TalkAUTO draws record turnout

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The 2016 edition of J.D. Power and Canadian Black Book’s TalkAUTO conference was the biggest yet proving to both hosts there remains a strong need for insight into the future of automotive retail.

Held at the Toronto Congress Centre on Wednesday, the event has grown into a must-attend event in the busy schedule of fall automotive shows.

Canadian Black Book president Brad Rome told Canadian AutoWorld over 400 people registered for the show.

The packed agenda touched on a number of auto industry facets including production, supply, used-car inventory, dealer issues and hot topics around automotive finance.

TalkAUTO regular Jeff Schuster of LMC Automotive offered up his forecasts for the global auto industry. His prognostications were followed by the ever-popular dealer panel. The 2016 edition was made up of Steele Auto Group COO Dave MacRitchie, former General Motors dealer Michael Carmichael, Alta Automotive Group senior manager of training and sales J.P. Ostiguy and single-point store owner Achilles Pelitis of Achilles Mazda of Milton.

The morning keynote speech came courtesy of GM Canada president Steven Carlisle. He used his time on stage to address the disruptive technologies influencing the auto industry and what General Motors is doing to stay lock-step with the evolving market.

Following the finance panel composed of reps from Scotiabank, TD Auto Finance and RBC Automotive Finance, attendees completed one of four workshops with topics ranging from F&I to managing the media landscape.

Ray Tanguay, automotive advisor to the governments of Ontario and Canada, gave the afternoon keynote about the benefits of auto production in Ontario.

Canadian AutoWorld was there from start to finish and will have a full report on the show in the next edition.