The Best Automotive Conferences to Attend in 2016

 

2016 Young Executive Society (YES) Conference – Vaughn, Ontario

March 29th

Held in the city of Vaughn, the Young Executive Society Conference is designed for the young, up-and-coming industry leaders that are seeking an opportunity for professional development and networking. This event takes place in the afternoon, starting off with lunch and ending with a workshop. Keynote speakers at this event include Ron Tite and Dave Fifield. Ron Tite is a branding and creativity expert, and Dave Fifield is an industry mentor currently with Wakefield Canada. If you are an automotive executive in the making, don’t miss out on this professional growth opportunity!

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.aiacanada.com/event/2016-young-executive-society-yes-conference/#program_at_a_glance

 

NADA Convention & Expo – Las Vegas

March 31st – April 3rd

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention is the largest convention for franchised new-vehicle dealers in the world. This event includes hundreds of exhibits, dozens of workshops, and an opportunity to network with executives from major manufacturers. The NADA convention also boasts a star-studded list of keynote speakers including: Jeff Foxworthy, Karl Rove, Howard Dean, Peyton Manning and more. But why let me explain it to you when you can see the event yourself through the eyes of canines?

For more information, follow the link below:

http://www.nadaconvention.org/nada2016/public/enter.aspx

 

AR Canada – Toronto

April 4th-5th

Auto Remarketing Canada is an excellent networking opportunity for everyone in the remarketing and used-vehicle industry. Not only has this event seen higher attendance each year for nearly 10 years, but it also brings together hundreds of dealers and exhibitors alike. Participants get to network with industry leaders, attend workshops, and meet with top automotive companies exhibiting their products and services; all while learning about upcoming trends and strategic ways to apply them. Speakers include professionals from all over the automotive industry, including our very own President, Duncan Cochrane.

If you are in the used-vehicle industry or the remarketing industry, this event should definitely be on your calendar!

For more information, follow the link below:

http://arcanada.autoremarketing.com/

 

Women & Automotive Conference – Toronto

April 6th

Between 2010 and 2015, the number of women in the North American automotive industry has been rising. In the last 5 years, the industry has seen four more women as CEO’s and 10 more women in executive officer positions.

The Women & Automotive conference is a platform for women to discuss current opportunities and challenges that women are facing in the industry. Speakers will discuss ways for auto companies to recruit and retain women, as well as ways to develop more education, leadership, networking, and growth opportunities for them. One speaker is our very own Trish Rowsell who will be discussing ways dealers can utilize their Google Analytics data to get the most out of their marketing dollars in slow economic times.

The event will not only discuss women in dealerships, but also the emerging opportunities in manufacturing, finance, banking, insurance and supplier segments in Canada.

For more information, follow the link below:

http://www.womenandautomotive.com/

 

DrivingSales Presidents Club – Miami

May 4th – 6th

This event was created for Owners, Dealers, General Managers and other executives that are looking to gain deeper, practical knowledge from their peers rather than opinion leaders from other industries. Industry executives will discuss new practices that they are implementing, as well as common problems that themselves and other dealers are facing and how they are solving them. Since the topics discussed are only related to the automotive industry, attendees can be certain that they will leave with a real plan, derived from real problems, solved by their real peers.

For more information, follow the link below:

http://drivingsalespresidentsclub.com/

 

DrivingSales Canadian Dealer Forum – Vancouver

June 20th-21st

Similar to the DrivingSales Executive Summit, but with a Canadian twist. This forum brings together industry leaders to collaborate with each other and inspire each other. It also includes insights from professionals outside the automotive industry to provide a thorough and broad perspective on how dealers can achieve measurable results. Some conferences want to be innovative and revolutionary, this conference is designed to be a practical forum for dealers to develop actionable plans.

For more information, follow the link below:

http://canadiandealerforum.drivingsales.com/

 

Google Think Auto – Toronto

September 8th

Google is arguably the largest, most successful company in the world. Google brings their influence and knowledge to the automotive industry at their annual Google Think Auto conference. At this conference, Google representatives share their data and forecasts from a strictly automotive perspective. If you are going to listen to anyone about what to expect in your industry, Google would definitely be the one to listen to.

The location and date for Google Think Auto 2016 has yet to be announced, but check back with Google’s largest Canadian automotive partner – Strathcom Media – and we will get you all the details!

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/topics/automotive.html

 

TADA Auto Dealers Innovation Series

Ottawa – September 13th, Toronto – September 14th

Formerly the Canadian Digital Dealer Conference, the Auto Dealers Innovation Series has evolved to incorporate a broader variety of insights including sales, marketing, leadership and development. This range of perspectives will give you the knowledge to grow your business utilizing more than just one department. Like its American counterpart – NADA Convention & Expo – there are several inspiring keystone speakers including: Erin Elofson from Facebook Canada and former ‘Dragon’ Bruce Croxon!

For more information, follow the link below:

http://www.tada.ca/AutoDealers-Innovation-Series

 

DealerTalk

Toronto – September 20th, Montreal – September 28th, Calgary – October 6th

Put together by Free For All Marketing and Kijiji, the DealerTalk conference teaches dealers the latest trends and innovations in online sales and marketing. The first few conferences were held in Toronto and, due to the popularity, in 2015 it was expanded into Calgary. The conference includes keynote speakers and networking opportunities designed to teach dealers new ways to market their business and generate more leads.

If you are looking for ways to improve, upgrade, or revive your marketing strategy, DealerTalk is a must attend. The date and location has not yet been released for DealerTalk 2016, but check back with us here at Strathcom and we will keep you in the loop!

For more information, follow the links below:

http://dealertalk.ca/

 

DrivingSales Executive Summit – Las Vegas

October 23rd – 25th

The DrivingSales Executive Summit in Las Vegas is an event curated for those Dealers, General Managers and decision-makers who have grown weary of traditional conferences and exhibitions. The goal of this conference is to inspire innovation among the top leaders in the automotive industry by being dealer driven as opposed to vendor driven. With nine keynote speakers with backgrounds in everything from marketing to the Navy SEALs, you know you will leave with a well-rounded set of new strategies and insights.

For more information, follow the link below:

http://drivingsalesexecutivesummit.com/

 

Best Practices for Automotive – Detroit

October 16th – 18th

What better location to host an automotive conference than the place that started it all – Detroit, Michigan? Not only is the location ideal, but the guest list will include professionals in nearly all aspects of the automotive industry: decision-makers, business process owners, analysts, support teams, and super users. If you prefer a more interactive conference, come to the Best Practices for Automotive conference for fresh ideas and strategies that can help improve your business performance.

For more information, follow the link below:

http://www.best-practices-for-auto.com/autona 

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Get Ready for the 2014 Edmonton Motor Show

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Auto insiders of Edmonton unite! That’s right, the 2014 Edmonton Motor Show is set to open its doors to the public this Thursday, April 10th.

The four-day event that runs until Sunday the 13th is Western Canada’s largest automotive show, with car manufacturers from the tried n’ true to the super exotic ready to fill the cavernous halls of the Edmonton Expo Centre. Get ready to mingle with the who’s who of local dealerships, customization shops, parts providers, and local automotive enthusiasts.

 

And did we mention that the best and brightest of the new 2015 models will all be on hand?

Why you should be there

Still haven’t realized why you should definitely go?

  • Because your customers will be there: Don’t worry if they seem to be swooning over the new Ferrari and Maserati fleets. When they get to your pavilions, it’s because they’re interested. Have a friendly chat, car nut to car nut, win the conversation, and don’t let them be swept up by your rival dealers.

  • Spring content for your blog: What better place to get your spring blog season started (and boost your search rankings) than with a few blog posts documenting your experience at the Edmonton Motor Show? Remind your email list about how they saw you at your fun and informative display, and show them that you’re a human who can have fun, too. Fill your film with candid photos of you and your staff enjoying the food and flashy sports cars, and posing with out-of-town tourists and local TV celebrities.

  • Get out there and network: You guessed it, it’s not just your potential customers who you should be out there meeting. We’re all here because we’re crazy about cars. So drop the schtick, and go out and meet people. You never know when you’ll discover that great specialty mechanic or custom shop to refer a client for value-added service your dealership doesn’t offer. Or who knows if you’ll run into your future Sales Manager waiting to hear from a keynote speaker.

Wednesday’s VIP Precious Metal Gala

But why wait until Thursday? Get yourself a ticket to Wednesday’s Precious Metal Gala enjoy the event as a VIP. With greater access to the cars and exhibits than offered to the general public, Wednesday’s formal gala will be an elegant ticket of fine dining, dazzling displays, and electric entertainment. You can even stock up on Facebook profile pics for the year, as you hobnob with Strathcom staffers. Just don’t be the guy wearing cargo shorts and sports sandals.

So be sure to stop by the 2014 Edmonton Motor Show. Adult general admittance tickets are only $15, so even if you’re not there strictly on business, be sure not to miss out in the action!