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3-City Tour Announced for 2023 Motorcycle Shows

Markham, ON: Power Sport Services (PSS) announced today the highly anticipated return of the Motorcycle Shows, with a 3-city tour planned for 2023, including stops in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.   Fueled by strong manufacturer support, as well as innovative new programming experiences, the 2023 Motorcycle Shows are set to deliver plenty of fun, excitement, and new discoveries for riders of all styles, ages and experience levels.

Bianca Kennedy, President of PSS stated “After a two-year hiatus from live events, the team at Power Sports Services is absolutely thrilled to be getting back to the excitement, buzz, and energy of The Motorcycle Shows.  Despite continued interruptions to the global supply chain, that are still being felt across the powersport industry, enthusiasm is strong, and the timing is right to rally the industry around a memorable and dynamic relaunch of our events, beginning with a 3-city tour in 2023.  We look forward to building on this momentum in 2024 and beyond.”

Riders, future riders and lovers of the motorcycle lifestyle are invited to reunite in celebration of riding at one of the following stops on the 2023 Canadian Motorcycle Show tour:

  • Calgary:  February 3 – 5, 2023 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park
  • Toronto:  February 17 – 19, 2023 at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
  • Montreal:  February 24 – 2

Kennedy went on to say “Over the last 2 years we have seen an amazing surge in ridership.  More and more people are discovering the fun, freedom and camaraderie of motorcycling and off-highway riding.  The 2023 Motorcycle Show tour is the perfect opportunity for existing, returning, and new riders to get hands-on, and to discover the latest and greatest for the season ahead – including new motorcycle models, custom bikes, riding gear, parts and accessories, travel ideas and more – all under one-roof and united once again.”

The booth reservation period for exhibitors will begin in late September, and the online box office for admission tickets will open in December.

For the most up-to-date information on The Motorcycle Shows, please visit www.motorcycleshows.ca.

About Power Sport Services (PSS)

Power Sport Services™ is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council.  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Motorcycle Insurance program.

Contact:

Bianca Kennedy, President
Power Sport Services / The Motorcycle Shows
bkennedy@mmic.ca / 514-299-0262

Laurie Paetz, Director of Events
Power Sport Services / The Motorcycle Shows|
lpaetz@powersportservices.ca / 403-998-0447

Lori Borda, Exhibit Sales Manager
Power Sport Services / The Motorcycle Shows
lborda@powersportservices.ca / 519-971-3200

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) announces the appointment of their new president.

Markham, ON:  The Board of Directors of the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC), the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) and Power Sport Services (PSS) announced today the appointment of long-time employee Bianca Kennedy to President of the organizations, effective immediately. Kennedy is succeeding Michelle O’Hara who announced her resignation in May of 2022.

Bianca has been with the organization since 2013, recently as the Director of Market Expansion and Events. She has been instrumental in the development of strategic initiatives and campaigns to grow the on-road motorcycle, and off-highway vehicle sectors. As a strategic thinker and tactical executor, Bianca brings a wide range of skills to the organizations, specifically in marketing and communications, business development, public and government relations, financial management, and cross-functional team management. In addition to her varied skill set, Bianca is completely bilingual, which ensures the highest level of service and efficacy across all stakeholders.

Named by BizBash in 2021 as one of Canada’s most influential leaders in the events’ sector, Bianca is known as an industry trailblazer that accelerates relationships and commerce, while building community, through engaging brand experiences.

Andrew Fletcher, Chair of MMIC stated “Over the last two years we have seen a surge in motorcycling and off-highway riding among existing, returning and new riders.  As the MMIC, COHV and PSS continue to take action to build on this momentum, I am pleased that Bianca has accepted the role of President of the organizations.  Bianca’s proven leadership success, combined with her extensive experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, uniquely positions her to deliver on the industry’s mission to protect, promote and grow motorcycling and off-highway riding in Canada.  On behalf of the Boards of Directors, I am very pleased to welcome her in her new role.”

Since joining the team at PSS and The Motorcycle Shows in 2013, Bianca has consistently delivered year-over-year growth by building valuable partnerships and implementing forward-thinking initiatives, with a focus on innovation, expansion, and inclusion.  Additionally, Bianca served as President of The Canadian Association of Exposition Management, from June 2020 to June 2022.  Under her leadership, the exhibition industry rallied together like never before to collaborate with government on strategies and solutions to ensure the sector’s survival and recovery. During her tenure, she successfully refocused the Association’s strategic priorities to better serve its members and the industry-at-large.  This included advocating for the safe and responsible reopening of exhibitions, securing sector-specific funding for businesses in the hard-hit trade show industry and positioning the Association as the central information hub for industry members.  

“I am thrilled to be taking on this new level of leadership responsibility with the MMIC, COHV and PSS.  stated Bianca. “As an avid rider myself, I am extremely passionate about preserving and promoting motorcycling and off-highway riding, as well as growing ridership.  It’s an incredible time for our industry. The future of powersports is even more inclusive, innovative and expansive than ever before.  Together with our visionary Boards of Directors and our talented team of staff, I look forward to further building the organisations’ successes in advocacy, events, market expansion and member services.

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About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and off-highway vehicle safety.

About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows (The Motorcycle Shows) and the Open Road Motorcycle Insurance program.

 

Contact:

Bianca Kennedy, President
Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council
bkennedy@mmic.ca
514-299-0262

Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Markham, ON:  Michelle O’Hara has resigned as the President of the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).

COHV is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and related products and services in Canada. “This was an incredibly difficult, but  necessary decision for me at this time,” O’Hara stated. Her resignation is effective August 12.

“We respect Michelle’s decision and thank her for her service and accomplishments during her tenure as President,” COHV Chair, Ryan Kelly said. “The organization continues to have a strong national presence promoting and encouraging safe and responsible use of all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles as well as to promote the responsible interests of riders and the industry. During this time of transition, we are grateful to continue to work with Michelle over the next few months alongside our talented team as we search for a successor.”

Under her leadership at COHV, O’Hara worked with the team to increase operational efficiencies, and developed projects and policies that focus on membership value, and strategies to engage and promote riding across Canada. Part of this process focused on rounding out the leadership team, by adding the roles of market expansion, and membership services.

“COHV has a long-standing reputation in Canada for advocating on behalf of our members, and on behalf of those who enjoy off road riding throughout the country. The organization is served by incredibly smart and talented employees and volunteers,” O’Hara said. “During my tenure, the focus was to further develop our processes and people, leveraging our strengths and finding ways to build on them for even greater success in the future. I’m proud of what we have accomplished in such a short period of time. We have a great leadership team, and along with our dedicated Board of Directors, will carry the organization forward to achieve our mission and vision.”

COHV has immediately commenced a search for a successor who can continue to lead the organization in achieving its mission and goals to further advocate and advance ridership in Canada. Our leadership team will work closely with the Board, to continue to drive our advocacy forward and ensure continuity during the search for a permanent replacement.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank Michelle for her service and accomplishments during her tenure, especially through the most recent wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted Mr. Kelly. “She has led a capable leadership team, which has positioned us well to continue forward momentum. We wish her the very best in the future.”

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

Contact:
Michelle O’Hara, President
Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
mohara@cohv.ca
905-441-7766

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The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council welcomes Argo as its newest member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Monday, February 7, 2022

 

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council

welcomes Argo as its newest member

 

Markham, ON: The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) would like to welcome Argo as the newest member of the organization.  COHV is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and related products and services in Canada. Argo joins Artic Cat, Can Am (BRP), Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha as a COHV member company.

In 1962, Argo started as a gear and transmission manufacturer, and entered the vehicle market five years later with a six-wheel amphibious off-road extreme terrain vehicle utilizing Ontario Drive & Gear transmissions. Argo has a long history of innovation in their product offerings which include Extreme Terrain Vehicles (XTV), All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Utility Task Vehicles (UTV), and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV).   This allowed the company to have a diverse vehicle portfolio, used for various end-user applications in the Canadian marketplace.

As a COHV member company, Argo joins an organization that is committed to preserving, maintaining and expanding Canada’s vast off-road trail network.  COHV and its member companies support the Canadian Quad Council, and all Provincial off-road federations, advocating the safe use and benefits of ATV and off-highway vehicle use.

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About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

 

About Ontario Drive & Gear (Argo)

Ontario Drive & Gear (Argo) began production of a six-wheel drive Amphicat in their Kitchener, Ontario Facility in 1962. The first Argo branded vehicle was produced in 1967. Two-years later, production was expanded to New Hamburg, Ontario. In 2017 Argo expanded into the ATV market with the Xplorer 4X4. In 2021 they again expanded their off-road line up to include more ATVs from 90 to 700 cc and added a new Magnum Side-by-Side. All of the Argo vehicles are produced in one of their three New Hamburg manufacturing plants.

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Neil Fardy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

 

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Neil Fardy

 

Markham, ON:  Neil Fardy, Show Manager of The Toronto Motorcycle Show, will be retiring from Power Sport Services (PSS) after a respected career in the live events industry, including a number of different senior management roles, straddling both the event production and event supplier sides of the business.  His last day with Power Sport Services will be March 18, 2022.

Neil joined Power Sport Services in 2012, shortly after PSS’ incorporation as a fully-owned subsidiary of The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  His extensive experience in event operations and project management – developed over his 40-year career servicing major events including numerous trade and consumer shows, concerts, sporting events and live events, and has been a tremendous asset to Power Sport Services.  Under Neil’s leadership and direction, The Toronto Motorcycle Show innovated, evolved and grew, while also benefiting from a variety of operational efficiencies and enhancements.  Further, his wide ranging-skills and deep-rooted relationships contributed to the expansion of Event Management Services – sister company to Power Sport Services.

The Boards of Directors of Power Sport Services would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Neil for his many years of exceptional service.  His positive impact on The Toronto Motorcycle Show and the overall powersport industry are incredibly valued and appreciated.

Over the next month, Neil will be working closely with Bianca Kennedy, Director of Market Expansion and Events, to help facilitate a seamless transition for all partners, clients, exhibitors and suppliers of Power Sport Services and The Toronto Motorcycle Show.  Bianca can be reached directly by email at bkennedy@powersportservices.ca or by telephone at 514-299-0262.

 

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About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.


About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers. 

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Ray Sriubiskis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 3, 2022

 

Power Sport Services announces the retirement of Ray Sriubiskis

 

Markham, ON:  Ray Sriubiskis, General Manager of The Motorcycle Shows, will be retiring from Power Sport Services (PSS) after a distinguished career of more than 40 years, including close to two decades as a senior executive in the consumer show industry.  His last day with Power Sport Services will be March 18, 2022.

Ray joined the team at Power Sport Services in 2012, shortly after PSS’ incorporation as a fully-owned subsidiary of The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Ray played an instrumental role consolidating the management and operation of Canada’s Motorcycle Shows under the Power Sport Services banner.  Over the last decade, he has successfully developed and empowered an exceptional show management team, consistently delivering positive experiences for consumers and exhibitors alike, while delivering sustainable profitability and growth.   Prior to joining PSS, as Vice-President of The Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows, Ray was responsible for the successful management and oversight of The Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver Motorcycle Shows – on behalf of the MMIC and COHV.

The Board of Directors of Power Sport Services, would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Ray for his significant contributions to The Canadian Motorcycle Shows and the industry-at-large.  Ray has been a recognized leader in the exhibition industry for many years, and PSS and the riding community have benefited significantly from his vision and expertise.

Over the next month, Ray will be working closely with Bianca Kennedy, Director of Market Expansion and Events, to help facilitate a seamless transition for all partners, clients, exhibitors and suppliers of Power Sport Services and The Canadian Motorcycle Shows.  Bianca can be reached directly by email at bkennedy@powersportservices.ca or by telephone at 514-299-0262.

 

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About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.

About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

 

Power Sport Services announces that Bianca Kennedy has been promoted to Director of Market Expansion and Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Power Sport Services announces that Bianca Kennedy has been promoted to Director of Market Expansion and Events

Markham, ON: Power Sport Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Bianca Kennedy to Director of Market Expansion and Events. This announcement comes on the heels of Ray Sriubiskis, General Manager, announcing his plans to retire from Power Sport Services, effective March 18, 2022.

In her new role, Bianca will be responsible for overseeing the planning and production of all shows and events under the ownership and management of Power Sport Services, including leading the events’ team to deliver dynamic and high-value experiences for exhibiting and attending audiences alike.  Additionally, Bianca will be responsible for driving the industry’s market expansion efforts to grow motorcycling and off-highway riding in Canada, including developing immersive marketing programs that get more people to take notice of how powersports can fit into and enhance their lives, with a particular focus on reaching people with varying interests, diverse backgrounds and across different generations.

“The future of powersports in Canada is inclusive, innovative and expansive, and everyone is invited to join the ride and discover how motorcycling and off-highway riding can fit into and enhance their lives”, stated Bianca.  “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues at Power Sport Services, The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council and The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council, to expand mainstream awareness around riding, to welcome new riders to our community, and to deliver exceptional motorcycle and OHV events”.

Michelle O’Hara, President of PSS added, “With a successful career spanning over 20 years, Bianca has a remarkable reputation for creating shows and events that provide unparalleled experiences for all that attend.  Since joining PSS in 2013, she has spearheaded the growth of our exhibitor base year-over-year by providing profitable, engaging platforms that deliver the highest level of brand awareness and customer service.  In addition, she has bolstered show attendance by introducing new show features, and by implementing creative marketing and public relations initiatives.  As a seasoned promoter, Bianca’s new role in market expansion will ensure continued alignment of strategic growth strategies for motorcycling and off-highway ridership in Canada.  I look forward to working with her in her new capacity.”

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About Power Sport Services (PSS):
Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading-edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.

 

About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):
The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

 

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

Power Sport Services Sets its Sights On 2023 for the Return of The Motorcycle Shows

Wednesday December 22, 2021:  Today, the Board of Directors of Power Sport Services announced that the 2022 Toronto and Montreal Motorcycle Shows, will not be moving forward as originally planned.  The return of these shows – previously scheduled for February 18 – 20, 2022 and February 25 – 27, 2022 respectively – has now been postponed to 2023.

Earlier this fall, Power Sport Services announced the cancellation of the 2022 Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Quebec City Motorcycle Shows, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, as well as global supply-chain challenges affecting the motorcycle industry.

Today’s decision, to cancel the 2022 Toronto and Montreal Motorcycle Shows, comes on the heels of recently announced provincial measures, in both Ontario and Quebec, to take action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

In Ontario, meeting and event spaces must now limit patron admissions to 50% of fire code capacity, significantly impacting Power Sport Services’ ability to deliver the dynamic experience that exhibitors and visitors have come to expect from the Motorcycle Shows.  In Quebec, all non-essential public activities, including trade shows, consumer shows and exhibitions are suspended until further notice.

Michelle O’Hara, President of Power Sport Services stated that despite the industry’s best intentions and efforts to re-unite the riding community at the Toronto and Montreal Motorcycle Shows in February 2022, the rapid advancement of the Omicron variant, coupled with the reinstatement of restrictions with no determined sunset date, means we have to put our plans on hold until 2023.

O’Hara went on to say that this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, especially since show planning for the 2022 Toronto and Montreal Shows was advancing well, with strong manufacturer and exhibitor support, as well as solid visitor interest and enthusiasm.  But despite this recent setback, we remain optimistic about a return to our live events in 2023.

Power Sport Services is extremely grateful for the determination and commitment demonstrated by the shows’ exhibitors and partners in order to fuel the return of the 2022 Motorcycle Shows.  This solidarity and ambition will serve as a strong foundation to actively steer the resilient return of the Motorcycle Shows in 2023.

For the most up-to-date information, visit us at www.motorcycleshows.ca or contact your Show Team:

 

Quebec City and Montreal
Bianca Kennedy or Dominic Caron / 514-375-1974

Toronto
Neil Fardy or Lori Borda / 905-752-1158

Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Laurie Paetz / Brittany Labrosse / 403-457-1080

PSS Head Office
Ray Sriubiskis / 416-272-9798

 

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council announces new president: Michelle O’Hara to replace retiring Robert Ramsay

Markham, ON – The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle O’Hara has been appointed President for the MMIC, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) and Power Sport Services (PSS) effective December 1, 2021, replacing long-time President, Robert (Bob) Ramsay, who announced his plans to retire earlier this year. 

 

Adrien De Alexandris, Chairman of MMIC stated “As the motorcycle and OHV industries continue to grow and evolve, I am pleased that Michelle O’Hara has accepted the role of President of MMIC, COHV and PSS.  Michelle brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the not-for-profit sector along with a passion for motorcycle riding that will contribute to further develop growth of the powersports industry. On behalf of the Boards of Directors, I am very pleased to welcome her to the leadership of our dynamic industry.”

 

Michelle is a not-for-profit senior executive with extensive experience in strategic management and driving growth through innovative program and policy development. She is well versed in stakeholder engagement, public and government relations, and leads organizations to achieve financial and operations results/impact. Prior to joining the MMIC, Michelle spent over 11 years at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, most recently as Executive Director where she served as a key executive in many projects and initiatives to help improve Ontario’s diverse fire sector. One of Michelle’s most significant accomplishments is spearheading the creation of Ontario Fire Administration Inc., an organization that provides standardized firefighter testing to support municipal fire services. This included extensive program, public relations, policy, and project development. The organization now tests over 2,000 candidates annually, for over 50 municipalities and has established key partnerships with content experts from reputable institutions across Canada and the US.

 

Michelle is a Certified Association Executive and holds many credentials in IT, business, marketing, accounting, and project management, both in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Outside of her day-to-day, Michelle is an active advocate for women in powersports. As a motorcycle rider and racer, she has a passion for the industry, with a focus on the promotion of women riders in Canadian road racing.

 

Bob Ramsay, retiring MMIC President added, “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Michelle O’Hara as the new President of the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and Power Sport Services. We undertook a wide, lengthy search for a new President and Michelle demonstrated outstanding strength of character, energy, and vision. I know the associations and the industries are in great hands moving forward.”

 

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity to join MMIC, COHV and PSS”, stated Michelle. “This position combines my experience in the not-for-profit sector and feeds my passion for the motorsports industry. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors, and the very talented and professional staff teams to further advance MMIC/COHV/PSS strategic priorities, along with promoting and championing growth for ridership in Canada.”

 

 

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About the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC):

 

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, originally founded in 1971, is a national, non-profit, trade association which represents the responsible interests of the major motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of motorcycle and scooter-related products and services in Canada. The member companies of the MMIC account for approximately 90 percent of all the new on-road motorcycles and scooters sold in Canada. The MMIC is funded entirely by its Members and Industry Partners and by the programs and services it offers.

 

About the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV):

 

The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) is a national, non-profit trade association that represents the manufacturers and distributors of off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)and related products and services in Canada. COHV remains dedicated to the fundamental aspects of ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle safety.

 

About Power Sport Services (PSS):

 

Power Sport Services™ (PSS) is the operating name of 8061246 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).  Power Sport Services™ focuses on innovation and leading edge management of the motorcycle, OHV and power sport vehicle shows and the Open Road Powersport Insurance program.

 

 

Contact:

Bob Ramsay
President
MMIC, COHV, PSS
bramsay@mmic.ca

416-491-4449  ext. 109

4-CITY TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE SHOWS

Toronto, September 14, 2021: Power Sport Services (PSS) announced today that they will be proceeding with a 4-city Canadian Motorcycle Show tour for 2022 – including stops in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – with even more excitement planned for 2023, with the intended return of a full 6-city tour, including stops in Edmonton and Quebec City as well.

Robert Ramsay, President of PSS stated that after an 18-month hiatus from live events, gathering restrictions are now being lifted across the country, and the team at Power Sport Services is eager to safely get back to the excitement, buzz and energy of The Motorcycle Shows.

Riders, future riders and lovers of the motorcycle lifestyle are invited to come get their fix of two-wheel, three-wheel and four-wheel action and interaction at one of the following stops on the 2022 Canadian Motorcycle Show tour:

  • Calgary – January 7 – 9th at BMO Centre, Calgary
  • Vancouver – January 21 – 23rd at Tradex, Abbotsford
  • Toronto – February 18 – 20th at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
  • Montreal – February 25 – 27th at Palais des congres de Montreal

Mr. Ramsay went on to say that over the last 18 months we have seen a continued and growing interest in riding among new and existing riders. The 2022 Motorcycle Show tour is the perfect opportunity for riders of all styles, ages and experience levels to discover everything that is new and exciting for the season ahead and to safely re-unite in celebration of motorcycling and OHV riding.

For the most up-to-date information on The Motorcycle Shows, please visit us online at www.motorcycleshows.ca.

As always, we are here to answer all your questions and concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out anytime.

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For more information contact your local Show Team:

Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver
Laurie Paetz or Brittany Labrosse / 403-457-1080

Quebec, Montreal
Bianca Kennedy or Dominic Caron / 514-375-1974

Toronto
Neil Fardy or Lori Borda / 905-752-1158

PSS Head Office
Ray Sriubiskis / 416-272-9798