The Automotive Industries Association of Canada has formed an Events Task Force to establish a comprehensive strategy for the future. In 2002, the association cancelled the 2004 Canadian International Automotive Show. In 2003, a traditional AIA Convention was held in May in Charlottetown and a Regional Conference was held in Red Deer, Alberta, in June. AIA Divisions also hold events throughout the year. The 2003 AIA Forum – Out of the Box will be held on November 19, 2003. “AIA continues to evolve to meet the needs of the aftermarket,” says AIA chair Ken Coulter. “When considering events, a number of factors need to be considered, including networking, information, and education, as well as all of the groups that work together to create a successful aftermarket industry, including automotive service providers, jobbers, warehouse distributors, suppliers, and related companies.” By having a clear events strategy for the future, AIA will ensure that it provides the aftermarket with value for membership and the tools that it requires to continue as a strong and vital industry. An events strategy will also ensure that there is no duplication of effort within the industry. Because of the high degree of importance placed on this issue, the Task Force will be composed of the members of the executive committee, Chair Ken Coulter, 1st vice chair Larry Jefferies, 2nd vice chair Malcolm Sissmore, and immediate past chair Sean Corcelli, as well as the chair of the Suppliers Council, Robert Tribe; the co-chairs of the Jobber & WDs Council John Cochrane and John MacDonald; and the chair of the Information Resources Committee Randy Moore, who is also a former chair of AIA. The task force will also include AIA president Ray Datt. The task force will determine what, if any events the association should hold, and what criteria should be used to determine if an event should be held. Members will be consulted throughout the process.