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2017 Lifetime Achievement Award: Graeme Roberts


The NCDA is pleased to honour former new car dealer and current Chairman of the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority with a rare Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients have been Jimmy Pattison, Marnie Carter and the late Tom Harris.

Graeme’s automotive history began as an apprentice mechanic in the UK followed by several years at various OEMs including Ford, GM, Renault, Toyoyta-Isuzu. Graeme then shifted gears and began work at dealerships and then stepped up as and owner of Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes dealerships in Nanaimo.

He is past-president of what is now the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. Among his private passions has been 25 years of volunteer work in amateur sport for youth, seniors and people with disabilities through the B.C. Games Society. In this cause, he has attended close to 60 Games in more than 40 B.C. communities.

A former Mayor of Nanaimo and among the city’s prominent business personalities for more than a generation, Graeme Roberts has served in senior executive and Board of Directors positions for a succession of public and private sector entities, local, regional and national. He served seven years as Chairman of the British Columbia Public Service Commission and twenty years on the Board of Air Canada Jazz and its predecessor, Jimmy Pattison’s, Air BC. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors, B.C. Ferry Corporation. Graeme is a member of the Board of Directors of the Victoria Airport Authority and is a Lay Bencher appointed by the Law Society of British Columbia.

Graeme and artist wife Kathryn Amisson reside at Brentwood Bay near Victoria.

Join us as we celebrate this tremendous Ambassador of the automotive sector and a true gentleman!

Sunday – October 15, 2017

Time* Topic
12:45 PM – 5:00 PM SUNDAY FUNDAY Activities
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre
Welcome Reception

Monday – October 16, 2017

Time* Topic
7:00 am – 8:00 am Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Macdonald AB
Registration & Breakfast
7:30 am – 2:30pm Tradeshow
8:00 AM
  • Welcome / Opening Remarks
  • Marc Bourassa, Chairman, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
  • Michael Hatch, Chief Economist, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
  • John White, President & CEO, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
  • Riley Nelko, Business Partnership Lead, Google Canada
9:45 AM Networking break in the tradeshow 
10:15 AM
  • Farid Ahmad, CEO & Founder, Dealer Solutions
  • Steve Carreiro, Partner, KPMG Enterprise Tax
  • Jay Acunzo, Host, Unthinkable
  • Green Star Awards
12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 PM
  • Jason Heard, Show Director, Vancouver International Auto Show
  • Darren Haygood, Senior Vice President,
1:40 PM Networking break in the tradeshow 
2:10 PM
  • Andrew Au, Co-Founder & President, Intercept Group
  • Brent Wees, Director of First Impressions, Nextup
3:50 PM Closing Remarks

Monday – October 16, 2017

Time* Topic
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Chairman’s Gala Reception
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Chairman’s Gala Dinner
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Graeme Roberts

*All times are subject to change.

Thanks for Coming!

Early bird registration closes on September 14th. 

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