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News   April 24, 2002   by Auto Service World

Canadian International Auto Show Kicks Off with Expanded Learning Opportunities

In response to popular demand, organizers have seminars on new vehicle technology and other topics to its line-up being offered during the Canadian International Automotive Show May 3 to 5, 2002 in Toronto.
The New Vehicle Technology seminar will feature John Junker-Andersen of Nissan Canada Inc. The technology on vehicles that are produced today is the technology that needs to be repaired tomorrow. This seminar will allow working in the automotive aftermarket to learn about exciting new trends in vehicle technology and how they will impact the industry. The seminar will be offered on Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.
The new technology seminar is only one of some 30 seminars available at the event, organized by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada.
A WHMIS seminar designed specifically for collision repairers has also been added to the seminar line-up. The WHMIS seminar will be a modified OSSA version of the WHMIS training and will be video and workbook based. The seminar will deal with symbols, MSDS, diesel, isocyanates, shop safety and welding safety. By successfully completing all components of this course, participants will receive a completion certificate that is Ministry of Labour accepted and valid for three years. The WHMIS Seminar will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2002, at the International Centre from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The fee for this seminar is $50.
Registrations for the Inventory Management, Profitability for Wholesalers, Scott Biggs 10 Steps to Better Collision repair, Shop Integration/Shop Talk, Installer Profitability, OBD II, and 42 Volt seminars have been very strong.
Registrations are being taken on a first come first served basis, so AIA is recommending that visitors register early to ensure their participation in the seminar of their choice.
“The learning opportunities include technical as well as business management skills for both jobbers and installers,” says Ray Datt, AIA president. “There is even a seminar for exhibitors which is filling up quickly. And there are seminars for every sector of the industry — PBE, Machine Shop, and Hard Parts.”
In addition to the classroom style sessions, an engine building demonstration will be featured on the show floor.
The engine build will take approximately one hour to complete and will include learning sessions on causes of engine difficulties and preventative measures.
Most of the learning opportunities will be held during show hours for a fee of $25. Registration can be done on site, provided space is available, or online at