39th annual CFMS coming

by Brandi Cramer

TORONTO, Ont. – Today’s tough economy got you down to the point you’re feeling uninspired?

Manufacturers and fleetmen alike can look forward to the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar’s 39th annual event.

From Apr. 28 to May 1, approximately 800 people are expected to make their way to the Inn On The Park in Toronto for the annual spectacle. Ten panel sessions with carefully chosen speakers will address topics pertaining to everyday happenings in the industry.

Top manufacturers will be on hand to give run-downs and demonstrations of their newest products.

As in years past, informative seminars will also address key issues, such as keeping tire failures at a minimum, the true costs of extended warranties, a look at various safety initiatives along with measures fleets are currently implementing to improve maintenance practices.

Workshops will offer attendees ideas for the recruitment of future technicians and shop topics such as cost-effective ABS troubleshooting, power unit spec’ing and commercial vehicle inspection techniques, which are already on the agenda.

Not everything is about equipment or products; a medical panel on colon cancer will explain the risk factors and the screening process for this critical disease.

Rod Henderson, the new general manager of the CFMS, says the networking available at this seminar will be well worth attending.

“People do ask questions, but they seem to like the information suites for that purpose,” he says.

Last year’s seminar had approximately 700 participants and the Seminar Executive Committee is hoping to see a full compliment of 800 this year.

“Attendance does seem to be pretty consistent,” says Henderson. He has been on the committee for 19 years and says the seminar is always a success.

“There seems to be a lot of interest. There are a lot of people phoning me.” He has received inquiries from Connecticut all the way to the West. “The interest is still there and it seems to be strong.”

Henderson warns people planning to attend to sign up early or there may not be space left.

Registration fees for delegates are $265.00 + G.S.T. and that includes admission to Sunday’s welcome reception, an outside truck display, panel sessions, training and information sessions, meals, coffee, a banquet reception (Tuesday evening) along with access to manufacturers for discussion in their information suites.

As well a conference rate will be available for rooms at the hotel.

For more information on registration or events, contact Rod Henderson at 519-886-6265 or visit www.atssa.org.

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