Your Monthly Minute
September 2016
Dear AIA members and supporters,

Knowledge is POWER. Through the AIA Monthly Minute, important industry information is at your fingertips. Feel free to pass it along to others in your network, and most importantly, enjoy the content that is developed with you in mind.
Organizational Changes at AIA Canada
The first step to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic team for our association was to realign our workforce and their skills and expertise. With this in mind,  the organizational changes that AIA underwent for the past few months allowed us to review the existing structure to better ensure work flow efficiencies and tighter collaboration within departments. Please see below some of the highlights and check out the new AIA organizational chart .

New Staff 

Tawny Myers - Event Coordinator
Brigitte Pesant - Director, Collision Programs & CCIF
Valerie Miles - Coordinator, Collision Training 
Roger Goudreau - Executive Director, Québec Division
Rachel Leduc - Coordinator, Québec Division


Luciana Nechita - Director, Public Affairs
Patty Kettles - Senior Manager, Member Relations
New Automotive Service Provider (ASP) Council
The ASP Council is bringing together the automotive service provider sector with the aftermarket parts manufacturing and distribution networks to develop inclusive and comprehensive strategies that will address industry concerns such as skilled labour shortages, emerging technologies and market trends. The Council will be meeting regularly and will provide valuable input on AIA's upcoming initiatives. 

For more information on the ASP council, please contact France Daviault, Senior Director, Stakeholder Relations.
New Study Looks at Shop Performance by Province
In 2015, the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) sponsored a survey of 572 Automotive Service Providers (ASPs), with a view to assessing the size, sales performance and intentions of the Canadian service sector. In comparison with a similar study in 2010, the hours sold per transaction show only minor change, suggesting that the efficiency of Canadian operations has changed little.

 Click here to access the free Executive Summary.

AIA Members Meet With Commissioner for Employers, Judith Andrew
On September 7, Commissioner Andrew attended the Ontario Innovative Business Series and provided members with a comprehensive presentation on the Employment Insurance (EI) changes affecting employers as well as Labour Market Information (LMI) and Job Bank. 

More information and a copy of her presentation can be accessed by clicking here.
AIA S upports the Call for a Ban on the Import of Asbestos Products
Nationwide, thousands of people die each year because of exposure to asbestos.  Worker safety is a priority for AIA's members and it is our position that the automotive industry should work towards an asbestos-free industry. 

Although many brakes and clutches used in new and recent model vehicles do not contain asbestos, it has not been totally eliminated. Service technicians and employees in the automotive repair shops as well as do-it-yourselfers may still be unaware that asbestos could be present in both old and replacement brakes and clutches and they could be exposed to toxic and potentially life threatening asbestos dust.

AIA asks that its members be mindful of the potential risk that continuing to use asbestos-based products could cause and work towards eliminating this material from their shops, store fronts, and manufacturing processes.

Click here to access Workplace Safety Resources.

October is Car Safety Month
Help drivers in your community understand why maintenance is important and why they need to proactively prepare for winter driving. 

Being a source of information as well as service will help you promote your company and build trust with current and potential new customers.
Get your consumer education materials now.
ICYMI: Jobber Matters
Did you know that AIA has a monthly newsletter specifically for its Jobber Members? 

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

Latest Research 

Coming soon

2016 Outlook Study

Consumer Series: Repair & Maintenance Views of 2k Canadians

Consumer Series: Telematics & the Canadian Consumer

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

2016 Wage & Salary Survey

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

Industry Job Board
AIA has the only aftermarket job board in Canada! Post your latest job opening and get seen by the who's who of the industry.

N.B. Free member benefit.
New Members
Partner Benefit Programs 
New offer!

American Express Small Business Services for AIA Members

American Express Small Business Services (SBS) is dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners and their companies.

Click here to view other benefits.

Upcoming Events
September 2016
28 - Innovative Business Series - Western Canada

29 - Altantic Division Golf

29 - Saskatchewan Division Golf

29 - CCIF Vancouver 2016

29 - Oct 1  - Lindertech Fall
 Automotive Technical Training Conference

See more...
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.