2020-21 David Powell CFLA Member of the Year Award

Scott Long - September 23, 2021 - Featured Content Area

Toronto, ON, Sept. 23, 2021 – The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association (CFLA) announced its COVID Response Committee as this year’s David Powell CFLA Member of the Year. During the CFLA’s 48th annual conference, Mike Rusch, incoming CFLA Board Chair and President of member company Jim Pattison Lease, presented the Member of the Year award to the committee’s members:

  • Angela Armstrong, Prime Capital Group;
  • Moe Danis, Juno Financial Group Corp;
  • Jeff Hartley, LeasePlan Canada Ltd;
  • Blake Macaskill, Ritchie Bros Financial Services;
  • Richard McAuliffe, Key Equipment Finance Canada Ltd; and
  • Tom Pundyk.

Formed in March 2020, the COVID Response Committee assisted the CFLA to navigate the challenging economic, health and social changes brought on by the pandemic along with the associated public health measures and their impacts on the CFLA’s members and industry. Made up of experienced, senior leaders, the COVID Response Committee was critical to the success of the CFLA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of its members, like ensuring fleet and other corporate members were part of the various provincial essential services lists and the rapid implementation of e-chattel paper legislation in Ontario during the height of the crisis.

The David Powell CFLA Member of the Year Award recognizes members who work to advance the industry’s priorities and the CFLA’s goals. “These members are wonderful examples of those who are enthused to give back to their industry,” said Rusch. “Their generous efforts are a significant contribution to the CFLA, our members and to the industry as a whole.” 

The David Powell CFLA Member of the Year Award is named after the CFLA’s former President and CEO. When he first announced the award, Powell said “The CFLA’s success in servicing its members and advocating for the industry is only possible through the valuable voluntary contributions made by our many members.”

About the CFLA:
The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association is the only organization advocating the interests of the asset-based financing, vehicle and equipment leasing industry in Canada. Through the CFLA, members help shape the industry’s future within the competitive financial services sector.

Established in 1993 through the merger of the Canadian Automotive Leasing Association and the Equipment Lessors Association of Canada, the CFLA grew from 61 member companies to over 200 today across Canada.

For more information:
Scott Long
Manager, Membership & Communications
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