This year’s BC Auto Industry Conference was held at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler from October 15-16, 2017.
Energy was electric as we kicked-off the event with a Welcome Reception held at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on Sunday evening, where food and drink were a plenty, and golf balls were flying for the Longest Drive Competition.
Monday’s speakers were engaging and provided our audience with solid information and takeaways that could be applied and practiced immediately. The group mixed and mingled with our tradeshow exhibitors during networking breaks and lunch; connections were made left, right, and centre.
We rounded-out the Conference with a moving video and presentation from an athlete from our charity of choice, Special Olympics BC (SOBC). The evening flowed into a fun and lively auction hosted by ADESA Vancouver with proceeds directly benefiting SOBC and the New Car Dealers Foundation which helps post-secondary students with their interests in entering the automotive sector through CarCareerBC Education Grants.
Leon Chretien of Sunrise Ford Sales Ltd. in 100 Mile House took the podium to thank the NCDA community who so generously donated to the BC Wildfire Fund, and shared how much the funds assisted him and his staff during a difficult and unexpected period of time.
Lastly, we celebrated Graeme Roberts as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the automotive industry, and his dedication to both the New Car Dealers Association and the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority. Graeme Roberts joined the ranks of Jim Pattison, Marnie Carter, and the late Tom Harris in becoming a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Our BC Auto Industry Conference could have been possible without the support of our wonderful event sponsors:
Michael Mason & Co. Ltd.
Scotiabank Dealer Finance & Scotiabank Scotia Dealer Advantage
TD Auto Finance
BMO Bank of Montreal
SERTI Dealership System
Automotive Business School of Canada
BC Auto Careers
iA Auto Finance
RBC Royal Bank
Networking Breaks Sponsor
Sunday Welcome Reception Sponsor
Chairman’s Gala Reception Sponsor
Canadian Auto Dealer
Universus Media Group
Official Suppliers of NCDA
First Canadian Insurance Corporation
Michal Mason & Co. Ltd.
Thank you, once again, to those who attended and for supporting your New Car Dealers Association!View Gallery View Gallery View Gallery View Gallery
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
Dealer Members with New Car Dealers Association
We represent more than 375 New Car Dealers throughout British Columbia.