The Ontario Auctioneer

Auctioneers Association of Ontario
January 2023

AAO Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Auctioneers Association of Ontario will be held in the Churchill Room of the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 407 North Front Street, Belleville, ON on Friday, March 10th, 2023 starting at 3:30 pm. All resolutions must be in the hands of the Secretary before February 20th, 2023 to be dealt with at this meeting.

AAO Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award

The AAO Lifetime Achievement Award is given each year to an individual, or individuals, in recognition of significant and enduring contribution to the Association and the Auction Industry.
 
The Association would like to formally recognize those members who have rendered exceptional services to the profession, whose achievements in their careers and/or whose contributions in the community have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession. Within this community of professionals, there are a few exceptional individuals whose dedication, commitment and extraordinary contribution include achievements of such significance across a broad range of areas that the Association wishes to recognize these exceptional individuals by awarding them a Lifetime achievement Award. The AAO is honoured to have the opportunity for its members to select and recognize a person who has given outstanding support and service to the Association over the years. Nominations should be submitted to the AAO secretary before February 20th of each year. Documentation should accompany this nomination. All nominations can be sent to our secretary at auctioneersontario@gmail.com

Selection Criteria

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award should meet the following criteria:
–        Demonstrated exceptional service/leadership over a significant period of time. This award is for lifetime achievement rather than a single contribution.
–        Promotes excellence within themselves, their community and the Association. Encourages learning, passion, leadership, and enthusiasm within the Association and industry.
–        Displayed a wisdom and depth of service/leadership that has made a significant difference to individuals.
–        Demonstrates the core values of the AAO.

Nomination Criteria

–        The nominee need not necessarily be a practising auctioneer, nor a current member of the AAO. The AAO may also choose to make the award posthumously if the circumstances are appropriate.
–        All submissions for this recognition are considered in confidence by the Committee, and nominations will not be publicly disclosed. The President and members of the Board are not eligible for this award while in office.
–        Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award should be forwarded no later than February 20th of each year, by email to the Secretary with a short explanation of the reason for nomination.
–        All nominations will be assessed on their comparative merits by the standing Committee, who will decide the eventual recipient(s) by majority vote. This is an important award but is necessarily subjective. It should not be viewed to be in any way competitive.

Member of the Year Award

The Association would like to express its appreciation and recognize a member that exhibits a prominent commitment to the AAO by their time, talent and resources invested, who has given outstanding support and service to further the goals and objectives of the Association. Nominations should be submitted to the AAO secretary by FEBUARY 20TH of each year. Documentation should accompany this nomination. All nominations can be sent to our secretary at auctioneersontario@gmail.com

Selection Criteria

Nominees for the Member of the Year Award should meet the following criteria:
–        Demonstrated exceptional service and leadership over the past year.
–        Promotes passion, leadership, enthusiasm and excellence within themselves and the Association.
–        Nominee cannot have won the award in the past two years.

Nomination Criteria

–        All submissions for this award are considered in confidence by the Committee, and nominations will not be publicly disclosed.
–        All nominations will be assessed on their comparative merits by the standing Committee, who will decide the recipient by majority vote. This is an esteemed award, but is necessarily subjective. It should not be viewed to be in any way competitive.
–        Nominations for the Member of the Year should be forwarded no later than February 20th of each year, by email to the Secretary with a short explanation of reason for nomination.

Gerald Cryderman Memorial Award

Each year, AAO is pleased to offer this perpetual plaque to the member submitting the best “Sales Bill” with the AAO logo on it. This year, it has been determined that the best website shall be also considered as a submission for this award. The AAO logo must appear on the home page of the website or sales bill for consideration of the winner. Gerald Cryderman was a past–president of AAO and knew the importance of quality advertising. Nominations for the Gerald Cryderman Memorial Award should be forwarded no later than February 20th of each year, by email to the Secretary with a short explanation of reason for nomination. All nominations can be sent to our secretary at auctioneersontario@gmail.com

Ruth Hart-Stephens Bursary

The Ruth Hart-Stephens Educational Bursary is presented annually to a deserving member in good standing who has applied for continuing education and professional development in an auction or auction-related field.
In 2003, the AAO founded an educational bursary aimed at promoting advanced professional development and continuing education for established auctioneers. The bursary was renamed in 2008, to honour the late Ruth Hart-Stephens. Ruth’s untimely demise in December 2007, after 43 years in the auction business, left a gap in the auto auction world and the auction industry in general. Under the leadership of Ruth and her son Brad Hart, Manheim’s Toronto Auto Auctions have been staunch supporters of the AAO. Ruth believed 100% in the auction method of marketing, the need for constant upgrading of professional knowledge and skills, and maximum effort in the auction ring. 
The Ruth Hart-Stephens Educational Bursary is presented annually to a deserving member in good standing who has applied for continuing education and professional development in an auction or auction-related field. The Bursary is for higher-level, academic knowledge and/or skill based education. The recipient of the Bursary is announced at the close of the convention at the President’s Banquet. The Bursary award shall not exceed $1000.
Past recipients have used the Bursary to go towards various courses, including The CPPAG (Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group), CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute, provided by the NAA/National Auctioneers Association), BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist by the NAA), extra educational opportunities and classes provided by the Canadian Auction College and more. There have been many recipients of this Bursary since its inception and there have been years where there have been no applicants. The Board of Directors would be pleased to direct the allocated funds to a deserving AAO member.
Applicants must be members in good standing and active in the auction industry. The Educational Bursary application form must be completed in full – incomplete applications will not be accepted. All funding from other sources must be declared on the application. The Bursary is not retroactive and cannot be applied against courses already completed. The application, all written reports, submissions and supporting documents become the property of the AAO.  
If you would like to apply for the Ruth Hart-Stephens Educational Bursary, you may obtain an application form from the Secretary/Treasurer at:
Secretary Treasurer AAO, 519-829-5666 • auctioneersassociation@gmail.com REMEMBER: SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS February 20th.

Convention Details

We are happy to announce that the annual 2023 convention is taking place on Friday March 10th in Belleville Ontario at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Belleville, 407 North Front Street just off Highway 401. Guests can book in on Thursday March 9th and presenters will begin at 9:30am Friday March 10th. We are excited to announce one of our guest speakers Barry Gordon Founding Director of the AAO in 1984, founder of Gordons Estate Services and CO founder of MAXSOLD. Barry will be discussing “How we got here” explaining their story of starting out as a simple cattle auctioneer to real estate, to Estate settlement, to MAXSOLD and the evolution of the company. With our members having a larger online presence than ever before we believe that the information Barry can provide and the experiences he can share with our members will be extremely educational and beneficial. 
 
We are also happy to announce Frances Fripp as a guest speaker for our 2023 convention. Frances will be discussing the industry of Charity Auctions. Frances is a Provincial Champion Auctioneer and Ontario Auctioneer’s Association Past President. She is the National Auctioneer Association’s Ambassador for Canada and one of the top Benefit Auctioneer Specialists in the country. Frances has worked with foundations and organizations across Canada raising millions of dollars in funds. The information she can provide to our members with regards to charity auctions will be a big benefit to our members.
 
 
Room rates are approximately $160+tax per night for two queen beds or a king with a sofa and include a complimentary hot breakfast, free parking, free wifi, large heated indoor pool as well as access to the business center. To book your reservation please contact Fairfield by Marriott Belleville at 613-962-9211.
The competition and banquet will take place Saturday March 11th with the competition beginning at 10am and the banquet beginning at 5:45pm. Banquet fees will be $75 per person or $130 per couple.

Competition

The Auctioneer’s Association of Ontario invites all auctioneers to the:

2023 Ontario Auctioneer’s Competition

The competition will be held in conjunction with the Auctioneer’s Association of Ontario’s annual convention hosted at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Convention Center, Belleville Ontario, from Friday March 10th to Sunday March 12th, 2023.
 
All Auctioneers in Ontario will be eligible to compete for the competition on Saturday March 11th, 2023. There will be two divisions, Champion and Novice.
 
Experienced Division Rewards include:
1st place will receive AAO Champion trophy, a gold ring and a $1000.00 cash prize.
2nd place will receive a plaque and $500.00 cash prize.
3rd place will receive a plaque and $300.00 cash prize.
 
 
Novice Division (two years or less experience) Rewards include:
1st place will receive a plaque and a free years membership to the AAO
2nd place will receive a plaque.
 
– If there are 5 competing Women, a Women’s Championship will be awarded. The Women’s Champion will receive a trophy plus $500, Reserve will receive $250. This award is sponsored by the Canadian Auction College.

Rules

–        All contestants must be present at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th, 2023 at Hoss’s Auction House, Quinte West, 2544 County Road 64, Quinte West ON K0K 1L0..
–        The competition will consist of 5 judges from different areas of the auction industry. The top and bottom scores will be dropped, and placements will be based on the average of the 3 remaining judge’s scores.
–        First round contestants will sell 3 items consisting of 2 items supplied by the competitor valuing over 50 dollars total. Auctioneers will sell their own supplied items.
–        The top 4 contestants in each division will be brought back for the final round selling 2 items that will be supplied by the Association. The winners will be announced at the end of the competition and given free passes to our banquet on Saturday night where presentations will be made.
–        Entry fee for the champions division is $150.00 payable to The Ontario Auctioneer’s Association and free for the novice division.
–        Former Champions in any given category are not eligible to compete in divisions they have already won for five years.
–        ALL Prize winners MUST attend President’s Banquet to collect prizes.

Entries will be accepted up till March 1st, 2023.

To make this a fair and impartial competition, no member of the Competition Committee will compete in the competition. No competitor will be allowed to use the mic before the competition. Each auctioneer will be invited to the mic for a pre-sale mic check.