2017 TalkAUTO installment tops expectations

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It was virtually standing room at the sixth annual TalkAUTO Canada Conference as professionals from across the auto industry spectrum gathered to listen and learn.

Hosted by Canadian Black Book and J.D. Power, the one day event was held Nov. 8 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Organizers said over 435 auto industry executives were in attendance as the 2017 edition was themed ‘Customer Engagement in a Digital World.’

“What a day! The presenters were phenomenal, the content was right on topic. We could not have asked for a livelier group, all discussing the issues that face auto retailing today,” Canadian Black Book president Brad Rome said following the event.

Attendees came from a wide variety of automotive industry segments, with strong representation from manufacturers, retailers, financial providers, data providers, marketing agencies, aftermarket suppliers and media.

“It’s hard to imagine how we can offer a better line-up of speakers and continue to grow this event for the years to come. But this momentum is surely a good sign and we look forward to getting to work to make next year’s TalkAUTO just as exciting, and even bigger” added Tim Braley, senior director at JD Power.

The event featured an impressive list of auto industry expert speakers, highlighted by keynote addresses from Toyota Canada chief Larry Hutchinson and Josh Bloom, automotive practice leader at Facebook Canada.

Canadian AutoWorld was front and centre and will provide comprehensive coverage in the next printed edition. Highlights included Andrew Tai’s discussion on digital disruption, Brian Murphy’s used-car outlook and an interesting dealer panel that took on a number of timely topics.