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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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Season 2

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.

Season 1

Hosted by Susan Hitchon

Episode 04

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.

Episode 03

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.

Episode 02

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.

Episode 01

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.