The best of BMW’s factory trained technicians were competing in the Aftersales Competition for Excellence (ASCE) national final for the title of the Nation’s best technician. The competition brought together over 170 technicians from across the country in a series of preliminary tests in their respective regions. The top two technicians from each region, as determined by a previous set of tests, (and in one case, a tie-breaking face-off) were sent to the BMW Group University in Whitby to compete for the national title and a chance to go to the World Championships in Munich next year. ASCE competition entailed a series of closed-book, written tests. In addition the final required technicians to complete six 1-hour modules during the course of the day. The final tests were timed; technicians had 60 minutes to diagnose and repair a planted and relatively uncommon ‘fault’ on a BMW. The winners of the competition were unveiled at a reception dinner ceremony that evening. David Laliberté of BMW Laval was declared the first place winner of the 2009 ASCE competition and will go on to represent Canada in the World Championships in Munich next year. Second and third runners-up were, respectively: Benjamin Fallis of BMW Toronto and Peter Blesse of Town + Country BMW, followed by Stuart Weeks of Calgary BMW, Bryon Ruttle from Edmonton BMW, and Eric Charron of Park Avenue.