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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

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Capt. Matthew Flinders
Toronto, Ont. Mark your calendars for August 10 and 11 because the Canadian Limo Summit 2014 will be in full effect! The summit is being co-produced by Chauffeur Driven and the Ontario Limousine Owners Association (OLOA), and will be held at the InterContinental Toronto Centre—just steps from the iconic CN Tower, the tallest structure in Canada—in the extraordinary city of Toronto. The title sponsor of the summit is the Cowan Insurance Group.

While the summit will have an undeniable global appeal, all interested operators are invited to Toronto—especially if you are looking to expand your affiliate network. The affordable, laid-back event features an opening cocktail reception, a day of workshops, lots of networking, and a finale dinner cruise on the shimmering, late summer waters of Lake Ontario. Come a day early and you can make it a long weekend getaway with your spouse.

The educational workshops, a focal point of the event, will focus on such varied topics as: customer loyalty and retention techniques, building affiliate relationships inside and outside of your market, steps to achieving success, saving money and growing profits, helping an owner work on, not in, their business, and the imminent threat of Uber and the other on-demand rideshare apps.

In regard to Chauffeur Driven’s co-producers for the summit, OLOA, the association was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization responsible for, and dedicated to, representing limousine operators in the province of Ontario. OLOA was created to provide its members with a unified voice to approach regulatory agencies, politicians, and legislators with information regarding the problems faced by the chauffeured ground transportation industry and it currently represents 175 companies and 1,600 vehicles. This is the first event that Chauffeur Driven has co-produced with OLOA, but it’s not the first time that the Ontario-based association has affiliated with CD Publisher Chris Weiss.

“We had the fortunate opportunity to partner with Chris for a show in 2011 and that went off without a hitch, so we knew we wanted to do it again,” says Phil Bozzelli, secretary of OLOA. “The Canadian Limo Summit 2014 was the perfect opportunity to do just that. This is also the perfect opportunity for Canadian operators to attend a first-class event in their own backyard.”

The summit will feature a sensational opening night reception with cocktails, snacks, as well as plenty of networking and socializing opportunities. The next day will be jam packed, featuring a delectable group breakfast followed by the aforementioned enlightening workshops.

A sumptuous lunch and plentiful exhibits round out the day’s festivities, but the closing event is the piece de résistance: a dinner cruise—sponsored by Grech Motors—aboard the elegant flagship of Mariposa Cruises, the Captain Matthew Flinders. Of course, there will be networking opportunities at every turn, so grab your lanyard and registration bag (sponsored by Mobile Knowledge and Dalton Timmis Insurance, respectively) bring your wits, and your best smile, to mix and mingle under the summer night sky.

“We’ve always viewed Chauffeur Driven as a global brand, and the Canadian Limo Summit 2014 presents a great opportunity to network in a world-class city with operators from around the globe,” says Weiss. “We’re very excited—this the first event CD has produced outside of U.S. soil, and we’re expecting in the area of 150 to 200 people from all across Canada, the United States, and even overseas ... so you certainly could call this a true, international event!”

A full event pass—which includes the opening night reception, workshops, breakfast, lunch, and dinner cruise—is $299 ($249 if you register before May 15). A day pass for the event, which includes all workshops, breakfast, and lunch only is $149, with a 20 percent discount for OLOA members. Accommodations at the InterContinental Toronto Centre are only an incredible $159 per night. There is also a “bring your spouse” option available for the dinner cruise only for $99.

Visit chauffeurdrivenshow.com/torontoor oloa.cafor more information.