Board members from the RVDA of Canada and the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) will be hosting their annual Parliamentary Awareness Day in Ottawa on Thursday, April 26th. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss issues of importance to the RV and Camping industry. These meetings serve as an opportunity to update government on important industry developments that have an impact to the camping, RV and tourism sectors.
As our association members know, a growing number of Canadians continue to pursue the RV lifestyle as an affordable vacation choice. Campgrounds also play an increasingly important role as drivers of economic activity and job creation in small communities across the country. However, challenges such as the need for increased investment in Canada’s tourism policies and the shortage of skilled trade workers remain key concerns. The RVDA of Canada and CCRVC look forward to working with all Members of Parliament to encourage long-term investments to support growing RV and camping industries, as they represent an important economic lever for tourism across the country.
The RVDA of Canada is pleased to announce that it has formed a new endorsement partnership with ReachLocal Canada, Inc. ReachLocal, a global company, is an online marketing and advertising solution provider for small, medium, and large businesses, creating advertising to consumers in local markets. It provides internet and mobile internet marketing solutions to business clients. ReachLocal will assist dealers in getting more leads and building their brand by advertising to local consumers as they use search engines, surf top sites on the web, and spend time on social media sites. From search engine to display to social media advertising, their solutions will get dealers real results. With ReachLocal, dealers can have all of their digital marketing under one roof, backed by a team of industry experts. Please see ReachLocal page in our newsletter for more details.
The 2018 Canadian Trouble Shooter Clinic dates and location are set. Mark your calendars for the week of October 28 through November 3, 2018 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon, SK. The clinic will once again include 5 training days. Training will be provided by the following: DC Power; Dexter; Lippert Components; Horizon Global; Suburban and Truma. All participants will receive a printed manual and a certificate upon successful completion. Look for registration details to be available at the beginning of May. Our dealership has sent numerous technicians to this clinic in the past and I can honestly say that they have found the hands-on training to be excellent.
RVDA Convention/Expo registration is open! I would recommend that you register at least one participant prior to the June Early-bird deadline. This will allow your dealership to “lock-in” at a lower rate which will be extended to your additional personnel provided they register by mid- October. This year, best-selling author and acclaimed speaker Jason Dorsey will present “Crossing the Generational Divide” during the opening general session on Tuesday, Nov. 6. This provocative keynote address, made possible by convention Platinum Partner Wells Fargo CDF, features new generational truths that directly impact leaders. Dorsey will share surprising data, firsthand stories, and step-by-step actions needed to drive communication, engagement, recruiting, etc. Further speakers and educational sessions will be announced this spring.
Wishing everyone a prosperous season.
Jean-François Lussier, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada