Your Monthly Minute
October 2018
You're Invited!
AIA Canada Partners with eBay Canada
AIA is pleased to announce that eBay Canada is now an official corporate sponsor of AIA Canada. eBay Canada offers a unique platform to grow your business and reach over 170 million global active buyers. eBay provides powerful tools to help you manage your inventory and orders, track your sales and build your brand.

eBay Canada is offering an exclusive promotion to AIA members for a FREE 6-Month Anchor Store subscription. Contact before December 31, 2018 for more information.

Learn more about eBay.
Upcoming Report!
We're partnering with the Conference Board of Canada to release a report on the economic impact of industry disruptors.

In 2017, AIA Canada released a report that outlined the potential impact of CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric) on the mechanical and collision sectors. In this follow-up report, with research support from Conference Board of Canada (CBoC),we'll seek to answer two questions:

  • What are the economic impacts of these automotive disruptors on the aftermarket? 
  • What are the impacts for labour in this sector?

The report draws on existing literature to benchmark the current CASE platform and presents three scenarios on how the economic and workforce impacts play out in the industry.

These research findings can prove to be a valuable arsenal for any aftermarket business looking to adapt to the upcoming technological challenges in the industry.

The report is planned for a late October release. Sign up to receive a copy of the report
The New NAFTA Deal
After what seemed like a dragged out cycle of breaking up and getting back together for the past thirteen months, the new NAFTA deal, the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement, was signed. 

Something interesting: the new deal includes a clause that essentially gives the U.S. veto power over trade deals that Canada negotiates with a "non-market country." A non-market country is a country that doesn't operate on free market principles - meaning their prices do not reflect the true value of a product. An example of a non-market country? China. 

Ontario's Drive Clean Program
The Drive Clean Program in Ontario that the Ford government has called out-dated and no longer effective is ending. 

The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association sees the end of the program as "good news for the auto sector, taxpayers and drivers [as] it cuts red tape, and saves time and money. No longer will auto dealers waste money on equipment and overhead costs, freeing up money to invest in their business." 

The ousted Liberal government had planned to shut the program down because of better emission control standards on vehicles and federal requirements for cleaner fuel. Read more here.

Canadian Manufacturing Coalition Update

AIA Canada participated in the quarterly meeting of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition (CMC). During the meeting, Hon. Andrew Leslie - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (US - Canada Relations) provided an update on NAFTA negotiations and challenges faced by Canadian negotiators.

Paul Halucha, Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development  provided an update on the implementation of federal advanced manufacturing strategy. Kevin Perry, Assistant Deputy Minister, Open For Business updated coalition members on implementation of Ontario Government Regulatory Reform.

AIA continues to be part of the CMC coalition in order to address priority issues affecting Canadian aftermarket industry manufacturers.
Interested in learning more about government relations at AIA and our two key files: access to vehicle data and education and workforce development

Reach out to Erin Chreptyk or follow GR at AIA on Twitter at  @AIAOFCANADAGR
Upcoming Deadline
The deadline for the Arthur Paulin Automotive Scholarship Award is November 30th. 

Share with all aspiring students you know who are enrolled in an automotive aftermarket industry related program or curriculum at a Canadian college or university!

Congrats UofAF scholarship recipients!
AIA Canada is grateful to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UofAF) for providing funding to 10 recipients. In the past, AIA Canada selected seven recipients to receive the UofAF Scholarship Award. 

We are pleased to present the recipients of the 2018 University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UofAF) Scholarship Award:

David Simon Hulowski - University of Alberta
Andrew Faul - University of British Columbia
Ethan Shelton - Kennebecasis Valley High School
Ketan Kumar Vasudeva - University of Toronto - St. George
Lucas Edward Milne - Grande Prairie Regional College
Christine Vu - University of Toronto - St. George
Ashton Joel Buller - University of Alberta
Kevin Zhang - McMaster University
Vanessa Rachel Ho - Red Deer College
Christina Stoeder - Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School

If you have any additional questions about our scholarship programs, please email  Didina Kyenge.
Get on Board!

The AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation (H5s4Ks) is recruiting volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors. The initial commitment is two years beginning upon election with a maximum of four terms.

Read more here.
AIA High Fives for Kids: AGM & Board Meeting
October 31, 2018
Grand Lux Café

3327 S Las Vegas Blvd #1580
Las Vegas, NV 89109
11:30am - 1:30pm
Quebec Division Update
On September 12th, as part of its workforce renewal initiatives, the Division organized an internship fair at the Compétences-2000 vocational training centre in Laval.

Read more here.
From left to right: Patrick Saint-Pierre, Gary Mueller, Benoît Ménard, Steve Sernuk, and Mr. André Latreille, Chair of AIA Canada's Quebec Division
Movin' & Shakin'
Times they are a-changin' at AIA Canada. We are pleased to announce the following promotions:
Ibti Ridha 
 Director, Finance Operations and HR

Luciana Nechita
Senior Director, Stakeholder Relations

Tawny Myers
Manager, Events

Courtney DeLaura Manager, Marketing and Communications

Congrats Luciana!
AIA Canada is happy to announce that our Senior Director of Stakeholder Relations, Luciana Nechita, recently received her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
Lindertech Training Event
Fall 2018 3-Day Lindertech Training Event

October 11 to 13, 2018  8:00 am to 4:30 pm
October 11 - Cochrane Shop, 73 Chauncey Ave., Toronto, ON
October 12 - Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga, ON
October 13 - Cochrane Shop, 73 Chauncey Ave., Toronto, ON .
For more information and to register, click here.

Coming in 2019 - The Automotive Service Associate Program (ASAP)
Starting in 2019 the automotive service shops in Canada can become an integral part of AIA Canada and receive:
  • technical expertise on vehicle reprogramming;
  • a national shop finder service;
  • specific shop-level research;
  • input to provincial and national issues facing the industry;
  • access to AutoConnex, a database of industry jobs, compensation information, career profiles, educational resources, etc; and
  • e-communications and other news on suppliers, equipment and training.

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

Latest Research 

Consumer Series: E-tailing: Online Shopping Habits of Canadian Car Owners

Coming soon

Outlook Study 2018

Economic Impact Analysis of Industry Disruptors

Education Sector Survey

Compensation Study 2018

Labour Market Intelligence: Final Report

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

Industry Job Board

Welcome to the following new members:

Canada Auto Solutions Inc.

Vulcan Industrial Auto Supply
Upcoming Events

October 2018

30 - Canada Night

November 2018

20 - Student Aftermarket Day

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October 2018

11 - Lindertech Training Event
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