On November 30, AIA Canada hosted the 3rd annual AIA Holiday Reception at Ontario's Queen's Park.
The day was an overwhelming success and we even had time for a mannequin challenge.
AIA hosted ten meetings with Ministries whose mandates impact the aftermarket. Meetings were held with the Ministries of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Education, Government and Consumer Services, Labour, Transportation, Women's Issues, Economic Development and Growth and Research, Innovation and Science.
AIA delivered key messages during the meetings that supports the growth and prosperity of the aftermarket. We addressed skills development, workforce needs, the impact of innovation on the industry, the environment, consumer choice and the participation of women in the aftermarket.
Integral to the success of the meetings was the participation of AIA members and supporters. Insights and perspectives were brought forward from shop floors, colleges, wholesalers, manufacturers and warehouse distributors.
The day was capped off with a reception from 5pm to 7pm. The reception was attended by AIA members and supporters, as well as Ministers, MPPs and their staff. At one point, sixty people were in attendance. Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Women's Issues, delivered a speech that addressed the importance of engaging women in the aftermarket, sharing her own story of being the only woman on a shop floor.
A glowing sign of the success of our meetings was when MPPs and Ministers came to the reception to continue discussions that were started earlier in the day.
We look forward to our next event at Queen's Park and to what will be a proactive and strategic year for our government relation's portfolio. We strongly encourage members to get involved; government relations offers a wonderful opportunity to have one's voice heard and to be a driver of change.