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ATA goes Caribbean at the
2007 Conference & Trade show

Karen and Lee-Ann North,
best Caribbean costume winners!
Over one hundred and twenty industry delegates enjoyed another successful forum of entertainment, business learning, fine dining and networking at Oak Island Resort and Spa. This year’s event was another huge success as stated by attendees.The weekend began with Friday’s golf game, complemented by beautiful weather, a Leadership workshop facilitated by the Automotive Sector Council and Pam Patons’ Marimba dinner music.

Over fifty delegates participated in Ms. Paton’s exciting Caribbean drum and maraca music circle, as seen in photos. Once again, the ATA recognizes the outstanding support from Jamie Reid, President of A.P. Reid Insurance Stores for the Gold Sponsorship for the weekend.

Ladies program participants learn to salsa

Jamie Reid and Graham Conrad with winners Dan Lutz, Brenda Pace and Kevin Smith

Eileen Brennan, Robert Sampson, Laird and Krystal Allen, Bernard Jurcina from NSCC

ATA also extends special thanks to the following sponsors for their generosity, support and participation during the weekend:

nAuto Atlantic magazine
nPower, Dempsey, Cooper, Leefe, & Reddy
nCanavan’s Central Appraisals
nOld Bridge Automotive
nCorporate Benefits 2000 Inc.
nRV Wheel Estate
nFerguson’s Auto Parts
nSt. John Ambulance
nCanavan’s Central Appraisals
nMerlyn Corkum’s Towing & Recovery
nMiller Tire
n3M Canada
nMedavie Blue Cross
nXTR Energy Company Ltd.
nThe Cooperators

The Annual Industry Conference would not be successful without the support of Saturday’s Trade Show exhibitors. We are pleased to recognize the following businesses who contributed to the exhibition trade show:

A.P. Reid Insurance Stores
Petro Service
Krown Rust Control
Apprenticeship Training & Skill Development
Medavie Blue Cross
All Data
3M Canada
St. John Ambulance
Dave’s Automotive Technical Services (DATS)
CARS Council
Automotive Sector Council
Automotive Industries Association (AIA)
Student Connections
Hunter Engineering Company
Mary Kay Canada
Beijo Bags
Ferguson’s Auto Parts

Bill Marcus of RV Wheel Estate added an extra touch to Saturday afternoon by offering delegates boat rides around Oak Island. A special thanks to Bill for his contribution to the weekend. Notable mention goes to Mr. Bob Greenwood, CEO of EK Williams & Co. (Ontario) Ltd. for delivering a stimulating and insightful vision of the future of the automotive aftermarket industry in his Saturday evening address to all delegates.

Thank you to the Workers Compensation Board for their presentation at the RGDA meeting, providing participants with an understanding of the key elements of starting or re-energizing an in-house safety program.

Sherrill and Roy Pettigrew, Dale and Elena Bancroft, Kevin Stewart,
Tammy Ernst, and Dana and Tom Parker

Bob Westhaver and Tommy Harper from WCB

Don Burke, Blaine and Fred North, and Bonnie and Ken Oickle

Darlene Paulsen, Joy Conrad, Brenda and Wayne Pace

ATA insurance provider Medavie Blue Cross introduced a new benefits program for employers, employees and their families. JP Girard of Shapell-fgi summarized the details of this new and exciting benefits program, and an Industry roll out will happen in the beginning of June.

Sunday morning Prize-O-Rama was yet another huge success, with a new addition.Congratulations to Dale and Elena Bancroft for winning two Air Canada tickets for anywhere in North America, donated by Eric Sheppard at Robin’s Donuts.

John and Sherry Dexter and Janice and Earl Nickerson

Congratulations go to our four $500.00 Prize O’Rama winners: Brenda Pace, Maurice Anderson, Kevin Smith, and Dan Lutes. Congratulations to Fred North for winning his registration costs in the Early Bird Draw.

Congratulations to Laurie Hutt for winning the beautiful diamond fashion ring, donated by John Wisniewski at Charm Diamond Centre, Mic Mac Mall.
Congratulations to Gerry Chute, Motor Mart, Yarmouth, for winning a full-size barbeque donated by CRANS.

Finally, congratulations to the other 55 winners who went home with valuable prizes. During the wrap up of the weekend, ATA Executive Director polled the delegates for their choice for next year’s event. It looks like another first is on the horizon. Stay tuned!


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