Registration opens at 8AM, program will start at 8:15AM
8:15 AM: Quick Takes with Jason Stein
Jason Stein, host of SiriusXM’s Cars & Culture has candid conversations with select Canadian OEM and industry leaders to help set the stage for the day to come. Featured OEMs include: David Klan, President and CEO of Mazda Canada, Steve Milette, President, Nissan Canada and John Cappella, President & CEO Porsche Cars Canada.
9:10 AM: Economorphics
Hear from economist, keynote speaker and futurist Linda Nazareth about the near-term and longer-term forecast for the Canadian economy and the impact of trends like high-interest rates and vehicle affordability on vehicle buyers.
9:40 AM: Auto Shows and the Key Role of Dealers in the Value Chain
Darren Slind, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Clarify Group, an automotive consultancy firm, will take dealers through a snapshot of the disruptive forces impacting the auto industry and will examine the key role dealers still play in delivering a facilitated buying experience — especially for electric vehicle shoppers. Slind will share findings from primary research conducted with car buyers at Canada’s largest auto show. He will explore the role of auto shows in the buying journey, reveal what shoppers say they are looking to buy in the coming months, and what their preferences are between ICE, electric and hybrid vehicles. The findings might well surprise you.
10:10 AM: China’s EV Export Blitz and the Global Outlook
A leading global expert on the electric vehicle market, Michael Dunne, CEO of Dunne Insights, entrepreneur, author, and host of the popular Driving with Dunne podcasts will explore the risks and opportunities posed by China’s export blitz of electric vehicles and will look more broadly at the state of EV and ICE vehicles globally.
11:25 AM: The Future of Retail and AI
Futurist, author and retail expert Doug Stevens, will examine the disruptive changes impacting the auto retail sector, including new technology, changing consumer expectations and the impact of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Where in this changing landscape can dealers still add value?
12:10 PM: 2023 DSI Awards
Presentation of awards to the top ranked manufacturers in CADA’s 2023 Dealer Satisfaction Index Survey.
1:20 PM: Jason Stein Interviews OEM Leaders
Jason Stein, host of the Cars & Culture radio show on SiriusXM moderates a panel of Canadian OEM leaders and explores key issues impacting consumers and dealers. Panelists include: Panel: Beverly Goodman, President & CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Vito Paladino, President & CEO, Volkswagen Group Canada, and Don Romano, President & CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
2:05 PM: The Auto Insider’s Perspective
Cliff Banks, President & Founder at The Banks Report & AUTOVATE.org, and the ultimate automotive insider offers his unique perspectives. Drawing on more than 30 years covering the industry, and his unrivaled network of relationships, Banks will tackle conventional wisdom about the EV transition and the real challenges ahead.
2:35 PM: Charging Ahead: the EV Infrastructure Challenge
Niel Hiscox, Publisher, Canadian auto dealer moderates a panel of industry leaders who are responsible for safely building and managing the charging infrastructure needed to support widespread EV adoption in Canada. A successful transition to EVs depends on Canada’s ability to build out the infrastructure consumers will need. Is it happening fast enough? What is working and what isn’t? Hiscox is joined by panelists Josie Erzetic, President and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority; Andrea Nuesser, Director, Customer Strategy & Experience, Hydro One; and Simon Ouellette, CEO, Charge Hub, who will bring a range of expert perspectives to the complexities and opportunities of the challenge ahead.
3:05 PM: CADA Laureate Tribute
Video Tribute to the winning 2023 CADA Laureates.
3:30 PM: Dealer Panel featuring CADA Laureate Award Winners
Niel Hiscox, Publisher, Canadian auto dealer moderates a dealer panel to tackle key issues facing dealers including: evolving business models, the transition to selling and serving EVs, building a winning dealership team, and the changing customer experience. This dealer panel features the three CADA Laureate award winners for 2023: Hugues Carle, Andrew Ojamae and Peter MacDonald.
4:05 PM: Politics and the Economy
Huw Williams, CADA’s Director of Public Affairs, will moderate a panel featuring two of North America’s most prominent journalists and analysts: David Frum, author and staff writer at the Atlantic and a frequent guest on U.S. cable television, and Andrew Coyne, columnist at the Globe & Mail. Frum and Coyne will assess the economic and political landscape in the year ahead.
4:50 PM: Fireside Chat with Richard Hammond and Jason Stein
Jason Stein has a fireside chat with Richard Hammond, the irreverent and former host of the hugely popular BBC television series Top Gear, the Grand Tour and other auto related content.
5:45 PM: Networking Reception