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2017 BC Auto Industry Conference

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Name: 2017 BC Auto Industry Conference
Date: October 15, 2017 - October 16, 2017
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
If you’re at all concerned about the future of your dealership… you won’t want to miss this.

Attend this year’s all new BC Auto Industry Conference to find out what’s in store for the future of BC’s automotive industry. Learn about trends, hear about forecasts, and engage with experts addressing key needs that are vital to your business.

It’s no longer a matter of if but when changes will happen within BC’s automotive industry. Shift your organization goals into high gear and stay on top of labour shortages, environmental regulations, and digital selling trends.
All New This Year:
  • Sunday Funday Activities: Superfly Ziplining or Big Sky Golf (Click the "Register Now" button for more event details!)
  • 1st annual Dealer Challenge at the Welcome Reception
  • Speaker content curated for you, by you
  • Close to Home, in beautiful Whistler, BC
Zipline Adventure with Superfly Ziplines:
Fly through Whistler's winter wonderland on the world's most spectacular ziplines. Superfly Ziplines has designed and custom-built one of the best adventures in the world. Your tour starts with a custom 4x4 climb up Rainbow Mountain, at the top, they will get you ready to soar across mountain valleys and through old growth forests. Highlighted by Canada's longest ziplines at well over a kilometre long and 600 feet high, you will reach speeds up to 100 km/hour as you fly through the BC backcountry.
(Group rate of $125 per zipliner for BC Auto Industry Conference attendees. Pre-registration is required. Click on the "Register Now" button for more event details!)

Golf at Big Sky Golf in Pemberton:
Big Sky Golf Club is the premiere championship golf course in Pemberton & Whistler. A part of the Golf Whistler group, Canada’s Top Golf Destination, Big Sky offers the ultimate golfing experience. Big Sky offers an incredible dramatic natural setting, as it is situated at the base of 8,000ft Mount Currie in the valley of Pemberton, surrounded by lakes & rivers. When you play this 7,001-yd course, you will have awe-inspiring vistas at every hole. There are four sets of tees for play ranging from 5,200 to 7,001 yards. The 18 hole award winning golf course is designed by course architect, Robert Cupp and features bent grass fairways, tees, greens and Ravensdale sand bunkers to provide the finest in golf course conditioning. Big Sky is famous for its gentle rolling links in an untamed mountain setting.
(Group rate of $69 green fees per golfer for BC Auto Industry Conference attendees. Pre-registration is required. Click on the "Registration Now" button for more event details!)

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award: Graeme Roberts

The NCDA is pleased to honour former new car dealer and current Chairman of the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority with a rare Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients have been Jimmy Pattison, Marnie Carter and the late Tom Harris.

Graeme’s automotive history began as an apprentice mechanic in the UK followed by several years at various OEMs including Ford, GM, Renault, Toyoyta-Isuzu. Graeme then shifted gears and began work at dealerships and then stepped up as and owner of Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes dealerships in Nanaimo.

He is past-president of what is now the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. Among his private passions has been 25 years of volunteer work in amateur sport for youth, seniors and people with disabilities through the B.C. Games Society. In this cause, he has attended close to 60 Games in more than 40 B.C. communities.

A former Mayor of Nanaimo and among the city’s prominent business personalities for more than a generation, Graeme Roberts has served in senior executive and Board of Directors positions for a succession of public and private sector entities, local, regional and national. He served seven years as Chairman of the British Columbia Public Service Commission and twenty years on the Board of Air Canada Jazz and its predecessor, Jimmy Pattison’s, Air BC. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors, B.C. Ferry Corporation. Graeme is a member of the Board of Directors of the Victoria Airport Authority and is a Lay Bencher appointed by the Law Society of British Columbia.

Graeme and artist wife Kathryn Amisson reside at Brentwood Bay near Victoria.

Join us as we celebrate this tremendous Ambassador of the automotive sector and a true gentleman!

Blair L. Qualey
Chief Car Washer, President & CEO
New Car Dealers Association of BC

Event Sponsors:
  • Unisync Group Limited
  • BMO - Bank of Montreal
  • Western Dealers Co-Auto
  • Cox Automotive Canada
  • Kimoby
  • Sirius XM Canada Inc.
  • Universus Media Group Inc.
  • SERTI Dealership System
  • CADA - Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
  • Accu-Trade
  • CADA Services Ltd
  • ADESA Auctions Canada Corp
  • TD Auto Finance
  • BC Auto Careers
  • Scotiabank Western Dealer Finance Centre
  • CEV for BC
  • National Bank
  • Georgian College (Automotive Business School of Canada)
  • CDK Global
  • THG Global Enterprises, Inc. (Purifyd)
  • SCI MarketView
  • RBC Automotive Finance Group
  • iA Auto Finance
  • Michael Mason & Co. Ltd.

Sunday, October 15th
Welcome Reception & 1st Annual Dealer Challenge (Longest Drive Competition), 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

Monday, October 16th
Conference & Chairman's Gala, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler, BC

Date/Time Information:

*Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre)

6:00pm - 9:00pm: Welcome Reception

*Monday, October 16, 2017 (Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

7:00 am 8:00 am: Registration & Breakfast 
7:30 am - 4:30 pm: Tradeshow
8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Speaker Series, Networking Breaks, Lunch, Green Star Awards presentation

*Monday, October 16, 2017 (Fairmont Chateau Whistler)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Chairman's Gala Reception
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Chairman's Gala Dinner & Lifetime Achievement Award: Graeme Roberts

* Schedule is subject to change without notice. 

Contact Information:
Lisa So

 Full Conference Registration

Early bird until September 14th: $529 for Members
Regular pricing after September 14th: $579 for Members

  • Welcome Reception
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Speaker Sessions
  • Chairman's Dinner Gala Reception
  • Chairman's Dinner Gala
  • Plus the option of adding on one Spouse Package!

Spouse Package*

Early bird until September 14th: $249 for Members
Regular pricing after September 14th: $299 for Members
Only available when packaged with a full-event registration

  • Welcome Reception
  • Chairman's Dinner Gala Reception
  • Chairman's Dinner Gala

Chairman's Dinner Reception & Gala

Early bird until September 14th: $199 for Members
Regular pricing after September 14th: $249 for Members

  • Chairman's Dinner Gala Reception
  • Chairman's Dinner Gala

Registration closes Friday, September 28th. Please contact Lisa So to register after the closing date. 

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