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News   February 19, 2015   by Auto Service World

Driving Forward…Together

Register Now For The AIA Ontario Automotive Service Providers Forum

#aftermarket – Planned specifically for today’s shop owners and managers who are stretched to the limit with both time and resources, the Automotive Service Providers Forum is a must attend event.

This value-filled afternoon of learning is the perfect opportunity to hear from industry leaders who will provide you with “game changing” information and advice to help ensure that your shop remains efficient and profitable.

To be held on April 1, 2015 at the Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon road, Toronto, the AIA Ontario Automotive Service Provider Forum offers five reasons to register:


-John Cochrane, Cochrane Automotive

 -Dr. Peter Frise, Program Leader and CEO of AUTO21

-Rick Nadeau, President/Founder of Quorus Consulting Group

-John Watt, John Watt Consulting

-Melissa Fletcher, Northern Lights


-Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS)

-New technology and how it will impact the aftermarket industry

-Increasing the earning potential of your shop

-Market research on consumer awareness and attitudes

-Government Services update that can help you with your staff training costs


-A great chance to meet with exhibitors who will be featuring their newest equipment, tools and shop management programs


The day will leave plenty of time to network and meet new contacts during refreshment and meal breaks


Shop owners and technicians who visit the trade show can enter for a chance to win a $1000 credit towards the purchase of tools, equipment or services from the exhibitor of their choices.


11:00 am to 12:00 noon

Registration / Trade Show

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

Luncheon / AIA Update – Chairman of the Board

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Consumer Attitudes and Behaviours – Rick Nadeau

Research has shown that repair work worth billions of dollars is not being undertaken in Canada each year.  AIA Canada contracted Rick Nadeau, President and founder of Quorus Consulting Group Inc. to find out why. Hear the results of his research as well as consumer awareness and attitudes towards in-car data.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Why Your Shop NEEDS to know about CASIS – John Cochrane

Do you know what CASIS is? Are you familiar with “Right to Repair? The Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS) provides a framework for Canadian automobile manufacturers to share their service and repair information with our industry (the aftermarket) at the same level as their authorized dealers.  This agreement provides Canadian shops access and information to OEM, including:

•    Vehicle reflash programming/service information such as wiring diagrams, etc.

•    Factory scan tools and equipment

•    Training from the OE Manufacturers

•    Vehicle Security

•    Collision Repair

Shops need this information to properly repair today’s complex vehicles.  With more than 11 years of experience working with AIA Canada on the Right to Repair issue, John Cochrane has a vast knowledge and expertise on this issue and can help you access and use this information to repair your customer’s vehicles in your shop.  Not only will this information eliminate the need to send your customer’s vehicle to the dealer – it will also increase your shop’s profitability.  You cannot afford to miss this session!

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Networking Break / Trade Show

3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

3 Changes that Lead to More Service Provider Profit – John Watt

Automotive Service Providers will receive insight and suggestions on how to increase the capacity of their bay staff, process vehicles to find what they really need, and how to establish the earning potential of their business. Attendees will also be provided with a framework for performance, based on industry studies and consumer demand trends.

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

The Future of Automotive Technology – Dr. Peter Frise

Hear from leading industry expert Dr. Peter Frise, Program Leader and CEO of AUTO21, a federal Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) on the Automobile of the 21st Century.  Dr. Frise will present major vehicle trends and how these will impact Canada’s vehicle manufacturing sector, the automotive service/repair sector and how shops will need to respond to these trends to remain profitable in the future.

5:15 pm to 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks


Exhibiting at the Ontario Automotive Service Providers Forum is your best opportunity to make face-to-face contact with your key customers as well as engage and develop relationships with new ones. Connect with this targeted audience of wholesalers, warehouse distributors and shop owners/managers of automotive service and repair shops and empower them with knowledge about the products and services your company can offer to increase their efficiency and their profitability.  

Cost to exhibit:     $600

This exhibit fee includes a $100 contribution to a prize draw of a $1000 credit that the recipient is to spend purchasing a service / tool / equipment from a participating exhibitor. Winner will be announced at the end of the day.


$149 per person (plus taxes). Added bonus for Wholesalers – receive one (1) Tim Horton’s gift card for each customer you register. Register online at  For assistance with registration, please contact: Katie Lemenchick at 800-808-2920 ext 230 or email:


Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J5TEL: 1-866-932-7058

AIA Canada has negotiated a special rate for 2015 Ontario Forum participants: $159 (single/double). All guests must make their own reservations directly with the Sheraton on an individual basis, identifying themselves as a member of AIA Canada.  Reservations can be made directly with the hotel by calling 1-866-932-7058 and reservations must be received at the hotel by February 26, 2015.

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