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News   July 4, 2012   by Auto Service World

Automotive Industries Assocation of Canada to Manage Heavy Duty Distributor Council

The Heavy Duty Distributor Council of Canada (HDDC) has announced that it has engaged the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) to take over the management of the association.

“With HDDC’s potential for growth we are looking forward to working with AIA to fulfill our members’ needs and drive the council into the next phase of our evolution. AIA will be entering into this relationship with a strong understanding of the non-profit sector and an understanding of our industry but will allow the HDDC to retain our own Heavy Duty independent identity while utilizing all the synergies the AIA has to offer,” said Ian Johnston, president of HDDC.

AIA was selected to act as the management group for HDDC due to their experience in managing outside organizations. AIA currently manages the administration of The High Fives for Kids Foundation, is the Canadian licence holder for I-CAR International and has had previous experience with the management of the Motorist Assurance Program in Canada.

“With the many synergies between AIA Canada’s areas of excellence and the business interests of HDDC such as government relations, industry outreach, market research, membership development and events and networking opportunities, we believe this will be an effective change to allow the Board to move the Council forward in driving value to the membership,” the council says in a statement. “This will ensure that HDDC members will be managed by a group with experience in building a strong voice with government, experience in identifying member needs in market research and providing the support needed for the Board as we build a new business plan around adding member value to ensure a business experience that exceeds expectations.”

Members with inquiries relating to HDDC activities should contact Therese Santostefano at or visit the website at