The Canadian Rental Mart saw its move to the International Centre in Mississauga attract about 200 attendees from 79 different rental stores. While not as large as some past crowds, exhibitors noted the quality of attendees was excellent, with visitors typically being owners or senior managers with buying authority. These influential industry leaders toured a 40,000-square-foot show floor featuring a full selection of rental-ready equipment from Canada's top suppliers.
By Patrick Flannery
“The comment I’m hearing is that this is the place you need to be to meet the people who make decisions,” said Ken Mallott of Kensal Rental in London, Ont. “I think that’s a strong message about the show.”
“I’ve had a great day,” commented Mark Peart of G.C. Duke. “Several customers have shown up here today ready to buy.”
Two training sessions attracted about a dozen students each. Lucie Giroux of Sunbelt Rentals trained her group to act as their company’s safety inspector, and Genie’s Scott Owyen conducted mobile elevated work platform operation training. Students responded very positively to the quality of the instruction and both Giroux and Owyen said they’d love to do it again.
“Any time I can get out and help people in the industry, I’m happy to do it,” Owyen said. “These are great opportunities both for the rental stores and Genie.”
The Ontario banquet looked to have about 100 diners enjoying a delicious dinner served by the Delta hotel. Attendees voted for the winner of two tables decorated by party store members, with Higgins Event Rentals taking the contest. The main event of the banquet was the presentation of the Ontario Canadian Rental Association awards. Honours went to Cavalier Industries for Supplier of the Year and Michelle Nichols of Higgins Event Rentals for Rental Professional of the Year. The CRA Ontario Regional Award was given to Gord Ellis of Cavalier. The General Tool Image Award went to GAL Power and Higgins Event Rentals took the podium yet again for the Party and Event Image Award.
Canadian Rental Mart organizers are contemplating some big changes for 2020, a year in which the show would coincide with ConExpo. Stay tuned for details in the months ahead.