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ARAAC’s first conference in three years a winner

The Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada (ARAAC) hosted its 2022 Convention – their first in over three years.

Despite Hurricane Fiona’s devastating effect on the Atlantic region, over 50 members, suppliers and industry stakeholders made it to Truro N.S. to learn, network and have a good time.

Paul D’Adamo headlined the event with his unique presentation style combined with his in-depth industry experiences and insight. D’Adamo discussed the growing auto core business from the perspective of quality control and how dismantlers feed the circular economy in the auto repair sector, not only with used parts, but a steady supply of remanufactured parts. He led a second session on managing your business with intelligent financial statements.

At the Annual Meeting of members, the incumbent bard was re-elected to two year terms, with Andrew MacDonald from Maritime Auto Parts retaining the President position; Dalbert Livingstone from Island Auto re-elected as Vice President and Treasurer; and Paul Bell from Poehl’s Auto Recyclers elected as Secretary.

Industry technology experts from both Car-Part and Hollander showed the latest inventory management updates. Their booths in the trade show area were always busy with eager members trying to squeeze the last bit of data and intel from their computer systems.

Dave Giles from All EV Canada in Halifax wowed everyone with his knowledge of electric vehicles and how progressive auto recyclers are viewing electrification as a tremendous opportunity. It will no doubt change the industry, but by being proactive versus reactive will help position your business to survive and thrive.

The final presentation was from the Nova Scotia Department of Environment & Climate Change regarding contingency planning for auto recyclers. They provided numerous guides and tools to make the requirement easier to meet – always useful information coming from the industry regulator.

The event wrapped up with a reception, dinner and entertainment – another successful meeting in the books.

This year’s convention was generously sponsored by Car-Part.com, Copart, IAA, Monidex Distribution, Nova Scotia Department of Environment & Climate Change, PMR, Progi, Rebuilders Auto Supply and Solera/Hollander. The trade show featured booths from the Atlantic Used Oil Management Association, Auto and Trucking Atlantic Magazine, Car-Part.com, IAA, John Ross and Sons, Monidex Distribution, Rebuilders Auto Supply and Solera/Hollander.

Next year’s event is already set and scheduled – June 8-12, 2023 in Halifax N.S. in partnership with the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) and the Auto Recyclers of Canada (ARC) national board meeting.

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