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CAF Report: Fewer students starting, completing apprenticeships
June 25, 2019 by Renee Montague

Fewer students are starting apprenticeship programs, complicating the challenge of finding skilled trade workers as  Canada’s retirement rates accelerates. That’s the conclusion of a new report conducted by Prism Economics and Analysis, commissioned by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF). The 2019

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Don’t believe the hype. Young people still value vehicle ownership
June 25, 2019 by Renee Montague

Auto analyst John McElroy says predictions about the end of personal vehicle ownership are overblown. Speaking at the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) conference in Windsor,  McElroy said car ownership will continue to be attractive to young people for as

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Transport Canada to review GM brake issues
June 25, 2019 by Renee Montague

Following the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s probe in November, Transport Canada has opened a probe into braking issues in nearly 250,000 General Motors full-size pickups and SUVs. Transport Canada’s probe covers 249,700 2015 through 2017 model year

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Shop plans a smashing event to raise funds for a good cause
June 24, 2019 by Renee Montague

Want to raise money for a good cause, but think a car wash is too boring? You could take a page from Dundas shop owner Bruce Eccles’ playbook. He and his team are inviting customers to pay $5 to smash

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ACC gets new leadership and board members
June 24, 2019 by Renee Montague

Georgianne Dickey is the new president of the Automotive Communication Council (ACC), replacing Jacki Lutz, who will remain on the executive committee as immediate past president. Dickey, the senior manager of product and marketing communications with NTN bearings, has been

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Exide welcomes new executive vice president, COO
June 24, 2019 by Renee Montague

Michael Judd has been appointed executive vice president and chief operations officer for Exide Technologies. He’ll lead the global manufacturing operations for Exide from the company’s headquarters in Milton, Ga. “We are excited to have Mike join our leadership team,”

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Aftermarket professionals get tech primer, career advice
June 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Well-known technology commentator Michael Hainsworth offered his taken on the advent of 5G networks in North America. Speaking at a Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) event at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club last week, Hainsworth offered a primer on

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Mister Transmission golfers raise $15,000 for children and youth
June 22, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Mister Transmission suppliers and franchisees raised over $15,000 for the company’s charitable fund at the 31st annual Mister Transmission Charity Golf Tournament on Friday. Held at King’s Riding Golf Club in King City, Ont., more 80 golfers enjoyed a day on

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Wakefield takes full advantage of Raptors sponsorship
June 22, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Wakefield Canada says the Raptors’ historic success gave it a unique chance to give its customers and partners a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Wakefield, whose Castrol brand is the official oil and lubricant of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), got advance

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Raptors’ win will cause retail boost for Canadian Tire, BMO predicts
June 22, 2019 by Allan Janssen

An equity research analyst for BMO Capital Markets predicts that the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship win will mean good things for Canadian Tire’s bottom line. Analyst Peter Sklar has raised his profit outlook for CTC, as fans flock to stores

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Jasper acquires Diesel USA Group
June 21, 2019 by Renee Montague

Jasper Holdings Inc., the parent company of Jasper Engines and Transmissions, has acquired Diesel USA Group Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The current leadership team at Diesel USA Group will continue to lead and operate the company independently of Jasper.

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Volvo USA offers free towing for life
June 21, 2019 by Renee Montague

Volvo Car USA is offering free towing to all U.S. Volvo owners, regardless of the age of the car or whether the vehicle belongs to a post-warranty customer. The “Tow for Life” program, announced at the beginning of this month,