Automotive Service Provider (ASP) Council Meeting
The first ever in-person meeting of the AIA ASP Council was held on May 16th. Chaired by Ron Tremblay, the Council discussed future developments of 'Right to Repair,' reviewed research proposals presented for review and feedback, and discussed the potential of developing a Canadian shop accreditation program for the industry. Good discussions ensued and feedback from Council members was overwhelmingly positive.
Government Relations Committee Meeting
On May 15th, members of the AIA Government Relations Committee met to discuss key issues of importance that need to be actively pursued with government. Chaired by Steve Gushie of CARQUEST, the committee identified priorities as 'Right to Repair', NAFTA, and the recruitment of skilled labour. In addition, the Committee agreed that future GR activities should include more 'issues focused' activities that aim to bring together stakeholders on an important overall industry issue. As a result, a NAFTA Industry Cluster was formed and is having a first meeting via conference call on June 12th.
Division Chairs Meeting
On May 15th, the AIA Divisions Chairs held their second annual in-person meeting in Toronto ahead of the AIA AGM. They came together to identify their priorities for the upcoming year, and to share updates on what is happening in each region. Divisions Chairs expressed a keen interest in the outcomes of the ASP Council, and participated in discussions surrounding government relations priorities by division. Division events were also discussed and it was concluded that the AIA Knowledge Exchange Series would be held in other regions, with Alberta first on the agenda in September.