A Dollar for Your Dreams: B.C. woman left puzzled after receiving $1 ICBC rebate cheque

Victoria, British Columbia — As residents of British Columbia await their Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) rebate cheques to materialize, one B.C. woman is asking the Crown insurer questions after receiving a $1 cheque in her mailbox. The cheques, averaging about $190 according to ICBC, were sent out last week after seeing weeks-long delays […]

Held to Account: Jay Perry on responsibility and continuous improvement

By Jay Perry One of the most challenging parts of leadership is the issue of accountability. We all know and want the benefits that can come from holding ourselves and our team to account for quality of services or products, our policies, actions and decisions but the balance required to do it properly can be […]

The Revolution is Now: Andrew Shepherd offers info on I-CAR’s new EV courses

Ottawa, Ontario — With automakers the world over announcing wide-scale conversions of their fleets to battery-electric vehicles (EVs) and telematics systems becoming nearly commonplace, the collision repair industry is no longer simply on the verge of a technological revolution—we’re in the midst of it. That is why Collision Repair took the time to conduct a […]

Coming Soon from SGI: Provincial insurer announces collision industry updates, including paint material rate increase

Regina, Saskatchewan ⁠— Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) delivered an update on its collision industry services during last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) meeting, detailing its incoming paint material rate changes as well as current endeavours alongside software management companies and OEMs. The first SGI announcement to take effect will come April 1 as […]

Poised for Growth: Driven Brands reports Q4 and 2020 full-year results

Charlotte, North Carolina — Driven Brands unveiled its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 2020, reporting a near 25 percent increase to system-wide sales for the fourth quarter. The parent company of collision repair brands CARSTAR, Fix Auto USA and Maaco, Driven Brands reported Q4 2020 system-wide sales of US$935.1 million, […]

Clearing the Path: CCIF to host free webinars on ADAS procedure, OEM best practices

Toronto, Ontario — The ever-expanding field of ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) is like a dense forest of converging technologies and procedures and the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) is looking to introduce the industry to a pair of guides who may be able to help lead the way through this unexplored territory, in their upcoming […]

Perks for Progress: Ontario gov. announces incentives for shops taking on apprentices

Toronto, Ontario — The Ontario government is hoping to clear the path for entry into the skilled trades industry as Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton announced a $47 million investment into apprenticeship programs, according to a press release from Friday. The new Achievement Incentive Program and the expanded Apprenticeship Capital Grant […]

Open Mic: CCIF opens public applications for speakers for upcoming events

Toronto, Ontario — Think you’ve got the next big idea that’ll rock the automotive industry? Got a hot take about collision repair that you can’t keep to yourself? CCIF sending out an open call for speakers at their upcoming events. Announced via email on Wednesday, the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) is now accepting submissions […]

Light Work: Dupont and Magna explore adhesive liftgate bonding

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— A partnership between Canadian auto parts manufacturer Magna International and material and chemical giant DuPont is looking to elaborate on the concept of using adhesives rather than welding to bond vehicle liftgates. Spurred by increasing demand for lighter-weight vehicle solutions as electrification spreads, the two companies are currently attempting to simplify the […]

My Man Tony: CARSTAR Canada names Tony Mammone VP of operations

Hamilton, Ontario – CARSTAR Canada is making some big corporate moves with the announcement of Tony Mammone’s promotion to vice-president of operations, according to a press release from Wednesday. Originally joining CARSTAR three years ago as a zone director for Ontario, Mammone quickly rose through the ranks to then become senior director of operations through […]