Column by TOM BISSONNETTE    …  CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS ISSUE Three months into the new business I was feeling bruised and battered. Down five staff members and working my tail off just to keep up I was lucky to have the remaining employees and my wife on my side. She was working part time at the […]

‘Most Ambitious’ Yet: SAAR shares sponsorship details for 2022 Fall Conference

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) says it’s preparing for its “biggest and most ambitious” Fall Conference ever, to be held at the Dakota Dunes golf resort from September 22nd to September 24th, 2022. The festivities kick off on Thursday, Sept. 22 with a shot-gun start golf tournament at noon. SAAR […]


Sorting mess in the name of success Column by TOM BISSONNETTE … CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS ISSUE Ah! The year 2000 was amazing! I realized I had lived in two different centuries and two different millenniums! Growing up as a kid we had no cell phones and no computers—we played outdoors and hunted gophers and rabbits. […]

SAAR Your Engines: Spring Conference and AGM this weekend

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan — A weekend to remember is about to unfold as the Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) preps to host its annual Spring Conference and Annual General Meeting this weekend. Kicking off with a gathering at the local pub Bobby’s Place, SAAR’s Spring event will operate under a “come and go” format […]


Try something new and learn a thing or two Column by TOM BISSONNETTE … CONTINUED FROM Issue 20#6 Things were rolling along rather good at Dodge City, but I was getting restless. Zig Ziglar tells the story of Priming the Pump—you can watch it on YouTube if you search “Zig Ziglar priming the pump.” It […]

Glass Half Full: Canadians steal the stage during Dave Luehr Positivity Summit

Nashville, Tennessee ⁠— Dave Luehr’s Elite Bodyshop Solutions held its third annual Positivity Summit on Friday, which featured a stellar lineup of speakers⁠ that included some of Canada’s most beloved collision repairers. From 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Dave Luehr and Ryan Taylor treated more than 200 Positivity Summit attendees to insightful conversations with over […]


The road to greatness is never without trial Column by TOM BISSONNETTE I don’t want it to sound like everything was perfect at Dodge City. We still had our challenges dealing with employees, customers and insurance companies just like everybody else. Sometimes we were our own worst enemy. This was in the days of shops […]

Meet Me in Moose Jaw: SAAR to host in-person spring AGM

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan ⁠— The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) has announced its plan to host an in-person annual general meeting on March 11 and 12, 2022 at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa in Moose Jaw. “We had lots of people requesting we go back to the ‘Oasis of the Prairies’,” wrote Tom […]


It’s all about fueling the fun Column by TOM BISSONNETTE … CONTINUED FROM Issue 20#3 We still had our share of challenges getting the new shop up and running at Dodge City. People were getting used to working with each other, equipment still needed to be set up and required training. Production systems and administrative […]