Your Monthly Minute
September 2018
Countdown to AutoConnex Launch
If you think that a job in the automotive industry means long hours on an assembly line or getting your hands and clothes filthy under a car,or no place for an ambitious person - you don't know today's automotive aftermarket! 

To remedy that, AIA Canada is about to launch AutoConnex - a website that offers a bold, new look at the automotive aftermarket industry in Canada. 

Speaking of bold, check out the landing page for AutoConnex

Hint: It involves a dog! 

Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) Update
On August 15th, 2018, AIA and other industry stakeholders participated in a conference call organized by the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) to discuss current trade issues, implications for the auto industry, and the status of negotiations with U.S. partners. Adding critical insight to the discussion was the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development.
Connected and Automated Vehicles - What's Next?
Read "Driving Change: Technology and the Future of the Automated Vehicle," the Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport's response to the recommendations made by the Senate for how the government should prepare for the arrival of connected and automated vehicles.
"... unlike selling cars, selling data is a high-margin business between 80 and 90 percent profit." (Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica)

Read more.
"The fear of OEMs is that a car will become a smartphone on wheels, with cars built around their entertainment value rather than their hardware value." (IBM Center for Applied Insights)

Who owns the data your car collects?  Find out here .
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
[Position Paper] Accreditation Programs - the Need of the Hour for the Canadian Collision Industry
Despite the centrality of vehicle ownership and maintenance to daily life, quality control in vehicle repair has only very recently become a matter of critical public interest. This position paper succinctly presents the macro-economic influences on collision repair and the challenges looming in the collision industry making a case for shop certification as the face of the future.

At present, the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP) is the only national, not-for-profit, industry-driven program serving these ends. CCIAP incorporates the technical advantages of the OE programs by adopting the major OE repair, equipment and training recommendations, while resisting brand-specific motivations such as parts sales. Unlike OE programs, CCIAP utilizes a neutral and objective audit program. It is intentionally inclusive of the interests of all major industry stakeholders. 

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.
Northern Alberta
AIA Canada's Northern Alberta Division brought joy to local charities in the province with various donations to those organizations who focus their efforts on brightening the lives of Canadian youth and children: Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, Children's Wish, and YWCA Edmonton. Our divisions are happy to give back to their local communities and support the initiatives of participating charities through AIA's High Fives for Kids Foundation.

Making Children's Lives Brighter at the Vast-Auto Golf Tournament
It was a great day to be out on the green on August 21st for the Vast Auto Golf Tournament in Mirabel, QC. The Vast-Auto employees exemplified extraordinary leadership and vision in supporting the Foundation.

Read more.

Vast-Auto Distribution Ontario Golf Tournament 
The Vast-Auto Distribution Ontario Golf Tournament held on June 27th, 2018 raked in $14,000 to support AIA's High Fives for Kids. Along with presenting the cheque of the monies received by the Foundation, Raymond Proulx, KYB Americas and Foundation Chair, announced the launch of the new High Fives for Kids website.  

Raising Awareness of Down Syndrome 
AIA Canada's High Fives for Kids Foundation continues to provide to charities that help make a difference for the lives of Canadian youth. Kari Hann of Specialty Sales & Marketing reached out to the Foundation to request funding to support an association that is very dear to her, the Halton Down Syndrome Association (HDSA). 

Read more.

Upcoming New Brunswick and Quebec Elections
The Atlantic and Quebec Divisions have reached out to their respective political parties ahead of their upcoming provincial elections to gain insight into how the parties would respond to the needs and interests of their local aftermarket businesses.
Coming Soon this Fall - 2018 Outlook Study!
The much-awaited 2018 Outlook Study provides a comprehensive picture of the current aftermarket industry, while also indicating the forecasts and trends that will impact the future. Released every two years, these studies are an important resource for aftermarket businesses and for those trying to better understand the industry.
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

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Outlook Study 2018

Economic Impact Analysis of Industry Disruptors

Education Sector Survey

Compensation Study 2018

Labour Market Intelligence: Final Report

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Industry Job Board

Welcome to the following new members:

Canada Auto Solutions Inc.

Vulcan Industrial Auto Supply
Upcoming Events

October 2018

4 - Quebec Grand Forum 

30 - Canada Night

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20 - CQ Independent Meeting

27 - CCIF Vancouver
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