AIA Student Aftermarket Day: Preparing the Future

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AIA Canada hosted its 2018 Student Aftermarket Day on November 20. (Photos: Huw Evans)

On November 20, AIA Canada hosted its 2018 Student Aftermarket Day at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club, near Barrie, Ont.

As with previous events, the objective was to provide college students with a chance to learn about today’s automotive aftermarket industry, meet with vendors, suppliers and representatives, as well as listen to quality content about some of the changes and issues facing the industry today.

Additionally, students enrolled in the Automotive Aftermarket program at the Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) and nearby Georgian College, got a chance to present their own research with the winners for the best presentation not only receiving recognition from their peers, but presented with the opportunity to speak at an actual industry event.

It was a great day out with a tremendous level of interaction and participation from the students that attended and great discussions generated both from the industry panel discussions and also from the student presentations. Here are some of the highlights:

Michel Julien from TeamXtremeTech provided an update of technologies now offered on new vehicles and what it requires to repair them.
Students had a great opportunity to talk with represented aftermarket vendors and learn more about their products and services.
Marc Thieren and Mike Koval from Continental displayed some of the companys latest belts at the vendor display.
Hardworking team. AIA YES Chair Brad Cochrane flanked by AIA’s Tawny Myers (left) and Jacqui Bresee (right).
Moderator Brad Cochrane poses questions to the industry panel, consisting of (L-R) Scott Gibson, Canadian Tire, Kathryn Jones, Tenneco and Derek Suen, Dorman.
Attendence was strong at this year’s event and the networking breaks were busy.
Industry representatives pose for a group photo. (L-R) Scott Gibson, Patrick Verriet, Joe Mercanti, Kathryn Jones, John Jackson, Mark Potts, Brad Cochrane and Derek Suen.
ABSC Automotive Aftermarket Faculty pose for a group photo: L-R) Danica Vukmirovic, Emily Chung and John Jackson.
Winning students Luis Alberto Farray, Eric Scott, Tayfun Isik and Roman Shelefontiuk, pose with AIA Ontario Division Chair Joe Mercanti, and AIA YES Chair Brad Cochrane.

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