Marc Brazeau, president of the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has been promoted to the joint role of president and chief executive officer.
The announcement was made yesterday at the association’s 70th anniversary gala in Toronto.
John MacDonald, chairman of the board AIA Canada, told the audience of industry stalwarts that Brazeau’s new role as CEO will better allow him to steer the direction of AIA and communicate the needs of many industry partners with one voice.
"The Board could not be more pleased to announce this change to Mr. Brazeau’s title," he said. "Marc has been a strong leader, with his national office team by his side, for our over 900 members coast-to-coast. He has been a competent member of the Association for 16 years now."
Marc Brazeau started with AIA as vice president in 1997 and became president in 2008. As president, he has worked tirelessly to reach members across the country to strengthen AIA’s role as a national trade association. He has also made strides in advancing the aftermarket industry’s relationship with the federal government and continues to push for stronger partnerships with each of the provincial and territorial governments in Canada.
His change in title is effective immediately.
AIA is a national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. The aftermarket is a $19.4 billion industry that employs 420,000 people. The industry is composed of companies that manufacture, distribute and install automotive replacement parts, accessories, tools, and equipment. AIA represents manufacturers, re-builders, manufacturers agents, warehouse distributors, national distributors, buying groups, wholesalers, machine shops, retailers, and through its councils, the interests of collision repair shops and automotive service and repair outlets.