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Quebec CAMA show combines old and new


October 4, 2014
By Canadian Vending

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Oct. 10, Quebec City – This year's CAMA convention and trade show, which featured a keynote speech from Jacques Demers, encouraged the vending industry to look to the future while soaking up the culture of a city more than 400 years old.

Oct. 10, Quebec City – This year's CAMA convention and trade show encouraged the vending industry to look to the future while soaking up the culture of a city more than 400 years old.

Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association president Ed Kozma said the 57th annual show, held at the Quebec City Convention Centre, was the best show in 10 years in terms of attendance. Its theme, "Moving Forward Together the Future Is Ours," captured a sense of optimism among showgoers.

Crane Merchandising Systems and Cafection Entreprises partnered with CAMA to mount the show, and Cafection Entreprises hosted a tour of its nearby plant that was well attended and much discussed.

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Members put on their poker faces for a lively night of cards but showed up the next morning – shirts intact – to hear a rousing speech by Senator Jacques Demers, former coach of the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques, encouraged the audience to overcome adversity in their lives by staying positive and staying focused on the future. Afterward, the genial speaker signed autographs and posed for pictures with a happy crowd.

Jim Jackson of Quality Vending & Coffee Services in Winnipeg explained how a micro market works and explored the pros and cons of setting up what is sometimes described as a self-serve convenience store. The session sparked plenty of questions and sharing of ideas among the packed roomful of interested operators.

At the awards banquet, Cafection was a big winner with owner and president Francois Baron capturing the Customer Service Award and Mike Cochrane awarded the Best Salesperson Award.

Gilbert Guinard of SEM Inc. won the Don Storey Award for his outstanding contributions to the vending industry on both the operator and the supplier side. Guinard, who is fluent in French, English and Spanish, says he learned much of his English through the songs of the Beatles. He then tickled the CAMA audience by giving part of his acceptance speech in the Fab Four's lyrics.

The Distributions Bellucci Ltee display, with its eye-catching and colourful coffee machines, was named Best Booth.

All attendees had a chance at a prize by getting their show "passports" signed by every exhibitor. Jeanine Dube of McMurray Coin in Fort McMurray won the draw for $1,000.

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Attendees put on their poker faces at the icebreaker.Operator Jim Jackson answers
questions after his well-attended
session on how to set up and maintain
a micromarket.
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Former Canadiens coach
Jacques Demers shares his story
with an amused and appreciative
audience.
Demers happily poses with CAMA
board members. Did you know he
was once a vending operator?
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This cool video technology from
L'Heureux garnered plenty of
attention on the show floor.
Mike Cochrane of Cafection Enterprises accepts the Best Salesperson Award from Gordon Berry (left) and Jonathan De Guise (right).
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Francois Baron (left) won the CAMA Customer Service Award. 
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Gilbert Guinard was thrilled to
win the Don Storey Award.
 
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CAMA president Ed Kozma keeps membership up to date on its activities, including the launch of a comprehensive perks program.Jeanine Dube of McMurray Coin
in Fort
McMurray won the "passport"
draw for $1,000.