TORONTO, Ont. – It’s a year of firsts for this year’s Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar.
Slated for May 8 through 11, CFMS is moving this year, from its previous home at the Inn on the Park in Don Mills to the Double Tree International Plaza Hotel in Mississauga, which has recently undergone a $412-million facelift.
The seminar had been held at the Inn on the Park since its inception in 1963.
“The new location is definitely going to provide us with more space, especially for displays in the foyer and for our panel discussions and banquets,” said Rod Henderson, general manager, adding the change of location is just one way to make the seminar more attractive to manufacturers and sponsors.
The move also means this year’s delegates will have access to more services – shops and a pool at the hotel – as well as a larger outdoor truck display, Henderson pointed out.
As for parking, it should be easier (though more expensive at $8 per vehicle), with 1,700 spaces available.
Add to that the seminar’s first annual golf tournament, Sunday May 8 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club, and you just might not recognize your old CFMS buddies from behind their shades and visors.
“We’re trying to make little changes, like the location and the golf tournament, without altering the content of the seminar,” explained Henderson.
Indeed, there’s plenty of old-school material for delegates to come back to, including a full roster of panel discussions on everything from new products for 2005 to towing and recovery for fleets, May 10 luncheon speaker Julie Tanguay, president of L.E. Walker Transport, and of course award presentations to Chevron’s technician of the Year and Volvo’s Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year.
Deadline for refundable registrations is April 1, but CFMS will take registrations right up to the very last minute, said Henderson, adding the seminar is hoping to attract 600 delegates.
For more information or to register for the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar, visit www.cfmsonline.com, or call Rod Henderson at (519) 886-6265.