Toronto, Canada — April 6, 2008 — Automechanika Canada, the only trade show in Canada dedicated to all facets of the automotive aftermarket, will offer seminars designed to help aftermarket professionals succeed in these changing times. The program will run throughout the three-day trade show, June 19-21, at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Highlighting the program are a keynote address by Bob Greenwood, an award-winning automotive aftermarket industry expert; seven industry seminars; and nine educational courses.
Additionally, the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) and the Ontario Tire Dealers Association (OTDA), two of the show’s industry partners, will contribute to the seminar program, and OTDA will sponsor the exclusive Tire & Wheel Pavilion within Automechanika Canada. In addition to adding relevant content to the seminar program, their partnerships with Automechanika Canada will bring valued attendees and exhibitors to the show floor.
The following sessions are being announced:
Keynote Session: Defining 10 Objectives That Will Secure a Positive Aftermarket Future
Speaker Robert (Bob) Greenwood, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre Ltd. (AAEC) and E.K. Williams & Co. (Ontario) Ltd. (EKW), will share his more than 32 years of experience in business management within the automotive aftermarket industry and address his vision for the automotive aftermarket’s future with a strategic five-year plan that establishes 10 important objectives.
Then, Now and the Need for Change – This is Not Your Father’s Garage! and Start Me Up in the 21st Century – Today’s Successful Garage
Established in 1984, Eccles Auto Service has been built on a commitment to providing exceptional automotive service. Bruce Eccles, the shop’s owner and driving force behind the shop’s award-winning reputation, will present two seminars focused on the business of a successful garage. Drawing on his experience, Eccles will address industry changes and issues, suggest new opportunities and promotions, and share how a customer-centered approach is at the foundation of a successful shop.
Automotive and the Environment
Usman Valiante, senior policy analyst with Corporate Policy Group and Glenn Warnica, president of the Ontario Tire Dealers Association, will present a session on taking a responsible and sensible approach to product stewardship in the automotive industry, focused on free enterprise and incentives to produce higher-value, end-use products versus “new taxation.” Details of the OnTRED (Ontario Tire Recycling and Economic Development Program) will also be discussed.
Advanced Charging and Starting Systems
Changes in newer charging and starting systems, and the challenges and opportunities they create, are the topic of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association’s Mohammad Samii’s seminar. The session’s objective is to enable well-trained technicians to easily diagnose, repair and profit from knowing how these newer systems work and interface, and how the PCM activates, controls and monitors such systems. In this seminar, details of the newer systems will be explained and information and case studies will be presented to help technicians with diagnostics and repair.
Used Tires: Liabilities, Advantages and Dangerous Government Safety Standards
The liabilities and advantages of the sale and purchase of used tires to the tire dealer and to the consumer is the focus of Paul Hyatt’s seminar. In addition, the presentation will cover the low safety standards adhered to and promoted by the Ontario government and the potential high risks to consumers’ safety and to tire dealers’ liability. Paul Hyatt is president of Superior Tire, former president of the Tire Industry Association and a director of the Ontario Tire Dealers Association.
For more information and a full schedule of the seminar and educational opportunties, visit www.AutomechanikaCanada.com.
Automechanika Canada is produced and owned jointly by Messe Frankfurt, Inc. and Business Information Group.
About Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest exhibition organizers. With 14 subsidiaries outside Germany, five branch offices and 48 International Sales Partners offices outside Germany, the Group has a presence in 151 countries and at more than 30 exhibition venues. Messe Frankfurt produces more than 110 exhibitions annually, serving as a meeting place for more than 68,000 exhibitors and three million visitors. The North American headquarters in Atlanta produces nine trade shows in the USA, Canada and Mexico across various industries. For more information about Messe Frankfurt, please visit our Web site at www.MesseFrankfurt.us.
About Business Information Group
Business Information Group (BIG) is Canada’s largest publisher of specialized business magazines, directories, events and databases. BIG publishes more than 90 magazines and directories, 25 Web sites, 22 e-mail newsletters and produces several business events to more than 75,000 business contacts in 18 targeted business markets. Business Information Group is owned by Glacier Ventures International Corp., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.