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News   September 10, 2012   by CARS Magazine

2012 Western Canada Service Providers Forum

In our current economic climate, it is more important than ever to “Raise the Bar” and enhance one’s business skills to ensure success. The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada helped to equip more than 115...


In our current economic climate, it is more important than ever to “Raise the Bar” and enhance one’s business skills to ensure success. The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada helped to equip more than 115 individuals, 40 per cent of whom were automotive service providers, to do just that through its Western Canada Automotive Service Providers Forum, which took place in Edmonton, Alberta.

“AIA members know how important opportunities to network with colleagues and customers are; however, learning about new and effective business processes helps them ‘Raise the Bar’ for their own bottom line – not in the future but beginning today,” said AIA Canada president, Marc Brazeau. “That is exactly why events such as the Western Canada Automotive Service Providers Forum are so important for members.”

The event kicked off with opening remarks from the Northern Alberta division chair, Gerald Kottke, and a presentation on how to improve business operations while maintaining a work-life balance by Donald Cooper. The day continued with networking opportunities and a number of other informative presentations touching on vehicle technology and business strategies to improve potential and achieve success. The day was capped off with a lively and entertaining session with sports radio announcer Jason Gregor and former NHL hockey player Jason Strudwick.

At the Forum, AIA also presented five recipients with their Diamond Jubilee Medals, which were produced by the Government of Canada to honour the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne and recognize her great service to this country. Bob Sinclair (Dixie Electric Ltd.), Casey Wnuk (Dayco Canada Corp.), Darryl Moroz (Lyman Agencies Ltd.), Sean Corcelli (Uni-Select Canada), and Zara Wishloff (Automotive Parts Distributors) were all acknowledged for their leadership in the aftermarket industry and contributions to their communities.

AIA chairman of the board, John MacDonald, stated that, “It is truly an honour to be able to award these five individuals their Diamond Jubilee medals in front of their peers at a prominent AIA division event. Their work is truly appreciated.” AIA wishes to congratulate these five worthy individuals once again for the work they do to better the industry and the lives of those in their communities.