CALGARY, AB, Canada -- The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association conferred the industry's most prestigious awards at a ceremony during its annual convention here in late September.
At the annual awards dinner, CAMA presented the Don Storey Award to Glen Jackson of Ryan Vending Services (Vancouver), as tribute to his long-standing commitment to the association and the industry. A pioneer in publicizing "healthy choice" vending, Jackson has worked with dietitians and government representatives throughout Canada. He played a major role in developing CAMA's Healthy Vending Certificate program.
Brian Martell, Heritage Coffee Co. (London, ON), received the 2010 Stuart Daw Gold Service Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership, professionalism and dedication. The award was presented by Kevin Daw, son of the late coffee industry pioneer for whom the award is named.
Recipient of the Best Booth Award at Expo 2010 was Kraft Canada (Toronto), which showcased its Tassimo professional single-cup hot beverage preparation system. Henry Arsenault, Direct Plus Food Group (Calgary), took the palm as Best Salesperson.
The CAMA show featured an educational program, including presentations on "healthy" vending, expanded applications for vending technology and the new Canadian coinage.
"Healthy Vending -- from Concept to Reality" explored development of Alberta's vending nutrition criteria and was presented by Dr. Susan Buhler, RD. Those guidelines were described in detail by Pat Martz, RD, project manager for Alberta Health and Wellness.
Greg Mason, Automated Inventory Solutions, explored such nontraditional vending uses as employing vending machines as "tool cribs" in manufacturing facilities and for the distribution of safety supplies, equipment and accessories.
Veteran coffee trainer Mike Tompkins conducted the Quality Coffee Certification Program, an intensive eight-hour workshop in making more sales by taking office coffee service operations to a new level of quality and professionalism.
A highlight of the education program was a presentation by officials of the Royal Canadian Mint (Ottawa and Winnipeg) on changes to the composition of Canadian coinage. Attending the show were executive director Paul Lefebvre, director of Canadian circulation programs Lenard Cheung and communications manager Alex Reeves.
Canada is rolling out new $1 and $2 coins of multi-ply plated steel composition. These have been designed over a three-year period, during which RCM has worked in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Canadian vending industry, transit, telephone and casino operators and manufacturers of coin-recycling equipment, as well as CNIB (formerly the Canadian National Institute for the Blind).
The new MPPS coins are fabricated using a process in which different metals, including nickel and copper, are electroplated onto a steel core. The individual plated layers --"read" as a group by coin discriminators -- have a distinctive eletromagnetic signature that facilitates slug rejection. Coins produced with this technology are said to exhibit increased durability and resistance to wear, a brighter finish with increased surface uniformity, enhanced resistance to corrosion and improved ductility, which prolongs the life of the dies used to stamp them while reducing surface defects. Some 28 nations, including New Zealand and the Republic of the Philippines, have adopted this new minting process.
The RCM officials also met with CAMA's board prior to the opening of the show, confirming their wish to maintain an open and supportive relationship with the association.
In 2011, CAMA plans to bring educational programs to regions across Canada, in addition to the annual convention. The CAMA Expo 2011 is scheduled for Sept. 23 and 24 at the Place Bonaventure and the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal.
Headquartered in Mississauga, ON, the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association was founded in 1953. It is online at vending-cama.com.