OARA Convention 2018: A Smarter, More Efficient Future

OARA Convention 2018: A Smarter, More Efficient Future
OARA Chairman Wally Dingman was honoured at the 2018 convention for his service to the association and the recycling industry. (Photos: Huw Evans)

This year’s Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) Convention focused on how recyclers can run their businesses more efficiently in a changing world.

From March 22-24, the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre, was once again the setting for the annual OARA Convention.

With a raft of information sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and an on-site tradeshow, the event provided a complete picture of current trends in the auto recycling industry within North America. There was also the opportunity to relax and unwind on Friday evening with live music and the opportunity for a little gambling at the tables, all for a good cause!

A key highlight of this year’s conference was recognizing former OARA Chairman Wally Dingman for his achievements over the past 11 years, including the development of multiple projects that have resulted in considerable modernization, growth and professionalism in the recycling industry. From an association standpoint, OARA has also grown in scope, setting benchmarks for the industry around the world as well as working closely with government regulators and spreading awareness on the critical role recyclers play within the larger automotive eco system.

(Left to right) Industry colleagues and friends celebrate the achievements of Wally Dingman during a special photo op at the 2018 OARA Convention.
OARA Managing Director Steve Fletcher, with Wally Dingman and current Chairman Greg Woodbeck.
Andrew Horseman, from Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) provided an update on the rundown of the program and future for regulating tire recycling in the province.
Jeff Schroder, from Car-Part, discussed strategies for optimizing recycled parts sales to the collision repair industry.
In "Who Moved My Cheese?" Keynote Speaker J.C. Cahill talked about a changing industry and how recyclers can position themselves to maximize opportunities in a connected world.
The trade show opened its doors at 12:00 pm on March 23 and featured an-onsite buffet lunch that allowed attendees to maximize their time with vendors.
Progi had an impressive display. (Left to right), Maxime Labrie, Robert Gagnon, Diane Chaine; Frederic Miceli and Patrick Turcotte.
Recyclers came from across the province and beyond.
Rob Lines (left) and Jennifer Court from Scout Environmental were on hand to discuss Tundra Take Back and the progress on the Switch Out program.
Live music on Friday evening was well received by attendees.
Paul D’Adamo, aka The Recall Guy, talked about the importance of safety in the yard as well as recording VIN numbers on each vehicle to determine if it had a Takata airbag recall.

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