Sarah Bruce
Public Relations / Member Engagement
Email: sarahbruce@ara.bc.ca
Phone: 604-432-7987

Why Attend the ARA AGM?

As summer winds down, it’s the time of the year when the ARA is usually preparing for the annual general meeting. Traditionally, this event is hosted somewhere nice like Osoyoos, Whistler, and Kelowna to give members a chance to relax while they attend. Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host this event live but it has also presented a new opportunity—host it virtually! This means that if the location was ever an obstacle in the way of attending the AGM, it is no more. This year, all you have to do is have a way of connecting online and you will be there!

So why attend?

The annual general meeting is your chance to hear what the ARA is doing on your behalf, ask questions, and offer feedback to your association. With the automotive industry facing a number of challenges—COVID-19, labour shortages, technological advances, EV mandates, etc.—now is the time to come together to identify issues and develop solutions to continue driving industry excellence.

And, in addition to the AGM, the ARA is hosting a number of webinars about doing business during COVID-19, how to improve shop efficiency and earn more profit, acquiring and retaining skilled employees, compulsory trade certification, certified pre-owned programs for independent dealers, and the importance of training and education in a digital world. There will also be an awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate those shops that have worked hard to be their best.

The ARA is your association and, although not in person this year, the AGM is a way for us all to get together. Even though it feels like it sometimes, especially now, you are not alone in this industry. Let the ARA work on your behalf and to do this, we need your attendance at this year’s annual general meeting.

  • Tuesday, October 20 – ARA Annual General Meeting – 7 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 21 – Webinars from our sponsors and guest speakers
  • Thursday, October 22 – Awards and ARFI Fundraiser

Registration opening soon!