Curbside Chat vodcast
Discussing real issues with the professionals who drive the auto care sector.
Curbside Chat is a video podcast series that is hosted by the AIA Canada Chairman and gives sector professionals a forum to talk about the issues important to the Canadian auto care industry with the people who make things happen.
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Hosted by Jason Yurchak
Episode 02: Developing next generation leaders in the auto care sector
Date: February 21, 2023
Guest: Patrick Verriet, Key Account Manager at MANN + HUMMEL
Description: Curbside Chat is back! AIA Canada Chairman, Jason Yurchak welcomes Patrick Verriet, Key Account Manager at MANN + HUMMEL, discuss Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) and developing next generation leaders in the auto care sector.
Episode 01: What it takes to adapt to servicing EVs
Date: September 22, 2022
Guest: Chris Besemer, Owner & President of CG Motorsports
Description: Curbside Chat is back for its third season with a new host! AIA Canada Chairman, Jason Yurchak welcomes Chris Besemer, Owner & President of CG Motorsports, discuss what it takes to adapt to servicing electric vehicles. From specialty tools and safety concerns, to finding staff, Jason and Chris look at the pitfalls to avoid and the opportunities to be had by taking on EV maintenance.
Hosted by Bob Jaworski
Episode 05: Beyond COVID-19 and what's in store for the automotive aftermarket
Date: July 13, 2022
Guest: John Washbish, President and CEO, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.
Description: Bob sits down with John to chat about what’s going on in the global world when it comes to consolidation at a supplier level and how is this affecting the quality of the parts that are being supplied in the aftermarket in respect to the good-better-best approach to pricing.
Episode 04: Rethinking the Aftermarket: EVs, E-commerce, and Evolving Expectations
Date: March 8, 2022
Guest: Jasna Smiljcic, Canadian Country Sales Director, Gates Corporation
Description: Bob sits down with Jasna to discuss how parts manufacturers are preparing for the future of electric vehicles, the rise of e-commerce and online shopping of vehicle parts, and the fast-evolving preferences and demands that are likely to shape the industry for years to come.
Episode 03: Today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities. A changing landscape for the automotive aftermarket
Date: December 13, 2021
Guest: Élisabeth Lambert, Vice-President and General Manager, Pièces d’Auto Joliette
Description: Bob sits down with Élisabeth to chat about her unique path to entrepreneurship and how she is raising awareness of the automotive aftermarket industry.
Episode 02: Today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities. A changing landscape for the automotive aftermarket
Date: September 23, 2021
Guest: Mike Kealey, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Dorman Products
Description: Bob sits down with Mike to chat about some of the biggest challenges facing the aftermarket today including Right to Repair, product progression, push into manufacturing and electronics, and reverse engineering.
Episode 01: A North American perspective, trends and insight of the aftermarket supply chain
Date: July 21, 2021
Guest: Mauro Cifelli, President and CEO, Groupe Del Vasto
Description: Bob sits down with Mauro to discuss supply chain challenges and distribution networks that have affected the entire North American aftermarket.
Hosted by Susan Hitchon
Date: December 17, 2020
Guest: Bill Gardiner, Canada’s Car Doctor & Motoring TV Host
Description: Susan sits down with Bill to chat about his current role in the aftermarket and as Resident Mechanic on TSN’s Motoring TV, consumer trends on automotive repair, and underperformed maintenance in Canada.
Date: October 19, 2020
Guest: Malcolm Sissmore, Vice President Sales, Delphi Technologies
Description: Susan sits down with Malcolm to discuss what repairing the cars of the future will look like, and the future technologies in these vehicles.
Date: July 29, 2020
Guest: Steve Leal, President and CEO, Fix Network World
Description: Susan sits down with Steve to discuss the potential for shop certification in Canada, what they might look like, and potential next steps for the aftermarket industry.
Date: June 12, 2020
Guest: Brad Cochrane, Director of Sales Operations & Business Analytics, NAPA Auto Parts
Description: Susan sits down with Brad to chat about the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket Committee and its mission, as well as how to recruit and retain young talent to the aftermarket industry.