Curbside Chat: Insights on future auto care trends 

May 14, 2024

From left to right: Lorraine Sommerfeld, Paul McCarthy, Sabrina Thring, and Chris Kinghorn

It is no secret that the auto care sector in Canada is undergoing an intense transformation. New technologies are emerging, and with that comes a plethora of challenges, such as training, labour shortages, and the increasing need for standardized safety procedures. However, with challenges come opportunities.  

The evolving industry presents opportunities for companies and shops to create a culture of inclusivity, carve new career paths, inspire youth to be part of the industry and ensure long-term business success. 

On our newest episode of Curbside Chat, attendees at the 2024 edition of the AIA Canada National Conference were able to get an exclusive viewing and gain insights on top auto care sector trends and what it means for the sector’s future.  

Our host, Lorraine Sommerfeld, was joined by the President and CEO of MEMA, Paul McCarthy; Brand President of Collision Group of Driven Brands, Sabrina Thring; and Vice President of Strategy and Growth at UAP Inc., Chris Kinghorn.  

While each of our guests recognized the obstacles in the industry and the importance of successfully navigating change, they remained optimistic about the future, showcasing valuable insights and strategies on how other businesses in the industry can do the same. 

About Curbside Chat 

Curbside Chat is a video podcast series that provides auto care industry professionals a forum to speak about the issues important to the Canadian auto care industry with the people who make things happen. Watch now. 


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