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RVDA of Canada Elects Redmund as Chairman

October 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Kyle Redmund

Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre in Balzac, Alberta, has been elected as the new chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.

According to a press release, Bucars RV Centre is a family owned and operated RV dealership that “prides itself in providing quality products and services for RV enthusiasts.” Redmond has been involved with Bucars RV Centre since the Redmond family purchased the dealership in 1989 and on a full-time basis since 1998.

“I am really very honored to have been elected by my peers as the new chairman of the RVDA of Canada,” said Redmond. “I look forward to further advancing our members’ positions regarding the critical issues that face RV dealers and the industry today.”

Redmond was born in Calgary and has lived there for most of his life. He started working in the RV industry in the summer of 1989 in the service department of the dealership owned by his parents. Through the years, Kyle has worked at just about every job in the dealership, from washing RVs and renting tent trailers during the summers to service manager and now general manager.

Redmond earned a bachelors in physics from the University of Montana and worked in the oil industry for a few years before returning to his family roots. With his father, Bill Redmond, retired, he and his brother, Jeff, share the responsibility of running the business. With the increased volume of sales the dealership moved to a much larger location in Balzac in 2006, just outside of Calgary.

Redmund has served on the board of the RVDA of Alberta as a director, has chaired the Calgary RV show committee and is also the current president of the RVDA of Alberta.

Other officers for the 2013-2014 year are:

• Vice Chairman George Goodrick, Adventure Sports Ltd., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

• Treasurer Sam Parks, Camp-Out RV Ltd., Stratford, Ontario

• Past Chairman Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toys, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.

RVDA of Canada’s current board members are:

• Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Lantzville, British Columbia.

• Marty Vellner, Vellner Leisure Products, Red Deer, Alberta.

• Darren Gelowitz, Village RV, Regina, Saskatchewan.

• Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

• 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.

 

RVDA of Canada Lobbying for RV Industry

April 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RVDA of Canada board met in Ottawa on Monday (April 15) advocating on several issues affecting the RV industry.

The board meeting was followed by the traditional reception with members of parliament (MPs) and other senior officers, local dealers and campground operators and Tourism Canada representatives.

Today, 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 crossborder 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 7% and 18%.

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.

Canadian RV Industry Pushes for Fairness for Cross-Border RV Shopping

April 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada 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 percent and 18 percent.

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.

 

GE Capital Analysts to Address RV Dealers at Expo

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Serena Tse

Scott Cohen

Serena Tse and Scott Cohen, industry research analysts at GE Capital, Americas, will discuss economic indicators affecting the RV industry, industry trends, and their outlook on how it all shakes out during a special session titled “Does 1 + 1 Still Equal 2? The RV Industry in 2012 and Beyond” at the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

The convention, sponsored by the RV Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center, is set for the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Oct. 3-7. The special session is scheduled for Oct. 5, according to a news release.

“It’s a strange world we live in, and seemingly contradictory economic indicators leave us wondering if old adages still hold true,” says RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch, Miss. “We are fortunate to have secured the insights of GE Capital for this dynamic session that will help us make sense of the economic factors that impact RV sales.”

Tse is a senior vice president and senior research analyst for GE Capital, Americas, covering the construction and transportation sectors. With more than 15 years of experience following these industries, she strives to analyze general economic conditions, cyclical and secular industry trends, and regional dynamics affecting construction and transportation. Tse publishes quarterly “Industry Research Monitors”, regional “Trends,” and monthly “Updates.” She also publishes the annual GE Capital Transportation Survey.”

Cohen is a senior research analyst at GE Capital. His work focuses on the consumer, media, and communications sectors. His recent work in the consumer sector has included the collaborative development of a robust forecasting tool for a key client within the leisure vehicle sector.

“This session is another way that GE Capital supports the mission of the RVDA and dealer education,” says Peter Lannon, managing director for Commercial Distribution Finance’s (CDF)’s RV business. “We have a strong commitment to the RV industry in the United States and Canada and are looking forward to presenting this session, which will be designed exclusively for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.”

GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance is a leading provider of specialized financing and servicing programs in the U.S. and Canada that facilitate the manufacture, distribution, and sale of RVs, watercraft, motorsports, technology products, electronics and appliances, industrial equipment, outdoor power equipment, office products, musical instruments, trailers, and other consumer durables. GE Capital is a Gold Sponsor of the convention.

Themed “ReVolution: Take Charge Today,” the convention will feature new, in-depth super sessions covering the top issues RV dealers and their employees are facing. The education program will include information on building sales through innovative marketing strategies that reach new customers and an overview of the short and long-term trends that will affect the RV industry.

To make the convention as affordable as possible, the registration fee for dealership employees is the same as last year. Register by August 6 for special early-bird rates. RVDA is also offering special registration plans, including an “Easy Pay” plan of four payments. To register, visit www.rvda.org. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext 103 or send an e-mail to scharter@rvda.org .

Biennial Canadian RV and Camping Convention Nov. 5-8

October 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

image027The fifth Canadian RV and Camping Convention will take place Nov. 5-8 at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) and the British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association (BCLCA) sponsor the biennial event.

Approximately 300 people representing Canadian RV dealerships, manufacturers and campgrounds are expected to attend the event, which features workshops, a trade show, campground tours and nightly entertainment.

“We always have fun at these conventions,” said Louise Morel, executive director of the convention organizing committee. “Unlike some conventions where attendees ‘spread out’ after hours, this group stays together. Everybody is there, together, 24/7. It makes it more intimate. You get to meet people and socialize with them. It’s a good time to talk with dealers and campground owners from other parts of the country. They really do learn from each other.”

Seldom has that need to network been more important than this year, following the economic downturn, which though not as dramatic in Canada as in the U.S., has still been felt by many in the industry.

“It’s been a tough economic time for everybody,” Morel said. “We are more focused on regrouping and looking toward the future as everybody is.”

There are bright spots.

“From what I’ve heard, campgrounds have done very well,” she said, noting that, like in the U.S., many Canadian campers have chosen to stay closer to home. “Most of the campgrounds I’ve talked to were sold out most of the season, even though the weather didn’t cooperate, especially in the East.”

Meanwhile, RV manufacturing is down in Canada this year, and dealer sales have been spotty, again, depending upon the economic prosperity of a given province, she said.

Still, as of early October, 80% of the RV dealers who attended the last national convention, in 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario, have registered for this year’s convention, Morel said, which she considers to be a good sign for the future.

Five Keynote Speakers

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll

Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell

Peter Yesawich

Peter Yesawich

Michael Vikers

Michael Vikers

Rick Antonson

Rick Antonson

Organizers have lined up five keynote speakers for the event. They are:

  • Jim Carroll, international futurist, trends and innovation expert and author of Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.
  • Michael Campbell, British Columbia’s most respected business analyst. He is best known as the host of Canada’s top-rated business show — Money Talks — heard across the country on the Corus Radio Network. Each week Campbell and his guests track financial trends to help listeners find ways to maximize their investments.
  • Peter C. Yesawich, chairman and CEO of Ypartnership, America’s leading marketing, advertising and public relations agency serving travel, leisure, hospitality and entertainment clients. The agency represents clients in every category of the travel industry through seven offices across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. The firm’s Research & Brand Strategy Group is regarded as one of the most respected sources of insights into the emerging travel habits, preferences and intentions of North Americans.
  • Michael Vickers, popular speaker, entrepreneur, educator and author. His dynamic, humorous and insightful sessions coach thousands of professionals to grow individual and organizational performance. His success is completely built on his personal experience. A consummate entrepreneur, he is a graduate of his own franchised retailing enterprise, a manufacturing and distribution company and a highly successful publishing venture.
  • Rick Antonson, president & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, British Columbia, which was very instrumental in procuring the winning bid for the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver. He knows first hand how ideas are born and then how partnerships develop to take a concept from just a dream to reality.

Five Professional Workshops
In addition, professional workshops lined up are:

  • On the topic of “Trends, Economic Value and Future Opportunities of the RV and Camping Industry,” presenters are Joss Penny, BCLCA executive director;

Michelle Carr, manager of Outdoor Sector Development, British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts; and

Chris Bower, general manager, NK’MIP RV Park, Osoyoos, British Columbia.
  • Randy Sobel, Sobel & Associates, a marketing, training and consulting company to the automotive retail sales industry, will present two workshops, “How to Increase your Profits by $1,000.00 per Sale! (Changing times require changing techniques)” and “New Product Selection Techniques: Manage Inventory and Increase Gross Profit!” 
  • Ted Davis, vice president of product development for DealerTrack Canada, will speak on the topic “Using Technology Solutions to Increase Efficiency and Profitability in Your Dealership.”
  • Will Slattery will speaker on the topic “IntensiFI’… is all about F&I.”

Campground Tours Offered
Conventioneers will have two opportunities to attend campground tours this year.

The first tour begins before the convention. From Nov. 3-4, participants will visit four British Columbia campgrounds — Fort Camping at Fort Langley, Burnaby RV Park in Burnaby, Riverside RV Resort and Campground in Whistler and Living Forest Oceanside RV & Campground in Nanaimo. The fee of $399 plus tax includes travel, lodging and meals.

The second tour is a free, all-day event (8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Nov. 5 and will be a visit to Oceanside RV Park in Saanichton.

The campground tours have been part of the convention since the inaugural event, in 2001 in Quebec City, Morel said.

Not only campground operators, but also industry suppliers and dealers attend the tours, Morel noted, as it affords everyone a chance to see campground operations in other provinces.

20-plus Vendors at Trade Show
The trade show, featuring more than a score of industry vendors, is scheduled for Nov. 6-7 in the Victoria Conference Center, which adjoins the hotel.

Besides Thursday’s all-day campground tour, nightly entertainment includes:

  • Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., opening reception.
  • Friday 5 to 10 p.m., cruise in Victoria’s inner harbor aboard the 135-foot Queen of Diamonds. Dinner will be served aboard this elegant cruise ship while music and a casino will keep you busy as you glide past the sparkling lights of Victoria.
  • Saturday, dinner with entertainment by The Timebenders show band. 

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