Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA)

Mission and Mandate

The mission of the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) is to act as the Voice and the Resource for young professionals in the automotive aftermarket industry. The mandate is to provide members with a forum to express their views and recommendations on the current industry issues and to ensure its future growth and prosperity. YPA also provides a networking and mentoring environment for employees in the automotive aftermarket industry to enhance and develop their executive skills so that they may grow into stronger leaders of the industry.

Who We Are

The YPA Committee is composed of 15 to 20 representatives from AIA member companies plus a Chairman. Representation must include members from the supplier, warehouse distributor, wholesaler/jobber, and mass merchandiser categories of memberships.

The position of chair shall be for a two-year term, at which time the vice chair will become the chair. As with other AIA Councils and Committees, the YPA chair will be appointed (based on the recommendations and structure of the society) by the AIA Chair of the Board, and will become effective at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.

The YPA Committee will meet a minimum of two times a year in person, with additional meetings via conference call.

Sub-committees will be formed to address the variety of YPAS initiatives and move them forward on a timely basis. YPA to ensure its youthful composition and that of the YPA Committee. AIA will designate a staff member as a liaison to YPA to assist with meeting organization, minutes, etc.

YPA activities must be self-funded.


Join the YPA Committee

YPA will ensure that members reflect the diversity of the aftermarket workforce, and will include both genders and representatives from all walks of life and cultural diversity. Membership in YPA will be opened to young executives (executives or managers) from AIA member companies, including those being on-track for senior positions within their companies. For the purposes of YPA, young executives will be people 45 years of age or younger. YPA participants will be asked to complete a profile sheet to provide background on their current career path and possible future goals.
*Please note: The online fillable PDF is best completed on a desktop computer.



Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) Committee

Chair: Patrick Verriet (MANN + HUMMEL Filtration Technology)
Brad Cochrane (NAPA Auto Parts (Corporate Office))
Brad Irving (Uni-Sélect Canada Inc. (Corporate Office))
Chris Kinghorn (NAPA Ontario)
Derek Suen (Dorman Products, Inc.)
Devin Termarsch (Tenneco)
Georgia Ludwig (Energizer Canada - Auto Division)
Jeff Austin (Uni-Sélect Canada Inc. (Corporate Office))
Jennifer Fox (Auto Electric Service Ltd.)
Kari Hann (Specialty Sales & Marketing)
Mark Potts (Tenneco)
Nathaniel Willsie (Grote Industries Co.)
Norman Cheng (Mitchell International)
Peter Bulmer (Turnkey Media Solutions Inc.)
Rory Sones (Matthew Scott Data Marketing Solutions)
Scott Gibson (Canadian Tire Corporation)
Shannon Tardiff (CSN Collision Centres)
Stephanie Cooney-Mann (UAP Inc. (Head Office))
Tara Hammer (Lordco Parts Ltd. (Corporate))
Zakari Krieger (Barton Auto Parts Ltd.)

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