The Automotive Industries Association of Canada is pleased to announce that Eric Boutin from CARQUEST Canada is the winner of this year’s Young Executive of the Year Award. The award was presented during the AIA Aftermarket Conference for Executives held in Montreal, Quebec on April 28th.
The Young Executive of the Year Award was created in 2007 by the Young Executive Society Committee (YES) to provide member organizations with the opportunity to recognize remarkable employees who have impacted their company, community and industy. This is the third year that YES has awarded an outstanding employee for their dedication to the industry, their leadership, and innovation.
“Eric exemplifies all the qualities the award was designed to recognize. He is bright, has had an impact within each position he has held and is committed to supporting both AIA and the industry wherever he can,” stated Linda Donnini of Uni-Select, current Chair of the YES Committee.
Eric’s strong determination to set high standards for himself both personally and professionally has served him well. In addition to being an active member of AIA’s Young Executive Society Committee for the past two years, Eric is a strong believer in education and has been an active participant in the last two years at the Student Aftermarket Day held at Georgian College. Eric was recently promoted to Regional Manager at CARQUEST overseeing the operations of 13 stores in the Greater Toronto Area with responsibility for over 110 teammates. Prior to his current position, Eric was a Director of Finance at CARQUEST, where he was responsible for the financial oversight of Ontario and eastern Canada. Eric was actively involved in the financial aspects of the company’s merger and acquisition activities, including negotiation, valuation, due diligence, company integration and team training for acquisition targets. In addition, Eric was an Office Manager for General Parts Inc, US, where he supervised Customer Service Associates and Office Administrator activities. He also worked for BASF, France, as a project assistant on a special purchasing centralization project at the Paris Distribution Centre.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Accounting from the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a Certified Management Accountant. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University.