Best AGM in Recent History

The 2018 ARA AGM was the best AGM in recent history, both on attendance and accomplishments celebrated

All eight ARA divisions were well represented as members congregated in Whistler B.C. for the 2018 Annual General Meeting and convention in September. The turnout was stronger than any AGM in recent memory.

The festivities got underway on Friday with the AGM Golf Tournament. Golfers were undeterred by the inclement weather, and even a bear sighting.

The room was packed for Friday evening’s Chairman’s Reception, the attendees enjoying food and beverages, networking and camaraderie.  As well, some nice prizes were handed out to the winners in several golf categories.

The AGM business meeting took place on Saturday morning. Members were presented with a review of the association’s activities, challenges and accomplishments for the past year, as well as an overview of the objectives and strategies for the coming year and beyond.

The keynote speakers during the luncheon were the Hon. David Eby, Attorney General and minister responsible for ICBC, joined by ICBC president Nicolas Jimenez. A lively question and answer period followed their presentations.

During the Saturday evening banquet, members were shown a short video featuring the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. scholarship and bursary recipients for 2018.  This was followed by a live auction conducted by our good friends at Adesa, with proceeds going to the ARFI. The previous year’s record of $7,700 was shattered as members stepped up to the plate, with more than $16,000 raised for the Foundation. The evening wrapped up with an lively entertainment by comedian Patrick Maliha.

Watch for more detailed reports on the 2018 AGM in the next edition of ARA News, arriving in November.