Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) has announced the schedule of seven provincial annual general meetings and golf tourneys.
The annual general meeting schedule follows:
- Alberta: Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta, Oct. 18-20.
- Atlantic: Location to be announced, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island, Sept. 10.
- British Columbia: Predator Ridge Golf Course, Vernon, British Columbia, Sept. 13.
- Manitoba: Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct. 12.
- Ontario: Pine Lake Golf & Country Club, Clifford, Ontario, Aug. 9.
- Quebec: Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec, Sept. 22-24.
- Saskatchewan: Jackfish Lodge, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Sept. 2.
The golf tourney schedule follows:
- Alberta: Alberta Springs Golf Resort, west of Red Deer, Alberta, Aug. 11.
- British Columbia: Predator Ridge Golf Course, Vernon, British Columbia, Sept. 14.
- Manitoba: Bridges Golf Course, Starbuck, Manitoba, Aug. 26.
- Ontario: Pine Lake Golf & Country Club, Clifford, Ontario, Aug. 10.
- Quebec: Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec, Sept. 21.
- Saskatchewan: Jackfish lodge, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Sept. 1.
Go RVing Canada, in partnership with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), has officially launched its “Top 100 Spots to RV in Canada” Contest, in commemoration of the RV Centennial.
This month-long contest, engaging RV enthusiasts across Canada, will allow participants to submit their favorite spot to RV in Canada for a chance to win an Apple iPad in a draw on Aug. 6.
2010 marks 100 years since the first mass-produced motorized camper was produced. Several events will be taking place throughout the year across North America and Go RVing Canada is thrilled to take part in the celebrations honoring this important occasion.
“This event reinforces what we’ve been saying for years – RVing remains a popular vacation choice for those who are looking for freedom, flexibility, and fun,” says Go RVing Canada spokesperson Angèle Lapointe. “RVing is a lifestyle that many Canadians have adopted and have maintained, and the best part is, it’s incredibly affordable!”
“The RV lifestyle continues to thrive and that’s what the Centennial is all about,” adds Eleonore Hamm, RVDA of Canada president. “We are excited to hear about the many incredible RV destination spots that Canadians are visiting and raving about.”
“RVing is an intimate and accessible way to explore our beautiful country,” says Gisele Danis, CTC executive director, Strategic Marketing, Canada Program. “The CTC is pleased to take part in the celebration of this milestone event and inspire Canadians to discover a Canada they didn’t know existed from coast, to coast, to coast.”
To participate in the contest, RV enthusiasts are invited to visit www.GoRVing.ca and fill out a ballot for a chance to win.
Nominations for the 2010 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year are now open.
The RVDA of Canada, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and Camping Canada’s Dealer News, are inviting nominations from across Canada for the 2010 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 principle 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.
A maximum of three candidates per province will be considered for the award. The national selection committee, which is composed of the past four 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 Nov.29.
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 his/her local media, to national and regional media, and to manufacturers, along with instructions for use by the dealer.
If you have any questions about the Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award, contact Eleonore Hamm at the RVDA of Canada, (604) 718-6325 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jo-Ann Searls at RV Lifestyle Magazine/Camping Canada, (905) 844-8218.
Representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada are on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, today (April 20) to highlight the continuing and urgent need for a solution to the emerging credit crisis in the retail RV sector, according to the Canadian News Service.
“Last year, we voiced our concerns about the unprecedented credit crisis. Our 420 dealer members reported the lack of floorplan financing as the biggest concern facing their businesses in 2009, and this trend is continuing in 2010,” stated Kim Stone, RVDA of Canada chairman and president and CEO of Stones RV and Homes Center in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. “This is extremely difficult to grasp, as more and more Canadians continue to move towards the affordable and flexible travel offered by RV ownership.”
In the face of this financial crisis, the RVDA of Canada would like to work together toward finding a credit solution. “The RV industry recognizes recent measures taken by the government of Canada to help alleviate the financial crisis,” said Stone. “However, a more targeted approach is needed to meet the specific needs of the RV industry.”
The RV industry depends on financing to stay viable, and there lies an opportunity to collaborate with an industry that can lead the national economy in financial recovery. The industry continues to urge the government of Canada to develop a lending model that would more directly inject funding into the RV marketplace.
The impact of the retail RV sector is not simply one time retail sales. “RVing and the RV lifestyle make important economic contributions to ongoing tourism and recreation spending in every region of Canada,” said Stone. “In 2008, RV ownership was set at record levels and there are more than 1 million RVs on Canada’s roads today. In fact, some 14% of Canadian households currently own an RV.”
The RV market has stability, profitability and a long history of low-risk loans. The RVDA of Canada would like to work collaboratively towards finding a credit solution that makes sense for the RV industry and the economy. Indeed, the entire future of the RV industry depends on finding solutions to the liquidity crisis.
The RVDA of Canada is a national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations and their members, who have united to form a professional trade association for all businesses involved in the recreation vehicle industry.
The Ontario RVDA has reported that some dealers have purchased U.S. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) units at auction and are selling them as RVs. Customers may think they are getting a 30-ft travel trailer for $8,995, rather than a below-standard shelter, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) Bulletin.
“This could impact your marketplace. Make your customers aware of the difference,” RVDA of Canada advised.
The FEMA units are not intended for ongoing use and are not equipped to be used recreationally as regular RVs; nor do they meet standards for such use. They are stripped down units that were purchased by the U.S. government for temporary emergency housing after Hurricane Katrina.
These units are not approved by Ontario standards monitoring agencies:
- Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) —Propane.
- Electrical Safety Authority ESA.
- Agency of Hydro 1.
And on a general basis, they do not comply with manufacturer compliance through Transport Canada.
“Dealers who do not sell them but who are aware of such practices should report offenders to your local standards agencies who monitor safety, and to your local RVDA,” the association advised.
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) Education & HR Committee has launched its first online edition of “Stop. Listen. Action.”
The Education & HR Committee is the largest and most active of all RVDA of Canada committees. In its 16th year, this committee has helped established many new frontiers, according to the inaugural issue.
To read the first issue, go to http://rvcareers.ca/documents/Spring2010.pdf.
Here are some 2009 industry highlights:
- Completion of the RiskWise Safety manual in partnership with Federated Insurance promoting workplace safety.
- Affiliated with CSMO in Quebec to raise RV industry awareness and develop a certification program in Quebec.
- Developed pilot project for basic propane and electrical training with Winnipeg Technical College.
- Successfully invited RVIA to hold one Trouble-Shooter clinic in Toronto, Nov. 9-13.
- Okanagan College and RVDA of BC Service Seminar held Nov. 17-19.
- SAIT opened new apprenticeship facility in Calgary.
- Developed 1-day F&I training seminars with SAL & RBC.
- Conducted 12 sales webinars with Harvey Cohen.
- Developed two-day management training seminars with Spader and Marzahn& King.
- RVDA of Alberta, RV manufacturers and suppliers, SAIT Edmonton campus apprentices built a teardrop trailer to be featured at RV shows and career fairs.
- Upgraded RV Careers website and use of social media.
The current committee consists of seven directors and is chaired by Paul Sinclair, Bucars RV, Alberta. The committee members are:
- Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.
- Tom Oakes, TRX RV, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- Lou Schwindt, Four Seasons RV, Virden, Manitoba.
- Frank Hone, Dealer Support Services, Port Hope, Ontario.
- Jean-François Lussier, Horizon Lussier, Marieville, Quebec.
- George Goodrick, Adventure Sports RV, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The Recreation Vehicles Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) member bulletin has gone digital starting with this month’s edition, the association announced.
The newsletter (whose February cover is shown at left) can be viewed as a flipbook (electronic magazine), where readers can also download it as a pdf or it can be downloaded as a pdf at the “News/Member Newsletter” link on the member side of www.rvda.ca where issues will be archived.
In addition to regular features such as monthly national RV sales statistics, national and provincial news and a dealer profile, this issue features stories on the following topics:
- “Are Your Leads Being Trashed?”
- “What are You Doing to Offer Value?”
- “5 Steps to Customer Service Glory.”
- “Closing the Sale.”
- “The 7 Steps to Consider Before Hiring Your Next Employee.”
- “2009 Year End Tax Planning Considerations – Worth a Look.”
- The new “Spotlight on Endorsement Partners” looks at BackCheck pre-employment screening services and Spader 20 Groups.
RVDA of Canada has recently entered into an endorsement program with BackCheck, Canada’s leading provider of background screening services, according to a news release.
Founded in 1997, BackCheck specializes in pre-employment screening, including name-based criminal record verifications, credit bureau inquiries, reference interviews, employment verifications, education verifications and driver abstracts. BackCheck serves thousands of corporate and non-profit clients, ranging in size from under 100 to over 150,000 employees.
BackCheck is chosen by half of the Financial Post 100 due to its privacy compliant processes, industry-leading disclosure and consent practices, data security and secure online delivery of results.
According to RVDA of Canada, incorporating outsourced pre-employment screening into a dealer’s recruitment process will:
- Enhance the selection process.
- Accelerate the recruiting times.
- Give the dealer greater understanding of candidate’s actual experience.
- Provide a consistent, auditable process companywide.
- Reduce employee turnover and associated costs.
- Help to reduce internal fraud and theft.
- Promote legal compliance and industry standards.
RVDA of Canada endorses BackCheck’s pre-employment screening program and recommends its use by RVDA members.
The setup process is simple. As an RVDA member, simply contact Linda Ferens at (204) 999-0912 or email@example.com. She will guide dealers through the BackCheck process and arrange for the appropriate consent forms and login information. RVDA members should inform BackCheck of their RVDA affiliation to ensure they get the proper rates.
Included in the activities of the 2009 Canadian RV & Camping Convention held in November at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, were a fund-raising silent auction and a leisurely, fun-and fund-raising harbor dinner/casino cruise. Funds raised from the two activities totaled $9,498. Eleonore Hamm (left), president of RVDA of Canada, recently presented on behalf of the Canadian RV and Camping Industry Planning Group (CRVIPG) a check for the proceeds to Robin Zylstra, development assistant at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides specialized pediatric palliative care for children living with a life-threatening illness and support for over 370 families throughout British Columbia at no cost. The 24/7 care and support is provided by a diverse group of healthcare professionals, support staff and volunteers.
A dedicated team of people and companies worked together to produce Alberta’s newest RV industry education and advocacy tool – a teardrop trailer (shown at left).
The teardrop trailer was constructed by Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Edmonton campus 2nd and 3rd period apprentices just in time for its debut at the Calgary RV show this weekend, according to the RVDA of Canada eBulletin.
This trailer will go to all future trade shows and career fairs accompanied with a video of the building process to give consumers and possible apprentices a better understanding of what the RV industry is all about.
To see pictures of the birth of the trailer, go to RVDA of Canada’s Facebook album.
RVDA of Alberta thanked the following individuals and companies that helped out with the completion of this important project:
- Wes Hammersmeister, instructor at SAIT Edmonton.
- Warren Thunstrom, instructor at SAIT Edmonton.
- Brian Williams, academic chairman SAIT The School of Transportation.
- 2009 2nd period SAIT Edmonton apprentices.
- 2009 3rd period SAIT Edmonton apprentices.
- Atlas Trailer Coach Products.
- DM Plastics.
- Eldorado RV Sales Ltd.
- Fraserway RV LP.
- GLP Canada.
- National RV Siding.
- Woody’s RV World.
RVDA of Canada has elected three new directors to its board for 2010.
- Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Center, Balzac, Alberta.
- Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Jean-Francois Lussier, Horizon Lussier, Marieville, Quebec.
They join the existing board consisting of: Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toys, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia; Darren Gelowitz, Village RV, Regina, Saskatchewan; Barry Devereux, Luxury Motorhomes, Carleton Place, Ontario; George Goodrick, Adventure Sports, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; and Bruce Marsh, Cape Breton Trailer Sales, Bras d’Or, Nova Scotia.
Canadian RV dealers who bring units into the country from the U.S. with a pre-clearance list that reduces hassles at the border are being audited by Transport Canada to assure that the units comply with Canadian highway safety laws.
”Nothing really has changed,” said Eleonore Hamm, executive vice president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada). ”Transport Canada is just tightening down.”
Hamm said Transport Canada is charged with auditing the pre-clearance system every five to seven years for the different types of vehicles and trailers imported to Canada. ”It’s a bit cumbersome for dealers,” Hamm said.
Certifying compliance with Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) is a dealer’s responsibility as the importer, Hamm said, because Canadian laws have no force in the U.S. where the units are manufactured, even though it is American manufacturers who certify that units are CMVSS compliant.
”Transport Canada is asking dealers to submit all the testing documents from the manufacturers,” Hamm said. ” They are going back several years.”
Primarily, the audits at this point only involve motorized RVs, Hamm reported.
If a dealer is not on the pre-certified list, each unit imported to Canada must be inspected at the border and a report sent to Transport Canada for approval which is a relatively lengthy process. Dealers on the pre-certified list only need to attest that each brand they bring into country meet Canadian standards without having to provide manufacturers’ documentation.
Hamm said that some dealers have delayed ordering units until the American manufacturer can provide the necessary safety documents.
”Considering a lot of them are getting product for showtime, it could be disruptive,” Hamm said. ”We’ve not heard of too many holdups yet at the border.”
Waterstone Human Capital recently announced Canada’s “10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2009,” a list that included Aviva Insurance Co. of Canada – sponsor of the RVDA of Canada eBulletin, the National RV Sales Statistics program through Statistical Surveys Inc. and many Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) functions, according to The RVDA of Canada eBulletin.
The country’s most admired corporate cultures are outperforming the rest – despite the economic downturn.
“The performance of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2009, in terms of three-year compounded annual revenue growth, has significantly outpaced the S&P/TSX by an average of over 300%– or, three times,” says Marty Parker, managing director of Waterstone Human Capital, a leading executive search and human capital consulting firm that has been running the annual program since 2005.
“This proves that an outstanding corporate culture has a significant impact on performance, and that culture is an incredibly valuable asset.”
The Canada’s 10 program begins annually in the spring with Waterstone’s Canadian Corporate Culture Study, a survey of 500 senior Canadian executives. At the end of the questionnaire, respondents are asked to nominate Canadian organizations they most admire in terms of having a corporate culture that impacts performance.
Parker says that despite the recession, this year’s survey led to a record number of nominations – more than 400 – as well as double the number of organizations that went through with the formal submission, and became finalists, over the previous year. The submissions were then evaluated and voted on by a 15-member board of governors.
“This year’s data reflects the market correction of 2008,” says Parker. “What this tells us is that if an organization’s culture is strong, even with a major downturn, it outperforms the majority of its peers. In effect, many of these organizations understand that their corporate culture represents a strategic competitive advantage”.
Results of the 2009 Canadian Corporate Culture Study show that 88% of respondents believe that their current leadership has led to the evolution of their organization’s corporate culture. Additionally, 82% of respondents also said that “leading by example” is a key strategy used to align culture. Furthermore, when it comes to hiring, 75% of executives surveyed said that cultural fit is more important than necessary skills.
“Our Canada’s ’10’ reflect these findings,” says Parker. “The reason these organizations are outperforming is because of phenomenal leadership and because of the commitment – from the top – to aligning corporate culture. These leaders are focused on behaviour. And behaviour drives results.”
Each year, in late winter, the provincial and regional members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) organize RV retail shows for their members. Many hold a contest for the Best Bulk Booth at each show.
The RVDA of Canada now awards the National Best Bulk Booth Award to the member dealer who has been determined to have the most distinctive, best-planned and best-dressed bulk booth among the provincial/regional winners.
It’s now time for exhibitors to begin thinking about competing for this recognition, RVDA of Canada notes in its current eBulletin.
The board of the RVDA of Canada chooses the national winner at its April board meeting, with the winner being noted in the national newsletter, being awarded a plaque in honor of their achievement and winning one free primary delegate registration to the 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas.
Bulk space is defined as a booth over 1,000 square feet.
Exhibitors should check with their provincial/regional RVDA for local information on shows and judging.
More than 250 people representing Canadian RV dealerships, manufacturers and campgrounds attended the fifth Canadian RV and Campground Convention Nov. 5-8 in Victoria, British Columbia.
The event featured three days of meetings, presentations, excursions and entertainment. The multi-day pre-tour of campgrounds on the mainland and the island received high praise.
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) and the British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association (BCLCA) sponsored the biennial event.
Held for the first time in a Western province since 2003, the event drew a number of industry representatives who had never before attended the convention, noted Louise Morel, executive director of the convention organizing committee.
“The mood of the dealer body was very positive,” said Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA of Canada. “This was a tough year to get through but the majority did, and the majority are going to Louisville.”
RVDA of Canada will hold its annual “Canada Night” the night of Nov. 30 at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky., on the eve of the National RV Show.
Hamm noted that dealer participation at the national show was “not much down from the one we held two years ago, which is great.”
The associations presented two awards during the convention: David Dobson of RV World in Fredericton, New Brunswick, received the prestigious 2009 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award; and Darren Gelowitz of Village RV in Regina, Saskatchewan, accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his late partner, Bill Ortman, who died earlier this year.
In conjunction with the nationwide meeting, the Alberta, Atlantic and British Columbia RVDAs held their annual general meetings. The new Alberta RVDA officers are:
- President Ross Hodgins, RV City, Morinville.
- Vice President Keith Hanks, Affordable RV, Calgary.
- Treasurer Bill Burnett, Trailblazer RV Centre Ltd., Nisku.
- Past President Darva Macbeth, Woody’s RV World, Edmonton.
- One-year directors are Kyle Redmond, Bucars RV Center, Balzac, and Dean Smyl, Smyl R.V. Center, St. Paul
- Two-year directors are Marty Vellner, Vellner Leisure Products, Red Deer, and Darcy Turgeon, Carefree RV & Coach Ltd., Edmonton.
The RVDA of British Columbia elected the following officers:
- President Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Nanoose Bay.
- Vice president Colin Yaretz, South Thompson RV Ltd., Kamloops.
- Treasurer Chris Clarke, Traveland Leisure Vehicles, Langley.
- Past President Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toys, Nanoose Bay.
- Two-year directors are Chris Swann, Go West, RV, Coquitlam; Jason Bell, Chemo RV, Quesnel; Ward Fraser, Voyager RV, Winfield; and Rob Williamson, LMG, Kamloops.
- One-year directors are Brian McHale, SAL Group, Langley; Darren Johnson, First Canadian, Victoria; and Ruth Neubauer, BMO Bank of Montreal – Retail Dealer Finance, Burnaby.
The Atlantic RVDA postponed its officer election to a later date.
Campgrounds Camping Canada also held its annual meeting during the convention.
The 2011 Canadian RV and Campground Convention will likely be held in the East at a location yet to be determined, Morel and Hamm said.