Retired Dana Canada executive Tom Saxton has been awarded the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Saxton, who retired as senior vice president of Dana Canada Inc. in the fall of 2001, served two terms as a member of the board of directors of the association. He also recently served as the chairman of its Government Relations Committee. Saxton has been involved in the automotive aftermarket since 1959 when he began working with the Dana Corporation and gained experience in a variety of Dana’s facilities in Canada and the United States. His responsibilities over the years included warehouse manager, aftermarket sales manager, plant manager, general manager, division manager, as well as vice president and general manager. He was chosen as the AIA Distinguished Service Award winner for his leadership qualities–his ability to lead industry people towards a common goal and towards the overall enhancement of the aftermarket industry. The AIA Distinguished Service Award is presented in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding leadership given to the growth and development of Canada’s automotive aftermarket industry. It is the highest award presented by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada to an outstanding individual within the Association. It was presented during the Canadian International Automotive Show which wrapped up yesterday in Toronto.