The Calgary Motor Dealers Association (CMDA) is a non-profit organization which represents 77 new vehicle franchised dealers in the City of Calgary. It was formed in 1951 for the enhancement of the industry and the betterment of the community. The CMDA is closely affiliated with the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta (MDA) which has over 300 new vehicle franchised dealers.
Keeping Calgarians our top priority
The Calgary Motor Dealers Association, (CMDA) is extremely proud to be an organization that continually gives back to the community they do business with. In addition to the countless hours and funds that the Calgary dealers put toward different charities throughout the year, the Calgary International Auto & Truck Show donates the majority of its proceeds from our annual show to local charities.
The 2013 Vehicles & Violins Gala raised a record $375,000 for three local charities. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Gala and the committee selected charities, Canadian Cancer Society, Inn from the Cold, and KidSport Calgary. We are proud to say that this event
has raised over 2.5 million since its inception.
In May 2013 at an event in Toronto, the CMDA was honoured to receive from the ALS Societies across Canada the Sidney Valo Exceptional Fundraising Program award.
2013 proved to be very trying time for our city, but in true Calgary spirit we joined together and have overcome our many hardships. The flooding wreaked havoc on many of us and I am proud to be part of an organization that came together to help out its neighbours.
As our city continues to grow so does our organization as we have several new dealerships slated to open in the next couple of years.
The CMDA has continued to sponsor the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta’s Charity Golf Classic. Held in Red Deer last September we helped raise over $300,000 for Special Olympics Alberta.
At the CMDA’s AGM in December we were pleased and honored to be able to purchase and donate, with proceeds from the 2013 auto show, a new bus for Calgary HandiBus. The CMDA now has three buses on the road helping to serve Calgarians.
In December the CMDA members again joined forces in the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society’s Annual Mayor’s Christmas Food Drive by collecting donations at their dealerships. In 2013, the CMDA made a donation of just under $100,000 of food and monies collected.
The CMDA continues to help our youth continue their education in the automotive industry with our CMDA Memorial Scholarship; endowments and scholarships that are awarded annually to worthy students attending post-secondary institutions in the city.
Funds from the 2013 Calgary International Auto and Truck Show provided financial support to the following charities; Alberta Children’s Hospital, ALS Society of Alberta, AMA School Driver Awareness Program, BBB Torch Awards, Boys & Girls Club, Calgary Flames Foundation, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Canadian Cancer Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Red Cross Flood Relief, Careers The Next Generation, DDRC, Feed the Hungry, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids Cancer Care Foundation, MDA Employee Flood Relief Fund, Motive Action, PREP Program of Calgary, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Providence, Ronald McDonald House, Rotary Stay in School Program, Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, Samaritans Purse, The Mustard Seed, The Salvation Army, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research, and the YMCA to name a few.