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Canadian ‘Dealer of Year’ Nominations Needed

June 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Camping Canada’s Dealer News, is inviting nominations from across Canada for the 2013 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

According to a press release, the deadline for submission is July 31. Click here to download the nomination form and guidelines.

The award was established in 1989 by Camping Canada and dedicated to Walter Paseska for his many years of commitment and tireless dedication to the RV industry. The honor is given to a Canadian RV acting dealer principal on the basis of the following criteria:

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

• Commitment and participation in the RVDA of Canada at the provincial or national level.

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

• Contribution to the community.

A maximum of three candidates per province/region will be considered for the award. The Award Selection Committee, composed of the past five Dealer of the Year Award recipients and one representative from the award’s sponsor, Camping Canada, chooses the winner(s) from the list of nominees by secret ballot.

Camping Canada will present this year’s Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award at the Canada Night Dinner in Louisville, Ky., being held on Dec. 2.

The winner(s) will be acknowledged in several ways:

• An etched glass award for the recipient(s).

• A profile story on the dealership in RV Lifestyle magazine and Dealer News.

• Presentation of a professionally-taken photograph of the recipient to the dealership.

• A paid announcement in their local paper(s).

• Creation of press releases and a press kit for the dealer to send to local media, to national and regional media, and to manufacturers, along with instructions for use by the dealer.

Nomination materials can be mailed, faxed or emailed as a pdf to:

RVDA of Canada

Ste. 204 – 6411 Buswell St.

Richmond, BC V6Y 2G5

Tel: (604) 718.6325

Fax: (604) 204.0154

Email: info@rvda.ca

For additional information, contact Eleonore Hamm at the RVDA of Canada, (604) 718-6325 or info@rvda.ca, or Jo-Ann Searls at RV Lifestyle Magazine/Camping Canada at (905) 624-8218.

 

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RVDA of Canada to Display at ‘Skills Canada’

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and RVDA of British Columbia will participate in the 2013 Skills Canada competition in Vancouver from June 5-8 at BC Place.

Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country, according to a press release.

Every year, the event brings together over 550 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisers, to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. The main goals of this event are to provide competitors with hands-on work experience and to raise awareness for the general population of the value of and challenge in skilled trades and technology careers.

RVDA of Canada noted that while consumers are rapidly adopting the RV lifestyle, the RV service technician trade is still little known to the general public.

RVDA of Canada will have a Try-A-Trade & Technology booth, which will feature multiple trade stations and a career booth right on the competition floor for students, parents, teachers and anyone interested in experiencing and learning more about the trade and career opportunities.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eleonore Hamm at (604) 718-6325 for more details.

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RVDA of Canada Lobbying for Industry Issues

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RVDA of Canada board is meeting in Ottawa today (April 15) advocating on several issues affecting the RV industry. The board meeting will be followed by the now traditional reception with members of parliament and other senior officers, local dealers and campground operators, and Tourism Canada representatives.

Tomorrow, a Press Conference will be held. In addition, board members, dealers and campground operators will team up in pairs to meet a multitude of MPs, senior government officials and others on issues of concern to the RV industry. Typically, 40 such meetings are held.

Initiatives to be discussed include a dedicated investment in tourism policies to support the RV and campground industries as part of a comprehensive Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) framework. Recommendations by RVDA of Canada include:

• The CTC should include particular messaging to target markets where RV rentals are being offered in Canada. Promotion should gear towards a different way and a new experience to discover Canada.

• The government of Canada should provide targeted and dedicated investment in camping/RV infrastructure in Canada’s National Parks. Investing in camping/RV infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity.

The TVDA of Canada will also address cross-border needs for the RV industry. Recommendations include:

• In order to ensure the safe operation and use of all RVs across Canada, countrywide certification — on an equal level playing field – must be implemented for all used imports for consumers, as well as retailers.

• Through this national standard, the inspection process will be conducted through a secure and legitimate source, ensuring consumer and dealer safety across the country. This measure would help alleviate improper safety checks conducted by non-licensed facilities, and avoid compromising the safety of Canadians.

• Duties on aftermarket RV parts and add-ons should be reduced to zero. Currently duties range between seven and 18 percent.

Advocacy initiatives also include input on the federal budget. When the 2013 federal budget RVDA of Canada will issue an update to dealers on new or updated policies that could affect their business.

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16th Annual Canada Night Slated for Louisville

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada will be hosting its 16th Annual Canada Night Dinner on Nov. 26 as part of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

According to a press release, this year’s event will celebrate the milestones and triumphs of distinguished individuals in the RV industry and Canada’s pride as a nation. The event will be held at the Galt House Hotel with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by dinner.

Guest speakers include Roy MacGregor, award-winning journalist and author, and hockey player Paul Henderson. Known as the “goal of the century,” Henderson scored the winning goal against Russia in the Summit Series 40 years ago.

Registration for the event by Nov. 19 is $65 or $85 at the door.

Also planned, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Camping Canada’s Dealer News, will be the presentation of the 2012 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

Established in 1989 by Camping Canada, and dedicated to Walter Paseska for his many years of commitment and tireless dedication to the RV industry, this award is given to a Canadian RV acting dealer principal on the basis of the following criteria:

• 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.

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

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

• Contribution to the community.

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16th Annual Canada Night Slated For Louisville

October 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada will be hosting its 16th annual Canada Night Dinner on Nov. 26 as part of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

According to a press release, this year’s event will celebrate the milestones and triumphs of distinguished individuals in the RV industry and Canada’s pride as a nation. The event will be held at the Galt House Hotel with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by dinner.

Guest speakers include Roy MacGregor, award-winning journalist and author, and hockey player Paul Henderson. Known as the “goal of the century,” Henderson scored the winning goal against Russia in the Summit Series 40 years ago.

In separate news, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Camping Canada’s Dealer News, RVDA of Canada is inviting nominations for the 2012 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

Established in 1989 by Camping Canada, and dedicated to Walter Paseska for his many years of commitment and tireless dedication to the RV industry, this award is given to a Canadian RV acting dealer principal on the basis of the following criteria:

• 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.

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

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

• Contribution to the community.

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Ian Moore Named as RVDA of Canada Chairman

October 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ian Moore, president and owner of Big Boy’s Toys Ltd. in Nanoose Bay, B.C., has been elected as the new chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.

According to a press release, Big Boy’s Toys has been serving Vancouver Island for over 30 years. Moore has been involved in the dealership for 15 of those years.

In 1998, Moore and his family purchased 50% of the shares in Big Boy’s Toys and subsequently purchased the remaining shares of the company in 2001. Since Moore became involved in the company, Big Boy’s Toys has more than doubled its number of employees, now providing employment for 15 full-time personnel.

In July 2000, the company moved from a one-acre leased property to its current eight acres in the Nanoose area and now consists of a large business office/showroom, a 2000-square-foot parts store and a 5,000-square-foot service department.

Moore has also continued to participate in industry related matters and had been involved with the RVDA of British Columbia for a number of years, having sat on the board as treasurer for two terms, as vice president for two terms and as president for one term. Following his term as president, Moore continued as past president of the organization for an additional two terms.

Moore has also been involved on the national level and has served on the national funding committee along with holding board slots for the RVDA of Canada as director, treasurer and as vice chair.

“It is a sincere honor and pleasure to be elected as the new chairman of the RVDA of Canada,” states Moore. “I am very excited about the direction and growth the association has had over the past few years and I will strive to ensure its continued success. Please know that my door is always open and I look forward to working with all of our industry partners to ensure our industry’s continued success.”

Moore’s dealership continues to be an active member of the Better Business Bureau as well as a supporter of the local Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Big Boy’s Toys has been an active supporter of local food banks over the last five years and together with support from numerous local businesses has been successfully assisting the organizations through the companies’ annual “Help Fill the MoHo with Food Campaign”.

Other officers for the 2012-2013 year are: Vice Chairman Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta; Treasurer George Goodrick, Adventure Sports Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Past Chairman Garth Bromley, Transcona Trailer Sales, Winnipeg, Manitoba

RVDA of Canada’s current board includes: Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Lantzville, B.C.; Marty Vellner, Vellner Leisure Products, Red Deer, Alberta; Darren Gelowitz, Village RV, Regina, Saskatchewan; Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Sam Parks, Camp-Out RV Ltd., Stratford, Ontario; 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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Deadline Set for Canadian Dealer of Year Entry

July 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RVDA of Canada, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Camping Canada’s Dealer News, is inviting nominations from across Canada for the 2012 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award. Deadline for submission is July 31.

Established in 1989 by Camping Canada, and dedicated to Walter Paseska for his many years of commitment and tireless dedication to the RV industry, this award is given to a Canadian RV acting dealer principal on the basis of the following criteria:

• 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.

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

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

• Contribution to the community.

Contact RVDA of Canada for additional information.

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VIDEO #2: State of the RV Industry in Canada

May 30, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Today’s video #2 is courtesy of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and features an address to the Canadian House of Commons on April 24 by Garth Bromley, chairman of RVDA of Canada, on the state of the RV industry in Canada.

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RVDA of Canada Tackling Cross-Border Issues

April 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada’s Advocacy Days, representatives are on Parliament Hill today (April 24) in Ottawa, Ontario, to urge support for critical cross-border issues affecting the Canadian industry.

The government’s 2012 Federal Budget has increased the value of goods travelers to the United States are able to bring back to Canada tax and duty free. This has serious implications for the competitiveness of the Canadian RV industry, which already has to compete with lower U.S. RV dealership prices, the Canada Newswire reported.

“This has really sideswiped our business on aftermarket parts and service for RVs,” stated Garth Bromley, RVDA of Canada chairman of the board. “Many of these items will now be tax-exempt. You can purchase a new RV awning for $800, and a couple can even buy a full new set of tires under the increased categories. This is a powerful incentive for customers to take their business to the U.S.”

RVDA feels that by raising the threshold of the value of goods travelers are able to bring back, when the Canadian Border Services Agency is not enforcing the current laws, the government is sending a powerful message that it is not serious about collecting taxes and duty on imports by customers. This will only lead to more cross-border shopping, and evasion at the border, which will have serious consequences for Canadian retailers.

In light of this issue, RVDA would like to request the government lower the duties Canadian RV retailers pay on imported goods. We are asking that the duties on aftermarket RV parts and add-ons be reduced to zero. Currently duties range between 7% and 18%.

Safety Issue Raised Too

Besides competitiveness issues, there are also safety concerns with vehicles purchased across the border. Many imported RVs are not compliant with national and provincial regulations regarding items such as propane tanks and electrical systems.

“Currently, we lack a coherent way to ensure that imported units meet Canadian safety standards, and there is a significant lack of consumer knowledge of specific regulations when they are importing vehicles through the Registrar of Imported Vehicles,” added Bromley. “We ask that the government implement a countrywide certification for all consumer and retailer imports, to ensure the safe operation and use of RVs across Canada.”

Finally, he concluded, RVing and camping are large components of tourism for both Canadians and visitors alike. There is a need for the Canadian Tourism Commission to promote RV rentals being offered in Canada as a new way to discover the country. This is a viable growth area for tourism in Canada.

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RVDA of Canada Initiates ‘Buy Local’ Campaign

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada launched a new “Buy Local” campaign designed to encourage Canadians to buy recreation vehicles from dealers in that country.

According to a press release, RVDA of Canada identified several major benefits to buying local, including:

• Purchase a new RV from a dealer in Canada and enjoy a full manufacturer’s warranty at no additional cost.

• Most Canadian RV dealers belong to the RVDA, which has a strict and professional code of conduct. Canadian RV dealers offer a wide selection to help customers find one that best suits their needs and those of their family.

• New RVs shipped to Canadian dealers are built to meet applicable (provincial and federal) RV standards and regulations. RVs receive a full inspection before it’s delivered at no extra cost.

• There are no hidden purchase costs as all delivery costs including: freight, tariffs and duties are included in the price.

• Canadian RV dealers can help arrange financing that offer low monthly payments with amortizations up to 20 years.

• RVDA dealers not only offer great value on a new RV, but also help consumers save on after sale parts and service.

• A qualified RV technician or professional RV salesperson can give you a full orientation of your new RV. Trade-ins are also welcome at Canadian RV dealers.

• Local RV dealers actively support community programs.

For more information and to get the Buy Local merchandising materials, dealers can call RVDA of Canada at (604) 718-6325, e-mail news@rvda.ca or visit www.buylocal.ca.

 

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