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News   May 5, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

Register Now for the AIA Women’s Leadership Conference!



In just a few short years, this event has attained a solid reputation for celebrating visionary women and their remarkable leadership in non-traditional female careers. With the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay as a backdrop, Blue Mountain is a picturesque setting for this conference.

Beginning with a Welcome Reception and Dinner on June 15th at Tholos Restaurant and a full day conference on June 16th at the Blue Mountain Conference Centre, the Women’s Leadership Conference is the perfect opportunity for women in the automotive industry to spend time together and network with like-minded, talented and accomplished leaders.

Hotel Accommodations

Blue Mountain Resort

110 Jozo Weider Blvd

Blue Mountains, ON

(located near Collingwood, ON – approximate 90-minute drive from Toronto)


AIA has arranged for a block of rooms at special rates for the 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference. Rates will be dependent on the type of room you select. The cut-off date for reservations is Monday, May 16th.


For more instructions on booking your room, visit the AIA event page



Click here to view full program and highlights of other speakers including Janet Podleski, Shoana Prasad, Malcolm Sissmore, Debbie Travis, and a “Rising Stars of the Industry” panel moderated by Susan Hitchon.

France Daviault

Speaker Spotlight: France Daviault


Advancing Women in Automotive – Knowledge Exchange (AWAKE)

As Senior Director, Industry Relations for AIA Canada, France was instrumental in obtaining federal funding from Status of Women Canada. France’s vision to develop a comprehensive framework to address the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in automotive is fully supported by the aftermarket industry and other stakeholders, and AIA Canada is leading the way in addressing gaps within the industry. The first phase of the 3 year project called Advancing Women in Automotive – Knowledge Exchange (AWAKE) was to conduct a needs assessment aimed at gaining a better understanding of women’s perceptions of, and experiences in the industry; examining existing recruitment, retention and advancement practices; and recommending concrete actions to increase the industry’s ability to attract and retain female talent. The report will be launched at AIA’s Women’s Leadership Conference where France will provide a glimpse into the research findings and recommendations.


The Women’s Leadership Conference includes optional activities to choose from on June 15th:

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing (2.5 hours) – $50

includes transportation, 5 wine tastings, food pairings and taxes

Golf Tournament (4 hours/18 holes) – $99

includes golf, cart, lunch voucher and taxes (club rentals are $35)

Click here for more information


The cost to attend the conference is $529 per person (includes the Welcome Reception and Dinner on June 15th)

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