Auto Service World
Feature   November 1, 2000   by Bob Blans

ACROSS CANADA REPORT: On a Mission for the Aftermarket

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada has developed a new mission statement in keeping with a changing automotive aftermarket industry and the needs of its members.

The mission statement was developed as a result of industry workshops held this summer.

This is an important development that will have an impact on the association and the industry for many years to come.

The new mission statement reads: “AIA is the voice and the resource for the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. Its mandate is to promote, educate and represent members in all areas that impact the growth and prosperity of the industry.”

It means promoting a more positive image for the aftermarket industry by encouraging members and their customers to become more professional, responsible and obligated to the consumer. It also means educating members and their customers on the importance of continuous training and improvement in business. AIA is further mandated to represent members and the industry at large in all matters affecting the aftermarket industry in Canada.

The association will now develop various action plans in support of that mandate.

In other developments, Bill C-205 (regarding the tool tax exemption) may or may not receive third reading depending on when an election is called. But the good news now is that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance prefers to deal with the tool tax issue as a budget item and not as a private members bill. The chairman of the Finance Committee says he will support the industry’s position and recommend a solution to the Minister of Finance prior to the next budget.

Now here’s a story I like and I would like to get more like it.

Peter Gilchrist AIA’s B.C. Interior representative is a nice guy, of course. Well, he’s not just a pretty face. Olympic athletes take note: Peter participated in the swimming events at the B.C. Senior Games held in Kelowna. In seven events he received three gold medals, three silver and one bronze. This item came from Harold Nicholls, the Vancouver Island and B.C. rep. Peter himself is too modest to make such a revelation. Congratulations, Peter.


In other news, Harold Nicholls reports that the Vancouver Island Div. 6th consecutive golf tournament in aid the of the Marion Scholarship Fund was a success. He credits Keith Hoelscher of Qualicum Auto and Marine and Charlie Craik of Dana Canada with being the workhorses who made it all happen. About 90 golfers from the Vancouver area and Vancouver Island took part.

Some sad news reached us from Grant Christy, Christy Sales in White Rock, B.C. He reports that his father, Ken Christy, was killed in a car accident while traveling in the U.S. Ken had been retired for three years, but spent his entire life in the automotive aftermarket with Fram and later with Monroe. Grant wrote: “Dad was very well respected throughout Western Canada and probably knew every jobber out there. He came from the ‘old school’ and called on everyone. Many people in the industry here in Vancouver attended the funeral and I feel it would be nice if others throughout the industry were made aware of his passing.” I’m sure he will be remembered by many.

This from Frank Frapporti, president of Timmins Automotive in Timmins, Ont.: Timmins Automotive Limited, Uptown Automotive and Maslack Supply held their 30th Automotive Golf Tournament in mid-September and each company is sending donations to the Marion Roberts Scholarship Fund.

Note: If you have any information to contribute to this column please call Bob Blans at (905) 844-8616, Fax (905) 844-8731, E-Mail to or write to Across Canada Report c/o Jobber News Magazine, 1450 Don Mills Rd., Don Mills, ON M3B 2X7. In addition to AIA Division activities we are interested in hearing from you about the opening of a new business, change of ownership, expansions etc.