CCIF Toronto 2015

CM_Pictorial_CCIF_Toronto_2015_Photo_1Bringing the Collision Repair Industry Together

On January 30, the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) hosts their first meeting of 2015 in Toronto at the Toronto Airport Marriott.  The event will bring together repairers, insurers, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, educators and associations to hear from expert speakers, share information, and, of course, to network among peers.  All speakers at the CCIF meeting will address the top three industry priorities – profitability, complexity of vehicle repairs, and human resources.  CCIF continues to attract bigger crowds, as stakeholders recognize the opportunity to collaborate on initiatives that will improve the long-term sustainability of the collision industry.


Andrew King from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants will speak at CCIF Toronto, providing an overview of the performance of the collision market in Canada in 2014.  His presentation will include data from the Business Conditions Survey (BCS) – CCIF’s data collection project that was introduced last year.  Addressing the need for reliable, accurate industry data, the BCS will help us measure profitability trends and track the health of the collision industry.

CCIF Toronto will also feature insurance industry expert George Cooke, President of Martello Associates Consulting, who will discuss current insurance trends such as consolidation, legislation, autonomous vehicles, consumer behaviour and telematics. Additionally, Cooke will share his outlook on the impact of these trends on the claims side of the insurance industry.


When it comes to HR topics, attendees at CCIF Toronto will hear from Norm Kramer from the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, who will provide an interesting and interactive look at health and safety in collision repair facilities. Kramer will also demonstrate that looking after people isn’t just the right thing to do—but that it can improve the profitability of your business.

Marie Artim, Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Enterprise Holdings will speak about the company’s highly successful HR strategy that involves advertising, marketing, interactive media, training and tools for the nearly 200 Enterprise Recruiters hiring more than 8,000 university graduates each year. The session will demonstrate ways repairers and others can apply the same strategies to their own businesses.

CCIFs’ charitable project, Haiti ARISE Technical School, continues to move ahead, as plans to build the collision repair building edge ever so closer to becoming reality.  I will share a special message from Marc Honorat, Haiti ARISE founder, as we launch the Buy-a-Brick Fundraising Campaign.

The CCIF Skills Program continues to expand, increasing exposure of the collision industry to young people at Skills Competitions and career events across Canada. On January 30, I will share an update on events planned for 2015.


CCIF Toronto brings Ford Motor Company Engineer, Larry Coan, to present the F-150 Aluminum Collision Repair Program, which will include the latest information on repairs, training and equipment.

David Adams, President of the Global Automakers of Canada, will moderate a panel discussion with several OEMs to address the issue of repair techniques and body parts and their impact on vehicle safety.

Jason Bartanen, Director of Industry Technical Relations for I-CAR in the U.S., will share exciting information about the recently launched Repairability Technical Support Portal.  The new resource for repairers provides access to OE technical information and repair procedures.

Stay connected, stay informed

This year, CCIF will host meetings in Toronto, Halifax, Detroit and Calgary. It is the best networking opportunity for industry stakeholders, and provides the information needed to stay informed of the latest trends and industry initiatives. I look forward to seeing you at our CCIF meetings where we are creating positive change and doing our utmost to improve the industry together as committed stakeholders.

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