Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) Chairman of the Board, Brad Morris has announced the appointment of Tony Canade from Assured Automotive to the association’s board of directors. Tony Canade will be filling the position left vacant earlier this year with the passing of AIA director Rick Berg. “Because Rick was one of the driving forces behind AIA’s new strategic training partnership agreement with I-CAR International, we felt it was important to fill this role with an individual who was familiar with the needs of the collision industry,” stated Morris. He continued, “Tony is well known in the collision industry for his strong leadership skills and will well represent the collision repair industry in his role as director on the AIA board.” Canade is currently the president of Assured Automotive, an organization that owns and operates 32 collision repair centres in the Greater Toronto Area and vicinity. He completed his studies in Business Administration at York University in 1990. He then went on to work as a Student-in-Accounts for a CA Firm in Toronto. In 1992 Canade joined an automotive organization which operated a collision repair centre and various dealerships. In 2002 he became an Equity Partner in Oaktown Collision. In 2005, Oaktown Collision and Imperial Collision merged to form Assured Automotive. Canade also serves as chairman of the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF). He and his wife of 18 years, Mary, and their three children–Jonathan, Bianca and Nicholas–reside in Mississauga, Ont.