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2010 ATA Conference and Trade Show in Nova Scotia A Sell Out

The 2010 Annual Conference and Trade Show was another very enjoyable and learning event. delegates from The Collision Repair Industry, Retail Gasoline Dealers, Canavan’s Central Appraisals, Automotive Sector Council and ATA demonstrated their support for this year’s theme of “promoting team work.”

The Auto Team

The golfers had a great day on Friday with excellent weather on the beautiful Osprey Ridge Golf Course. An ATA delegate, Joann Whitehead of Hammonds Plains Auto Service Center, made conference history by having the first ever hole in one.
Delegates on Friday and Saturday evening, thanks to the Auto Sector Council, had the good fortune to enjoy a seminar from Bob Greenwood, an internationally respected consultant on the automotive service and repair industry.

Mike Power, Minister Jennex, Graham Conrad

Saturday morning the Collision Repair Association provided ICAR training on advanced material damages analysis to the collision repairers, as well as, automobile insurance appraisers. The Saturday morning RGDA/ATA Annual Meeting was very informative and many important issues were discussed. The RGDA/ATA meeting generated a resolution to pursue communicating with government on the need to revert the annual MVI program back to an annual inspection.

The Automotive Sector Council was able to have CARS representative, Jennifer Steeves join the conference and present an interesting and informative report on the 2009 National Automotive Labour Market Update – Performance Driven.The Automotive Sector Council also formally announced its new partnership with RISE Automotive Consulting.

Caravan's Maurice Anderson and Team

President Rui Martins unveiled a new on site training program related to human resources/work force planning and development called HR On Demand. The new training initiative meets the rapidly increasing needs from small business owners for assistance on the many workforce related development requirements within the industry.

Saturday evening, Minister of Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations, Ramona Jennex addressed delegates and stressed the importance of promoting teamwork between industry and government. Minister, Denis Peterson-Rafuse was also in attendance for Saturday evenings events. As always, the Prize-O-Rama program was a huge success. Thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise were drawn for and many delegates went home well rewarded. Executive Director, Graham Conrad states, “this year’s event was another great example of how much can be accomplished when industry associations work together. We are truly grateful to our sponsors, trade show exhibitors, prize donors and delegates who make time to support this great event.”


Grand prize winners (left to right) Maurice Anderson, Mike Knocton, Merrit Morris, Eric Sheppard, Jocelyn Parker And Diane Smith
Event sponsors were:

• AP Reid Insurance Stores • Power, Dempsey, Leefe & Reddy • Medavie Blue Cross • Apprenticeship Training & Skill Development • Autochoice Parts & Paint • Automotive Sector Council • Canavan’s Central Appraisals • Coast Tire & Auto Service • CRANS • Corporate Benefits 2000 • Covey’s Auto Recyclers • Miller Tire • Nova Scotia Community College • Saunders Collision Centre • Scotiabank, Portland Street • St. John Ambulance • Workers’ Compensation Board • XTR Energy • Robin’s Donuts • Auto Atlantic Magazine

Much, much more in the print addition of Auto Atlantic.
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