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The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) is the national association for franchised automobile and truck dealerships that sell new cars and trucks. Our 3,200 dealers represent a key sector of Canada's economy. Through our dealers, we are represented in nearly every community and those dealers collectively employ over 140,000 people across the country.

CADA is a federation of provincial and regional dealer associations. Our Board of Directors is made up of the representatives of those organizations. Our Executive Committee includes dealers chosen by each of the major regions and the President of CADA. This means that our regional members have direct input into the association's strategic direction and daily decision-making.

New CADA 75th Chairman Harry Mertin to head association in challenging year

Chilliwack, BC dealer and veteran of the retail automobile industry Harry Mertin was named as CADA's Chairman for 2015/16 at the association's annual Members' meeting in Calgary in October. Mertin is taking up his duties as CADA gears up to work with a new government, for round two of its fight over tax fairness for dealers with the Canada Revenue Agency and once again faces off with the banks over the issue of vehicle leasing.

Mertin is no stranger to these and the many other issues on CADA's agenda as it fulfills its mandate to protect dealers' interests, having served on the national Executive Committee since his election as Secretary-Treasurer three years ago. "Harry steps into the Chairman's job well prepared to deal with the challenges of the year ahead," says CADA President & CEO Rick Gauthier.