The new location and format of the CCIF Cars & Technology Showcase was a huge success, attracting over 600 registrations. The event was sold out, and unfortunately those who waited until the last minute were unable to obtain a ticket. The Showcase area featured vehicles from leading manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Porsche and Toyota who not only displayed their vehicles, but also brought their technical experts and engineers to the event to speak with CCIF attendees and present new information about their vehicles and technology, including implications for repair during the reception and lunch break.
In addition, 29 vendors specializing in tools, equipment and technology shared that latest cutting edge products and services available on the market. The CCIF meeting included collision repair, OEM and insurance experts who provided insight into the major industry issues being faced in today’s Canadian market.
The venue, Universal Eventspace provided an upscale environment with great food, and a beautiful setting, with hotels in walking distance from the event. In January 2017, the event will return to the same location, but with expanded seating to allow for more attendees to purchase tickets.
Haiti Arise Corporate Sponsorship Program
At the CCIF Cars & Technology Showcase, Leanne Jefferies, Director, Collision Programs at AIA Canada announced the new Haiti Arise Corporate Sponsorship Program.
She spoke about the success of the “build a brick” campaign – raising over $30,000 to date. She also explained that we need to raise a one-time donation of $200,000 to get our autobody classroom and shop constructed in Haiti. Once this building is up, our project can move to the next level and become self-sustaining. Corporate sponsors of the program will be recognized at CCIF meetings throughout the rest of the year. She introduced Terry Allen, CEO of Speedy Collision, to say a few words and kick off the corporate sponsorship program with a cheque for $10,000 from Speedy Collision and Sherwin-Williams. He encouraged other companies to join in and help make the project a reality. “It’s very rare to have the opportunity to make such a big positive impact on others, so we are excited to be a part of this project, working together with the entire industry to help others where it is so desperately needed,” said Allen.