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Ottawa, Ontario -- January 6, 2016 -- The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) has revealed a partial list of the speakers slated to appear at the CCIF Toronto Cars & Technology Showcase on January 28 and 29, 2016. In advance, Collision Repair magazine will be bringing you extensive previews of the presentations you can expect to see at this historic event.

Calling it historic is not an exaggeration. This will be the single largest CCIF meeting ever held. According to CCIF, tickets for the event are already over 50 percent sold out. In addition to a full slate of presentations, the showcase area will feature the latest vehicles, cutting edge tools, equipment and technology and a great networking opportunity. Below are the first few speakers that have been announced. Watch for more to come soon.

Mike Anderson, Collision Advice

Mike Anderson, owner of Collision Advice, will share his insights on how the destinies of collision repairers, insurers, technicians and OEMs are tied together, and how each plays a vital role in ensuring that vehicles are repaired properly. The need to adapt to the speed of change in automotive technology has never been greater. Anderson will provide an in-depth look at what OEMs are doing, and the need for training and equipment to keep pace. He will share important information about diagnostics and how can technicians can efficiently access the right information to ensure quality repairs.

Anderson will also look at trends in OEM certification programs, and the emerging requirement to identify which facilities are qualified to repair particular vehicles. He will also present his views on why we will continue to see more OEM involvement in the collision industry.

Pete Karageorgos, Director, Consumer & Industry Relations, Ontario - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

IBC’s Pete Karageorgos, Director, Consumer & Industry Relations, Ontario, will discuss IBC’s advocacy work on the municipal bylaws and provincial regulations that protect consumers at the scene of a collision. He will also address IBC’s research on vehicle towing and storage. This is vital information for anyone in the collision repair business.

Jim Dickson, Director, Global Automotive Strategy - Commercial, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is one of the largest producers of aluminum in the world. Dickson will share why repair of vehicles with extensive use of aluminum is not difficult, but different, and has several advantages for the facility willing to tackle the challenge. Dickson will discuss advances in multi-material vehicle designs and their intersection with the repair process. Topics including joining, corrosion and dust management will be addressed as well as key training considerations for collision facility owners to ensure a successful transition to aluminum vehicle repair.

Attendance at CCIF Toronto requires advance registration. For more information or to register, please visit ccif.ca.

 

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