Glenwood RV Centre

​• Involved with RVDA of Saskatchewan since 1996.

Served on all positions on the RVDA of Saskatchewan board, including director, 1999-2000; treasurer, 2001-2007, 2008 – present; president, 2007;

• Avid supporter of Make A Wish Foundation; granted numerous wishes of children ages 3 to 17 going on family camping trips.

Herb Cowen, Pike Lake Golf Centre

​• 30-year RV industry veteran.

• Pike Lake Golf Centre started as an RV dealership and gradually expanded to inclusion of campground and golf course.

• Served on Ontario RVDA (ORVDA) board in numerous capacities; current past president.

• Hosted CRVA/ORVDA Golf Classic for over 25 years.

• Supports charity golf events benefiting the town of Minto Fire Department.

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RVDA of Canada Elects Redmund as Chairman

October 8, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Kyle Redmund

Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre in Balzac, Alberta, has been elected as the new chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.

According to a press release, Bucars RV Centre is a family owned and operated RV dealership that “prides itself in providing quality products and services for RV enthusiasts.” Redmond has been involved with Bucars RV Centre since the Redmond family purchased the dealership in 1989 and on a full-time basis since 1998.

“I am really very honored to have been elected by my peers as the new chairman of the RVDA of Canada,” said Redmond. “I look forward to further advancing our members’ positions regarding the critical issues that face RV dealers and the industry today.”

Redmond was born in Calgary and has lived there for most of his life. He started working in the RV industry in the summer of 1989 in the service department of the dealership owned by his parents. Through the years, Kyle has worked at just about every job in the dealership, from washing RVs and renting tent trailers during the summers to service manager and now general manager.

Redmond earned a bachelors in physics from the University of Montana and worked in the oil industry for a few years before returning to his family roots. With his father, Bill Redmond, retired, he and his brother, Jeff, share the responsibility of running the business. With the increased volume of sales the dealership moved to a much larger location in Balzac in 2006, just outside of Calgary.

Redmund has served on the board of the RVDA of Alberta as a director, has chaired the Calgary RV Show Committee and is also the current president of the RVDA of Alberta.

Other officers for the 2013-2014 year are:

• Vice Chairman George Goodrick, Adventure Sports Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

• Treasurer Sam Parks, Camp-Out RV Ltd., Stratford, Ontario

• Past Chairman Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toys, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.

RVDA of Canada’s current board members are:

• Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Lantzville, British Columbia.

• Marty Vellner, Vellner Leisure Products, Red Deer, Alberta.

• Darren Gelowitz, Village RV, Regina, Saskatchewan.

• Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

• Jean-Francois Lussier, Horizon Lussier, Marieville, Quebec.

• Bruce Marsh, Cape Breton Trailer Sales, Bras d’Or, Nova Scotia.

• Jonathan Stone, Stone’s RV Centre, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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RVDA Announces New Date, Site for Con/Expo

October 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The leadership of the U.S. Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada have announced a pivotal decision to move their annual convention — the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo — to an early November timetable and to another Las Vegas casino from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino where they’ve held their annual show for a decade.

RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch and RVDA of Canada Chairman Ian Moore informed their respective memberships Wednesday (Oct. 2) during the opening general session of the 2013 Con/Expo.

“It is a challenge to make changes to an event that has proved to be as successful as the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo,” said Hirsch, president of New Hampshire-based Campers Inn. “But, as the RV business matures and changes, so have we. Through the state representatives on the Board of Delegates, we heard the message loud and clear that early October was not the best time for our convention. Most of us are still trying to ring the cash register.

“As a result, dealers can’t bring some of their valued employees who would truly benefit from this convention experience.”

So, Moore reported, the new schedule for future conventions, which is designed to give dealers more of a chance to take advantage of the October market and more of a break after Elkhart’s September Open House, looks something like this:

• 2014: Week of Nov. 9

• 2015: Week of Nov. 1

• 2016: Week of Nov. 6

• 2017: Week of Nov. 7

Meanwhile, the Con/Expo will move to 2,800-room Bally’s Las Vegas, another Ceasar’s property that offers more of a high-profile location on the Vegas Strip as well as a simple chance to change the game, so to speak. A room block will also be available at Caesar’s Paris Las Vegas.

“In Canada,” said Moore, “we heard from many members that they enjoy the Las Vegas experience, but after a decade at the same hotel, it’s time to go somewhere else — with a strong preference for a Las Vegas strip location. So with that input, your RVDA leaders had to work together to figure out the next phase for our joint RVDA-RVDA of Canada Convention.”

Does this present yet another obstacle for those in the industry who had entertained the idea of an all-industry convention week in which manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and dealers could all participate? That’s how it appears, at least for the next few years.

“Over the past year we’ve had many discussions on an all-industry event with industry stakeholders,” said Hirsch. “These discussions continue. We are in the discovery stage to determine feasibility in a co-located event. But there are many considerations.

“Many of you have spoken,” he continued. “There are strong opinions about having an independent event designed by dealers, for dealers. There are financial considerations for RVDA, RVDA of Canada and any partners. And finally, the jam-packed schedule at this convention and other events makes planning activities for an all-industry gathering a formidable task.”

Weighing all options, said Moore, owner of Big Boys Toys, Nanoose Bay, B.C., the two trade associations were pleased to make this rather surprising announcement. “It secures RVDA’s preferred dates in an extremely competitive environment for meetings here in Las Vegas,” he concluded.

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RVDA of Canada Lauds ‘Insurance Rate Freeze’

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada expressed approval over the government’s recent announcement that it will be freezing employment insurance (EI) rates for the next three years.

“This is precisely the kind of policies we need to provide certainty to business and to help secure the economic recovery,” said Eleonore Hamm, RVDA president, in a press release. “That Finance Minister Jim Flaherty chose to make such an important announcement at an RVDA member’s store illustrates the impact it will have on our own sector and the important role it plays in the overall economic recovery.”

EI premiums for employees and employers will be frozen at current levels until 2017. This will save firms and workers hundreds of millions of dollars annually that can be reinvested back into businesses and spent by consumers.

“RVDA applauds Minister Flaherty on two fronts: the money this announcement will save our members and their employees, and the certainty it provides on one of the largest costs businesses face in Canada,” concluded Hamm.

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GE’s Peak to Address RVDA of Canada Meeting

August 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

John Peak, capital markets and business development leader for GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (GECDF), is scheduled to address participants at this year’s Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada’s Annual Meeting.

According to a press release, the meeting will convene in conjunction with the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, set to convene Oct. 3 from 9:45-11 a.m.

Peak will examine the turmoil in the financial and credit markets in recent times and how business owners need to respond moving forward. The presentation will explore issues related to capital markets, foreign exchange and the measures that can affect the success of businesses.

The RVDA of Canada  annual assembly will also includes a brief report on current association activities and programs, and reviews key association initiatives undertaken over the past year. According to the release, “the meeting is also a great opportunity to meet the RVDA of Canada Board and staff, as well as to network with your fellow Canadian participants.

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RVDA Reports 13 New Speakers for ’13 Confab

June 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Thirteen new speakers are confirmed for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, five new presenters are in the Sales Track alone.

Sales professionals attending track workshops will spend two days learning about effective ways to use new technology, how to reach consumers who increasingly rely on digital advertising, how to build solid relationships with consumers and close sales on the show floor. There will also be information about recent trends and best practices in sales, including a rundown of what works today — and what doesn’t.

The event takes place Sept. 30–Oct. 4 in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center. The theme is “Education: Your Competitive Advantage,” and the program has been broadened and enriched to include more education for more staff.

These Sales Track workshops offer RV sales professionals the opportunity to learn new techniques and tactics from internationally recognized speakers, making this a “can’t miss” event for those who want to close more sales. In addition to the five new sales presenters, this year’s topics are also new, reflecting the rapid advances of technology and putting into context the latest data about today’s consumers.

New for 2013 Sales Track presenters chosen by the Convention/Expo Committee include:

• Pierre Trudel, a Canadian marketing consultant with 25 years marketing experience who teachers at the University of Montreal’s world renowned business school.

• Gary McGugan of NEEDS Selling Solutions, sales consultant and business executive.

• Paul Webb of Paul Webb Training.

• Barry Siskind, a globally recognized consumer show sales consultant.

• David Nelson of VitalSmart, consultant, entrepreneur and international trainer.

Workshop titles range from “Advanced Business Communications” to “Double Your Sales” to “The Science of Leading Change.” In addition to the five new sales presenters confirmed thus far, Roger Vergara, who has spoken at prior RVDA Conventions, has been confirmed to speak this year about digital advertising. Additional speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks. For a full listing of all workshops, including schedules and detailed descriptions, go to the RVDA website.

The convention will provide relevant learning opportunities for dealers and key members of their staff. In addition to Sales, tracks are in place for Dealer/GMs, and Parts and Service Managers. The 2013 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability.

Companies interested in Vendor Training +plus, partnership opportunities, sponsorships, and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 103 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org and www.rvlearningcenter.com to register for the convention and for regular updates. You can also get convention updates on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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