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2013 OARA Trade Show and Convention

Toronto, ON M9W, Canada

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Convention Highlights:

Our 2013 event was our biggest ever – see here.


Convention Agenda:

Thursday March 21, 2013

5:30 – 7:00 pm OARA Board Dinner

7:00 – 10:00 pm OARA Board Meeting

Friday March 22, 2013

7:30 am – 9:00 pm Registration Opens

9:00 – 9:15 am Auto Recycling: The Year in Review. Steve Fletcher, OARA

9:15 – 9:30 am Switch Out update. Carolyn Sturk, Summerhill Impact

9:30 – 9:55 am Rethinking scrap tires. Andrew Horsman, Ontario Tire Stewardship

9:55 – 10:10 am Comments from the Ontario Ministry of Environment. Phil McNeely MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment

10:10 – 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:05 am Psychology of a sale: being a good salesperson requires the ability to read customers and anticipate their needs and concerns. We will break down common concerns and needs of our most popular customer types. Anticipate your customers need by getting your mind right. Robert Counts, Counts Business Consulting

11:05 – 11:35 am Using recycled parts in the collision industry: problems, solutions and trends. Jeff Schroder, President

11:35 am – noon APU Solutions – Expanding opportunities for Canadian recyclers. Dwight Howard, APU Solutions

noon – 12:45 pm Selling used auto parts in today’s marketplace. Jim Counts, Counts Consulting

1:00 – 8:00 pm Trade Show Opening and Lunch

1:00 – 6:30 pm Silent Auction to support the OARA Scholarship Program

2:00 – 3:15 pm Progipix/ProgiParts Meeting (auto recyclers only)

5:00 – 8:00 pm Reception in the Trade Show

8:00 – 11:30 pm Charity Casino with a live auction at 11:00 pm for the OARA Employee Scholarship Program

Saturday March 23, 2013

7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast with Wendy Hillier, Vice President Supply Chain and Procurement, Intact Insurance

9:00 – 9:30 am Family in the family business: There are many complications and obstacles that arise when trying to navigate toward success in both your family and business. We will look at potential roadblocks, pitfalls and the keys to avoid disaster the collapse of the business and the family. Robert Counts, Counts Business Consulting

9:30 – 10:15 am Don’t get distracted by the myths: there are a lot of ideas and business practices which our industry has believed to be true or the correct way of handling issues which are in fact not true and in many cases the exact opposite is true. Jim Counts, Counts Consulting

10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 am Hollander product update: Find out all about the latest Hollander products including the newly launched and Hollander Production Manager. Micheal Angeli, Project Manager, Hollander Inc.

11:00 am – noon The fast and the furious: dive into the fast paced world of production. We will examine ways to make any production department more efficient and productive. We will present methods to determine who is making us fast and who is making us furious. Robert Counts, Counts Business Consulting

noon – 1:00 pm Recognition Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 pm OARA Annual General Meeting and Elections (Direct Members and invited Guests only)

1:00 – 5:00 pm Jim Counts Sales Training Seminar: Gear up for some serious sales training. This session is targeted to Senior Sales Staff and those ready to move beyond the basics. Learn the art of closing the sale in this competitive market. Want to maximize profitability of selling brokered parts and warranties? This seminar will take you to the next level. A four hour hands-on session with Jim Counts of Counts Consulting. Pre-registration required.


Hotel Reservations:

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for the Convention at the Mariott Toronto Airport Hotel. Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-905-2811 and quote the “Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association” to receive the group rate of $135 per night, with free parking and high speed internet access. The group rate is subject to availability and is valid until March 7, 2013.

Address: 901 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J5 Canada


Trade Show Hours

Friday March 22, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:30 pm set up; open 1:00 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.

  • New this year, there will be no concurrent seminars to the Trade Show – you will have the undivided attention of all delegates from 1:00 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.


  • Abrams Towing
  • Actual Systems/Pinnacle
  • Al Jon
  • APU Solutions   *NEW
  • Berpa Auto Auctions
  • Bomet Recycling
  • Buddy Automotive Innovations
  • Burlington Business Form/Burlington Corporate Apparel & Promotional
  • Canadian Recyclers Health Benefits
  • Canadian Towing Equipment
  • Cardinal Couriers
  • Checkmate by
  • Commercial Forms & Recycling Supplies
  • Corporate Billing  *NEW
  • Cool Catz   *NEW
  • Copart   *NEW
  • Cowan Insurance
  • Crow Environmental
  • Crumb Rubber Manufacturers (CRM)   *NEW
  • Crush Software
  • D.G. Bevan Insurance Brokers Ltd.
  • Direct Separation Solutions   *NEW
  • Eagle Towing Equipment
  • H.R. Runciman
  • Hold Please Communications   *NEW
  • Hollander Inc.
  • Impact Auto
  • International Plas-Techs Recycling   *NEW
  • King-O-Matic Industries  *NEW
  • Lamb Fuels
  • Liberty Tire Recycling Canada
  • Liebherr Canada   *NEW
  • LKQ Corporation
  • MCI Cores  *NEW
  • ML Environmental – SEDA
  • Monidex Distribution International
  • Phoenix Automotive Cores
  • Progi
  • Rebuilders Automotive Supply
  • Redhill Equipment
  • Retire Your Tire   *NEW
  • SL Marketing Metal Recycling
  • SST Salvage Supply & Tech
  • Summerhill Impact
  • Trillium Tire
  • Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc.
  • Vortex Depollution
  • Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses


Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your company at the 2013 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.

Contact Brigitte to review all the benefits of becoming a sponsor today!

Platinum Sponsors:





Gold Sponsors:

  • Cardinal Couriers
  • Impact Auto
  • LKQ Corporation
  • Stark Auto Sales

Silver Sponsors:

  • Cowan Insurance
  • Liberty Tire Recycling Canada
  • Parachute Software
  • Progi
  • Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc.

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Canadian Towing Equipment
  • MCI Cores
  • Phoenix Automotive Cores
  • Rebuilders Automotive Supply

Download the Sponsor Application Package.

Convention Contact Information:

Program: Steve @ 519.858.8761
Registration: Sherry @ 1.800.390.8743
Exhibitors: Brigitte @ 905.617.1793
Sponsors: Brigitte @ 905.617.1793


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