Your Monthly Minute
November 2017
AIA Canada needs members like you to strengthen the network of people working together to ensure the success of the automotive aftermarket industry. When you renew your membership with us, you are renewing your commitment to the automotive aftermarket. Your membership ensures that our industry continues to have a strong and united VOICE and allows AIA to continue to be the RESOURCE for all in the industry and with the government.

This year, AIA Canada celebrates its 75th anniversary. We are very proud of the many successes the association has achieved over the years and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in 2018 and beyond.

Should you have any questions regarding your membership or to make a renewal payment, please contact Sara Chenier, Membership Coordinator, at or 1-800-808-2920 ext. 227.

Thank you for your continued support!
AIA Canada's upcoming report brings the consumer's perspective to the hot topic of car data ownership!
One of the striking things people notice when they get in a new car is the amount of computer technology that has been built into them. Many new cars collect thousands of data points on vehicle diagnostics, driving behaviors, in-car features, and infotainment systems. There is a lot of discussion happening in the industry right now on who owns this data; how is it being used; what regulations are required; and if the data is being monetized.

AIA Canada's fourth and last report in the Consumer Behaviour Series will add to this discussion from the perspective of car owners. Are they aware that their cars generate large amounts of data? Do they know about the data ownership models that are being developed? These are some important questions this report dabbles in, which can help automotive businesses understand their customers better.

Stay tuned for the upcoming report, 'The Connected Car: What Data is Your Car Generating?' by joining our mailing list.

  • E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners 
  • Car Care Information: What Media Channels Are Canadians Using? 
  • Repair & Maintenance - Views of 2,000 Canadians 
O ur latest report is garnering great interest from the industry with some claiming to have  read it cover to cover! 'Disruptors in the Automotive Aftermarket' not only explains the challenges of technological disruption and disintermediation, but also provides a clear road map on navigating those changes. This is an indispensable read for those working in the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada!
Please note: 'Disruptors in the Automotive Aftermarket' is now available in French
AIA members: Download your FREE copy via login to your account.
Click here to download the FREE Executive Summary. 

Non-member price: $299
Working in the mechanical or collision sectors?
Are you excited about the collected data and emerged themes from the AutoConnect surveys?
If you answered YES to the above, we would like to invite you to our regional workshops in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic!
For more details, please sign up here!

Education and workforce development + "Right to Repair," telematics, consumer choice
What's the common denominator between these two? 

They are the key government relations files for AIA Canada. Why? As vehicles become more like computers on wheels, workers that maintain and repair vehicles will require increasingly complex skills and the answer to who will have access and own vehicle data will determine, to a large extent, the future of the aftermarket industry and the repair and maintenance choices available to consumers.
Have insights or ideas for how these files can be approached? Contact Erin Chreptyk at to learn about our communities of practice.
Asbestos in the workplace - Online E-learning course
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has launched an E-course, "Asbestos in the Workplace," to help individuals recognize, assess and manage asbestos-related risks in the workplace. The course will provide individuals with an understanding of the hazards associated with asbestos, and how to manage and take action against them. This course is timely since asbestos and asbestos-containing products will be banned in Canada in 2018.

For additional information  click here
The question of who has access and ownership of vehicle data is making waves in Washington.
When you fix your dishwasher, laundry machine or coffee machine, could you be breaking intellectual property rules? Are things purposely being manufactured today to have a short lifespan?
What happens when vehicle manufacturers start to sell consumers a bundle of goods that includes insurance policies and repair and maintenance packages?
Interested in learning more about government relations at AIA? Are there issues happening in your region that impact the aftermarket that we should know about? 

Reach out to Erin Chreptyk at  or follow GR at AIA on Twitter at  @AIAOFCANADAGR
AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation's scarves were sold out at Canada Night! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Foundation.
Promoting education through scholarship
AIA Canada recognizes Arthur Paulin who served on the AIA Board of Directors for more than nine years along with Presidency of AIA for two terms. Arthur was a strong supporter of education and, with this in mind, AIA believes that its support in assisting future members of the automotive industry through scholarship is an ideal way to honor Arthur Paulin.
The Arthur Paulin Automotive Scholarship Award provides monetary assistance to deserving students who wish to further their education in the automotive field and applications are now being accepted.
Deadline: November 30
Click here to download and complete the application form.
CCIAP celebrates one year
AIA is pleased to celebrate the first anniversary of the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). Since its inception, over 1,100 Canadian repair facilities have registered with the program and almost 100 accredited to date. CCIAP provides an assurance of quality to OEs, insurers and customers and stands as the only not-for-profit shop accreditation program in Canada.
I-CAR iPad® Giveaway 
Purchase and successfully complete any I-CAR® Canada Independent Learning (IL) course between October 15, 2017 and December 14, 2017 and be automatically entered to win one of two Apple iPads. It's that easy! 

1st prize - Apple iPad® 
2nd prize - Apple iPad Mini™

*Draw will take place on Friday December 15th 2017.

Winner will be contacted via the phone number entered on the purchase receipt.

*This draw is open to Canadian residents only; excluding residents of Quebec.
Questions? Please contact I-CAR Canada at 1-800-808-2920 or
I-CAR released nine new courses in October
Train today for tomorrow's repairs!

Performing complete, safe, and quality repairs on today's complex vehicles requires advanced knowledge of the exact vehicle needing repairs. In the U.S. alone, OEMs introduce over 100 vehicle changes every year in order to keep up with rapidly advancing technologies and increasingly stricter CAFE standards. Knowing how to repair the advanced materials and technologies featured on this new breed of vehicles is now more critical than ever.

Below are the latest offerings from I-CAR's Vehicle and Technology Specific Training program:
  • Camera Calibration, Inspection, and Initialization Requirements (VT215E01)
  • Calibration Requirements for Blind Spot and Parking Assist Systems (VT220E01)
  • Vehicle Technology and Trends 2018 (VT018E01)
  • General Motors (GM) Company Collision Repair Overview (VT225E01)
  • Understanding Volkswagen Collision Repair (VT230E01)
  • Steering Angle Sensor Overview and Diagnostics (VT235E01)
  • Understanding Volvo Collision Repair (VT240E01)
  • Using Vehicle Maker Repair Procedures (VT245E01)
  • Windshields and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) (VT250E01)
Questions? Please contact I-CAR Canada at 1-800-808-2920 or
Our deepest condolences
We are deeply saddened by the passing of long-standing AIA member and former president of Modern Sales Co-Op, Don Skuce. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, co-workers and colleagues.

In This Issue
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Your Industry Knowledge Centre
Access the latest in market research and industry data. 

Latest Research 

The Changing Automotive Landscape: An Introduction

E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners

Coming soon

Consumer Series: Telematics & the Canadian Consumer

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

N.B. Member login required to download free reports. Non-members can purchase reports online.

Industry Job Board

N.B. Free member benefit.
Welcome to the following new members:

Dynaline Industries Inc.

Spectrum Brands Canada
Upcoming Events

November 2017

24 - AIA 75th Anniversary Gala

26 - AIA Grey Cup Tailgate Party

December 2017

7 - Holiday Networking Reception: Presented by the YES Committee

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Industry Events
January 2017

25 - CCIF Toronto 2018
75th Anniversary Gala - Join the Celebration!
Taking place at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday November 24th, join us for the AIA event of the decade.

Enjoy an evening full of great food, dazzling entertainment and warm camaraderie.