We know. It’s hard to change up your calendar. It’s also hard to get the feel for an event and discover if it’s worth your time from just perusing a website. And it’s even harder for auto execs, dealers and auction leaders to leave the office, showroom or the lanes.

That’s why we have compiled highlights from AR Canada 2019 and a few sneak peaks from 2020 to give you an idea of what makes AR Canada stand out from the pack.

Get AR Canada on your September calendar. Early registration open now!

But first, let’s take a look back. We know you don’t have a lot of time, so let’s make this quick: 

  • 650 — that’s how many auto professionals gathered at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto for AR Canada 2019. Our attendees truly make AR Canada the unique event that it is.

  • 325 — that’s how many auto dealers attended AR Canada — franchised and independent — in 2019.
    • Why so many dealers? We’re going to go ahead and say that our inaugural Dealer Training Day offering in 2019 didn’t hurt! This offering specifically designed for dealers and auto retail sales experts, included speakers and top trainers including the following:. (And, in fact … Allan Dickie and Wye Management, are already confirmed for 2020 DTD!):
      • Jonathan Dawson, Sellchology
      • Phil Sura, UnityWorks
      • Michael Cirillo, The Dealer Podcast
      • Alan Dickie, Alan Dickie Inc.
      • Samantha Cunningham Zawilinski, Potratz

Respond to the AR Canada 2020 Call for Speakers. Open through March 16. 

  • Keynotes. Beyond our Dealer Training Day, other keynote highlights from AR Canada 2019 included: The Changing Canadian Automotive Consumer Landscape; Ryan Robinson, Global Automotive Research Leader, Deloitte (Ryan will be back again this year!); and Digital Retailing: Separating the Facts from Fiction; Andrew Tai, CEO and Co-Founder, MotoInsight. Further, the AR Canada agenda is built into three tracks: Retail, Remarketing/Fleet and Auto Finance. Sprinkled throughout the two-day events are General Sessions for these three topics, as well. See the 2019 agenda or more info!
  • Workshops? Is that the name of your game. We had almost 20 of them in 2020. Here’s some ideas of what companies filled those spots in 2019, and perhaps the competition your up against for this year’s call-for-speakers:
    – TRADER Corp.
    – TradeRev
    – CARFAX Canada
    – Kijiji
    – RVI
    – CarGurus
    – Transunion Canada
    – FICO
    – NCM Associates
    – EBlock
  • Celebrations. Each day of AR Canada caps off with a networking reception and a way to kick off your evening in Toronto.
  • Networking. Throughout the event, networking breaks, and extended breaks, make ample time for you and your colleagues to explore the consistently sold-out exhibit hall.

So, there’s the lowdown. Will we see you in September? Don’t hesitate to reach out to myself at srubenoff@cherokeemediagroup.com with any further questions for AR Canada 2020.

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