Landscaping equipment will be among the wares showcased at the Sept. 27-28 Rental Mart in Mississauga.
The return of Canada’s trade expo for the equipment and event rental industry brings with it a refreshed and revised approach featuring many “firsts” never before done in the show’s 30-year history.
“Because of the biennial schedule for the Rental Mart, two years of COVID restrictions meant four years without a live show,” explains Robert Elias, show manager. “We saw that as an opportunity to really take a hard look at what we do and make some changes that we think will add excitement and novelty to the 2022 edition and future Rental Marts.”
One obvious first is the move to a fall date: Sept. 27 and 28. The 2022 Rental Mart was originally scheduled for its usual time in March, but the January Omicron surge in Ontario forced a rescheduling. But, depending how things go, the fall date may become a permanent shift. Spring is a busy time for rental shows because it’s the hot buying season for rental equipment. But a fall date may enable the Rental Mart to avoid scheduling conflicts with other shows, especially the ARA Show, while giving attendees a second chance to look at fleet ahead of winter and exhibitors a chance to showcase some of the next springs’ offerings early.
“We’ll be assessing response to the 2022 Rental Mart carefully to inform our decisions about future editions,” Elias says.
Next on the list of changes is a pumped-up focus on education and discussion with high-profile exclusive speakers. Tony Clement, the former federal industry minister, will offer his thoughts on the supply chain issues facing us all in his keynote presentation followed by a Q&A session. His expertise in industry and labour led him to co-found Reshoring Canada, a group that advocates for Canadian supply chain modernization, and aims to bring manufacturing back to Canada. He will appear at the Centre Stage at Rental Mart, to share insights and his recommendations for what Canada and its citizens can do to protect access to needed equipment in the future. In another first, Centre Stage will be located right on the show floor with a bar attached so attendees can watch the presentations in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Seeing the latest offerings from Canada’s top rental fleet suppliers is nothing new at the Rental Mart, but the 2022 edition will feature some new faces. Visit canadianrentalmart.com to get familiar with some of the dynamic companies looking for business.