The Automotive Industries Association of Canada has announced that Eric Boutin of Carquest Canada is the winner of this year’s Young Executive of the Year Award.
The Young Executive of the Year Award was created in 2007 by the Young Executive Society Committee (YES) to provide member organizations with the opportunity to recognize remarkable employees who have had an impact on their company, community, and industry. This is the third year that YES has awarded an outstanding employee for his or her dedication to the industry, leadership, and innovation.
“Eric exemplifies all the qualities the award was designed to recognize. He is bright, has had an impact within each position he has held, and is committed to supporting both the AIA and the industry wherever he can,” states Linda Donnini of Uni-Select, current chair of the YES Committee.
Boutin’s strong determination to set high standards for himself both personally and professionally has served him well. In addition to being an active member of AIA’s Young Executive Society Committee for the past two years, Boutin is a strong believer in education and has been an active participant for the last two years at the Student Aftermarket Day held at Georgian College.
Boutin was recently promoted to regional manager at Carquest, overseeing the operations of 13 stores in the Greater Toronto Area with responsibility for over 110 teammates.
Prior to his current position, Boutin was a director of finance at Carquest, where he was responsible for the financial oversight of Ontario and Eastern Canada. Boutin was actively involved in the financial aspects of the company’s merger and acquisition activities, including negotiation, valuation, due diligence, company integration, and team training for acquisition targets. In addition, Boutin was an office manager for General Parts Inc., U.S., where he supervised customer service associates and office administrator activities. He also worked for BASF, France, as a project assistant on a special purchasing centralization project at the Paris Distribution Centre.
Boutin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Accounting from the Universit du Qubec Montral and is a Certified Management Accountant. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University.