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News   February 22, 2013   by Auto Service World

2013 Aftermarket Conference for Executives

This year’s Aftermarket Conference for Executives (ACE) is being held at the beautiful Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Opening with a Welcome Reception the evening of April 11th, ACE is a one day leadership conference being held on April 12th that provides a unique learning and networking experience for senior executives and next-level managers specifically focused to their career level. Known for being an event with high-calibre, professional speakers, the 2013 Aftermarket Conference for Executives is no exception!

This year’s stellar line-up of speakers willing to share their wisdom, knowledge and insights include:

One of Canada’s best known political figures – Jean Charest

Serving from 2003 to 2012, Jean Charest was the 29th Premier of Québec. One of Canada’s best known political figures, he was elected to the House of Commons in 1984. Having assumed several responsibilities within government, he was appointed in 1993, Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. In 1998, Jean Charest became Leader of the Québec Liberal Party. Under his leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with a stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012, than the US, Europe and Canada. The Charest government has been a world leader on environmental and climate changes, having brought forward the first carbon levy in North America.

An award-winning journalist – Dan Gardner

Gardner is a columnist and senior writer with The Ottawa Citizen and The National Post. His writing has won or been nominated for every major Canadian award for newspaper journalism. Dan Gardner’s latest book, Future Babble, examines the dismal record of expert forecasts, explains why people and businesses keep falling for these modern-day fortune tellers. Gardner offers a fresh new perspective, not just on risk, but on the way people make decisions in the real world. His approach challenges many preconceptions and provides new ideas on how businesses can better prepare for the unpredictable future.

Cited as one of the most influential women in Canada – Dr. Sherry Cooper

The leader of a highly respected economics team, Dr. Cooper has recently retired as the Chief Economist of BMO Financial Group. She has repeatedly been called one of the most influential women in Canada and is in constant demand as a speaker and writer because of her ability to simplify and de-mystify the complex subjects of economics and finance. Dr. Cooper is frequently quoted by the media, and has published three books. She received the Lawrence Klein Award for U.S. forecasting accuracy in 2010, beating out a panel of 50 economists with her predictions for the four-year period from 2006 to 2009.

Program at a Glance

April 11th

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ACE Welcome Reception



7:00 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast & AIA Annual General Meeting

8:30 am – 9:30 am

ACE Conference Open

• Young Leadership Award

• Distinguished Service Award

• Automotive Business School Students Presentation

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Speaker – Dan Gardner

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speaker – Dr. Sherry Cooper

 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Speaker – Jean Charest

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

 Conference Closing Remarks


$849 (plus taxes) per person. Log into the AIA website to register for this event:

AIA Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be sent in writing to AIA Canada. Full refund less $40 administration fee will be made for cancellations received on or before March 15, 2013. No cancellations will be refunded after this date.

Hotel Accommodations

Experience the charm and luxury of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Nestled in the heart of Old Quebec and with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River or the architecture of Old Quebec City, you’ll feel an elegant touch of historic Europe. This stately luxury hotel stands above historic Old Quebec and has been designated a United Nations World Heritage Site. AIA has arranged for significant savings for 2013 ACE participants. Le Chateau Frontenac “Deluxe Old Quebec” rooms are available at a special rate of $229 for single/double occupancy. (Program rates will be extended three days prior and three days after the ACE conference based on room availability.)

Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. To make your room reservations, call 1-800-441-1414 and quote code AIAA0513 to receive the special rate.