2015 New Car Dealers Association of BC President Speaks at China Automobile Dealers Association Convention
New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) Board Member and Chairman of its Automotive Leaders of Tomorrow program, Ryan Jones, and NCDA President & CEO, Blair Qualey, attended the annual China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) convention in Xiamen, China.Qualey joined other international speakers from USA, UK, Italy, and Russia in addressing the 2000 delegates at the opening ceremony of the CADA convention.
Qualey thanked CADA for the invitation to attend and brought greetings from BC Premier Christy Clark who had witnessed the signing of an MOU with CADA and NCDA just a few days earlier in Beijing as part of the BC Trade Mission. Under the MOU the parties committed to share industry expertise and work collaboratively to strengthen the knowledge and capabilities of both organizations for the ultimate benefit of their respective members.
To view the news release detailing the signing of the cooperation agreement, please click here.
NCDA President Qualey also spoke, during the Convention’s international forum, on the work of the Association in BC and reported on BC and Canadian issues and experience. Qualey took the opportunity to invite the CADA and its members to join him in Vancouver for the 2016 International Auto Show before travelling on to Las Vegas for the 2016 NADA annual convention.
The Chinese Auto Dealers Association has more than 6,300 new car dealerships who sold 24 million new cars and 8 million used cars last year. Member dealers employ some 2 million people.View Gallery
Through its bursary program, CarCareerBC, the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC has taken a leadership role with youth entering the automotive field. The 2015 Grants were recently awarded, and nearly $20,000 was offered to individuals throughout British Columbia. The grants were issued with the intent to assist with post-secondary education and training.
It would not be possible to award these grants without the major leadership contribution from Manse Binkley and Harmony Honda, Marnie Carter and the Carter Auto Family, Christian Chia and the OpenRoad Auto Group, and Jim Pattison. The financial donations allowed the New Car Dealers of BC to establish an endowment fund. Interest income from the endowment fund is given out on an annual basis through the Foundation’s CarCareerBC Grant program.
In addition to the CarCareerBC Education Grants, funding is also provided through grants established with Georgian College, Vancouver Island University, and BCIT.View Gallery View Gallery
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