2018 CADA Laureates celebrated with plaque presentations
December 10, 2018
There is no higher honour for a Canadian car dealer than being nominated by industry peers and colleagues, and then being chosen by independent judges as one of only three CADA Laureates named each year. That’s why it’s entirely fitting that each of the 2018 winning CADA Laureates was paid a special visit in November by CADA and industry leaders to present them with their Laureate plaque and recognize them in person.
“These CADA Laureates are the cream of the crop among our already impressive dealer body,” said John White, CADA President and CEO. “We continue to honour the winning CADA Laureates at a special dinner and celebration each year held around the Canadian International AutoShow where the winners receive their Laureate jackets. For the third year in a row, we’ve continued the tradition of honouring them in their home community so that their dealership teams can also celebrate their achievement with them.”
In November, White, along with other dignitaries, such as the Provincial Association Executives, local CADA Executive Committee members, representatives from the CADA Laureate sponsor iA Dealer Services-SAL, and others visited the 2018 CADA Laureates in three locations in western Canada.
The first visit was to Jim McManes, McManes Auto Group, Calgary, Alta, who won In the category of Business Innovation, for initiatives that significantly enhance performance or broaden the scope of business for new car and truck dealers. “I am very pleased to announce that Jim McManes has been awarded the CADA Laureate for Business Innovation,” said White in his comments, as his dealership team erupted in vigorous applause. “It’s well deserved.”
“This is a very special award, but it’s an award that I was able to be presented with, because of all you people,” said McManes. “I want to thank each and every one of you. We are going to continue to grow this company, and we are going to celebrate.”
Denis Ducharme, President, Motor Dealers Association of Alberta also offered his comments of support. “We want to congratulate you on being one of the best in Canada,” said Ducharme.
The next Laureate to be honoured was Mal Barber, Barber Motors Ltd., from Weyburn, Sask., who won in the category of Ambassadorship, for extraordinary service to the community and the industry. “I am extremely pleased and proud to announce that Mal Barber has been selected as the Laureate in the Ambassador category,” said White. “This is for all the great work Mal has done in the community. Dealers are very giving people, and Mal and the team deserve this award.”
“It’s well deserved. He’s such a great dealer and an ambassador for our business,” said Trevor Boquist, fellow CADA Laureate and CADA Board member. “I’m happy for him and happy for the dealership.”
“You can’t live in a small town or city like ours and be part of it without being a volunteer,” said Barber. “I think about that, and I think about my staff. You all know what great work you do in our community, and when you put it all together it’s so terrific.”
This year it was a western Canada sweep, as the third visit was to Winnipeg, Man., where Brian Lowes, Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg, was honoured as this year’s winner in the Retail Operations category, for outstanding achievement within an individual dealership.
“On behalf of CADA, and our 3,200 dealers across the country and all the provincial associations, please accept this honour of the 2018 Retail Operations Laureate,” said Boquist, in his remarks to the dealership team.
In his comments, Lowes thanked Boquist and the CADA for attending the event, and thanked many members of his team for helping achieve the award and for their contributions.
“What the judges found with Brian Lowes was, first of all, he was already consistently a top-level Mercedes dealership. He has also developed a very strong leadership and mentorship program for his staff. He has also looked at technology at the highest level,” said White in an interview at the Winnipeg event.
A video crew also captured the presentations in each location, and interviewed the winning CADA Laureates, the dignitaries in attendance and dealership team members for a special CADA Laureate tribute video that will be shown at the CADA Summit on Feb. 13, 2019 in Toronto.
The three CADA Laureates were selected by the Ivey Business School, Western University, narrowed down from a list of 15 finalists.
The Laureate nominations for 2019 opened in early November, and the submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 14.
Before submitting a nomination, visit the https://www.cadalaureate.ca/ website to view the honour roll to ensure the person you had in mind isn’t already a CADA Laureate.
CADA is also pleased that the program’s sponsor — iA Dealer Services-SAL — has renewed their sponsorship. “iA-SAL has been the exclusive sponsor since the beginning of the Laureate program,” said White. “They share our passion for celebrating dealer excellence.”
Pictured above, left to right: Denis Ducharme, President, Motor Dealers Association of Alberta, John White, President and CEO, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, 2018 Innovator Laureate Jim McManes, Perry Itzcovitch, CADA Chairman.
Pictured above, left to right: Geoff Sine, Exec. Director, Manitoba Motor Dealers Association, John White, President and CEO, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, Trevor Boquist, CADA Board Member and fellow Laureate, and 2018 Retailer Laureate Brian Lowes.
Pictured above, left to right: Susan Buckle, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Automobile Dealers' Association, 2018 Ambassador Mal Barber and CADA Board Member and fellow Laureate Trevor Boquist.