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Association Updates


March 31, 2008
By Canadian Vending

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We understand the editor has focused, among other things, on buying
Canadian in his column this month. For those companies specializing in
vending it seems the gloves are off in more than one arena.

We understand the editor has focused, among other things, on buying Canadian in his column this month. For those companies specializing in vending it seems the gloves are off in more than one arena.

camaOn behalf of CAMA, appreciation is extended for last month’s lead article, which drew attention to the association’s focused effort on advocacy. Our principal goal over the next 12 months will, indeed, be the positive positioning of our industry and proactive representation to government, the media and the general public on why vending can – and should – be treated in the same way as any other form of retail, only with the added benefit of being available 24/7. The association will also continue its commitment to developing a better understanding of why and how nutritional products can share space with more traditional vend products.

Since May 2007, CAMA has enjoyed a number of successes and we are confident this is a harbinger of things to come. The Vancouver Expo was a resounding success in all respects … CAMA membership is now higher than it has been for at least 10 years … the joint CAMA/OCVSA golf tournament held at the end of May sold out well in advance and established a strong feeling of co-operation that will no doubt carry over into 2008 … members of the press have contacted us on a regular basis, showing that CAMA has become
the “go to” association for Canadian vending.

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CAMA has a strong sense of optimism for the year ahead and is pleased to be able to introduce the 2007-08 executive members who underscore the national scope of our association as well as the breadth of industry sub-sectors that are represented. These members are: president, Kim Lockie (McMurray Coin Machines, Fort McMurray, Alta.); vice-president, Alex Morselli (Servo-max Group, St. Laurent, P.Q.); treasurer, Bob Oughtred (Ryan Vending, Victoria, B.C.); secretary, Melissa Howerton (Crane Merchandising Systems Canada, Concord, Ont.); and immediate past-president, Jeff Suitor (Brokerhouse Distributors Inc., Rexdale, Ont.).

As we move into the fall, plans are already well underway for CAMA Expo 2008, April 25-26 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. We will keep readers regularly informed on this event and on other CAMA activities.