Conferences and Events

More than 125 employees enjoy 4th annual Women With Drive event from Cox Automotive Canada


Cox Automotive continued to build its Women With Drive initiatives across the globe in celebration of the work women accomplish in the automotive industry every day.

This past Monday, more than 125 company employees gathered together at the Mississauga Convention Centre for Cox Automotive Canada’s fourth Women With Drive event. The company described the initiative as an inclusive movement built to support female successes and aspirations.

“Gender diversity is essential,” said Maria Soklis, president of Cox Automotive Canada. “Cox Automotive continues to work hard to cultivate and maintain a culture that values true diversity and inclusiveness. We all end up winning, when the most talented and capable people can rise to the top — regardless of what they look like, their religious beliefs, or where they come from.”

The afternoon began with a team lunch, followed by a motivating keynote presentation from Janet Barnard, executive vice president and chief people officer at Cox Automotive.

Barnard gave attendees a variety of suggestions, including:

— Establish your own board of directors.

— Find advocates and mentors.

— Select those with your best interests at heart.

— Don’t be afraid to show your true self.

— Seek stretch assignments.

— Innovate every day.

— Have a higher purpose.

— Never quit.

Later during the event, Cox Automotive Canada vice president of human resources Grace Kong hosted a panel discussion that included:

— Leanne Kripp, director and head of autos at Kijiji

— Helen Fotinos, partner at Dentons Canada

— Mary Liptay, chief financial officer and chief financial officer at The Great Northern Auction (TGNA)

After Kong offered personal insights into what it means to make rewarding career choices, while choosing to champion equality in and out of the workplace, the panelists spoke about the importance of further developing and supporting women during the Q&A session.

Cox Automotive Canada mentioned The Second City Works led an interactive experience to round out the afternoon. Famous for crafting events that are interactive, educational and hilarious, The Second City Works provided Cox Automotive Canada team members with a crash course in improv as a tool for better collaboration, innovation and agility.

“With the goal of continuing to strengthen and inspire the workforce, Cox Automotive Canada’s latest Women With Drive event looked to empower team members — male and female alike — while also aiming to inspire improvement and drive personal growth,” the company said.

AuSM also continues to build momentum with a similar event — Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum — which unfolds immediately after the AuSM Canada Conference. The Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum will return to the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto on March 21.

More details about the event can be found at .

Kijiji announces details for free tri-city dealer conference in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal


Dealers can pick up tips specifically regarding transitioning, change management and strategizing for the future at Kijiji’s tri-city conference — DealerTalkx 2018.

Kijiji has announced that this year’s DealerTalkx conference theme is ‘The Agile Dealership’ and will be held in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

The conference in Calgary convenes Thursday, while the next conference in Toronto will span two days next month on Oct. 10 and 11. And the third conference is set to take place on Oct. 16.

Kijiji said that this year’s DealerTalkx conferences will feature hands-on workshops, as well as various keynotes and speakers.

In addition to Kijiji head of analytics Rohn Jackson, keynote speakers will include leaders from LotLinx, Car Wars, Ampolio Strategies & illuxi and "Disney U" author Doug Lipp.

“Coming hot off the heels of a legendary keynote in 2017 from Gary Vaynerchuk, Kijiji has upped the ante by welcoming Doug Lipp from Disney U as its star keynote in all three markets this year,” the company said in a news release.

On top of providing instruction about the most useful tools for responding to societal, workforce and industry issues, Kijiji said that DealerTalkx 2018 is designed to will help guide dealerships through periods of elevated change and development.

“Kijiji is more than a digital advertiser; we enable connections between businesses and consumers, and, most importantly, in a non-transactional way,” added Kijiji director of autos Leanne Kripp. “Our vision for the trajectory of our autos business is to focus on the long-term value we provide and the relationship we foster with our dealers.

“Through our various events and reports, we are showcasing in a real way our commitment to a consistent and steady stream of insights, knowledge, and expertise, which we’re putting right back into the hands of dealers, to allow them to be more successful at their business,” Kripp continued.

To learn more about DealerTalkx Calgary, Toronto or Montreal, visit .

Pinch me: Barenaked Ladies to headline Canada Night

Event organizers called, and Barenaked Ladies answered.

It was announced this week that these 2018 Canadian Hall of Fame inductees and rockers extraordinaire will be performing at the “Canada Night NAD’eh” event at NADA Show 2019 in January.

“We are so excited to have Barenaked Ladies perform at Canada Night NAD’eh,” event chair Lara Appleton said in a news release.

“They are a true Canadian rock band and what a better way to kick off your NADA conference than with all your Canadian friends and BNL performing live on stage,” she said. “It’s going to be a spectacular night.” 

The Canada Night event is set for Jan. 24 at The Mezzanine SF and is designed to be an unofficial kickoff to NADA for the Canadian contingent of dealers and attendees heading to the convention. 

The function is attended by sponsoring vendors and is free for Canadian dealers, their spouses and teams as well as Provincial Dealer Association board members and teams. Dealer registration is set to open in early fall.

Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Appleton at [email protected].

There are currently 19 confirmed sponsors, according to organizers.

“We are happy to throw our support behind Canada Night NAD’eh and sponsor the event again,” CADA president John White said in a news release.  “Supporting our industry via Canada Night NAD’eh encourages camaraderie within the industry and a great way to celebrate what unites us.” 


Manheim Toronto kicks off Cox Automotive Canada food drive at joint UCDA golf tourney


One hundred and forty-eight Cox Automotive Canada executives, vendors and customers from Southern and Southwestern Ontario teed off this summer for the annual joint fundraising tournament hosted by Manheim and the Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario (UCDA).

Not only did Cox Automotive Canada recently announce that this year’s Manheim and UCDA Ruth Hart-Stephens and Bob Beattie Annual Golf Tournament was a sold-out event this month, Manheim Toronto also kickstarted Cox Automotive Canada’s annual Drive Away Hunger campaign and food drive.

This year’s tournament held at the Royal Ontario Golf Club follows nearly two decades that Manheim has invited dealers, sponsors and partners out for golf, food and prizes.

Over the years, the fundraiser has collected tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships for students attending the Canadian Automotive Institute at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, as well as help bring in non-perishable food items for those in need throughout the province, according to Cox Automotive Canada.

“Our goal is to ensure that this is one of our biggest and most successful corporate social responsibility initiatives yet,” Cox Automotive Canada president Maria Soklis said in a news release. “Last year, team members from coast to coast raised 6,492 lbs. of food for Canadians in need. This year’s goal is to surpass that amount by at least 10 percent.”

The 2-week long Cox Automotive Canada Drive Away Hunger initiative that ends on Friday asks team members to bring in non-perishable food donations that area food banks are in need of and often provide those in need.

In addition to Cox Automotive Canada, the 2018 Manheim and UCDA Ruth Hart-Stephens and Bob Beattie Annual Golf Tournament sponsors include the list of companies below:

  • Desjardins
  • NAPA
  • UCDA & Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers
  • NextGear Capital
  • iA Financial Group
  • Dealertrack Canada
  • Wye Management
  • UCDA (
  • Insurance Insight
  • Bendix Foreign Exchange
  • The Capital Group
  • Dent Wizard Canada
  • Apex Inspection Solutions
  • Ready Logistics
  • Canadian Black Book
  • Jaguar Land Rover Canada
  • First Canadian Financial Group

Women & Automotive preview: Networking is the new resume


Another year has come and gone, which means another Women & Automotive: Canadian Leadership Forum is here! Having been fortunate enough to attend every event to date, I’m very excited to be hosting a panel at this year’s event.

This year’s conference, happening March 29, will focus on accountability, networking, innovation, leadership and mentorship.

I was fortunate enough to connect with one of the panelists on the  “How Networking Replaced Resumes – Making Connections that Matter” discussion I will be moderating. 

Alex Collins, the director of operations for ADESA Canada, had some great insights. 

Logan Keirstead: How has networking changed for you in the digital age?

Alex Collins: Firstly, with tools like LinkedIn, networking has become much more accessible.  Face
to-face meeting coupled with digital media has made it easier to network with more people, to stay aware of current and emerging trends and have meaningful exchanges in information.

 LK: What is one valuable tip you have for making a positive first impression? 

 AC: One valuable tip for making a positive first impression is using your body language to project confidence, making eye and having a firm handshake.  

 LK: Do you actively participate in any networking groups online or off-line to help you build quality connections?

 AC: I do actively participate in online networking groups, I have my profile on LinkedIn, which I use to expand my professional network. It is a way of sharing industry-relevant content, engaging with your colleagues and showcasing my abilities.

According to Alex, the tide has definitely turned. Online platforms and networking has outpaced the value of a resume. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an up to date CV though; many companies still require paperwork to validate their hires. 

I think we can all agree as to the value that LinkedIn and social media has brought to our everyday lives, networking and career growth. I would encourage anyone reading this article, or attending the ARC conferences, to network on LinkedIn with other attendees prior to the conference. 

Introduce yourself and send them a personal message about what you’re looking forward to at the conference, or how you came across their information. Networking that gets started online often results in quality interactions off-line. 

Alex Collins and I look forward to connecting with you online and offline at the Women & Automotive: Canadian Leadership Forum on March 29.

Logan Keirstead is the director of national sales at Accu-Trade Canada. She will moderating the “How Networking Replaced Resumes — Making Connections that Matter” panel discussion at the

PODCAST: Jeremy Belanger of SAL Group

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In this episode, Joe previews the with AuSM president Bill Zadeits.

Plus, AR Canada correspondent Sarah Rubenoff chats with Jeremy Belanger of SAL Group, who will be among  in Toronto.

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Dates set for AuSM Canada Conference, Women & Automotive

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Mark your calendars: AuSM has announced the dates for its 2018 AuSM Canada and Women & Automotive conferences.

The AuSM Canada Conference is set for March 27-28, and Women & Automotive is March 29.

Both conferences will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.

And we’re also proud to announce that the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance is returning to the events as an industry partner, and that the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association is joining us as a partner this year, as well. 

Information on submitting speaker proposal can be found at .

Those interested in sponsorships or exhibiting should send inquiries or proposals to conference chair Bill Zadeits at [email protected]

Additionally, more details on each conference are below.

AR Canada Conference (March 27-28)

The annual AuSM Canada Conference brings together all corners of the remarketing and used-vehicle industry for two days of learning, sharing and networking.

Emerging technology and the evolving consumer and dealer mindset profoundly impact all facets of Canada’s remarketing and used-vehicle industry quicker than ever before. Top-performing dealers and executive decision-makers, hand-selected for their success and innovative ideas, share with you the strategies they’ve successfully applied to their own businesses to great effect.

In just two compact days, we’ll cover a wide array of topics, including the growing demand for certified pre-owned vehicles, automotive retail technology, forecasting trends for used supply, changing automotive finance and subprime lending, digital marketing and more.

Women & Automotive (March 29)

Women & Automotive, now in its third year, is a one-day forum for revolutionary leaders, risk takers and agents of change to share and discuss practical approaches for advancing women into leadership roles in the Canadian automotive industry. We intend to create an atmosphere promoting the dissemination of knowledge from women leaders, employers and programs supporting these leaders and women who aspire to lead the industry themselves.

The Women & Automotive Leadership Forum aims to provide women entering the automotive industry with the education, networking and career opportunities to prepare them in assuming top-tier leadership roles. Also, beyond just networking, we hope that Women & Automotive leads to connections between mentors and mentees, forging key relationships leading to successful careers.


Canadian Black Book’s 20th charity golf tournament sells out

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Canadian Black Book recently announced that its 20th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 11 has been sold out.

On Monday, 144 participants will golf at Stouffville’s exclusive Granite Golf Club, where only two outside tournaments are permitted each year.

All of the tournament’s proceeds will go to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. In two decades, the annual event has raised over $350,000 for the charity, according to Canadian Black Book.

For entertainment following the day of golf, Canadian Black Book has called on Dave Hemstad, a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee to perform to close the event.

“This has all the makings of a very memorable day,” Canadian Black Book president Brad Rome said in a news release. “To have the chance to play a course as esteemed as this and come back into the dining hall and have a performer as funny as Dave Hemstad, make us all cry laughing, sounds like a lot of fun. I personally can’t wait,” he continued.

This year, the tournament’s partner sponsors include Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Canada Trust.

Updated on Sept. 8 to correct number of participants.


Vaynerchuk to keynote Kijiji's Toronto conference


Kijiji has lined up entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk as its keynote speaker for its fifth annual Toronto DealerTalkx conference on Nov. 16.

Vaynerchuk will share his expertise on digital media and discuss entrepreneurship and leadership in a way that embodies this year’s conference theme, “Dealership of the Future,” according to Kijiji.

“DealerTalk is designed to inspire and educate Canadian automotive professionals, and offer insights on the latest sales and marketing trends,” Kijiji head of autos Leanne Kripp said in a news release. “With Gary Vaynerchuk, one of the world’s leading marketing experts, as our keynote — sharing his expertise on digital media, entrepreneurship and leadership with our industry partners — we’re confident this year’s conference will embody our forward-thinking theme and be the must-attend event.”

Additionally, a DealerTalk Advisory Board made up of a select group of Canada’s top automotive professionals has been established this year.

The board is led by Kripp and Niel Hiscox, president of Universus Media Group, who serves as the executive chairman of the board.

“I am honored to be leading the new DealerTalk Advisory Board,” Hiscox said. “Having a group of industry leaders guide the conference is a testament to Kijiji’s ongoing commitment in supporting the advancement of Canada’s dealers.”

The board is responsible for providing guidance and leading key elements of the conference in an effort to enhance the learning experience for all attendees, Kijiji said.

Additional speakers and conference details are set to be announced in the coming weeks. 

For more information on the DealerTalkx conference, visit .

Dealer attendee count passes 100 for AR Canada Conference

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As of early afternoon on Wednesday, there were more than 100 people from 74 different dealerships registered for the , which will be held April 3-4 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. 

And the list has been growing steadily each day, say conference organizers.

If you’d like to connect with these folks, make sure you .

Friday (March 10) is the final day of early registration and your chance to save money.

The list of registered dealers so far, which continues to climb, is below:

89 Auto Sales Inc

Audi Kitchener-Waterloo | Crosby Volkswagen

Auto 8000 Wholesaler & Service Inc

Auto Nation Car Sales

Automall Credit Center


Brampton Mitsubishi

Burlington Hyundai


Cars on Credit Financial Inc

City Auto and Recreation

Crosby Auto Group

Digital Finance Institute

Dilawri Group of Companies

Dilawri Real Estate Group Inc

Downsview Place Auto Group

Drive Auto Group

DriveTime Auto

Eckert, Eckert Auto Sales

Fast & Furious Motors

Formula Honda

Foss National Leasing/LeasePlan Canada

Fusion Auto Sales

Gemini Motors

Gold Fleet Subaru

Groupe Park Avenue

Gus Brown Buick GMC

Harvard Auto Sales

Havakar Auto Group

Hyundai Pembroke

Infiniti Downtown

Kia of Brockville

Kingston Toyota

KS Car Sales & Service

Laplante Cadillac Chev Buick GMC

Laplante Chev Buick GMC

Laplante Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Lexus Downtown

Lexus of Edmonton

Lexus of Saint John

Lockwood Kia

Metro Autos

Mike Fair Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Ltd.

Mississauga Toyota

Moncton Chrysler Jeep Dodge


Oke's Auto

Ontario Greenlight Motors

Ontario Limites O/A

Ontario Motor Sales

Parkway Honda

Pembroke Mitsubishi

Peterborough VW

Platinum Car.CA

Platinum Cars


Richstone Fine Cars Inc

Saint John Toyota

Scott Drummond Motors Ltd

SHIFT Motors Inc

Stouffville Toyota

Stratford Hyundai

Street Xtreme Automotive

Tip Top Auto

Toronto Auto Gallery

Toyota on Front

Trillium FSB Inc

VOS Motors

Walkerton Toyota

Woodbridge Toyota

Woodstock & Streetsville Hyundai