More than 400 RV dealers, manufacturers and campground operators are expected to gather on Prince Edward Island Thursday (Oct. 27) through Sunday for the third biennial Canadian RV and Camping Convention.
The convention, being held at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown, will include top officials and members of the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada) and Campgrounds Campings Canada (CCC), which is comprised of provincial campground associations. Previous Canadian RV and Camping Conventions took place in Calgary, Alberta, in 2003 and Quebec City in 2001.
“(The convention) is an opportunity for all facets of the industry to meet and get to know each other and discuss common concerns,” said Don Mockford, who serves as executive vice president of CRVA as well as executive director of CCC. Both associations are based in Toronto.
This year’s convention will include a forum, where top officials from all three associations can formally meet with one another and exchange ideas. “They give a report card on what their association has been doing and what they’ve been accomplishing and they discuss any issues that need to be addressed,” said Louise Morel, who serves as executive director of the organizing committee for the Canadian RV and Camping Convention.
This year’s keynote speakers include Brian Tobin, one of Canada’s best-known political figures. Previously he served as premier of Newfoundland and minister of industry at the federal level, where he promoted the idea that research and innovation are the keys to long-term success for Canadian business.
Also appearing as a keynote speaker is Paul Cummings, a motivational speaker and author of “Lessons at the Fence Post: Volume One,” “Lessons at the Fence Post: Volume Two,” as well as a DVD training program titled, “Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy.”
The convention will also include numerous educational seminars, including a presentation on The RV Learning Center by Pamela Coleman, who heads up the learning center, and Mike Molino, the longtime president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) in Fairfax, Va.
Canada has been a strong supporter of The Learning Center, contributing $100,000 Canadian dollars to the educational program, said RVDA spokesman Phil Ingrassia. He added that more than 100 Canadian RV dealers attended RVDA’s International Convention and Expo Sept. 27 – 30 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The next Canadian RV and Camping Convention will be held in Ottawa in 2007.