Approximately 120 representatives from the automotive aftermarket gathered at Le Parcours du Cerf Golf Club on May 26 for the AIA Canada Quebec Division Golf Tournament.
A total of 104 people hit balls during the day before being joined by new guests at the cocktail and dinner parties. According to Daniel Boyer, who was in charge of the tournament for the 15th time, the strong participation rate shows that people in the industry were eager to meet again. “I’m very pleased with the participation rate, he said. We have suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, but also shop owners. We’re seeing that the fear of being face to face is starting to fade away.”
During the cocktail, discussions were going well as guests exchanged the latest professional and personal news. During the dinner, Élisabeth Lambert, Interim President, took the floor to thank all these people for having responded favorably to AIA Quebec’s invitation. “We have all experienced many challenges and I must thank all the AIA volunteers for their commitment which allowed us to carry out many activities in this particular context. And many challenges still await us, whether it is a question of succession and training or the major issue of the right to reparation. We are all ambassadors of our industry and we must commit ourselves to promoting it. With the “I am AIA” campaign and the petition, we must reiterate the importance of consumers being able to choose where they want to have their vehicles serviced.”
A Grand Forum in December
AIA Quebec is putting in place the pieces required to host a Grand Forum, scheduled for December 15, where organizers hope to bring together 450 industry members.
Patrick St-Pierre then took the floor to address the issue of labour scarcity, quantifying the phenomenon by indicating that for every 100 workers who leave the industry, only 83 people enter. He mentioned the field work done by the Quebec Division team in schools, something that will be repeated in the fall. “We are proud of who we are and we need to showcase that to the next generation. Dealers are ready, we need to be ready and raise awareness of the career opportunities in our industry.”
Finally, Jean-François Champagne, President of AIA Canada, was also on site to chat with the guests. An amount of $2,180 was raised during this activity and will be donated to the Bourse Raymond Savard, aimed at supporting the graduates of our professional schools in the automotive field.