Posts by Steve Fletcher

Closer Ties

Closer Ties
Laying out a framework for greater global collaboration and cooperation. At the 76th annual Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Convention and Expo in Charlotte, N.C., (October 10-12), one of the highlights was the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC). This agreement, initially signed by recycling associations in Canada, the U.S.,…

Closer Ties

Closer Ties
Laying out a framework for greater global collaboration and cooperation. At the 76th annual Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) Convention and Expo in Charlotte, N.C., (October 10-12), one of the highlights was the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC). This agreement, initially signed by recycling associations in Canada, the U.S.,…

Greater Understanding

Forging stronger connections between different sectors will create a stronger automotive industry. From March 28 to 30, the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) held its annual Convention and Tradeshow, this time at the Hilton/Meadowvale in Mississauga. A major goal at this year’s event was to bring people from outside Ontario…

Greater Awareness

Creating new partnerships can lead to very positive results. This past summer, Krown Rust Control teamed up with the University of Windsor to develop a Corrosion Index. Basically, it’s a consumer-oriented metric designed to both measure and communicate the amount of rust that accumulates on a vehicle after a certain…

Finding Common Ground

How different countries approach end-of-life-vehicles. I was recently interviewed by a consultant to the French government. The consultant was conducting a formal international poll of how other countries get end-of-life vehicles into the legitimate industry’s hands as opposed to those of the unlicensed underground economy. In France, they’ve used Authorized…

Leaving a Legacy

Creating an association focused on the future. Wally Dingman, owner of Caughill Auto Wreckers in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and longtime Board Member of the Ontario Auto Recyclers Association (OARA), stepped down last year as Chairman after holding the position for over a decade. Eleven years ago, OARA was a smaller industry…

Impact Felt Across Industries

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has come under tremendous media pressure after they announced in January they’re forecasting a $ 1.3 billion deficit for their insurance operation this year. The announcement created a firestorm of political finger-pointing about potential issues with public insurance. Attorney-General David Eby, who is…
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