The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) announced the recipients of the 2022 AIA Canada Distinguished Service Award and the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) Young Leader of the Year Award.
These presentations took place during the Annual Conference and 80th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on May 10-11, 2022, in Toronto, Ontario.
Graham Jeffery of the Canadian Tire Corporation was presented with the YPA Young Leader of the Year Award; the AIA Canada Distinguished Service Award for 2022 was presented to the late Bob Greenwood with John Cochrane, Past Chairman of the AIA Canada Board of Directors accepting the award on behalf of Bob’s family.
Young Leader of the Year Award
The Young Leader of the Year Award is presented annually on behalf of the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) Committee to an outstanding young aftermarket professional for their dedication to the industry, leadership, and innovation and this year that honour goes to Graham Jeffery.
Graham is Vice President of Automotive Merchandising and Services at Canadian Tire where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of the automotive general merchandise and auto service businesses. He has served as an AIA Canada board member since 2019.
AIA Distinguished Service Award
The AIA Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service and leadership, which contributes to the growth and development of Canada’s automotive aftermarket industry. It is the highest award presented by AIA Canada to an individual member.
AIA Canada presented the 2022 Distinguished Service Award to Bob Greenwood.
Robert “Bob” Greenwood had over forty years of business management experience in the automotive aftermarket industry and was president and C.E.O. of Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre Ltd. He was a staunch defender of the automotive aftermarket, an educator, writer, and mentor. Bob passed away on September 9, 2021.