The industry boasts many different opportunities some of which can be found on the training calendar at http://rvtrainingcalendar.com/.
Of course, in November we will co-host the RV Dealers Convention Expo in Las Vegas. If you have not attended this event in the past, I highly recommend that you give it a shot. Many of our dealer members have told us that it truly is the premiere educational event of the industry. This year’s convention will be featuring over 20% new speakers and there will be some very exciting and innovative learning opportunities for our members. Bring your key staff so that they too can gain the knowledge required to take your business to the next level.
If your technicians are looking for additional supplier supported, hands-on training, then the 2018 Trouble Shooter Clinic (TSC) in Saskatoon is a wonderful opportunity for them. The TSC will run from October 29 to November 2. Training will be provided by the following: DC Power; Lippert Components; Dexter; Suburban; Horizon Global and Truma. The cost per registrant is $1,050 + GST. RVDA of Canada will offer a tiered rebate based on registrations with a maximum rebate of $1550 per RVDA member location. Space is very limited with a capacity of 45 participants. Register early to ensure your technician has a seat.
If you are looking for some high quality training for your business office then make sure you attend some of the workshops presented by iA-SAL. iA-SAL offers dynamic, real world training environment encompassing both in-dealership and classroom formats including Half-Day, One Day, Two Days, Three Days and Five Days programs. Their training team includes over 30 certified professional coaches who will work closely with your F & I departments increasing profitability and employee satisfaction. A list of workshops is always featured in our bi-weekly RV Express electronic bulletin.
I would like to highlight that the RVDA of Canada continues to support education and training in other manners as well. Earlier this summer, the RVDA of Canada awarded $12,500 in bursaries to RVDA RV Service Technicians across Canada. The bursaries, sponsored by NTP-Stag Canada, valued at $1000 and $1500, were created to recognize outstanding achievements by students with serious interest and desire to succeed in the RV industry. We would like to thank all of the applicants for their submissions.
I would like to remind all of you that Go RVing Canada is still accepting entries for its 2018 Wildhood Photo Contest to promote the Bring Back Wildhood campaign. Please remind your customers of this opportunity and encourage your campers across Canada to share their Wildhood adventures! From June until the end of September, we have been asking RVers across Canada to submit and share their best RV Camping photo via the photo contest landing page and/or on Instagram using hashtag #WildhoodPhotoContest2018. Full contest details, terms and conditions and to enter can be found on the contest landing page at www.gorving.ca/photocontest.
Jean-François Lussier, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada