Curbside Chat Podcast Series

Discussing real issues with the professionals who drive the aftermarket.

AIA Canada’s chairman of the board, Bob Jaworski, presents Season 2 of Curbside Chat, a video podcast series that gives industry professionals a forum to talk about the issues important to the Canadian aftermarket with the people who make things happen.

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You can watch all the Curbside Chat episodes here:


December 17, 2020

Guest: Bill Gardiner, Canada's Car Doctor & Motoring TV Host


Curbside Chat was back in December, with host  Susan Hitchon joined by Canada's Car Doctor, Bill Gardiner, in an in-depth discussion about consumer trends in the aftermarket and how service providers can meet their needs.

About Bill

Coming from a family of mechanics, Bill Gardiner is a life-long “car guy” and auto mechanic. He studied auto mechanics at Centennial College in Scarborough Ontario, followed by an apprenticeship at a busy shop. After being in the industry for a decade, Bill began writing the “Trouble Shooter” column in the Toronto Star’s ” Wheels” section from 1986-1997. He has appeared weekly on TSN’s Motoring TV and for all of its 32 years on TV.

October 19, 2020

Guest: Malcolm Sissmore, VP Sales for Delphi Technologies


Curbside Chat returned in October, with host Susan Hitchon welcoming special guest Malcolm Sissmore, North American vice president sales of Delphi Technologies. Malcolm and Susan talked at length about what emerging vehicle technology means for the aftermarket.

About Malcolm

Malcolm Sissmore is the Delphi Technologies Aftermarket Sales Vice President for North America. Mr. Sissmore began his Delphi career in 2008 as the Canadian country director for the North American aftermarket operation. He combines more than 30 years of global automotive aftermarket industry experience, including operations and sales & marketing management roles, within multiple-channel models across a diverse set of international companies.

July 29, 2020

Guest: Steve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Network World


Curbside Chat continued its series of discussions, with host Susan Hitchon welcoming special guest Steve Leal, president and CEO of Fix Network World. Steve and Susan spoke about shop certification and its importance in providing safety and peace of mind to Canadian vehicle owners.

About Steve

Steve Leal is the President and CEO of Fix Network World. With more than fifteen years of experience at Fix Auto, starting as a franchise owner and working his way up leading the company, Steve has wealth of insight and intel to share on Curbside Chat.

June 12, 2020

Guest: Brad Cochrane, NAPA Auto Parts


Curbside Chat kicks off with an in-depth conversation with Brad Cochrane, past chairman of the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) Committee. Brad and Susan discussed the YPA program, the role young leaders play in the aftermarket industry, along with the importance of recruiting and retaining talent to maintain a strong industry workforce.

About Brad

Brad Cochrane is the Director of Sales Operations for NAPA Auto Parts. He is also the past chair of the AIA Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) committee.





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