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said. The profit on the car sale
stays with the source dealership,
and the receiving dealership gets
to keep F&I and other revenue
streams.
AutoIQ said that through the
end of 2022, more than 28 per cent
of its sales of used vehicles have
been derived from intracompany
vehicle transfers.
Ojamae " harnessed technology
and data to differentiate their
organizations from the competition, "
said Kirk Kristofferson,
a professor at the Ivey Business
School at Western University in
London, Ont., and a judge for the
CADA Laureate competition.
AutoIQ, he wrote in an email
to Automotive News Canada, had
unified the group's dealerships
and more than 1,200 employees
with a set of core organizational
values, identified employee potential
and developed five employee
professional development programs.
Other
initiatives that CADA
recognized include CarLoanIQ,
which helps clients with low
credit ratings secure financing;
360-degree online videos of vehicles;
one centralized auto service
call centre; three tiers of used
vehicles, ranging from fully reconditioned
to " as traded; " and centralized
vehicle delivery services.
CHANGE NOT AN EASY SELL
Ojamae credits constant collaboration
among the dealership
leaders for generating and executing
so many initiatives.
" We don't always have everybody
on board, " he said. " We have
definitely done some things our
senior leaders haven't been comfortable
with. "
Ojamae is a graduate of the
Automotive Business School of
Canada at Georgian College in
Barrie and he looks to the school
to recruit. When promising grads
are identified, AutoIQ aggressively
courts them with promises of
ongoing professional development
and opportunities to grow their
careers.
" Talent and career development
is everything in our business, "
Ojamae said, a philosophy
that drew praise from the CADA
competition judge.
" Andrew's focus on employee
growth and development is truly
admirable, " Kristofferson wrote.
Ojamae said his goal is to " cut
out mediocrity everywhere we
can. " Doing so will foster organic
growth over time, he said.
" We don't want to be the biggest;
we want to be the best. "
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Porsche Cars Canada
JUNE 2
John Cappella
President and CEO
Linda Hasenfratz
CEO
Linamar
MAY 26
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Auto group boosts school
basketball program
EDMONTON - DEALERSHIP
group Go Auto has donated
$500,000 to make basketball
accessible to all the city's schoolaged
children.
MAY 5
Todd Bourgon
Executive Director
Motor Vehicle Retailers
of Ontario
APRIL 28
Stephen Beatty
Vice-President and
Corporate Secretary
Toyota Canada
The donation to Edmonton
Public Schools Foundation and
The Stingers Foundation will
support refurbishments at outdoor
basketball courts at schools
across the city as part of the two
organizations' Fresh Hoops initiative.
Go
Auto's upfront commitment
of $500,000 could also climb
with the help of donations from
the public. The company will
make a further $500,000 available
to match community donations,
raising the total possible
charitable contribution to $1.5
million, enough to refurbish 75
courts.
Operating in Canada and the
United States, Go Auto has 61
dealerships. - Joe Knycha
Volvo's first eco-branded
dealership in North America
APRIL 21
Sandor Piszar
Vice-President of Sales,
Service and Marketing
GM Canada
Nissan Canada
APRIL 14
Steve Milette
President
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North America's first Volvo Retail Sustainable Experience in
Richmond, B.C., was designed to handle changing climate
conditions while lowering energy costs. PHOTO: VOLVO CANADA
RICHMOND, B.C. - VOLVO
Canada and Ontario dealership
group Dilawri Automotive
Group have opened North
America's first Volvo Retail
Sustainable Experience (VRSE)
in the Vancouver suburbs.
As with other VRSE locations
globally, the store was designed
to handle changing climate conditions
while lowering energy
costs and reducing environmental
impacts during construction.
The 20,000-square-foot
(1,900-square-metre) dealership
runs on renewable energy
through a combination of grid
hydropower and rooftop solar
panels. Among other features, it
has an integrated " living exterior "
green wall and permeable
pavers outside that aid with
water runoff. Its furniture and
flooring are made from recycled,
nontoxic materials.
The store has a six-vehicle
showroom and a dedicated vehicle-delivery
bay, as well as nine
service and two wash bays.
Dilawri has 80 dealerships in
Canada and the United States. -
Steve Mertl
Calgary dealers tee up
for return of auto show
FOOTHILLS, ALTA. -
The Calgary Motor Dealers
Association's (CMDA) third
annual Charity Foundation golf
tournament proved a success
July 13, though the future of
the event - created during the
COVID-19 pandemic - is uncertain
as the group plans the return
of the Calgary International Auto
and Truck Show next year.
CMDA Executive Manager Jim
Gillespie said the tournament
drew 156 golfers and 27 sponsors
to the Cottonwood Golf and
Country Club south of Calgary,
raising $162,000 for the foundation.
Lightning
in the area delayed
the start " for about 10 minutes, "
Gillespie said, but the rest of the
day was perfect for golf.
" Then the skies opened up. "
The tournament was set up
to replace the annual Calgary
International Auto and Truck
Show in 2021, which was canThree
Fires Group will invest
in a recycling refinery planned
for Northern Ontario by
Toronto-based Electra Battery
Materials Corp. The feedhandling
equipment shown is
part of Electra's battery recycling
demonstration plant in Ontario.
PHOTO: ELECTRA BATTERY
MATERIALS
celled in 2020 because of restrictions
on public gatherings during
the pandemic.
The show is set to resume and
there is no decision on the future
of the tournament. - Harry Pegg
Ontario EV recycling plant
gets Indigenous backing
TEMISKAMING SHORES, ONT.-
Two months after signing a memorandum
of understanding backing
electric-vehicle battery recycling
in Ontario, Indigenousowned
Three Fires Group will
invest in a 2,500 tonne-per-year
recycling refinery planned for
Northern Ontario by Torontobased
Electra Battery Materials
Corp.
The extent of the investment
will be confirmed after a review
and approval from Three Fires
Group's First Nations shareholders,
according to Electra CEO
Trent Mell. The deal will include
Indigenous participation " at
all levels " of the organization,
including the board, he added.
" We see this strategic relationship
as an opportunity to position
Electra as a platform for greater
participation by First Nations
in the transition to a low-carbon
economy. "
Three Fires CEO Phil Lee said
the investment will be a step
toward addressing the need to
recycle " the estimated 30 tonnes
per day of EV battery manufacturing
waste that is expected to
be generated on our traditional
lands. " - Joe Knycha
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