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New format for PTDA Canadian Conference draws a crowd

Montreal, QC -- Nearly 200 of the power transmission/motion control industry's top executives gathered in Montreal June 3-5, 2010, for the Power Transmission Distributors Association's (PTDA) Canadian...


Montreal, QC — Nearly 200 of the power transmission/motion control industry’s top executives gathered in Montreal June 3-5, 2010, for the Power Transmission Distributors Association’s (PTDA) Canadian Conference.

Attracted by an all-new format, including a new Product Showcase, which featured table-top exhibits of the latest products from PTDA’s manufacturer members, attendees met with new and potential partners, gained insights on the trends shaping the industry and heard from speakers at the top of their game.

Held at the Marriott Montral Chteau Champlain, the PTDA Canadian Conference helped attendees freely discuss some of the most pressing issues of the day.

Eight of the industry top executives tackled inventory management, the distributor’s role in creating value, and training and educating your salesforce, in an industry panel on Distribution Channel Efficiencies.

Corporate planner Ryan Garrah gave participants a framework for creating innovation in their own companies.

Pierre Marc Johnson, former premier of Qubec, updated the group on his perspectives as chief negotiator of the Qubec Government of Canada for European Union (EU) free trade negotiations. With Canada’s exports into the EU valued at nearly C$30 billion and imports from the EU at C$45 billion, the EU is a major trading partner for Canada, he noted.

An incredible story-teller with a message that was right on target, Ken Wong of Queen’s University focused his presentation on one purpose — showing participants how “to detect, to destroy, to avoid margin-sucking maggots.”

Joe Ellers, author of The Sales Manager’s Handbook and The Best Distribution Sales Book Ever, outlined his 10 rules for achieving sales management excellence.

Founded in 1960, the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is a US-based trade association that represents 185 power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $10 billion in sales and span 3,500 locations in North America and 11 other countries. PTDA members also include 181 manufacturers that supply the PT/ MC industry. For more information, visit www.ptda.org.