Three leaders in the automotive industry of Quebec will be feted at a gala dinner on Jan. 22, 2014.
Honorees at this year’s Automotive Industry Recognition Gala will be John Del Vasto, founder and current president of Vast Auto Distribution; André Touchette, president of Le Groupe Touchette; and Louis Héroux, deputy senior vice-president, claims at Intact Assurance.
Together they represent three segments of Quebec’s automotive industry: parts distribution, mechanical repair, and collision repair.
The event will is a joint presentation by the Quebec division of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, the Association of Tire and Mechanical Specialists of Quebec, and the Corporation of Professional Collision Repair Specialists.
Del Vasto heads up the Vast-Auto network in Quebec and Ontario, which now has more than 250 employees, four distribution centers, almost 80 parts stores, and more than 300 shops.
Touchette began Le Groupe Touchette in his basement in Iberville, and has overseen its growth into a successful business with a head office in Montreal, five locations (St-Laurent Boulevard and Pie-IX Boulevard in Montreal, Laval, Saint-Constant and Verdun), and seven warehouses across Canada.
Héroux is responsible, at the national level, for the implementation of projects that aim to improve the solutions offered to customers who are victims of vehicle accidents. He supervises the activities of the claims legal service as well as the development of relationships with providers of goods and services, such as automotive repair shops, renovation contractors, and health professionals.
Learn more about the Automotive Industry Recognition Gala here.
About the Automotive Industries Association of Canada
AIA is the national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. The aftermarket is a $19.4 billion industry that employs more than 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. AIA’s mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry.
About the Association of Tire and Mechanical Specialists of Quebec
The ASPMQ is a group of independent dealers engaged in the fields of new and re-treaded tires and of mechanical services. The ASPMQ represents independent retailers who install tires and mechanical parts in Quebec. The association works closely with the Quebec Department of Transportation in order to encourage its members to fully assume their prevention and information responsibilities to their customers.
About the Corporation of Professional Collision Repair Specialists
CCPQ’s mandate is to advocate and defend the rights of its members in all forums, including with public authorities, and to defend and promote the notion of the three-party business relationship between insurers, body repair specialists and clients with claims (referencing precept). It also highlights the professionalism of its members and takes part in the continued improvement of the services offered to consumers.