• Canadian Leadership Summit
  • Canadian Leadership Summit
  • Canadian Leadership Summit
  • Canadian Leadership Summit
  • Canadian Leadership Summit


*Agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
5:00PM – 6:00PM


6:00PM – 8:00PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7:30AM – 8:30AM


8:30AM – 8:35AM

Welcome and Introductions
Dan Villeneuve, Manager, Vendor Relations, Tandet NationaLease and Meeting Chairman

8:35AM – 8:45AM

Kick Off and Opening Remarks
Dean Vicha, President, NationaLease

8:45AM – 9:30AM

The Future of Leasing in Canada
Kirk Tilley joins us to discuss where he believes the Canadian full service leasing market is headed. He will discuss current maintenance cost downloading by the OEM as it relates to emissions requirements, tougher warranty rules, and reduced policy adjustments, and what kind of pressure that is putting on the lessor. Kirk will then examine the constant pressure to increase technology requirements to provide real time data and KPIs to the lessee. He will also share “what keeps him up at night” as it relates to the industry.
Kirk Tilley, President, Tandet NationaLease

9:30AM – 10:15AM

Developing Member Panel Discussion
The Developing Member program started in 2002 to bring new members into NationaLease and help new leasing companies get off the ground. You will have the chance to hear about some of the challenges and opportunities faced by our Developing Members as we talk with current and recently transitioned Developing Members.
Moderator: Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services, NationaLease

10:15AM – 10:30AM


10:30AM – 11:00AM

Rebate Reboot Update
Jane Clark will provide an update on the ongoing efforts by NationaLease Home Office to help members maximize their rebate dollars. She will share some early success stories, as well as information that will be very valuable to help add more dollars to your company’s bottom line.
Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services, NationaLease

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Air Disc Brakes/Bendix Brakes
This session will answer many of your questions about Air Disc brakes, from both the manufacturer and the user perpective. Stephane Godbout will share Location Brossard’s experience with Air disc brakes over the last 3 years, including their decision making process, their technician training challenges, and our results.  Fabrizio will discuss the new brake distance regulation ,the difference between disc and drum brakes, and their OE presence.
Fabrizio Rinaldi, Bendix CVS Canada and Stephane Godbout, Vice President, Fleet Management, Location Brossard NationaLease

12:00PM – 4:30PM

Tour of Bandag Facility
(Boxed lunch served)

1:30PM – 3:00PM

Supplier Round Table
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, Director of New Business Development, NationaLease

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Technology Fair

Thursday, November 7, 2013
7:30AM – 8:30AM


8:30AM – 9:30AM

Technician Recruiting Strategies
Maizis & Miller, a recruiting firm based in Toronto, is North America's largest supplier of diesel machinery professionals. Ron Maizis joins us to share on overview on the current and future state of technician recruiting and some of the successful strategies his firm employs to consistently find qualified diesel technicians for their clients.
Ron Maizis, Vice President, Maizis & Miller

9:30AM – 10:30AM

Supplier Panel Discussion
A transportation industry panel consisting of industry professionals representing five key supplier groups; tires: Jeff Belanger - Michelin Tires, parts: Troy Troftgruben - Daimler and James Macintyre - Navistar, refrigeration equipment: Jeff Belanger - ThermoKing, lubricants: Lyn Coughlan - Petro Canada, and engines: Christoph Horn - Cummins Engines. They will be providing insight and responding to discussion topics related to technology developments, legislation issues, product related issues, and an industry outlook as it relates to their specific fields.
Moderator: Rob Garcia, Director of New Business Development, NationaLease

10:30AM – 10:45AM


10:45AM – 11:15AM

Supplier Round Table Recap Presentation
The key points recorded during the supplier round table discussion will be presented to the NationaLease membership. All suppliers are invited to an open discussion with NationaLease supply management centered on supplier interaction with the 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.   

11:15AM – 12:00PM

Idea Session
During this time, members will present an idea, utilize an existing tool or one created in their own shop, share a best practice that has improved productivity, cut cost, saved time, or improved moral. Each member throws a set contribution into the kitty. The members then vote on the top three winning ideas. Votes are tallied and the contribution is divvied up according to the number of participants. It's a great opportunity to not only share and hear innovative ideas, but also the chance to win some cash!
Facilitator: Dan Villeneuve, Manager, Vendor Relations, Tandet NationaLease

12:00PM – 1:00PM



Supplier Presentations – CLOSED SESSIONS 1:00PM – 5:00PM

1:00PM – 1:30PM


1:30PM – 2:00PM

Freightliner Pinnacle Parts

2:00PM – 2:20PM

IHC Fleet Charge Parts

2:20PM – 2:40PM

Michelin North America Inc.

2:40PM – 3:00PM


3:00PM – 3:15PM


3:15PM – 4:15PM

Supply Management Update
Matt Bogdan will present an update on current spend trends within NationaLease, including the U.S. and Canada. He will review new supplier programs as well as current programs in the “pipeline” and the many programs and resources available to the membership.
Matt Bogdan, Director of Products and Services, NationaLease

4:15PM – 5:00PM

Member Forum
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.


Closing Awards Dinner