Annual Conference Hosts over 450 Execs from OEM, Dealer, Finance, Supplier and
On Wednesday, November 6th, the eighth annual TalkAUTO Canada Conference was attended by over 400 Canadian auto industry executives at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, Ontario. The now renowned industry event, hosted by Canadian Black Book and J.D. Power, has grown in popularity and recognition every year since its inception in 2012.
Each year the event proceedings are driven by a theme, which for
the 2019 edition of TalkAUTO Canada was - Open Source Ownership: Who Owns What
in an Age of Subscriptions, Connectivity, A.I. and Big Data? The day had a
focus on dialogue and dissecting the very timely issue of the importance of
data technologies in the auto industry and the surrounding issues.
“As a data analytics company, we are affected by questions and issues about, what data maters, where should we invest, how do we acquire data? These were some of the issues we directly tackled this year at TalkAUTO,” says Brad Rome, President, Canadian Black Book. “This year’s discussions were timely and informative for my team, and I also witnessed a very engaged audience throughout the day.”
“From its inception, TalkAuto has
been about providing a forum for thought-leadership from not only within the
auto industry, but also from outside perspectives,” says J.D. Ney, Director,
J.D. Power Canada. “Once again this year, I think we demonstrated the value of
that founding principle. Everyone, from attendees, speakers and sponsors left
the day with some really insightful take-aways to help them improve their
respective businesses. ”
A major highlight of TalkAUTO was the lineup of guest and keynote
speakers who encapsulated this year’s theme. 2019 was headlined in the morning
by Tim Reuss, President and CEO at CADA, with his presentation ‘If
Data is the new gold, are you treating it that way?’; and in the afternoon, Sam
Sebastian, President and CEO at Pelmorex Corp., presenting ‘A digital and
data/AI transformation has only a little to do with technology and everything
to do with culture and the customer’.
Two other main features that always stir lively dialogue were the
moderated Auto Industry Expert and F&I panels. This year’s panel format changed slightly to a
Q&A session which proved to be very active.
Attendees to the event come from a
wide variety of automotive industry segments, with strong representation from
manufacturers, retailers, financial providers, data providers, marketing
agencies, aftermarket suppliers, and media.