Canadian Rental Association
April 19, 2018 - About 35 members and guests attended the Canadian Rental Association - Ontario division meeting on April 18th in Brantford.
I want to start this column by thanking those of you reading this that have made the choice to become members of the Canadian Rental Association. Our association is strong because of members like you who make the choice to join us. 
March 12, 2018 - The sun shone brightly as the Canadian Rental Association (CRA) hosted its annual Prairie Regional Trade Show in Edmonton, AB on March 9th & 10th.
March 1, 2018 - This year’s Canadian Rental Association (CRA) Atlantic regional trade show was held in Moncton, NB on February 9th & 10th.
Most of us have an idea where we want to get to. Some even have a generic mission statement that reads something like “XYZ Rentals strives to become the best rental company in our market.” But how many of us have taken the time to think through appropriate measures that will allow us to measure where we are, and how far we have come? Vision statements were all the rage in every business a while back.
Change.  If you’re not familiar with that word, I’m sure a quick Google search should give you plenty of funny memes (or inspirational quotes, if that’s your thing), so I won’t bother adding one here.
Jill Holtsman of Hub City Displays and Event Rentals in Saskatoon, Sask., has been elected Region 10 director on the 2018 American Rental Association board. She replaces James Morden of Rentshop in Allliston, Ont., who steps down after serving in the position for three years. 
Nov. 16, 2017 - The final CRA Ontario meeting of 2017 was graced with some new faces among the old at the Wacker Neuson facility in Mississauga, Ont., yesterday. Representatives from Hertz, Home Depot and an online rental provider rounded out the group of about 50 attendees.
This is my last article for Canadian Rental Service magazine and I am proud to say I kept the tradition of keeping Patrick up all night wondering if I would make the deadline. I would like to thank Patrick for his patience. [Never lost a wink. - ed.] I would like to thank all the members both regular and associate for making this a wonderful ride.
Oct. 19, 2017 - The Ontario Canadian Rental Association made a rare stop in Windsor, Ont., last night to enjoy the hospitality of the Windsor Yacht Club on beautiful Riverside Drive overlooking a spectacular sunset on the Detroit River. About 30 members enjoyed a delicious buffet of salmon and roast beef with mushroom sauce, then listened to Matt Mitchell, an enforcement officer from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation explain regulations for CVOR-licensed and other commercial vehicles.
I had no idea what I was going to write about this month and Patrick was putting the pressure on me.  As I thought about it, I realized this message will be much like the rental business – you will not know what is next until you read it and some things you will have heard before.
Spring has finally sprung and it is time to do some clean up and organizing.  Snow plows have a tendency  to do some damage and leave behind a mess. Check your fences where the snow has been piled and sweep your lots and re-paint lines if needed.
April 20, 2017 - Clinton, Ontario was the site of the final CRA Ontario meeting for the 2016-17 season.
Trade show season has come to an end and I must say I enjoyed every show I had the opportunity to attend. Before I go any further I would like to say thank you for doing an excellent job of putting together our Canadian shows to Nathalie, Jenna and Terra at our head office along with the local boards and associate members.
We made it through another Canadian winter. Mother Nature was very kind to us here in Nova Scotia. The same cannot be said for neighbours in New Brunswick. An ice storm the end of January left many people without power for two weeks. But now that spring is here I am looking at my gardens thinking they need some work and, like in business, first you need a plan. There are people and resources in the CRA/ARA that can help you with this plan. Once you have a plan it is time to plant your seeds.
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