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Two New Brunswick girls awarded AIA scholarships

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) is pleased to announce the 2005 Arthur Paulin Scholarship winners. Scholarship recipients each receive $700 to pursue their studies in an automotive aftermarket industry related program at a Canadian college or university.

The Arthur Paulin Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Awards were established in 1986 as a result of the commitment and monetary support of AIA members companies.  Interest on the principal in the fund is used to award the minimum of five scholarships each year. 

The continued support of AIA members and the fundraising efforts of the AIA Divisions have allowed this program to continue to grow and prosper, thereby allowing a large number of deserving students to pursue their automotive studies and for the industry to begin to address its skilled labour shortage.

Each of the following four regions receives at least one scholarship: Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada.  The fifth scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing studies at the Canadian Automotive Institute (CAI)

Additional awards were made available through the AIA Divisions who made special contributions to the scholarship trust fund.  Contributing Divisions include: Québec, Central Ontario, Northern Alberta, and Southern Alberta.

“On behalf of the scholarship recipients, AIA would like to thank the Divisions for their generous contributions.  These donations have permitted the Arthur Paulin Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Committee to award additional scholarships to deserving students,” said AIA President Raymond Datt.

The Arthur Paulin Automotive Scholarship Award was named after long time AIA volunteer Arthur Paulin. Arthur served as President of H. Paulin and Company Limited for over 35 years, he became Chairman of the Board in 1990.  He was a teacher and mentor to all who knew him.

The 2005 Arthur Paulin Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship recipients in Atlantic Canada are: Patricia Henley, Moncton, NB – New Brunswick Community College-Moncton and Rebecca Carr, Quispamsis, NB – New Brunswick Community College -Saint John

Anyone who is interested in making a contribution to the Arthur Paulin Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship fund, or would like additional information, should contact Allison Reynolds (613) 728-5821 ext. 232.  Contributions in Memory of aftermarketers who have passed away also help to grow the Arthur Paulin Scholarship Fund.

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) is a national trade association representing the automotive aftermarket industry.


Automotive Industry
Workplace Safety Improving in Nova Scotia

Over the past five years, employers in the Automotive Service and Repair Industry in Nova Scotia have made great efforts to reduce accidents in the workplace. Hundreds of businesses have taken the WHMIS, St. John Ambulance, Occupational Health & Safety, and Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training provided by the Automotive Trades Association.

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Reported claims to the WCB have declined from 2000-2005 by 33% and assessment premiums are down by 16%. That is the Good News! Considering that in 2005 the costs associated with 653 reported claims amounted to $522,096 and that there were 1052 lost weeks of employment. This is unfortunately . . . bad News!

At the recent ATA Annual Awards Evening, Ms. Nancy MacCready Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board delivered a strong and hard-hitting message to our Industry representatives relative to the need to reduce claims, claims costs and the impact personal injuries have upon workforce development. She outlined how the WCB is working more closely with all Industries to develop incentives for employers to improve safety standards.

Employers interested in knowing more about the WCB program and benefits of training are encouraged to contact the Automotive Trades Association to obtain more information on the Industry Safety Training Program at 1-877-860-3805.


Industry Awards Evening in halifax – Recognizing Leaders

The 6th Annual Industry Awards evening was recently held at the Casino Nova Scotia Compass Room and 112 people were in attendance. This annual event, always held in February, gives our Industry and Partners an opportunity to keep abreast of important issues, challenges and accomplishments as well as recognizing the involvement of many employers for their support and participation.

(L-R) Industry Advisory Committee - Laurie Hutt; Alistair McElwee; Lindsay Gates; Richard Sharpe; Fred North

Hosted by the Automotive Trades Association and Automotive Sector Council, this very successful event provided those in attendance with an enjoyable evening of dining, learning and enjoyment.

Industry representation included Tire Dealers, Retail Gasoline Dealers, Auto Recyclers, Collision Repair Shops, Canadian Tire Stores, Snap on, Ferguson’s Auto Parts, 3M, AKZO Nobel, Atlantic Car Stereo and independent Automotive repair centers. Automobile Dealerships included MacPhee Pontiac Buick, Colonial Honda, Chebucto Ford, Carroll Pontiac and Motor Mart from Yarmouth. Industry partners included Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Training and Skills, Nova Scotia Community College, Association of Industry Sector Councils, Tourism Industry Association, A.T.A. legal council, Mr. Mike Power, Group Health & Dental Insurance Agent Mr. Carlos Rodrigues, Home, Auto & Business Insurance Broker, Mr. Jamie Reid, Mr. Tim Brennan, ATA human resource development consultant and Mr. Rob Alfers, from Auto Atlantic.

2005 Youth Apprenticeship Project - Graham Conrad; Cyril Watkins; Larry Legere; Alistair McElwee; Glen Cutting; Doug Nixon; Rui Martins; Derek Clarke

Presentations were made by Executive Director Graham Conrad recognizing the efforts of the people involved in the historical Industry event of developing the recommendation to change the status of collision repairers from a designated trade to compulsory designated.

David Meader from the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service Council (CARS) spoke on behalf of the National Sector Council and expressed appreciation to all participants in the Professional Development and Training Needs Assessment project. Mr. Bill Uloth from Ferguson’s Auto Parts was recognized for the tremendous effort in getting industry employees to attend the CARS occupational assessment reviews held in Toronto.

Group Auto Body Compulsory Certification Committee - (1st Row) - Alistair McElwee; Lindsay Gates; Blaine North; Richard Sharpe - (Standing 0 - Laurie Hutt; Calvin Campbell; Joy Conrad; Lennie Adams; Corrie Robley; Walter Roy; Maurice Anderson

Ms. Suzanne Anderson from Skills Canada spoke about the upcoming exciting National Skills Competition coming to Halifax May 23-26. This will be the 12th year for this event, first ever in Halifax and the very first time that Automotive Recyclers will participate.

Hats off to Derek Covey, Covey’s Auto Recyclers and Dana Poehl, Poehl’s Auto Recyclers for taking on this exciting opportunity on behalf of all Recyclers. Keynote speaker was Chief Executive Officer of Workers Compensation Board Ms. Nancy MacCready Williams.

Winner of the $2,000 A.T.A. Scholarship Award was Tara Barker, daughter of Les Barker, Bruce Chev Olds, Middleton, NS Door prize winners were Ms. Pat Sullivan, Motor Mart Yarmouth, Joel Miller, Miller Tire and Laura White, The Brennan Group. Corrie Robley, Project Manager with the Automotive Sector Council recognized employers and mentors for the great support in last years historical Youth Apprenticeship Project.

Mr. Chance Prest, participant in the Youth Apprenticeship Project spoke briefly, on how the project helped him establish a career in the Automotive Industry.

Industy Capacity Builder Awards Winner, Bob & Charlene Yuille

Highlight of the evening was recognizing the Industry Capacity Builder for 2005. Mr. Bob Yuille and wife Charlene were the very deserving winners of the award for the excellent support of sector council activities as well as a long list of accomplishments that have benefited the Industry. Thanks to the fine folks at Yuille’s Auto Works. In closing the Executive Director extended special thanks to the sponsors of this great event, without whom it would not be possible.

Apprenticeship Nova Scotia; A.P. Reid Insurance Stores; Student Connections; Carroll Pontiac; - The Brennan Group; Corporate Benefits 2000 Inc.; Ferguson’s Auto Parts; Power, Dempsey, Cooper & Leefe; Scotiabank.


Recyclers Join Skills Canada Competition

The 12th Annual Canadian Skills Competition is an Olympic style competition where students participate in skilled trade and technology challenges designed to test their skills. This national event involves secondary, post secondary and apprentice level students who compete for 2 days in over 40 different contest areas.

For the first time the event is being held in Halifax May 23-26 at the World Trade & Convention Centre and Halifax Metro Centre. An estimated 5,000 high school students from throughout the province will attend and view the competitions. Automotive Service and Repair has always been represented at the event. Both Automotive Service and Auto Body Repairers have historically faired well.

This event significantly enhances the image of skilled trades and technologies, especially to high school students, by raising the profile of these careers.

For the first time ever, the event will feature dismantling of Automobiles thanks to the great support from the Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada. Mr. Dana Poehl, Poehl’s Auto Recyclers and Mr. Derek Covey, Covey’s Auto Recyclers have agreed to provide automobiles and the dismantling demonstration to the thousands of people attending the show.

Shown in photo above are Dana and Derek receiving briefing information from Skills Canada Nova Scotia Executive Director Michelle Bussey along with Sponsorship Coordinator Suzanne Anderson.

To learn more about this exciting Industry event contact Skills Canada, 2021 Brunswick Street, P.O. Box 578, Halifax B3J 2S9 or telephone 424-5193, website address is here, and email is


Inspection Fees Increase on PEI

Efforts by the Retail Gasoline Dealers Association of Prince Edward Island to have the Annual Motor Vehicle Inspection Fee Schedule adjusted have resulted in a major improvements in inspection fees. The Association has maintained for some time now that the fee of $12.00 for cars and light trucks which has existed since 1993, was totally inadequate given the time and effort required to do the inspections .

The RGDA took the lead in lobbying the P.E.I. Transportation and Public Works Department to have fees adjusted to better enable inspection stations on the Island to recover their costs of providing the service. The increase in fees is the first adjustment since 1993 and will help offset the dramatic increase in operating costs faced by inspection stations since that time.

In announcing the increase which became effective January 1,2006, Transportation and Public Works Minister Gail Shea said, “ Having a quality motor vehicle inspection system is important to help ensure road safety on Prince Edward Island.

The fees have not been adjusted since 1993 and fall well short of covering the actual costs to station operators who provide the services. It’s only fair that the correction be made.” Wayne Vloet, president of the P.E.I. Retail Gasoline Dealers Association commented, “These fee increases will be welcomed by the industry and will serve to help correct a serious inequity that has existed with the previous fee structure.”

New PEI Vehicle Inspection Fee Schedule:

Cars & Light Trucks $24.00
Motorcycles $23.00
Utility Trailers (no brakes) $18.00
Commercial Vehicles (Over 3,850 kg.)
Commercial trucks 90 min. shop labour rate
Farm Trucks 45 min. shop labour rate
Commercial trailers w. brakes 45 min. shop labour rate
Re-inspection Fee $ 12.00

In addition to the new approved fee structure, the Department has announced upward revisions in the license fees for licensed technicians and inspection stations. The cost of inspection stickers continues to be $2.00.