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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
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The Women in Rental Panel

  • Angie Venekamp general manager of Rental Network
  • Jule Elia district sales manager for Herc Rentals
  • Rachael Caron business creation manager, Crown Verity
  • Michelle Nicol account manager & festival specialist with Higgins Event Rentals
  • Andrea Hetu co-president of Equipements Brossard
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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.

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.

Michelle Nicol
Account Manager & Festival Specialist with Higgins Event Rentals

Michelle Nicol is an award-winning Account Manager & Festival Specialist with Higgins Event Rentals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Having graduated from Seneca College in 2006 with High Honours in both the Event Management Program and the Visual Merchandising Arts Program, Michelle is an advocate for industry involvement and education. She is an active member in industry associations and enjoys serving on a variety of boards & committees. Michelle is currently the president of the Canadian Rental Association Ontario chapter’s board and a member of the Events & Tents shared interest group for the national association. Michelle was on the ILEA Toronto Board as a Director-At-Large following her term as vice president of Programs in 2011-2012 and is also on the Seneca College Event Management Program Advisory Committee. Michelle has completed the American Rental Associations CERP (Certified Event Rental Professional) program, and is one of a handful of Event Professionals in Canada to have obtained this prestigious designation. Michelle has the aptitude to coordinate all aspects of an event, from the initial planning stages, to designing CAD drawings, to overseeing the final installation on the job site. She has successfully supported events ranging in size from intimate gatherings to large trade shows as well as sporting events and festivals for thousands. Michelle’s life motto is “be a Fruit Loop in a world of Cheerios!” and she enjoys spending time with her Husband and 2 dogs, gardening and going on spontaneous road trips!

Rachael Caron
Business creation manager, Crown Verity

Rachael Caron has a background in social services and worked in the field for over 20 years. She brings her passion for helping and solution-based problem solving to Crown Verity. For the past 6 years Rachael has worked for Crown Verity in a variety of roles. One of her guiding principles is to listen to the needs of the end user and work with them for their outdoor equipment needs. When not at work, Rachael loves the outdoors and travelling. These two components make Rachael enthusiastic about her work and role within Crown Verity. Serving the rental industry has been a driving force in her career with Crown Verity. The rental industry is filled with fun, caring and passionate people that strive to make others’ lives better. As part of the CRAO board, Rachael continues to grow with our rental partners. Throughout the past 4 years, it was the sense of community involvement and support among this team that reaffirms that anything is possible together.

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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