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About the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA)

Who We Are

The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association has been the voice of the auto recycling industry in Ontario since 1992. OARA has kept Auto Recyclers informed and involved with input and information into current industry trends and government legislative initiatives that affect auto recyclers. In addition, as the membership grows, numerous membership benefits are now available to enhance each member’s business opportunities, productivity and profitability.

The annual Convention & Trade Show is the highlight of the year and brings the entire national auto recycling ecosystem in one place to propel the industry forward.

What We Do

Since its inception, OARA has been a working partner with our members to improve the practices within the industry and to collectively promote the benefits of responsible auto recycling with the general public, provincial and local governments and key stakeholders.

We partner with other automotive associations and government working groups to address best practices and future solutions regarding industry licensing, waste oil, CFCs, mercury switches, scrap tires, catalytic converter theft, and wrecked or salvaged vehicle issues.

As the voice of the industry, we liaise with government officials and leaders in the insurance and auto repair industries to bring about positive changes that will result in both economic and environmental benefits.

We also provide a valuable resource to the automotive industry as they continue in their efforts to increase the recyclable content and reduce the environmental impact of the vehicles they build.

Board of Directors and Committees



Greg Woodbeck
Woodbeck Auto Parts, Stirling


Derek Nissen
Hank’s Auto Wreckers, St. Clements


Mary Poirer
Valley Automotive, Pembroke


Marc Plazek
Plazek Auto Recyclers, Caistor Centre


Max Winkler
J&B Auto Parts, Windsor


Jeff McGregor
McGregor Auto Parts, St. Thomas


Corey Earl
Hotch’s Auto Parts, Ameliasburgh

OARA Staff

Steve Fletcher, Executive Director
[email protected]

  • OARA Committees

    We presently have the following active Committees working on behalf of all Members:

    • Certification – To oversee the certification programs CAREC and Gold Seal.
    • Government Affairs – To research and coordinate the government affairs activities, both proactive and reactive, for the industry.
    • Health & Safety Committee – To investigate and research developments relating to health and safety issues that OARA Members are faced with.
    • Marketing - 
    • Meetings Committee – To assist in the development and planning of all OARA Member Meetings.
    • Membership – To review and provide recommendations on: membership applications for new members; membership application criteria and process; membership discipline; and membership dues.
    • Member Benefits – To collect data and to find suppliers and costs on products and services for Direct Members.
    • Parts Procurement – To provide input in to the various parts procurement programs emerging in the industry and to lead OARA Member efforts in good quality Green Recycled Parts available to more estimates.
    • Transportation – To address industry wide issues relating to shipping and transportation of parts and vehicles by OARA Members.
    • VIN Branding - 
    • Budget and Audit (standing) – To assist in the development of annual budgets, review expenses against budget, prepare & execute an audit of OARA’s financial activities, and review OARA’s accounting and bookkeeping policies and procedures.
    • Nominations (standing) – To ensure a slate of qualified Board Members are available to run for elections and to develop future association leaders