Coming Together in Toronto

By November 9, 2016Meetings, Members

The 2016 Canadian Leadership Summit was held on November 1-3 at the Marriott Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. The event kicked off with a cocktail reception on Tuesday evening in the hotel. On Wednesday morning, Ian Kijewski of Kriska NationaLease, this year’s meeting chair, began the meeting with a welcome and introduction of the meeting planning committee: Tom Coffey, Alliance Leasing Ltd, a NationaLease Member; Peter Macgillivray, Nova Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member; Rene Disnard, Transforce; and Kevin Hoyt, VEL NationaLease. Ian thanked the suppliers in attendance, as well, and opened the floor for introductions of all attendees before welcoming Dean Vicha, President of NationaLease, to provide some opening remarks and kick off the meeting. Dean also introduced the first speaker, Mekashe Lal, Director of Business Development with Tandet NationaLease. Mekashe shared how Tandet approaches the execution of their great ideas using examples and what they have learned by following the process of 4DX—the Four Disciplines of Execution. Rob Garcia, Vice President of New Business Development, Supply Management with NationaLease, followed with an update on current spend trends within NationaLease, new supplier programs and programs in the pipeline, and trends to look for in the coming year. Scott Marzec, Member Programs Manager with NationaLease, discussed how to utilize his expertise in the NationaLease programs in order to reap the maximum benefits of NationaLease programs, pricing, and rebates. The morning session concluded with concurrent open discussions for the Members and Suppliers.

After lunch, Ian Kijewski introduced the afternoon Supplier Sessions. Transtex Composite, Shell Lubricants, Wurth Canada Ltd, Marangoni Tread N.A. Inc., Hendrickson International, Michelin North America Inc., Fontaine Fifth Wheel, SKF, Continental Tire Canada, and Petro-Canada each joined the group to give a brief overview of their product and service offerings and new programs for 2017. The evening concluded with a Technology Fair featuring a number of NationaLease’s Canadian suppliers.

Day 2 of the Summit began as Rob Garcia reviewed with the members the key topics mentioned in the previous day’s Supplier Round Table. The morning session continued with a presentation from Joe Puff, Vice President of Truck Technology & Maintenance for NationaLease, who shared some best practices for getting the most out of warranties that start way before a breakdown hits the shop floor. Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services with NationaLease, followed to share her expertise in recruiting and hiring techniques with a presentation that gave tips on best practices throughout the hiring process from the job description to a new employee’s first day. Joe Gallick, Senior Vice President of Sales with NationaLease, shared information on National Accounts, including the newest technology offering, NationaLease Fleet 20/20™. Concluding the morning session, Jane Clark gave an update from the Home Office, including new programs for members to take advantage of, and an introduction of new members.

In the afternoon, Bandag hosted a tour of their retreading facility. The meeting ended with a closing Awards Dinner where Tandet NationaLease and VEL NationaLease were presented with the NationaLease Canadian Most Valuable Performance Award. This award is meant to recognize those Canadian members who have had outstanding performance in areas of business growth, member participation and purchasing within the NationaLease system. Michelin North America Inc. was the recipient of this year’s top Canadian Supplier of the Year for 2016. Next year’s Canadian Leadership Summit will be held in Halifax, NS, on November 7-9.

Bridget Bradshaw

About Bridget Bradshaw

Bridget Bradshaw is the Marketing Manager for NationaLease and oversees the marketing of NationaLease meetings and events, the NationaLease NEWS, Webinars, and various other projects.

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