• Canadian Leadership Summit


*Agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
5:00PM – 7:00PM

Member & Supplier Reception

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
7:30AM – 8:30AM


8:30AM – 8:35AM

Welcome to the 2015 Canadian Leadership Summit
Rene Disnard, Operations Manager, TFI Holdings Inc.

8:35AM – 8:45AM

Kick Off & Opening Remarks
Dean Vicha, President, NationaLease

8:45AM – 9:30AM

Autonomous Truck/ Super Truck: Concept Meets Technology
The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is the first licensed autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway, showcasing what is possible through the energy of infinite inspiration. Hear from Freightliner how they plan to reduce highway congestion and improve the environment with its exciting breakthroughs in safety and connectivity.
Brad Thiessen, Vice President & General Manager, Freightliner LLC

9:30AM – 10:00AM

Member Services Update
Find out what’s happening at the NationaLease home office. Jane Clark will provide an update on new programs and services available through NationaLease.
Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services, NationaLease

10:00AM – 10:15AM


10:15AM – 11:00AM

Supply Management Update – Closed Session
Rob Garcia will present an update on current spend trends within NationaLease, review new supplier programs and current programs in the “pipeline”, and ways to utilize the programs to maximize savings and rebates.
Rob Garcia, Vice President of New Business Development, Supply Management, NationaLease

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Member Open Discussion – Members Only
Bring your ideas, questions, suggestions, and topics for discussion as you have a chance to “ask the experts”—other NationaLease members. Many of our meeting surveys rate the member discussions as the most valuable part of the meetings, so please come prepared to ask and answer questions of your fellow NationaLease members.
Rene Disnard, Operations Manager, Transforce, Inc.

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Supplier Round Table - Suppliers Only
All suppliers are invited to this open discussion which is centered on supplier interaction with the NationaLease membership. Topics will include:

  • Member accessibility
  • Communication channels
  • Sales opportunities
  • Product promotions
  • Suggested industry speakers
  • Canadian market-specific challenges and opportunities

Rob Garcia, Vice President of New Business Development, Supply Management, NationaLease

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 4:30PM

Supplier Presentations – Closed Sessions

1:00PM – 1:20PM

Geoff King, Gerard Cousineau

1:20PM – 1:40PM

PACCAR Parts Fleet Services
John Ball

1:40PM – 2:00PM

Lawson Products
Marti Klecka

2:00PM – 2:20PM

Shell Lubricants
Frank Cantone

2:20PM – 2:40PM

Belron Canada
Robert Broten

2:40PM – 3:00PM

Patrick Cassidy, Ted Grigg

3:00PM – 3:20PM

Petro-Canada Lubricants
Joanna Ha

3:30PM – 3:40PM

Continental Tire
Greg Filer

3:40PM – 4:00PM

Maxon Lift Corp.
Adam Michalski, Arnold Kowal, Brian Hufnagl

4:00PM – 4:20PM

Daimler Trucks North America
Pam Perez

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Technology Fair

Thursday, November 5, 2015
7:30AM – 8:30AM


8:30AM – 9:30AM

Supplier Round Table Recap
The key points recorded during the supplier round table discussion will be presented to the NationaLease membership. General topics will include: member accessibility, communication channels, sales opportunities, product promotions, suggested industry speakers or event functions, and the specific challenges and opportunities in the Canadian market.
Rob Garcia, Vice President of New Business Development, Supply Management, NationaLease

9:30AM – 10:30AM

Communication & Technology
Members will hear insights and experiences on the benefits of adopting technology in their company. Discussions will include how technology helps run emergency breakdown calls, improves day-to-day business operations, and how gathering and utilizing data can help effectively manage all aspects of your company.
Corey Cox, Vice President of Information Systems, Tandet NationaLease

10:30AM – 10:45AM


10:45AM – 11:30AM

Getting the Most Out of NationaLease Purchasing Programs
Jess and Scott will present an overview on the updated Buyer’s Guide, the go-to resource for all your procurement needs. New features include snapshot summaries of suppliers, detailed search by keywords and product names, quick and easy enrollment, and much more. Attend this session to learn how to fully utilize this updated tool.
Jess Boss, Director of Products and Services, NationaLease
Scott Marzec, Member Programs Manager, NationaLease

11:30AM – 12:00PM

OEM Rebates
Are you taking full advantage of the rebates that are due to you? Find out how to maximize your rebate dollars on capital equipment as Jane Clark walks you through a step-by-step process.
Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services, NationaLease

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 2:00PM

Analyzing the Incentives for Fuel Economy
Groupe Robert has been studying fuel economy over the last few years. Join Yves to hear what has worked, what hasn’t, and the findings of their studies.
Yves Maurais, Engineering Manager, Location Robert NationaLease

2:00PM – 2:45PM

Partnership with a Leasing Provider
When you’re negotiating a deal, wouldn’t it be nice to know what the customer is thinking? We can’t help you read minds, but we can give you the next-best thing…the opportunity to hear directly from a customer. Fabrice Verreault will share what Sobeys looks for in a partnership with a leasing provider and why they chose NationaLease.
Fabrice Verreault, Road Safety Advisor, Sobeys

2:45PM – 3:00PM


3:00PM – 4:30PM

Leasing Best Practices
Mike joins us to share some of the best practices of one of our premier U.S. leasing members and how you can utilize these practices in your business.
Mike Margarone, President, DeCarolis Truck Rental, Inc., a NationaLease Member


Awards Dinner – Open to All