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Skills Canada Automotive Technology Summit
Edmonton Expo Centre – 7515 – 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
June 5th 2018 8:30am – 11:30am
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“A unique opportunity to gain direct insight into automotive industry trends and changing consumer attitudes”
The Skills Canada Automotive Technology Summit brings together leading vehicle manufacturers to share information on current and future-model vehicle construction and the impact on repair methodology, tooling and training. the Skills Canada National Competition provides an ideal setting for the collision repair industry, car dealers, educators, students and interested parties to meet with vehicle manufacturers and learn how the collision repair industry is rapidly changing in response to evolving vehicle design, construction methods and advanced materials, and technology integration. It has never been more important for repairers to upgrade their facilities, invest in equipment and training, and ensure that every vehicle repaired meets vehicle manufacturer specifications. The vehicle manufacturer presentations will be followed by light refreshments, and a tour of the Skills Canada National Competition.
8:30am – 8:35am Welcome – Leanne Jefferies, Director, Skills Canada Collision Repair Program
8:35am – 8:45am Opening Remarks – David Adams, President, Global Automakers of Canada
David will share his perspective on the rapid changes taking place in the automotive industry. Vehicle construction and technologies such as advanced safety features, autonomous vehicles and connectivity have major impacts on automakers and on the skills, training and tools required for the safe repair of vehicles.
8:50am – 9:20am Gary Lin, Specialist, Certified Collision Repair Program, BMW Group Canada
Advanced Material Technology: Gary will discuss new materials and technology in BMW vehicles, and emphasize the importance of following Certified OE Collision Repair procedures and using original parts. Gary will demonstrate the important link between this and stakeholder accountability for the safety and structural integrity of the vehicles repaired.
9:20am – 9:50am Paul Stella, Manager, Collision Repair & Refinish, Toyota
Paul will share information about Toyota new vehicle features, Toyota Safety Sense, and the need to perform required scans and calibrations to ensure repairs meet Toyota Specifications.
9:50am -10:00am Break
10:00am – 10:40am Ted Lancaster, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kia Canada Inc.
Ted will share his perspective on the evolution of the Kia brand, technology and manufacturing, certified pre-owned programs, and their certified collision repair program. He will also discuss how consumers have changed, which is reflected in the recent J. D. Power publication that shows what consumers consider as their new “pain points” – much less about popping the hood and more about connectivity and other tech issues. Ted will close with a look at the future of autonomous cars and how these technologies will impact the industry.
10:45am – 11:15am Scott Wideman, Collision Program Manager, VW/Audi
Safe Repairs: Scott will discuss the impact of vehicle technology advancements on the repair industry, now and in the near future and why it is critical to repair VW and Audi vehicles to OEM specifications.
11:15am – 11:45am David Adams, Gary Lin, Paul Stella, Scott Wideman, Ted Lancaster
The panel will reflect on the significant impact of changing vehicle technology on all industry stakeholders. Our experts will share examples of why there is an urgent need for industry stakeholders to embrace OEM Certification and to drive industry change; to improve the technical capabilities of collision repairers; to respond to consumer needs and wants, and the shared responsibility to consumers to provide safe, proper repairs that meet OEM specifications.
Skills Canada National Competition
June 4 – 5, 2018
Edmonton EXPO Centre
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