Centre Stage Schedule

10:00 a.m.

Exhibit Floor Opens

1.45 p.m.

Bar opens

2.00 p.m.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND: Our challenge in an era of entangled global supply chains

Before the pandemic, our biggest concern was finding the customers and making the sales. Now, with the phone ringing off the hook, the difficulty is getting the supplies and equipment we need. This global crisis has laid bare the downside of depending on offshore suppliers for critical products… but are our economies now irrevocably tied to the advantages of cheap labour, less regulation and scale of production that can be found overseas? These are questions that Tony Clement, as former federal Industry Minister, grappled with directly. Today, his concern with the state of our supply chains has led him to co-found Reshoring Canada, an information and advocacy group exploring ways to bring manufacturing back home. Join us at Centre Stage at the Rental Mart to collect Mr. Clement’s insights, prescriptions and predictions for how and where we’ll get our fleet going forward.

Speaker: The Hon. Tony Clement, Reshoring Canada
3:30 p.m.

Putting ARA Benefits to Work for You: ARA Region 10 Open Meeting


Spend time with your ARA community! Join us for the ARA presentation Putting ARA Benefits to Work for You presented by vice-president of the Equipment Segment, Josh Nickell, and Member services account specialist, Shannon Dinwiddie. They will cover ARA’s new business insurance program, member education and networking opportunities, and much more – you won’t want to miss out!

FREE for ARA Rental Store Members and Prospective ARA Rental Store Members in Canada, and ARA Associate Members. Includes ARA presentation, 2 beer/soda tickets, and canapes.

Special Promo: ARA will be giving away TWO FREE FULL registrations to The 2023 ARA Show in Orlando, Fla! All ARA General Members in attendance are eligible to win and must be present at drawing.

All welcome
4:00 p.m.

Show ends

7:00 p.m.

CRA Jays Game (Members Only)

Link here
10:00 a.m.

Exhibit Floor Opens

2.00 p.m.

The Women in Rental Panel


  • Angie Venekamp general manager of Rental Network
  • Jule Elia district sales manager for Herc Rentals
  • Andrea Hetu co-president of Equipements Brossard
  • Debbie Mackie, Branch Manager at Cooper Equipment Rentals
4:00 p.m.

Show ends


Andrea Hetu
co-President of Equipements Brossard

Andrea Hetu has grown up in the rental industry having taken on nearly every role in the family business. She currently holds the position of co-president of Equipements Brossard and is poised to take over from her father as president in 2022. She holds a degree in Administration and Business Management from HEC Montreal and attended the Beauce Entrepreneurship School (Ecole d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce).

Angie Venekamp
General Manager of Rental Network

Angie Venekamp is general manager of Rental Network, an equipment and event rental house in Squamish, B.C. She is presently the American Rental Association Region 10 Director representing Canada on the ARA board of directors. For at least 15 years, Angie has been a prominent leader in the B.C. and Canadian rental community, rising through all the chairs in the B.C. local of the Canadian Rental Association between 2008 and 2011 and serving as the B.C. National Director from 2009 through 2016. She was honoured as ARA Region 10 Person of the Year in 2012 and as one of Canadian Rental Service’s Top 10 Under 40 in 2013. She has participated in the ARA Party and Event Shared Interest Group, attended the ARA Leadership Conference and job-shadowed in Camden, Australia, as part of the ARA Foundation International Leadership Program.

Debbie Mackie
Branch Manager at Cooper Equipment Rentals

Debbie Mackie, Branch Manager at Cooper Equipment Rentals in Bracebridge, Ont., started her career in the rental equipment industry in 2003 as a Rental Coordinator. With a strong customer service background, Debbie soon excelled in the rental industry and in 2012 she became the first female branch Manager at SMS Rents. During her time at SMS Rents, Debbie managed multiple branches simultaneously until the company was acquired by Cooper Equipment Rentals in 2015. Debbie is passionate about her local community in Bracebridge and is a strong supporter of community events. Debbie is happy to share her insights gleaned from nearly 20 years’ equipment rental experience, with the aim of attracting more women to the industry where she has enjoyed such a rewarding career.

Jule Elia
District sales manager for Herc Rentals

Jule Elia is a business-builder in the Canadian rental industry. She joined A1 Equipment Rentals in Toronto in 1978, rising through sales positions to vice-president of the company. When A1 was purchased by Stephenson’s Rental Services in 2006, Jule assisted with the integration then took a retirement package. That lasted six years, then she accepted an offer to join Cooper Equipment Rentals. After a year there, she partnered with some old colleagues to go out on her own, creating Rapid Equipment Rental in 2013. Rapid was acquired by HERC in late 2021, and once again Jule is assisting with a company merger.

The Hon. Tony Clement
Reshoring Canada

The Honourable Tony Clement is a former minister in the Harper government federally, and the Harris government in the province of Ontario. During his time in the House of Commons, Mr. Clement served as both minister of health and minister of industry, playing a lead role in getting Canada’s economy back on track after the most significant global economic recession since the 1930s. In 2011, Mr. Clement was re-elected for a third consecutive time. Shortly after his re-election, he was asked by the prime minister to take on the responsibilities of president of the Treasury Board. In this capacity, Mr. Clement lead the development and implementation of a cross-government spending review – looking at transformational ways to support and deliver services to taxpayers in the most effective and efficient means possible.  Within the federal government, Mr. Clement chaired five different committees of cabinet and served on the cabinet committee on priorities and planning, chaired by the prime minister. Mr. Clement’s dedication to public service spans three decades. During his eight years as an Ontario MPP, he held prominent cabinet positions in the Ontario government, including minister of health and minister of the environment.


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