Canadian Rental Service

A program of value

By Chris Skalkos   

Canadian Rental Association

Canadian Rental Mart: The CRA-Ontario has organized a fun, informative educational and social program for the Canadian Rental Mart in March 2008.

Nobody knows better what is of value to rental operators than rental operators themselves. This was the philosophy of the board members of the Canadian Rental Association (CRA) in Ontario when they went about organizing an educational and social program for attendees to the Canadian Rental Mart. And this was the reason why the organizers went directly to their members to ask them what they want to see in a program like this.


The survey results helped to shape the topics and content of the seminar program which will feature an ‘Economic Forecast of the Rental Industry’ and presented by Global Insight, a professional forecasting company hired by the American Rental Association (ARA) to do a comprehensive survey of the rental industry in North America. This survey includes data collected from ARA members, industry and governments. The seminar being held will be a synopsis of this survey.

Rental operators need to understand the economic status of their own industry to make decisions about their company’s future and growth potential. This seminar will shed some light on the overall health of this industry and where your rental company fits in.

The other seminar will be conducted by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), where MTO officers will be on-hand to review the Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) system to explain compliance for the new regulation 199/07 for pre-trip inspections and load safety. Just about every rental company delivers construction equipment and this seminar is directly applicable to them. This informative session will be follow by a ‘Question and Answer’ period where rental operators will have the opportunity to ask direct questions to ensure their service vehicles are in compliance. Both of these seminars will be of tremendous value to rental companies.


Food and fun
After it’s time to learn, it’s time to play and the CRA-Ontario will host its Annual Awards Banquet on the first evening which will be held at the show hotel headquarters. This is where the association will honour its members by presenting the Image Award, the Supplier of the Year Award and the Rental Professional of the Year Award.

For entertainment, the association has gone to the best by hiring comedians from Yuk Yuk’s to provide the humour. At only $50 per person, it is a combination of good food and good fun at a value you just can’t beat.

To keep prices down, the association is counting on sponsorship but with a twist. To add to the recognition of supporters there will be three levels of sponsorship. A donation for $500 and up will designate companies as a Platinum Level sponsor to receive four banquet tickets for free. $300 donation and up will be Gold Level and sponsors will receive two banquet tickets. Below $300 will be Silver Level. All sponsors will receive plenty of recognition and will be listed on all the signs and programs.

When deciding whether you can afford the time away from the store to attend the Canadian Rental Mart, take a look at the value being offered on the program and ask yourself, can you afford not to? -end-
Chris Skalkos, Editor

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