and confidence that you have placed in me. This seat has been filled by many remarkable leaders before me and I will strive to continue furthering the goals and direction established by the national board. Please know that my door is always open and I would love to hear from you in regards to any issues facing our industry.
Now that 2015 is wrapping up, we can look towards the great many opportunities that will come with 2016. As my predecessor, George Goodrick highlighted in his October message, our national association, through its revised strategic plan, is well positioned to address the issues of significant importance as highlighted by our membership.
We will begin the New Year by sending you 2 key surveys. I truly hope that you take the time to respond to them. In late January you will be emailed an invitation to participate in the 2015 RVDA national payroll survey. The survey collects vital information on RV dealership employment statistics, compensation packages and human resource needs. We collect this information annually so that we can provide you with a comprehensive guide of what is happening in our industry both nationally and in your province. By completing the survey, you will not only gain access to an invaluable compensation assessment tool for our industry but you will also assist us in confidently quoting accurate statistics about our industry.
Shortly after, you will be emailed our annual advocacy survey. This survey is also essential for us to ensure that we are voicing the right message in our April advocacy day in Ottawa. Some of the key messages that we have been working on include: Taxation exemption on transferring business to children; Addressing the shortage of skilled trade workers in RV industry in Canada; Cross-border taxation on aftermarket RV parts; and Critical infrastructure and tourism investment by government to support the RV industry. But if you have a pressing issue, please let us know either through the survey or by contacting the national office and we will make sure that your voice is heard.
In closing I would like to thank all the attendees and in particular the sponsors of our 19th annual Canada Night dinner in Louisville. It is always a pleasure to see so many of our industry colleagues at this event. This dinner truly would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and endorsement partners.
I would like to wish you and your families all the best for the holiday season. Take advantage of the time you have together and be safe.
Sam Parks, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada