IARA - Celebrating 15 Years: 2001-2016

Toronto SkylineThank you for joining your IARA fellow members in beautiful Toronto, Canada as we celebrated 15 years! 

IARA continues in our mission to assist, educate and share knowledge with one another and our industry partners so that each member is empowered to achieve the fullest efficiency and continued improvement in the commerce of selling vehicles through the marketplace. 

IARA's success is proven in our continued growth and support of our members.  IARA strives to be at the forefront of industry change, establishing standards and adhering to a strict code of ethics and business conduct.  IARA provides a 20-course Certification Program, providing the best training and credentials for the Vehicle Remarketing profession.

IARA's 15th Annual Summer Roundtable was a huge success; thank you to all attendees!

Summer Roundtable Highlights (6mins, 49 secs)



Carlos Gomes was our Opening Keynote speaker.  He is a Senior Economist with Scotiabank and manages the Industry Research Group at Scotiabank Economics. He is responsible for covering the automobile sector, including providing auto sales forecasts both internationally and for the Canadian provinces. Carlos writes Scotiabank’s Global Auto Report, a publication focused on key developments shaping the outlook for vehicle and parts producers. Carlos and the Global Auto Report are widely quoted in the media, especially in North America, but also in other jurisdictions. Carlos also provides in-depth analysis on several other sectors and works closely with Global Risk Management to assess the outlook for industries key to Scotiabank’s loan portfolio.

Carlos joined Scotiabank after receiving a Master degree from York University, and has been with Scotiabank for three decades. During his tenure at Scotiabank, Carlos also obtained a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.




We were pleased to have Kristi Webb as our Tuesday afternoon Keynote speaker.  Kristi is President and CEO of Element’s fleet management business. Prior to this role, she was President and CEO of GE Capital Fleet Services

which was acquired by Element Financial in 2015.

Previously, Webb was general manager of the GE Capital Dealer Finance business, and held key leadership roles in marketing, operations and quality. Before joining GE, Webb gained leadership experience at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. She earned her BS and MA degrees from West Virginia University.



Renowned as one of pro football's most electrifying players, Michael "Pinball Clemons" retired as the CFL's all time, all purpose yardage leader, and the holder of a dozen Argo records. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

As the former Coach of the Toronto Argonauts, Mike put his leadership, communication, and teambuilding skills to good use, helping to turn around the storied franchise.

We heard all about Michael's varied leadership experience after the Award Luncheon; our thanks!