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The CCIF Returns to Montreal

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This cocktail was the kick-off of the first edition, in almost four years, of the Montreal CCIF.
During a workshop before the cocktail, Marc-Olivier Legentil from Bell Nordic explained and tested the participants on the principles of Toyota Kata.
Daniel Pitre and Mario Couture from Beneva with Stéphanie Massé from Autosphere and Yves Robichaud from CARSTAR.
Marc Lambert of the insurer Wawanesa discussed with the body repairers François and Sylvain Raymond of the CARSTAR banner in the presence of Luc Fillion of the CCPQ.
Jean-François Champagne and Daryll O'Keefe of AIA Canada, with Mathieu Simard and Sébastien Pichette of Fix Network and Normand Cormier of Axalta.
The Autosphere team with Jean-Luc Sauriol of AsTech and John Turner of SATA.
Jean-François Gargya from CarrXpert with Jean-Pierre Li from Audatex and Denis Barrette also from CarrXpert.
Caroline Lacasse, Director of AIA Canada and main organizer of this event with speaker Marc-Olivier Legentil from Bell Nordic.
Jay and Kim Perri in discussion with Paul Nestorowich of Enterprise and Howard Berg of Fuyao.
The Axalta team included Paul Cormier, Robin Laberge and Mathieu Gélinas.
Mark Huisman of BASF, Jean Tremblay representing RM with Natasha Akhavan and Mélanie Besner of Les Entrepôts AB.
Guy Lescarbeau and Alain Drolet of Unipièce OEM, with Stéphanie Massé of Autosphere.
Patrice Marcil and Normand Cormier of Axalta shared good times with Sonia Varennes and David Richard of CosmosSync.
John Pastuszko and Linda Wiebe of ALLDATA with Constantino Uliano and Karl Kirschenman of supplier Spanesi Americas.
Body shop owner Érick Leblond and his son Philippe talked with Claude Gravel from CARSTAR.
For Diane Chaîné of Progi, in the center of the picture, the cocktail was a great opportunity to reconnect with several contacts.
For ALLDATA's John Pastuszko, the pleasure of meeting CARSTAR's Jessy Dufresne and Éric Hénault was obvious.
Denis Janelle and Daniel Rodrigue of the GAA met Rémi Michaud of CARSTAR Canada.
Éric Lévesque and Martin Laplante of Sherwin Williams flank Éric Léveillé of NAPA/CMAX and body shop owner Stéphane Roussy of Fix Auto St-Eustache.
Scenes of happy reunion multiplied throughout the evening.
Anouar Bélganche and his colleague Ron Cuccia of Norton Saint-Gobin spoke with Joël Bessette of Carquest Canada.
The CCIF welcome table allowed participants to be well informed and directed to the many activities.
Sébastien Bourque, Theodore Seremetis, Jeannie Albert and Domenic Prochilo represented the Symplicity Car Care banner.
Gabriel Roubeiz of Fix Auto Dorval and Luc Fillion of the CCPQ discussed with Anne-Marie Fortier of Ingenia Personnel.
The Unipièce OEM team, chaired by Claude Zalac, had a strong presence at this cocktail.
Photos Michel Beaunoyer

The return of the CCIF meetings in Montreal drew a full house as 350 representatives from the auto body industry gathered June 2 and 3 at the Airport Marriott Hotel.

Due to circumstances that we all know too well, it had been almost four years since the representatives of the body shop industry had been able to meet in Montreal for the CCIF.

The meeting, which brought together major suppliers of products and services to the collision repair industry, repair shop owners and employees, and insurance company representatives, was preceded by a cocktail reception on the evening of June 2.

It was clear that these players in the automotive aftermarket had a lot of fun reconnecting or getting to know each other, as more than a quarter of the participants were attending the Montreal CCIF for the first time.

Before the cocktail, a workshop on problem solving using the Toyota Kata formula was offered and led by trainer Marc-Olivier Legentil from Bell Nordic. This very dynamic workshop allowed participants to work in teams to establish a documented approach to problem solving.

All Montreal CCIF activities were held at the Marriott Hotel at the Montreal International Airport. Here is a photo resume of this event, which was rich in emotions and sharing.

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