By Barett Poley
Ottawa, Ontario — December 21, 2016 — The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) has announced its list of new steering committee members. Made up of collision repairers and suppliers from around the country, the team is responsible for guiding the priorities of CCIF.
In October of this year, CCIF announced that they were accepting applications for the 2017-2018 steering committee. According to a statement from CCIF, the steering committee “guides the establishment of priority areas for action and helps to ensure the continued success of industry events and projects.”
Mike Gilliland of AutoHouse Technologies is one of the newly appointed members. He notes that the main importance of the committee is “to recognize all the respective stakeholders within the industry, and, with that in mind, to keep the Canadian collision industry moving forward in a cohesive manner.”
Members of the steering committee are intended to represent all industry stakeholders. The steering committee draws from all sectors of the industry, including collision repairers, OEMs, insurers, suppliers and more.
Appointed to the committee for 2017 are five new members. From the repair side are Jean Charles Dupuis, COO of Fix Auto Canada and Colson Cole, VP Operations at CARSTAR Canada. Newly appointed members on the supplier side are Michel Caron, VP Sales at Autadex Canada, Sean Donaldson, Assistant VP at Enterprise Holding and Mike Gilliland, President of AutoHouse Technologies.
Membership of the committee means representing all stakeholders in the industry, and Gilliland brings his decades of experience in the collision repair industry to the committee. Gilliland’s experience in the industry is broad. He’s worked as a technician, as an automotive physical damage appraiser, an executive with ADP Claims Solutions Group and as the Regional Sales Manager for Gamma Micro-Systems. For the last 14 years he’s been the President of Vancouver-based AutoHouse Technologies, a company he founded to provide the industry with business intelligence.
Gilliland says he’s happy and honoured to be part of the team. “Being a part of the steering committee is a responsibility that I graciously accept, but that I don’t take lightly” he says, explaining “It does influence the direction of the industry as a whole and I’m absolutely honoured to be a part of that.”