Centennial College graduates new Level 3 class

The graduating Level 3 class from Centennial College.

By Mike Davey Toronto, Ontario — March 6, 2017 — A new group of fully qualified technicians has completed their apprenticeship. Centennial College in Toronto held a special event at the school’s Ashtonbee campus to honour the latest round of graduates from its Level 3 Automotive Body Damage and Collision Repairer (ABCDR) program. The graduation […]

Ontario apprentice numbers swell to over 700

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Toronto, Ontario — February 20, 2017 — Continued heavy growth by new, interested and motivated young people in the collision repair industry has again propelled the apprentice numbers upward. Ontario reported that as of February 1, 2017 a total of 700 auto body and collision damage repair apprentices had registered with the Ontario College of […]

Bruce Young receives annual 3M Rick Berg Award

Bruce Young (centre) has received the 2016 Rick Berg Award from 3M. The award was presented by General Manager Rick Orser (left) and Regional Sales Manager Dan Laturnas (right).

London, Ontario — February 13, 2017 — 3M has announced that Bruce Young is the winner of the annual 3M Rick Berg Award. Young is 3M’s Sales Representative for British Columbia. The award is named after Rick Berg, a business leader who passed away seven years ago after a career with 3M spanning more than […]

New power tools from 3M

3M's Pistol Grip Sander, part of the new line of abrasive power tools from 3M.

London, Ontario — January 5, 2017 — 3M has introduced new power tools and Cubitron II Cut Off Wheel and Flap Disc, specifically designed for use in automotive body work. A statement from 3M says the new tools are optimized for the body shop , not “over-engineered for heavy duty industrial applications.” 3M says the […]

CIIA to hold evening workshops across Ontario

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By Mike Davey Hamilton, Ontario — April 18, 2016 — A new series of evening workshops commences in May, focusing on profitability and the top 10 things that can go wrong at body shops when it comes to health and safety. The workshops will take place in numerous communities across Ontario and are being presented […]

CIIA to host seven information workshops across Ontario

CIIA to host seven information workshops across Ontario

Hamilton, Ontario — April 30, 2015 Collision Industry Information Assistance (CIIA) will be holding seven evening workshops designed to bring technicians and shop owners together, allowing them to provide feedback on issues facing the industry. Along with updates from the College of Trades and CIIA, workshop attendees will hear from guest speakers highlighting the new […]

Registration open for 5th annual Rick Berg golf tournament

Oakville, Ontario — April 23, 2015 — Registration is open for the fifth and final Rick Berg Invitational charity golf tournament, with all proceeds going to support families living with loved ones who have epilepsy and to help fund ongoing research. Held every year since 2011, the gathering of golf-loving auto industry stakeholders have pitched in […]

‘Perfect-It 1’ delivers one-step, high-gloss finishes: 3M

      London, Ontario — July 24, 2014 — Compounding can be one of the most difficult steps in the traditional paint finishing process for vehicles. That’s why delivering a high-quality paint finishing job requires a lot of time and can lead to a delay in completing the vehicle if ignored. It can also […]