Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association

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2018 OARA Convention & Trade Show

When: March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018


Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre
8500 Warden Avenue
Markham, ON L6G 1A5

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Click here to register as a Delegate or download the Registration Form.

Draft Agenda (2/16/2018):


Thursday March 22
Trillium Room 6:00 – 10:00 pm OARA Board Meeting
Friday March 23
Foyer 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Registration Open
Conference Centre 1 & 2 8:30 – 8:40 am Welcoming remarks. Steve Fletcher, OARA
8:40 – 9:00 am Scrap update. Mario Venditti, Triple M Metals
9:00 – 9:30 am Update on OTS windup. Andrew Horsman, Ontario Tire Stewardship and Geoff Rathbone, RPRA
9:30 – 9:50 am Scrap tires in 2019 and beyond. Steve Fletcher, OARA
9:50 – 10:10 am Your data quality on APU. Dan Fernandez, APU Solutions
 Foyer 10:10 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
 Conference Centre 1 & 2 10:30 – 11:10 am Optimizing recycled part sales to the Collision Repair Industry. Jeff Schroder, Car-Part
11:10 – 11:45 am MOECC compliance/enforcement activities relating to EASR. Jimena Caicedo/Scott Sterling, MOECC
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Who moved my cheese? How the industry has changed and what you can do about it. Data integrity, parts procurement, smart KPI’s – these are all critical issues for auto recyclers that are here to stay. How you prepare for them and how you react to them will be a measure of your future success. JC Cahill, Keynote Speaker
Conference Centre 3-5 12:30 – 8:00 pm Trade Show Opening, Lunch and Reception
Evergreen Room 2:00 – 3:00 pm ProgiPix/ProgiParts Meeting (auto recyclers only)
 Conference Centre 1&2 7:30 – 10:00 pm Charity Casino with a live auction at 11:00 pm for the OARA Employee Scholarship Program
Conference Centre 1&2 8:00 – 12:00 pm Live band and entertainment: the Dave Murphy Band presented by SLM Recycling  **NEW**
Saturday March 24
Markham Ballroom A/B 7:30 – 9:00 am OARA Annual General Meeting Breakfast (Direct Members only) **NEW**
Markham Ballroom A/B **NEW** Markham Ballroom C  **NEW**
9:00 – 9:50 am Sales management 101. JC Cahill, Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:25 am Utilizing URG Technology to increase profitability. Maegan Quinn, URG Inventory Buddy training Mike Lambert, Buddy Automotive Innovations
Foyer 10:25 – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:15 am Production management training. TBD Hollander Options from Car-Part you forgot you have. Learn about the options recyclers do not even realize are included in their package and details of what the recyclers should be doing to enhance their sales. Roger Schroder, Car-Part
11:15 – 11:55 am Powerlink training. TBD Hollander CCC Pinnacle Yard Management Solution, Chris Atencio
Markham Ballroom A/B noon – 12:45 pm Industry Recognition Luncheon
12:50 – 1:40 pm Building a safety culture; from steel toe shoes to safety recalls. Paul D’Adamo, RAS Cores ProgiParts: Streamline your ProgiParts sales process through the use available tools. ProgiPix: Maximize efficiency in ProgiPix with easy to use tools. Frederic Micelli and Patrick Turcotte, Progi
1:45 – 2:15 pm Options from Car-Part you forgot you have. Learn about the options recyclers do not even realize are included in their package and details of what the recyclers should be doing to enhance their sales. Roger Schroder, Car-Part Understanding how to get the most for your converters: Selling by number and grade vs toll refining, Cliff Hope, PMR Inc
2:15 – 2:30 pm Coffee Break PowerDB features and benefits. Phillipe Clermont, PowerDB
Foyer 2:30 – 3:15 pm Selling auto parts in a digital world. JC Cahill, Keynote Speaker
3:15 – 4:30 pm What you need to know about EASR compliance training for all ELV processors. Greg Thomas, Prime Environmental

**NEW** in 2018:
– Friday Night Live Entertainment
– Saturday Breakfast for Directs only in the AGM
– 2 Seminar streams on Saturday

Keynote Speaker: JC Cahill, New England Auto & Truck Recyclers.

JC is a well-known industry speaker, consultant, and recycler. He grew up in the recycling industry, and after graduating from the University of Vermont, JC decided to take a corporate career route. He worked for several years for both major consolidators at an executive level, serving as the National Sales Manager for GreenLeaf Auto Recycling and the Regional Director for B&R Auto Wrecking. JC also created the first hybrid self-service and full-service superstore for Schnitzer Steel. After spending a few years in the corporate arena, JC realized that his real passion was the recycling industry where he grew up. Today, JC is the owner of two successful recycling facilities: New England Auto and Truck Recyclers (NEATR) in Massachusetts, and Cahill’s Auto Parts in New York. JC’s other passion is teaching others the leadership and sales skills he has learned and practiced in his own business. His enthusiasm for teaching others is evident in his dynamic training classes, which have been attended by recyclers from across the industry. For over a decade, JC has enjoyed sharing some of his knowledge and a lot of his passion for the automotive recycling industry by speaking at state, regional, national, and worldwide automotive recycling conventions.


Hotel Reservations:

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the Convention at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre. Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-593-9223 and quote the “Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association” to receive the group rate of $145 per night, with free parking. The group rate is subject to availability and is valid until March 8, 2018.

Don’t fall prey to bogus hotel booking services who call or email you offering cheaper hotel accommodations and claiming they are affiliated with OARA. Be aware that any such calls are fraudulent, and are not affiliated in any way with OARA.

Address: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON L6G 1A5 Reservations – 1-800-593-9223


Trade Show Hours 

Friday March 31, 2017

  • Set up 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Open 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Tear down 8:00 pm to midnight

New or seasoned, our exhibitors know that each year the OARA Trade Show and Convention will bring added value to their company.

  • As with last year, there will be no concurrent seminars to the Trade Show – you will have the undivided attention of all delegates from 12:45 to 8:00 pm.
  • The Passport Program ensures continuous traffic to your booth and offers the chance to engage with delegates outside of your current network.
  • Once again the Friday Lunch and Friday Reception will be hosted in the Trade Show area for maximum delegate interaction.

Here is our Exhibitor Floorplan and Exhibitor Agreement.

Confirmed Exhibitors (57 of 60 booths booked at 2/9/2018):

  • ACE/MCI Commodities
  • APU Solutions
  • Billen Transportation  **NEW**
  • Bomet Recycling
  • Brock Supply **NEW**
  • Buddy Automotive Innovations
  • C&C Manufacturing (Aljon)
  • CCC Pinnacle Yard Management System
  • Canadian Recyclers Health Benefits
  • Canadian Towing Equipment
  • Cardinal Couriers
  • Car-Part.com
  • Commercial Forms Recycler Supply
  • Copart Canada
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • CRUSH U Pull It Software
  • Eagle Towing Equipment
  • ELV Select (2)
  • EZ-Route  **NEW**
  • D.G. Bevan Insurance Brokers
  • Global Refining Group (4)
  • Hold Please Communications
  • Hollander (2)
  • Impact Auto Auction
  • Kobelco Construction Machinery USA **NEW**
  • Legend Smelting and Recycling  **NEW**
  • LKQ Corporation
  • Monidex Distribution (2)
  • PMR Inc (2)
  • Power-DB
  • Progi (2)
  • Rebuilders Automotive Supply
  • Recycling Equipment Canada (2)
  • Retire Your Tire
  • Scout Environmental/Switch Out
  • SLM Recycling
  • SST Salvage Supply & Technology
  • Stark Auto Sales
  • Trillium Tire
  • Triple M Metal  **NEW**
  • United Recyclers Group
  • United Catalyst Corporation
  • Vortex Depollution
  • WEN Industries
  • Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses (4)


Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your company at the 2018 OARA Trade Show and Convention. Whether you are looking for new exposure or long lasting visibility in the industry, we have a sponsorship package to fit your company needs.

Platinum Level:

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Gold Level:

  • Cardinal Couriers
  • Copart Canada
  • Impact Auto Auction
  • LKQ Corporation
  • PMR Inc.
  • Progi
  • Stark Auto Sales
  • Triple M Metal

Silver Level:

  • Car-Part.com
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • ELV Select

Bronze Level:

  • ACE/MCI Commodities
  • SLM Recycling

Convention contact information:

Program: Steve @ 519.858.8761
Registration/Invoicing: Sherry @ 905.383.9788
Exhibitors/Sponsors: Steve @ 519.858.8761


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