Josée Bédard of Roulottes Chaudière in Levis, Quebec, Canada, has been elected as the new chair of the board of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada. Coming from an extensive background in the automotive sector, Josée Bédard joined the RV industry in 2012 when she purchased Roulottes Chaudière.
The dealership, founded in 1997, is located in the Québec City region. It showcases a wide range of new and used product lines in its 60,000-square-foot location. The state-of-the-art facility allows for 70 units to be displayed in the showroom and also includes one of the largest parts and accessories stores in Canada.
RVDA of Canada said Roulottes Chaudière offers innovative free clinics open to all of its customers for road readiness in the spring and winterizing in the fall. Several hundred people have participated and benefited from expert advice on how to proceed with these semiannual routines and maintaining a safe RV.
Shortly after purchasing Roulottes Chaudière, Bédard became involved in the RVDA of Québec/ACVRQ and was elected as its president in 2015.
She is currently finishing her sixth term as the association’s president. Bédard also put her marketing expertise to use as a director on the Go RVing Canada board which she joined in 2014. She became a member of the RVDA of Canada Board in 2016 and has served as treasurer and vice chair before moving to the chairman’s role. She is also a current director on the Canadian Camping & RV Council.
Josée also volunteers within her community, and she has been a director of the Fondation de l’Institut de réadaptation en déficience physque de Québec for more than 10 years. She is an accomplished businesswoman, as well as a mother of two adult sons who are also involved in the business.
Other officers for the 2021-2022 year remain as-is:
Vice Chair: Dale Hopkins, RV City, Leduc, Alberta
Treasurer: Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Past Chair: Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Lantzville, British Columbia
RVDA of Canada’s current Board of Directors is:
Greg Nikkel, NR Motors Ltd., Prince George, British Columbia
Dean Goerzen, Go RV, Nisku, Alberta
Kyle Kehoe, Kehoe RV, Saskatoon, Saskatoon
Travis Bromley, Transcona Trailer Sales, Winnipeg, Manitoba
John Krohnert, Platinum RV Sales, Erin, Ontario
Marc Rémillard, Centre du Camping Rémillard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Jonathan Stone, Stone’s RV Centre, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Ken Dobson, Leisure Time Sales, Quispamsis, New Brunswick