For six years in a row, the CADEX Spring Training event has brought the best in automotive thinking to the Maritimes. This year’s event is better than ever. You’ll hear industry perspectives from leading national figures like Hyundai Canada President Don Romano, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association President and CEO John White, and more. Join us in Halifax for an information-packed day.
Take a look at our agenda:
11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Registration, Lunch, Networking
11:55 AM – 12:00 PM
CADEX Welcome — Duane Rath, Conference Chairman
- Acknowledge TD Auto Finance
- Introduce Conference Moderator: Niel Hiscox – Publisher, Canadian Auto Dealer Magazine
12:00 PM – 12:35 PM
A Retail Economic Forecast for Nova Scotia
Will 2017 be a year of change following another record year in 2016? Michael Hatch, CADA’s Chief Economist, shares his economic perspectives.
12:35 PM – 1:20 PM
OEM perspective: Don Romano
A candid conversation with Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Canada.
1:20 PM – 1:55 PM
What do Millennials really want?
A combination video and panel session looks at the car buying attitudes of Canada’s Millennials. What will it take to turn them into customers? Panel featuring students of the Automotive Business School of Canada:
- Daniel Montesanti
- Laurence Desaulniers
- Maurice-Jordan Diegel
1:55 PM – 2:30 PM
Dealership Design for the Future
What’s the future of the sales floor and the business office? Of interactive kiosks in your store? How will your dealership design change to serve tomorrow’s customers? Montie Weis, Weis & Associates Inc. and Canadian Auto Dealer columnist shares his views.
2:30 – 2:45 PM – Coffee break
2:45 – 3:15 PM
Impact and influence: Women in the Automotive Industry
Our panel of industry experts looks at the role of women in the automotive industry, and explores what dealers need to think about when trying to market and sell to women.
- Lisa Landry – Vice-President, Landry Auto Group
- Amanda Morvan – General Manager, O’Regan’s KIA, Dartmouth
- Rikki Higgins – Director of Sales, Automotive Business Solutions
3:15 – 3:45 PM
How Will Climate Change Affect Your Business?
Speaker: David Adams, President – Global Automakers of Canada
The east coast has experienced some harrowing weather over the past couple of years, but beyond having cars on the lot encrusted in ice or buried under a blanket of snow, how will the issue of climate change affect your business?
Greenhouse gas emissions regulations have been set in both Canada and the United States from the 2017-2025 period, but a Trump administration appears to be willing to consider having a second look at these standards.
What will any changes to the U.S. federal approach to GHG standards mean for the United States, for Canada, and for you, given that Canada has traditionally adopted whatever emission standards the United States has put in place?
3:45 – 4:15 PM
A Canadian national perspective
John White, President and CEO of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association and Canadian auto dealer magazine publisher Niel Hiscox talk about the leading issues facing dealers, from the perspective of your national association.
4:15– 4:20 PM – Sponsor’s Acknowledgements
4:20 PM – Conference closing comments