Gary Vaynerchuk named as DealerTalkX Toronto keynote

The fifth annual Toronto auto conference will be held on November 16, 2017

TORONTO, May 5, 2017 – Kijiji, Canada’s largest online classifieds site, today announced Gary Vaynerchuk – entrepreneur and bestselling author – as the keynote speaker for its Toronto DealerTalkx conference, happening on November 16, 2017.

This year’s conference theme is “Dealership of the Future” and will be taking place in three markets:

2nd Annual DealerTalkx Montreal:

  • When: September 21, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker: Coming Soon
  • Venue: Entrepôts Dominion

3rd Annual DealerTalkx Calgary:

  • When: October 17, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker: Coming Soon
  • Venue: TELUS Spark

5th Annual DealerTalkx Toronto:

  • When: November 16, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker: Gary Vaynerchuk  
  • Venue: The Warehouse

“DealerTalkx is designed to inspire and educate Canadian automotive professionals, and offer insights on the latest sales and marketing trends,” said Leanne Kripp, Head of Autos for Kijiji. “With Gary Vaynerchuk, one of the world’s leading marketing experts, as our keynote – sharing his expertise on digital media, entrepreneurship and leadership with our industry partners – we’re confident this year’s conference will embody our forward-thinking theme and be the must-attend event.”

Additionally, this year, a DealerTalkx Advisory Board has been established, which is made up of a select group of Canada’s most esteemed automotive professionals. Led by Niel Hiscox, President, Universus Media Group as Executive Chairman and Kripp, the members for this board include:

  • Jaime Tekela, Director, Pre-Owned Operations, Pfaff Automotive Partners
  • Matt Chewka, Chief Digital Officer, Murray Automotive Group
  • Paul Letourneau, National Director of Marketing, Canada One Auto Group
  • Jean-François Blaquière, Director Digital Marketing, Groupe Park Avenue
  • Susan Gubasta, Owner/CEO & Incoming President TADA, Mississauga Toyota
  • Chris Beaton, Sales Manager, Steele Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac
  • Hadeel Hijazieh, Director of Marketing, Ontario Team Chrysler Group

“I am honoured to be leading the new DealerTalkx Advisory Board,” says Hiscox. “Having a group of industry leaders guide the conference is a testament to Kijiji’s ongoing commitment in supporting the advancement of Canada’s dealers.”

The role of the Board will be to advise and guide key elements of the conference with the objective to advance the learning experience for all attendees.

Additional speakers and conference details are set to be announced in the coming weeks.  
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About DealerTalkx

DealerTalkx brings the auto industry’s best sales and marketing leaders, and the freshest ideas together under one roof. Designed to help Canadian automotive professionals invigorate their marketing strategies, DealerTalkx explores the most innovative trends for today and tomorrow.

About Kijiji

Kijiji, the #1 online classifieds site in Canada, is part of the fast-growing eBay Classifieds Group. Reaching over half of the monthly online population of Canada, we are one of the leading digital advertising properties across various market sectors, including autos, retail and real estate. We are also one of the leading display platforms in Canada.

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