Your Monthly Minute
January 2017
Is Innovation the New Buzzword or a Permanent Fixture of the Automotive World? Find Out in Our Upcoming Report!
Whether it is for safety, usefulness or simply for pure innovation, the automotive industry is constantly experimenting with new and, at times, even unconventional technologies. Self-driving cars, ride-sharing, green technology, and the likes are taking the automotive world by storm. And not just that, these technologies have the potential to become mainstream in as early as the next five years!

AIA Canada's soon-to-be-released report, "The Changing Automotive Landscape: An Introduction" is a brief report on the major technologies shaping the automotive industry, which will in turn have an impact on the aftermarket.

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4 Key Things You Should Know About NAFTA
During the U.S. presidential campaign, the NAFTA, which has created an integrated automotive industry amongst its three signatories - Canada, the United States (U.S.) and Mexico - was a very hot topic.  The now incoming U.S administration  signaled  throughout the campaign that there was the possibility that the NAFTA would be scrapped and/or amended. Comment s made  att ribute d the loss of jobs in the U.S. automotive industry to the NAFTA and pointed to the incoming administration's intention to renegotiate the NAFTA to terms that are more favorable to the U.S.   This leaves the fate of the NAFTA in question.
While no one can know for sure what will happen to the NAFTA when the new administration takes over the White House on January 20, 2017, there are a number of key factors that one can take into consideration to facilitate their own analysis of the issue. We hope this brief overview (in English only) of some of those factors will give you something to think about and we look forward to continuing this discussion with our members in 2017.
A Quick Look at the First Cabinet Shuffle
On January 10, 2017, it was announced that six federal ministries will undergo leadership changes. Many commentators point to the incoming Trump administration as the key reason behind some of the changes; the idea being that a strong government that can work effectively with the Trump administration needs to be in place.  
Chrystia Freeland has replaced Stéphane Dion as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This shakeup is likely tied to the incoming U.S. administration. Freeland, who will leave her post as Minister of International Trade, brings to her new file a strong resume of writing and speaking on international business and economics and important connections in the key regions of the world. Freeland is viewed (by some) as having the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to work with the incoming U.S. administration.

Read more here.
The AIA and GAAS Scholarship Program Now Under New Name, Accepting Applications
For more than twenty years, the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Program provided funds to students in the aftermarket. In late 2016, GAAS was dissolved as was its scholarship program. However, we are happy to announce that a similar program has been created by AIA Canada and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to take its place.

Please note that the scholarship amount, application process and the criteria for the scholarship have not changed. Information on the scholarship program can be found on the AIA website.

Now Accepting Automotive Scholarship Applications!
Click to download the application form
Deadline June 15, 2017

If you have any additional questions about our scholarship programs, please speak to Didina Kyenge (

For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit or contact Barbara Cunningham at 816-584-0511 or
Economical Insurance Supports Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program
Economical Insurance recently announced its support for the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP).  The essential function of the CCIAP is to accredit collision repair facilities against a collection of standards which are contributed by participating OEs and/or other stakeholders. The CCIAP is run by and for the Canadian collision repair industry. 

"We applaud AIA Canada for taking leadership on this and are exceptionally proud to be the first Canadian insurer to endorse this new accreditation program," said Rocco Neglia, Vice-President of Claims at Economical. "We will require all of our collision repair facilities to work towards and become accredited through this independent non-profit organization."

Read more here.
CCIAP Breaks the 300 Shop Mark
2017 is off to a roaring start for the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). Since its launch in October 2016, over 300 collision repair facilities from coast to coast have registered with CCIAP.  As of January 1st, over 20 of those registered have scheduled their accreditation audit for the coming months. Program administrators hope to see these shops join the ranks of accredited shops alongside the first accredited shop, Fix Auto North Bay, which received its accreditation in December 2016. 

Read the full press release here.
2017 Automotive Aftermarket Events Now Online

Events taking place in the automotive aftermarket industry are now available on our events page, including our 75th Anniversary Gala and Grey Cup Tailgate Party!

Check out the events calendar here.

If you are an AIA member and would like to submit your event to our calendar, please login to your account and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
Southern Alberta Division Makes Generous Donation
AIA Canada's Southern Alberta Division makes a generous donation to YWCA Sheriff KingHome. A cheque of $5,000 was presented to Sheriff King Home to help shelter women and their children with a safe place to begin rebuilding their lives.
AIA Welcomes Ron Tremblay as ASP Council Chair
AIA Canada is pleased to announce Ron Tremblay as Chair of the reinstated ASP council. Ron Tremblay grew up in a second generation auto service family and became a third generation Automotive Service Apprentice, in 1978, at Tremblay Motors in Vancouver, which his grandfather founded in 1934.  Ron's passion for business and strong family values provided a challenging and beneficial education, which gave him a keen vision and knowledge to manage, lead and redesign his own six bay service facility in the heart of Vancouver B.C. into a highly profitable business that makes use of state of the art tools and context to remain at the front of the industry. 

Read more about Ron Tremblay here.
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In This Issue
Knowledge Centre
Access the latest in market research and industry data. 

Latest Research 
E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners

Coming soon

The Changing Automotive Landscape: An Introduction

Consumer Series: Repair & Maintenance Views of 2,000 Canadians

Consumer Series: Telematics & the Canadian Consumer

Innovation in the Aftermarket: What's on the radar?

2016 Wage & Salary Survey

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Industry Job Board

N.B. Free member benefit.
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Upcoming Events

January 2017
27 - CCIF Toronto 2017

March 2017

28 - YES Conference

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2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!
There are a few changes to our program this year so make sure to check it out. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to  Leave Your Mark on the industry during the 75th anniversary year of your trade association!

Click here for the program.
Jobber Matters
Did you know that AIA has a monthly newsletter specifically for its Jobber members?