Now in their twentieth year, ARI presents annual fleet forums in each major commercial market in Canada: Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal.
Bringing together nearly 500 fleet professionals across four cities for industry presentations, networking, fleet vehicle fairs and high-profile keynotes, ARI’s Canadian fleet forums have come to a close for yet another year. This year’s theme of Fleet Means Business focused on fleet as a key driver of performance and profitability, and not merely a cost centre. No longer is fleet the exclusive purview of fleet managers. Today’s fleet professional is more likely to come from procurement, finance, operations or sales functions than solely from a fleet background. To support that, ARI developed programming that addressed key business requirements from across an organization.
ARI’s Jeff Cole, Director of Strategic Services, and Greg Raven, Director of Business Intelligence & Analytics, shared the Top Five Fleet Initiatives to Drive the Bottom Line. They included governance and policy, supply chain management, technology, an employee cost index, and centralized versus decentralized management. Attendees across Canada learned tactical steps they could take immediately to generate savings and create value for their organizations.
Keeping with the same theme, John Kiraly, Manager of Customer Information Systems at ARI, focused on leveraging technology to drive fleet value. This included many of ARI’s latest, industry-leading technologies, an overall discussion on the latest in-vehicle tech offerings, as well as the power of integrating fleet data to create and identify efficiencies.
Each forum was opened by either Chris Conroy, President & CEO of Holman Business Services, or Rick Tousaw, Senior VP & General Manager of ARI Canada, who presented a review of ARI and Holman Business Services, with a special focus on the growth and successes of the Canadian operation.
Finally, an impressive roster of keynote speakers closed out each session. In Toronto, Washington insider and Atlantic magazine editor David Frum provided insight as to what the Trump presidency might mean for Canadian businesses. Two Canadian high-tech innovators, Michael Hyatt and Brian Wong, in Calgary and Vancouver respectively, provided a view of what a technology-driven future will mean not only for business, but for all of us. Finally in Montreal, Canadian Olympic legend Catriona Le May Doan shared her experiences on just what it takes to achieve excellence.
“With strong attendance from clients as well as ARI’s OEM and vendor partners, ARI was once again pleased to bring together the Canadian fleet community to share knowledge, advance ideas and make stronger connections with our clients and partners,” says Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager at ARI.