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CAMA Expo 2016 highlights


September 28, 2016
By Canadian Vending

Victoria – The CAMA Expo in Victoria Sept. 15-17 served as the official launch of the healthy vending program. The initiative is designed to give vending, micro market and office coffee service operators and suppliers the tools to conveniently implement a healthy options program in their businesses.

This year the show welcomed nearly 100 attendees who came out to network, learn and find some great trade show-specific deals.

Ontario dietitian April Saunders was on hand to explain details of the program to CAMA members. Saunders, who was commissioned to design and develop CAMA’s Smart Pick program, including implementation and evaluation, said the convenience of vending operators was top of mind.

Curtis Meyers of Meyers Munchies and Vending Ltd. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., displayed a vending machine he developed that dispenses coffee cups, complete with stir sticks, whiteners and sweetener packets, then fills them with coffee.

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CAMA board member and chair of the healthy vending committee Dan Stewart presented the Don Storey Memorial Award to Lorna Kane of Kane’s Distributing Ltd. based in St. Catharines, Ont., and Distribution QM based in Montreal. Kane was chosen for her passion and commitment as an industry professional. She is a longtime member of the association, has volunteered on several tradeshow committees and is currently a member on the CAMA board of directors.

The Stuart Daw Gold Service Award was presented by Brian Martell to Jim Jackson of Quality Vending & Coffee Services based in Winnipeg. Jackson was selected for his ethics and high standard of business practices. He is a longtime member of the association and has shared his experience in micro markets by conducting educational seminars at past annual tradeshows, which he regularly attends. Jackson gave tips about becoming an early adopter of micro markets in ‘s Canadian Vending magazine’s spring 2016 supplement on micro markets.

Jacques Dube of McMurray Coin Machines based in Fort McMurray, Alta., received the CAMA Customer Service Award from last year’s winning couple, Sophie and Albert Eskow. His company’s response to provide essential services after the recent disaster in Fort McMurray is one of the reasons he is being recognized for his dedication to customer service. Dube is a strong supporter of CAMA and is currently a member on the board of directors.