By Mike Davey
Ottawa, Ontario -- April 27, 2016 -- The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) has revealed more of the speakers and panel discussions slated for the Montreal meeting. The event will take place at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal on May 27, 2016. Please see "Autonomous vehicles, scans on the slate for CCIF Montreal" for more preview coverage of CCIF Montreal.
According to a statement from CCIF, all presentations and speakers will be in English and French, with dual screens and simultaneous translation.
Leanne Jefferies is the primary organizer of CCIF Montreal on behalf of AIA Canada. In an interview with Collision Repair magazine, she outlined some of the highlights of the coming meeting. One panel discussion “Scanning vehicles: A reality check” is of particular note.
"Scanning is a big issue right now and we've found that there's a significant disconnect between what was heard at CCIF January from Mike Anderson, OEM recommendations and what's actually happening in the market," says Jefferies. "The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe Carvalho, CCIF Chairman, and will focus on the issues surrounding this, and how we need to make sure we are doing the right thing as an industry."
Martin Samson is the Senior Analyst, Automobile Appraisal and Insurance Plan Division for Groupement des assureurs automobiles (GAA). Samson will present on a successful model for industry collaboration and examine the methodology for determing shop materials and paint materials costs. He'll also look into whether standardization of the estimating guidelines help to improve industry efficiency.
France Daviault, Senior Director of Industry Relations for AIA Canada, will speak on the status of women in collision repair and the automotive industry. As Senior Director, Industry Relations for AIA Canada, Daviault was instrumental in obtaining federal funding from Status of Women Canada. She will present on the development of a comprehensive framework to address the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in automotive.
The content for the second panel discussion has also been revealed. "Minimum Requirements to Complete Structural Repairs" will be moderated by Larry Jefferies, President of Jefferies Consulting.
"There's a growing awareness regarding the challenges with ensuring structural repairs are conducted following OEM specifications," says Leanne Jefferies. "The panel will look at developing a definition of the minimum requirements for equipment and training that all stakeholders can use."
Repairers would benefit from an accessible, generic list to use as a reference to ensure their facilities are properly equipped and staff are adequately trained. Insurers would also benefit, as they could use such a list to validate repairers' training and equipment needs.
"Focus groups of insurers, repairers and other stakeholders have informed us that this would be a definite benefit," says Jefferies. "This session will provide insight into the information gathered to date, share the draft version of the minimum requirements for equipment and training and gain feedback on this important opportunity."
Feedback will be gathered through the panel discussion and through the VOICE, CCIF's live polling application.
The Montreal meeting will also provide a training opportunity through I-CAR. The non-profit training organization has announced it will offer the recently translated course, Aluminum Exterior Panel Repair and Replacement (APR01), at Hotel Omni in Montreal on May 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Salle Saison A. The course will contain modules on cosmetic aluminum panel overview, attachment methods and surface prep and refinishing. To register for the course, please contact Mireille Schippers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the course is also available online at i-car.ca.
To register for the CCIF Montreal meeting, please visit ccif.ca.