Canadian Rental Association
Spring is finally here and on behalf of the Canadian Rental Association I would like to remind you that May 6 to 10 is the North American Occupational Health and Safety week. This is a great reminder to take necessary precautions to keep yourselves, your employees and your customers safe.
Spring is finally here and I certainly hope you had a chance to attend at least one of our successful regional trade shows.  This year, the board of directors will be working to bring even more member value by introducing events and seminars in conjunction with our regional shows, so please stay tuned for details.
The Canadian Rental Association officially kicked off its 2019 year with its annual general meeting at the ARA Show in Anaheim on Feb. 18. A good crowd of about 50 members attended. Hank McInnis of Battlefield passed the chairman's gavel to Mike Maltby of Ingersoll Rent-All. Incoming national president Dan Spencer was introduced and talked briefly about his plans for the year ahead. Nathalie McGregor, association CEO, was recognized for five years of service with some flowers. Insurance director John Gillespie of Western Financial updated the membership on the CRA insurance plan and announced another dividend for participants this year.
As you are reading this article, the regional trade shows are in full swing. I certainly hope you are taking full advantage of everything the shows have to offer you and your business. As you browse the show floors, please also take a moment to thank the volunteers, local board members and associate members who work extremely hard to organize and host these successful events each year.
Heat and power solutions provider GAL Power welcomed about 70 members of the Ontario Canadian Rental Association to their first meeting of 2019 at its facility in Mississauga, Ont. Association vice-president Dustin Hubert hosted the gathering as they checked out the generators, heaters and fuel tanks in the warehouse, obtained refreshment from an impressive ice bar. enjoyed a barbeque buffet dinner and heard Raphael Sumabat of the Technical Standards Safety Authority explain proposed new rules for portable fuel-burning equipment.
Jan. 9, 2019 - To better support the success of its members and advance the equipment and event rental industry, the American Rental Association (ARA) has released a new industry-wide strategic plan that will drive program initiatives over the next three years. This is the first revision to ARA’s strategic plan in more than a decade.
I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to our members for allowing me to serve as president, following in the footsteps of many great leaders in our industry. I would also like to thank the many volunteers, past and present, who have made, and continue to make, our association what it is today.  
Nancy Crosby of Classic Rentals in Truro, N.S., has been honoured as the American Rental Association's Region 10 Regional Person of the Year for 2018. These awards honour members who have made outstanding contributions to the association and the rental industry on the regional, state, provincial or local levels.
Most of us are familiar with the mythical story of Icarus. Along with his father Daedalus, Icarus was imprisoned on the Greek isle of Crete. After being imprisoned in a labyrinth of his own design, Daedalus fashioned two sets of wings from feathers and wax. With these wings Daedalus and his son Icarus escaped imprisonment and death.
November 12, 2018 - The Canadian Rental Association (CRA) - Ontario Division tried something new for their monthly membership meeting in November by hosting a bus trip to Ottawa to watch the Las Vegas Golden Knights take on the Ottawa Senators.
About 20 Canadian Rental Association Ontario members made the trek to out-of-the-way Bracebridge, Ont., to attend the October 17 meeting at Muskoka Party Rentals, home of current CRA Ontari president, Kim Rixon. Attendees got a tour of Rixon's fast-growing 10,000-square-foot party and event rental store followed by some adult beverages and a buffet dinner of pulled pork and chicken at the nearby Quality Inn. Attendees got to check out some of Muskoka's expert Halloween-themed decorations for inspiration.
September 24, 2018 - The Canadian Rental Association (CRA) Ontario chapter hosted its annual golf tournament on Thursday, September 20th at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Guelph, Ontario.
Young professionals are the future of our industry and developing next year’s leaders, as well as leadership for decades to come, is something about which all associations including the Canadian Rental Association spend a considerable amount of time thinking.
On July 19 the Canadian Rental Association executive committee was in Moline, Ill., at the American Rental Association office meeting with the ARA board of directors and staff in order to provide a Canadian perspective into the development of the latest iteration of the ARA strategic plan.
ARA Rentalytics has officially been relaunched.  The forecast calls for equipment and event rental revenue in Canada to total $5.4 billion in 2018 and grow each year to reach $6.3 billion in 2022.
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