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Shannon Smith
NS Automotive Sector Council welcomes new Executive Director

Former Executive Director Corrie Robley and the Sector Council Board of Directors, have announced the appointment of Shannon Smith as the council’s new Executive Director.

“We were excited by the opportunity to attract Shannon, as she has the high calibre skills required to expand the work of the Council and its workforce development initiatives. Shannon is committed to continuing the momentum of Sector Council strategies, specific to trade designation, connecting with high schools, gathering labour market information and employer professional development” said Robley.
In announcing the appointment Ms Robley said, “After eight rewarding years serving the industry, I have accepted the opportunity to work with MacPhee Pontiac Buick as their Human Resource Manager. It has been my privilege to work with so many progressive employers, exceptional employees and industry partners to find solutions for the automotive industry.”
Shannon Smith would like to hear from employers in the NS automotive industry with their perspective on the industry’s future human resource opportunities and challenges. She may be contacted via email at or telephone 1-877-860-3805.


RGDA of Nova Scotia / ATA appoints new safety trainer counsellors

The Retail Gasoline Dealers Association of Nova Scotia and the Automotive Trades Association are pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Pelley will assume responsibility for Safety Training within the Automotive Industry in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Pelley has been associated with the Transportation Industry for 35 years and is president of Summit (OHS) Solutions. Mr. Pelley’s company provides certified training on St. John Ambulance First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Occupation Health and Safety regulation compliance. Currently, Richard’s company provides Safety Training for the Nova Scotia Trucking Association and Richard states “their claim to fame is to be able to develop tailor made training for their clients.”

Graham Conrad and Richard pelly

As the Automotive Service and Repair Industry in Nova Scotia continues to respond to new OHS regulations and legislative requirements, Mr. Pelley will certainly be welcomed to assist employers with safety programs. RGDA Executive Director Graham Conrad stated “it is increasingly more important for employers to find innovative ways to address safety issues within the work place.

What better way to start than have a certified safety trainer such as Mr. Pelley come to a work place, do an assessment, get the entire staff on board, develop a plan and then provide follow up support. For any additional information on Mr. Pelley or to arrange for training, contact Nikki Barnett at the RGDA of NS Office, toll free, 1-877-860-3805.


New study wants to hear from NS employers and employees

The automotive repair and service industry in Nova Scotia is experiencing daunting recruitment and retention challenges due to emerging demographic realities.

There is a growing need for more effective communications between employers and industry to meet these challenges head-on. How are changing demographics and other aspects of your day-to-day work environment affecting your professional development and staffing needs? What skills do you or your staff need to compete with the best in the market?

During February and March of 2009, the Nova Scotia Automotive Human Resource Sector Council, a not-for-profit, employer-driven organization, and its national counterpart, the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council will be asking you for your input and participation in a human resource (HR) and training needs study of industry employers and employees. Your input will help shape future initiatives that meet training and professional development needs of the motive power repair and service sector.  In the previous 2005 “The Road Ahead” report, the findings identified “change” as the biggest and most consistent ‘issue’ facing the Canadian automotive repair and service sector, as well as the source of its biggest opportunities. In the three short years since then the industry has entered a period of breakneck technological evolution which has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on all those involved in every aspect of vehicle maintenance and repair.

To get involved and help shape industry HR and training resources that will help your bottom line, contact Shannon Smith at the NS Automotive Sector Council at 902-464-0168.

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