Alta’s Swandel to Discuss Canadian Market Shifts during Panel Session

GLENBROOK, NV, Sept. 8, 2016 – The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association (CFLA) Conference Sept. 21-23 at Niagara Falls, Ontario, will feature presentations focused on Evolving in Turbulent Times, with Ralph Petta’s discussion about the challenges and opportunities of doing “Business South of the Border” in the US certain to be one of the highlights, said Hugh Swandel, senior managing director of The Alta Group Canada and a CFLA board member.

Petta, who is president and CEO of the US Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), will speak 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 21 in a presentation sponsored by Alta.

In other sessions, Swandel will moderate a panel of experts who will review Canadian market data at 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 22. Their “Measuring the Industry” workshop will cover data that reveals shifts in market share, credit performance and the size of the vehicle and equipment markets, as well as insights into the economy and projected areas of growth.

Swandel is expected to discuss the significant number of recent merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions as part of the workshop. Bill Phelan of PayNet, Roger Mitchell of Equifax Canada and Robin Somerville of The Centre for Spatial Economics will also be presenting and cover details of the performance of the commercial equipment and vehicle industry. The session is sponsored by Wilson Vukelich.

US-based leasing professionals who attend the event will find that the Canadian industry seems familiar in many ways but is characterized by key differences in regulations, marketplace considerations and business languages, which include French. “

About 80% of the Canadian leasing market is similar to the US but the other 20% is what can kill you in business if you do not understand the nuances,” Swandel explained. For more information about the conference, visit  .

About The Alta Group

The Alta Group is the leading global consultancy dedicated exclusively to the business of equipment leasing and asset finance. Since 1992, Alta has represented equipment leasing and finance companies, financial institutions, manufacturers and service providers, offering management consulting and expertise in global market entry, vendor and captive finance, professional development, legal services, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, and digital business advisory services. For information on the group’s services in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific, visit