Awards Card
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CSAE 2009 toronto logo

Among Canada's high performing national associations, the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) named CADA as winner for best Government Relations at the CSAE annual awards ceremony in Toronto on November 27th, 2009.

CSAE is the professional organization of the men and women who manage many of this country's most progressive associations, as well as those who supply the sector with essential products and services. The CSAE awards were designed to honour inventive and resourceful campaigns. These esteemed awards represent the association's dedication to rewarding positive and creative campaigns or coalitions.

During a year of unprecedented developments in the automotive industry, CADA's strong government relations initiatives were at the forefront of the association's activity. CADA's proactive advocacy strategy, combined with its abiding relationships with Canada's key decision makers, set the association apart as the winner in the Public Affairs / Government Relations category of the well-regarded CSAE Associations Make a Better Canada Awards.

"It is an honour to accept this award on behalf of CADA's member dealers, whose grassroots efforts are a pivotal part of CADA's government relations success," commented Richard Gauthier, CADA President and CEO.

CSAE award acceptance

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CADA is pleased to announce that its internal newsletter, Newsline / Écho-CADA, was recognized among thousands of top PR professionals and executives in the non-profit sector at the PR News Non-Profit Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. this November. CADA’s Newsline / Écho-CADA was named a top internal publication among big-name international contenders, including the San Diego Zoo and the US Postal Service.

The prestigious PR News Non-Profit Awards Program is dedicated to honoring the most talented communicators and teams in the non-profit sector. Juggling the needs of various constituents, managing critical public issues, projecting a positive image of an industry and its members—these are the many challenges facing communications professionals at nonprofits and associations worldwide.

Newsline / Écho-CADA stood out among huge organizations with multi-million dollar internal publication budgets. This recognition highlights the continued success of Newsline / Écho-CADA in its goal of being a primary communications tool used to relay current information on the association’s initiatives, as well as important industry updates to Canada’s dealer network. More importantly ad particularly noteworthy is that CADA produces its monthly newsletter entirely in-house which makes this recognition that much more appreciated.

CADA wishes to take this opportunity to most sincerely thank the staff who tirelessly research and produce interesting and current material for the newsletter, as well as members of our Executive Committee, our Provincial Association Executives, and most importantly, Dealers, for their unconditional and ongoing support of Newsline / Écho-CADA. This support has been a major contributor to the realization of this most recent success.

A short video compilation posted online at illustrates this recognition in a more visual way. Please feel free to view the brief montage above.

Rick and huw at the podium

Rick, huw and alana

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2007 Best MAGAZINE

CADA is honoured to have been awarded the prestigious Communication Award of Excellence for Best Magazine by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) in 2007.

CADA's magazines Canadian Auto Dealer and its French counterpart Affaires Automobiles have been recognized as the best association magazines in Canada.

CSAE is the national body that promotes the value of not-for-profit organizations to Canadian society by reinforcing and advancing the excellence and professionalism of trade associations and the non profit sector. CSAE's Associations Make A Better Canada Awards' are designed to celebrate the added value not-for-profit organizations bring to Canadian society.

CADA is particularly pleased with this recognition because it demonstrates the true value of our wonderful affiliation with Niel Hiscox, Publisher and Vice-President of CLB Media Inc., CADA's partner in this venture. Clearly, the team of journalists and support staff that Niel has been able to assemble on behalf of CADA for these magazines, have borne their fruit as demonstrated by this recognition.

Best Magazine 2007

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CADA wins Canadian Society of
Association Executives' award for best
Public Affairs and Government Relations

The CSAE's Make A Better Canada Awards celebrate the added value not-for-profit organizations bring to Canadian society. In 2006, the Public Affairs and Government Relations Award went to the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA). CADA President Rick Gauthier and Director of Public Affairs Huw Williams were on hand in Edmonton to accept the award.

As CSAE described, "CADA embarked on a successful grassroots campaign to expand tax deductibility for tools used by over 30,000 senior Canadian technicians."

CSAE Award Acceptance

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CADA was honoured to receive a prestigious national award for its program which recognizes association excellence in the field of ethical and professional standards.

CADA Laureate Dealer Recognition Program was named as best in the Ethical and Professional Standards award category, in the Canadian Society of Association Executives’ annual “Associations Make A Better Canada Awards” program. CSAE is a national body that promotes the value of not-for-profit organizations to Canadians.

CADA’s Laureate program consists of a national dealer recognition program, acknowledging the different ways in which dealers contribute to the industry and their communities – with Laureate titles to be bestowed for career achievements in Retail Operations, Business Innovation and Ambassadorship. The Laureate program also introduces a benchmark for the assessment of nominees – the new CADA Charter. Dealers honoured with the title of Laureate will be those deemed to epitomize the spirit of the Charter.

CADA is thrilled to garner this national recognition in an area that is so important to dealers.

For more information on the Laureate program, please visit

To view the CADA Laureate Honour Roll, please click HERE.