Beverlie Cook Leaves the Automotive Industries Association of Canada
By Ron A. Melihen
AIA of Canada will reorganize their staff since vice president Beverlie Cook will be leaving at the end of 2003, after almost 15 years of service. Cook began at AIA in 1988 and became vice-president in 1997. During those 15 years Cook led a study of the human resources affecting the collision repair industry. The study named "Prep for the Future" was published in 1999 and outlines the steps required to ensure growth and industry enhancement. "Bev played a pivotal role in enhancing the professionalism of the collision repair industry, said Vice Chair Larry Jefferies. An association executive for over 25 years she has served on AIA committee and councils including the Retailers council and Paint and Body equipment councils the past 12 years. In 2002 Cook was awarded the AKZO Nobel Most Influential Women in Collision Repair Industry Award. She also volunteered her time and energy to many great causes. She was a former volunteer member of the board of directors of Operation Go-Home; an organization dedicated to reuniting runaway teens with their families. Cook was also a former President of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and a former national director of the CSAE. Cook will still continue to act as a consultant to government and industry. AIA’s Deborah-Moynes-Keshen will assume many of Cook’s responsibilities.