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Retail Gasoline Dealers Association

The Retail Gasoline Dealers Association is the oldest incorporated Automotive Industry Association in Nova Scotia.

In 1948, the RGDA of NS was founded and at that time there were 78,691 vehicles registered in the province.

Since incorporation there have been three Executive Directors namely, Donald MacGregor 1948-1980, Dale Mader 1980-1996, and currently Graham Conrad 1996-to date.

The Association is managed by an Executive and Board of Directors.

The Association has a long and proud history of outstanding member participation at the Executive level.

Previous Presidents Included

1948 Jack Glassey Truro
1949 Ralph Simmonds Bridgewater
1950 Harold Murch Halifax
1955 Don MacGregor Dartmouth
1956-1958 Leo J. MacPherson Halifax
1959-1960 Irvin Boss Maccan
1961-1962 Thomas Carter Yarmouth
1963-1964 Thomas Sears Antigonish
1965 Ted Richard Halifax
1966-1967 George Zwicker Bridgewater
1968-1969 Lloyd Ritcey Halifax
1970-1971 Bernard MacPhee Glace Bay
1972-1973 Kenneth Blakeney Dartmouth
1974-1975 Vince Stewart Amherst
1976-1977 John Tramble Antigonish
1978-1979 Ronald Illsley Kentville
1980-1981 Russell Bradley Bridgewater
1982-1983 Donald Bartlett Truro
1984-1985 Walter MacAlpine Weymouth
1986 Everett Telfer Antigonish
1986-1989 Graham Conrad Dartmouth
1990-1991 Norby Matatall Maccan
1992-1993 Clyde Richardson Western Shore
1994-1996 Henry Overmars Antigonish
1997-1998 Byron Whynacht Mill Village
1999-2000 Malcolm Madden Eel Brook
2001-2003 Margo Hanley Liverpool
2004-2007 Daniel Thimot Metegan
2007 Lawrence England Kingston
2008 Roy Pettigrew Amherst
2009 -2012 Dale Bancroft Dartmouth
2012-2013 Wayne Pace Tantallon
2014 Roy McNeill Elmsdale

The Association has always played an active role throughout the province by helping retailers achieve success. Some examples of Industry support include government liaison, technical and non-technical training initiatives, business counseling, scholarship awards, annual conference, trade show, golf tournament, awards evening and communications meetings. As well, the Association provides benefits such as legal counseling, Industry-specific insurance plan with Medavie Blue Cross, safety certification program, newsletter, credit collection services and more.

The RGDA of NS Mission Statement is as follows:

  • To promote high ethical business and professional standards.
  • To improve economic welfare through education, training, communication and legislative representation.
  • To provide members with information beneficial to the successful operation of their business.

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Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia