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Vision Truck Group named Mack Trucks 2016 North American Dealer of the Year

Mack Trucks has named Ontario-based Vision Truck Group as its 2016 North American Dealer of the Year. It also received the overall Customer Service Award.

John Slotegraaf is president of the Cambridge ON-based Vision Truck Group which has been a CCBF member for 32 years.

The dealership reached 189 percent of its sales goal for the year and hit 25 percent market share in its respective region, Mack reports. It also marked its 50th anniversary in 2016 and “made significant investments in facilities, services and people.”

“Vision Truck Group exemplifies the kind of organization customers are drawn to, and for good reason,” says Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales for Mack Trucks North America. “The service, support and dedication they provide keeps their customers on the road and earning, and Mack Trucks is proud to be their partner.”

Vision Truck Group has six commercial truck centers in southwestern Ontario, and offers a “certified and solutions-based modification team, enhancing vocational trucks for optimum performance,” Mack says.


INTERESTING TIMES

We only go where we're wanted

   Keith Knight

It has been a fascinating month. The Canadian Christian Business Federation continues to respond to requests across the country from Christians in business to create new chapters in their communities.

We learned quickly that we can try all we want to 'plant' new chapters in communities that 'seem' vibrant and Christian, but unless there is a grassroots request to become organized, the chapters just aren't sustainable.

Back in September, a new chapter was launched in Kingston, ON.  Within days, someone from Belleville ON -- just down the highway -- sent a brief email: "What about us?" Belleville launched a new chapter towards the end of January, with more than 20 men and women in attendance ... and they were talking about the need to create a second chapter!

In contrast, we have tried on two occasions to get a chapter off the ground in what we thought was a city with a vibrant, active Christian business community. It just didn't work. And that happened a few times in a few different cities.

This is all about God's timing; not ours. It's about mobilizing Christian business leaders who want to be mobilized, who long to have a forum where they can get together to connect their faith and their work.

We're in the kingdom-building business; not our kingdom ... God's. We're just along for the ride.

Keith Knight

Executive Director

Canadian Christian Business Federation  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE

 

FEBRUARY, 2017

(Listed alphabetically by city)

ABBOTSFORD, Friday, Feb. 24 – Breakfast, 7 a.m.,  Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.

BARRIE, Friday, Feb. 24 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Williams Coffee Pub, 501 Bryne Drive, Barrie; Kim Sanderson, facilitator

BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Feb. 2 –  Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

BELLEVILLE, Thursday, Feb. 23 –  Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Denny’s, 398 North Front Street, Belleville; John Roeper, facilitator.

BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.

BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, Feb. 3 and 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Horne, facilitator.

CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Angel’s Restaurant, 560 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.

COBOURG, Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.

EDMONTON AM, Thursday, Feb. 23 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.

FONTHILL, Thursday, Feb. 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Dominic’s On 20, 124 Hwy. 20 at Rice Road, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.

FORT ERIE,   Friday, Feb. 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.

GUELPH, Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.

HAMILTON, NO MEETING – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.

KAWARTHA LAKES, Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., St. Dave’s Diner, 2925 Hwy. 35 at Hwy 7, Lindsay; Dan Kenney, facilitator.

KINGSTON, Wednesday, Feb. 15 –  Breakfast  7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Dave Airey, facilitator.

KITCHENER, Thursday, Feb. 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.

LANGLEY, Thursday, Feb. 16 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.

LONDON BREAKFAST, Feb. 22 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.

LONDON LUNCH, Thursday, Feb. 9 – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator

MARKHAM, Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham.

MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETING– Lunch 12 noon, Gospel Cafe, 5120 Dixie Road, Mississauga; Keith Knight, facilitator.

NEWMARKET, NO MEETING -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante, facilitator

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.

OAKVILLE, NO MEETING –  12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.

OTTAWA, Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.

SASKATOON, Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.

ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, Feb. 9 and 23 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.

VANCOUVER, Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Lunch 12 noon, Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.

WATERLOO, Friday, Feb. 3 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.

WHITBY, Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 150 Taunton Road at Brock Road, Whitby; Ian Williams, facilitator.

WINDSOR, Saturday, Feb. 25 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Marija’s Place, 1412 Wyandotte Ave. at Moy Avenue; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.

WINNIPEG, Tuesday, Feb. 14 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.

WINGHAM, Friday, Feb. 3– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.

                                                              


MARCH, 2017

(Listed alphabetically by city)

ABBOTSFORD, Friday, March 24 – Breakfast, 7 a.m.,  Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.

BARRIE, Friday, March 24 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Williams Coffee Pub, 501 Bryne Drive, Barrie; Kim Sanderson, facilitator

BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, March 2 –  Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

BELLEVILLE, Thursday, March 23 –  Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Denny’s, 398 North Front Street, Belleville; John Roeper, facilitator.

BRANTFORD, Wednesday, March 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.

BURLINGTON, Wednesday, March 1 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, March 3 and 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Horne, facilitator.

CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, March 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Angel’s Restaurant, 560 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.

CLARINGTON, Wednesday, March 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.

COBOURG, Tuesday, March 7 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.

EDMONTON AM, Thursday, March 23 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.

FONTHILL, Thursday, March 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Dominic’s On 20, 124 Hwy. 20 at Rice Road, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.

FORT ERIE,   Friday, March 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.

GUELPH, Tuesday, March 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.

HAMILTON, Wednesday, March 8 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.

KAWARTHA LAKES, Tuesday, March 14 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., St. Dave’s Diner, 2925 Hwy. 35 at Hwy 7, Lindsay; Dan Kenney, facilitator.

KINGSTON, Wednesday, March 15 –  Breakfast  7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Dave Airey, facilitator.

KITCHENER, Thursday, March 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.

LANGLEY, Thursday, March 16 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.

LONDON BREAKFAST, March 22 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.

LONDON LUNCH, Thursday, March 9 – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator

MARKHAM, Tuesday, March 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham.

MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETING– Lunch 12 noon, Gospel Cafe, 5120 Dixie Road, Mississauga; Keith Knight, facilitator.

NEWMARKET, Friday, March 10 -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante, facilitator

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, March 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.

OAKVILLE, Friday, March 10 –  12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.

OTTAWA, Tuesday, March 28 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.

SASKATOON, Wednesday, March 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.

ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, March 8 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.

SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, March 8 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, March 9 and 23 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.

VANCOUVER, Tuesday, March 14 – Lunch 12 noon, Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.

WATERLOO, Friday, March 3 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.

WHITBY, Wednesday, March 8 -- Breakfast, 8 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 150 Taunton Road at Brock Road, Whitby; Ian Williams, facilitator.

WINDSOR, Saturday, March 25 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Marija’s Place, 1412 Wyandotte Ave. at Moy Avenue; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.

WINNIPEG, Tuesday, March 14 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.

WINGHAM, Friday, March 3– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.

                                                                                                                  

Upcoming Meetings

Current Chapters

BARRIE, Ont.

BEAMSVILLE, Ont.

BELLEVILLE, Ont.

BRAMPTON, Ont.

BRANTFORD, Ont.

BURLINGTON, Ont.

CAMBRIDGE, Ont.

CLARINGTON, Ont.

COBOURG, Ont.

DURHAM, Ont.

FONTHILL, Ont.

FORT ERIE, Ont.

GUELPH, Ont.

HAMILTON, Ont.

KAWARTHA LAKES, Ont.

KINGSTON, Ont.

KITCHENER, Ont.

LONDON, Ont. (2)

MARKHAM, Ont

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.

NEWMARKET, Ont.

NORTH YORK, Ont.

NORTH YORK (PEOPLES), Ont.

OAKVILLE, Ont.

OTTAWA, Ont.

ST. CATHARINES, Ont.

SIMCOE, Ont.

TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Ont.

WATERLOO, Ont.

WHITBY, Ont.

WINDSOR, Ont.

WINGHAM, Ont.

 

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I.

 

WINNIPEG, Man.

 

REGINA, Sask.

SASKATOON, Sask.

 

EDMONTON, Alta (2)

CALGARY, Alta (2)

 

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.

CHILLIWACK, B.C.

COURTENAY, B.C.

LANGLEY, B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C.

 

NEW CHAPTERS

ON THE HORIZON

 

White Water Region ON

(Cobden, Renfrew)

 

Peterborough Ont.

 

Coquitlam BC

 

Your Town

 

 

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