From Left: James Kerr (Publishing Director) Erin McLaughlin (Associate Editor) Alex Dugas (Editor). These new staff members come from different backgrounds, but all share in the company’s vision of providing the collision repair industry and automotive claims economy

By CRM Staff

Peterborough, Ontario -- July 11, 2017 -- New team members have recently joined the staff of Media Matters Inc., the company behind Collision Repair magazine, Bodyworx Professional, Collision Quebec, Canadian Auto Recyclers and other titles.

According to Darryl Simmons, Publisher, "These additions will add depth and breadth to an already strong team. It is our collective dedication and commitment to our readers that allow us to enjoy our position as the leading communications and information source serving Canada's collision repair industry."

These new staff members come from different backgrounds, but all share in the company’s vision of providing the collision repair industry and automotive claims economy with up-to-the minute news, insightful features and perspectives from across the country and around the world.

James Kerr
Publishing Director

Media Matters Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of James Kerr as Publishing Director. James is charged with getting the magazines out the door, and also with the company's continued development and growth into new and exciting areas.

James brings more than 15 years of management and creative content development experience in arts administration to Media Matters Inc. His passion is publishing. He takes on the position of Publishing Director because he believes strongly in the intelligence and ingenuity of the people within the collision repair industry, and says he looks forward to shaking the hand of every shop owner in the business.

"I grew up in a small town, and what I care about is community," says James. "The collision repair industry is just one big community, stretching coast to coast. Collision repair people are good people, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

James is most interested in bringing communities together through media, and looks forward to networking contacts to form new strong business relationships. When he's not at work, James reads stacks of other magazines.

If you want to reach out to Media Matters Inc. for whatever reason—to chat about the industry, to start a relationship with the company, or if you're not sure who you need to talk to at Media Matters Inc.—James is your best contact. He can be reached at james@mediamatters.ca.

Erin McLaughlin
Associate Editor

Joining the editorial team at Media Matters Inc. is Erin McLaughlin as an Associate Editor, working on Collision Repair magazine and its daily e-zine.

Erin is a graduate of Trent University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of a student magazine. Deeply passionate about the magazine industry, knowledge, community building and words, Erin joined the company soon after graduating.

"I was initially drawn to the collision repair industry because of the fascinating and quickly developing automotive technology," says Erin. "I was also aware of the nature of this community—small and tight-knit, and I found that to be pretty appealing."

Erin is interested in helping to build a strong community by recognizing individuals for work they do and illuminating the diversity and uniqueness of the collision repair industry. Her goal is to get quality knowledge out into the world, with a strong focus on the individuals who make up this industry. Other topics of interest include the environment, technology, millennials, management techniques and how the history of the collision repair industry correlates to today's industry.

She adds: "The support and kindness I have encountered from those within the industry has been wonderful."

In her spare time, Erin writes poetry and short stories, and plays bass in a rock band. She is a lover of fiction, music and walks.

If you have a story or a story idea for Erin, please contact her via email to erin@mediamatters.ca.

Alex Dugas
Editor

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexandre Dugas as Editor at Media Matters Inc. A Francophone from Montreal, Alex joins the editorial team for all of our publications, but will specifically be leading all editorial content in French.

Alex has taken stewardship over Collision Quebec, and will be transitioning it from a biannual publication to a quarterly. Alex will be working closely with the Quebec collision repair community to provide original and authentic French content to best represent the industry in Quebec, and for Quebec to the rest of the country.

Alex was initially introduced to the collision repair industry through years of work in the car rental business. After getting unique opportunities to try different vehicles as well as witness their repair processes, Alex knew his future involved collision repair. With an English degree and a passion for the automotive industry, Alex was naturally guided to the editorial world and eagerly began his career in the magazine business.

"This industry is full of wonderful people ready to talk, chat and even hang out in order to give you their opinions and insights on the industry," says Alex. "Whether it’s about new tools, technologies or businesses, I'm eager to get to work everyday because I know I'll be writing about someone truly special."

Alex is keenly interested in the constant progress of the collision industry, and how it affects big and small businesses in their day-to-day operations.

When's he's not glued to his computer chair, or on the road, Alex browses antique shops. When you see Alex out at conferences, make sure to ask him about recycling and re-using, or about his sidekick, the small poodle with a big heart named Elroy.

If you have a story or a story idea—or just want to chat in French or English, you can email Alex at either of his email addresses, in English at alex@mediamatters.ca, or in French at redacteur@mediamatters.ca.

 

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