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CRA Award of Merit and Honor Roll

Posted on 8/31/2015

CRA Award of Merit

Since the inception of the Canadian Rental Association as the RAC in 1966, there have been many individuals who, through their unheralded service and dedication have grown the Canadian rental industry into the vibrant entity it is today.  In 2015 the Canadian Rental Association is creating its own, unique lifetime achievement award to recognize the vison of our leaders, past and present who have made, or are making significant contributions to the development and advancement of the rental industry across our country. 

Eligibility for Nomination 
To be recognized as a recipient of the Award of Merit an individual must be nominated by one of their peers within the rental industry for their significant contributions which have helped change the Canadian rental industry in a positive manner.  Candidates may include consultants, speakers, publishers, owners of rental businesses or rental equipment businesses currently employed or retired, or employees of related affiliates either living or deceased who impacted the equipment rental industry. The members of the CRA Award of Merit Advisory Committee and the CRA Board of Directors during the year of nomination and induction are ineligible. 

Selection Criteria
Candidates will be reviewed and assessed for entry based on the information included in the nomination form submitted to the selection committee. The more complete the information, the greater assistance provided to the committee for evaluation of the potential candidate. 

Nomination Process 
Nominations of qualified individuals will be reviewed and rated by the CRA Award of Merit Advisory Committee, which is led by the CRA Chairman of the board. Committee members are appointed by the CRA Chairman and may include representatives from past national board directors and/or long serving regular or associate members. 

Nominate an individual: Candidates will be reviewed based on the information presented on the nomination form. The more complete the nomination form is, the easier it will be for the committee to recognize the individual's accomplishments and contributions. 

Special consideration may also be given to a nominee's lifelong accomplishments, contributions to more than one area of the industry and the overall benefit of his or her contribution to their community. There is no requirement for a minimum length of time the nominee has worked in/contributed to the industry, and nominations can be made posthumously. Individuals previously nominated must be re-nominated to be considered for induction during a following calendar year, and individuals cannot nominate themselves.

Nominations are reviewed and screened to ensure they meet the nomination criteria and eligibility prior to being recommended for selection by the CRA Award of Merit Advisory Committee.  New inductees will be recognized annually during a presentation ceremony at the AGM of the Canadian Rental Association, normally held during the American Rental Association’s The Rental Show held annually to promote the rental industry world wide.

Download a Nomination Form

Nominations are accepted year-round, but must be received by Sept. 30, 2015, to be considered for induction at the 2016 AGM during The Rental Show which will be Feb. 21-24, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

CRA Roll of Honor

As only a few individuals ever achieve the level of distinction granted for lifetime achievement , the CRA Order of Merit, the Canadian Rental Association would also like to provide a forum in which we can recognize the valued contributions of the many ‘’unsung heroes’’ who have helped grow our industry through their volunteer contributions on a regular basis. Many individuals do get recognized from time to time with the various awards currently in place at the local level but many more go unrecognized completely. 

To help remedy this anonymity the CRA Board of Directors would like to provide a Roll of Honor which will include the names of all validated nominees and recognize forever these individual who have helped grow our industry. Their names will be included in the copy of the honor roll which will reside at head office and be replicated online on our website so all existing and future members of the Canadian Rental Association will be aware of their contributions to the growth and development of the Canadian rental industry. 

In order to nominate an individual for inclusion on the CRA’s Roll of Honor please complete a nomination form in full for the CRA Roll of Honor and have it signed by at least 3 members in good standing with the CRA at the time of submission. Any commentaries about the reasons the group of nominees or additional members have for including this individual on the CRA Honor Roll will be most welcome. 

Final approval for nominees to be included on the Roll of Honor will be made by the current serving CRA National Board Executive committee which includes the Chairman of the Board, President, Vice President, Region 10 Director and the Managing Director. 

Download a Nomination Form

BC Local Golf Tournament - Registration Deadline September 4th

Posted on 8/28/2015

Tournament Date: September 11th, 2015

Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Kelowna BC

Registration & Putting contest at 12:00, Tee off at 1:00pm


All Silent Auction Proceeds Go To Arion Therapeutic Farm


Click here to download the registration form

Fax or email to Stefani Chies 1-778-395-7367 or

For any questions or sponsorship opportunities call

Angie Venekamp @ 1-604-892-8200 or Jim Clipperton at 1-250-550-6105 

Sponsored by: Atlas Copco, Celtic Distributors, Stihl, Rentquip, Multiquip, Wacker, Cavalier, MS Sales, Spatial Technologies, Genie, Western Financial, Mancorp, Skyjack, Husqvarna, Williams Equipment, National Event Supply, Hilti, Haulotte, Doosan, Point of Rental, Weber MT, Leavitt Machinery, TerraCUT Supplies, Brandt Equipment

“40 under 40” ARA Young Professionals Network Conference is an investment in your business

Posted on 8/20/2015

You want to stay competitive — able to quickly and easily handle the challenges that come your way. To do that, you need employees who know how to be proactive, versatile and ready to lead. The place for them to learn how is the ARA Young Professionals Network (YPN) Conference — “40 under 40” — presented by the ARA Foundation during Nov. 13-14 in Phoenix.

Open to all American Rental Association YPN members — those young professionals between the ages of 18 and 40 who are building their careers at rental operations — this conference will kick off Friday night with a reception at the trendy Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix. The interactive Saturday session will feature Russell White, CSP, president of Pinnacle Solutions in Clover, S.C. He will present “Leader-Shift: Agility in Motion,” a brand-new program that will take the concepts of personal growth and leadership to a whole new level — tailored to both repeat and first-time conference attendees.

ARA YPN members can take advantage of this conference for only $50 per person, with support given to the program by the ARA Foundation. This price includes Friday’s hotel stay, the Friday night reception, parking for Friday night and Saturday, Saturday breakfast, lunch and conference materials — a great value you just can’t pass up.

“This conference will be packed with informative and interactive sessions that will really make a difference in helping young professionals achieve success in the equipment rental industry,” says Andy Cooke, CERP, manager of Cooke Rentals in Cornelius, N.C., who serves as chair of the ARA Foundation board of trustees. “Our last two conferences, one in California and one in Baltimore, were a huge hit. We are building on that success by offering a new program focus by Russell White to provide valuable information for both returning YPN and first-time attendees.”

After an informal networking reception Friday night, White will present two powerful interactive sessions on Saturday, interspersed with breakout and group discussions to broaden awareness, enhance skill levels and provide the tools needed to respond effectively to the rapid changes impacting every part of your rental business.

Register now and discover the value

This conference is open to the first 40 ARA YPN members who register, so sign up now at  

Not an ARA YPN member? Sign up by going to It is a free benefit of general membership.

Don’t delay. The conference registration deadline is Oct. 15.

The Rental Show 2016 - Early Bird Draw & CRA Hospitality Night

Posted on 7/20/2015

Early Bird Draw

The Canadian Rental Association's official host hotel is the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
Everyone who books prior to the early bird deadline will be entered into a draw to win one night of free accommodation!

The early bird rate is available until October 30, 2015. Don't wait! Book your hotel today by going to The Rental Show's Hotel & Travel Page - look for the Canadian Flag

Save the Date! CRA Hospitality Night

“Back to the 60s” 

Sunday, February 21st, 7:00—10:00 pm
at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown Atlanta

Start planning your outfit—prizes for best dressed!

Register for this event when you register for the show at

As an attendee of The Rental Show, you'll receive complimentary in-room Internet access and a 10 percent discount on all food and beverages (excluding alcohol) in the hotel. The Marriott Marquis will have shuttle bus service to the Georgia World Congress Center. 

The Rental Show is Feb. 21-24 in Atlanta, with Events & Tents on Feb. 20.


First Data: Credit Card Acceptance – Preferred Rates Program

Posted on 7/16/2015

Canadian Rental Association has partnered with First Data Canada to launch a new member value program.

Save more and sell more on payment processing with the Canadian Rental Association approved provider: First Data Canada.

Their friendly business consultants will be in contact to help you understand your current statement and provide a no-obligation review to show you how much you can save by switching over.

If First Data can’t meet or beat your current offer we will give you a $1,000 MasterCard® gift card. (Some conditions apply. Limit one gift card per merchant.)

Limited Time Offer!* 
From July 1st to September 30th, 2015 - get a free terminal for 6 months for switching to First Data. *Conditions apply.
 Click here for more information on this offer and rates.

Preferred Rates
1.49 % - Visa
1.55% - MasterCard
5 Cents - per debit transaction

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First Data: Acceptation des cartes de crédit – Programme de taux préférentielles

Posted on 7/16/2015

L’Association Canadienne de Location se joint à First Data Canada et lance un nouveau programme pour ses membres.

Économisez sur le traitement des paiements et augmentez vos ventes en adoptant le fournisseur approuvé par l’Association Canadienne de Location : First Data Canada.

Les conseillers de First Data communiqueront avec vous afin de vous aider à analyser vos états financiers actuels et vous montrer, sans obligation de votre part, combien vous pourriez économiser en adoptant First Data.

Si First Data ne peut égaler ou surpasser l’offre de service que vous avez actuellement, nous vous remettrons une carte cadeau MasterCard® de 1 000 $. (Certaines conditions s’appliquent. Limite d’une carte cadeau par commerçant.)

Offre d’une durée limitée*
Du 1er juillet au 30 septembre 2015, obtenez un terminal gratuit pour six mois lorsque vous adoptez les services de First Data. *Des conditions s’appliquent.

Cliquez ici pour avoir plus de renseignements sur cette offre et sur les taux.

Taux privilégiés
1,49 % - Visa 
1,55 % - MasterCard
0,05 $ - par transaction par carte de débit 

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