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2015 OARA Trade Show & Convention

Markham, ON L6G 1A5, Canada

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

Convention Agenda:

Thursday March 26, 2015

5:00 – 10:00 pm OARA Board Meeting

Friday March 27, 2015

7:30 am – 9:00 pm Registration Opens
9:00 am Presentations and Seminars
12:30 – 8:00 pm Trade Show Opening and Lunch
5:00 – 8:00 pm Reception in the Trade Show
8:00 – 11:30 pm Silent Auctions and Charity Casino with a live auction at 11:00 pm for the OARA Employee Scholarship Program

Saturday March 28, 2015

7:30 – 9:00 am Industry Recognition Breakfast
9:00 Presentations and Training
12:15 – 1:00 pm Industry Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 pm OARA Annual General Meeting & Elections (Direct Members and invited Guests only).
1:00 – 4:00 pm Employee Training

Seminars & Presentations:

Our Keynote Speaker is Ron Sturgeon. Ron is a classic American entrepreneur. At 17, Ron was homeless with only a small inheritance and a VW bug. Ron taught himself to fix it and started an auto repair business while he was in high school. He entered auto salvage when he noticed he was making as much selling used parts as fixing cars. Drawing upon the lessons learned growing his yard from one employee to one of America’s largest salvage operations, Ron wrote How to Salvage Millions from Your Small Business. In 1999, Ford purchased his salvage business. Later, he and partners repurchased Ford’s salvage division, GreenLeaf. They returned it to profitability and sold it 18 months later. Drawing upon 35 years of success, Ron preaches practical, nuts and bolts information for entrepreneurs who want to build great businesses.

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  • The future is calling – are you ready?
  • How’s business? The best get better, the rest, well maybe not.
  • Fundamentals to grow your business today!

Other Topics/Speakers included:

  • 3 things you must do to survive and grow in 2015. Robert Counts, Counts Business Consulting
  • Managing sales with insurance contracts or how to keep sales consistent when the vehicles you receive on contract may not fill your parts sales inventory needs. Robert Counts, Counts Business Consulting
  • The scrap industry in Canada and CARI. Mark Buzan, Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
  • OTS policies and programs relevant to auto recyclers. Andrew Horsman, Ontario Tire Stewardship
  • Summerhill Update: Grants in Gear, Switch Out, Tundra TakeBack. Janet Taylor, Summerhill Impact
  • New Hollander strategic tools to enhance your business operations. Micheal Angeli, Hollander
  • Strategic Tools to Enhance Your Business Operations. Micheal Angeli, Hollander
  • Salvage acquisition – the lifeblood of the industry and what recyclers are doing about it. Dwight Howard, ARA Salvage Direct
  • ARA Update. David Gold 2nd ARA VP; Ricky Young ARA President
  • Optimizing Recycled Part Usage in the Collision Repair Industry. Jeff Schroder,
  • Increasing Parts sales to the Collision Industry – brokered parts, live chats, Car-part Interchange Plus and Exchange yards. Roger Schroder,
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Update on the regulatory consultation to bring a licensing standard to the Ontario ELV industry. Ben Hatcher and Greg Zimmer, MOECC

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 $139 per night, with free parking . The group rate is subject to availability and is valid until March 12, 2015.

You can book your reservation on line HERE.

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


Trade Show Hours 

Friday March 27, 2015

  • Set up 7:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Al-jon Manufacturing
  • APU Solutions
  • Automotive Commodity Exchange  **NEW**
  • Bomet Recycling
  • Buddy Automotive Innovations
  • Buffalo Engine Components
  • Canadian Recyclers Health Benefits
  • Canadian Towing Equipment
  • Cardinal Couriers
  • CBCDashboard
  • CCC Information Services/CCC Pinnacle Yard Management™ Solution
  • Checkmate by
  • Commercial Forms & Recycling Supplies
  • Cool Catz
  • Copart Canada
  • Cowan Insurance
  • Crow Environmental
  • Crush U Pull It Software
  • D.G. Bevan Insurance Brokers
  • Eagle Tech Recycling   **NEW**
  • Eagle Towing Equipment
  • ELV Select  **NEW**
  • Envi-Recycle
  • F.S.T. Solutions
  • Hold Please Communications
  • Hollander, Inc
  • H.R. Runciman
  • International Plas-Tech Inc.
  • Impact Auto Auctions
  • King-O-Matic Industries
  • Liberty Tire Recycling Canada
  • LKQ Corporation
  • MCI Cores
  • Monidex International Distribution (2)
  • PGM Recyclers  **NEW**
  • Phoenix Automotive Cores
  • Power-DB by SolexD
  • Progi (2)
  • Rebuilders Automotive Supply
  • Recycling Equipment Canada  **NEW**
  • Retire Your Tire
  • SAS Forks
  • SLM Recycling
  • SST Salvage Supply & Technology
  • Switch Out/Summerhill Impact
  • Trillium Tire
  • United Catalyst Corporation  **NEW**
  • Veolia Environmental Services
  • WEN Industries
  • Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses (4)
  • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services  **NEW**


Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your company at the 2015 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 Sponsors:

[one_half] Hollander, A Solera Company

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[/one_half] [one_half_last] Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses

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Gold Sponsors:

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

Silver Sponsors:

  • Cowan Insurance
  • Eagle Tech Recycling
  • Liberty Tire Recycling Canada
  • Parachute Software
  • Veolia Environmental Services

Bronze Sponsors:

  • CCC Information Services/CCC Pinnacle Yard Management™ Solution
  • Phoenix Automotive Cores

Download the Sponsor Form HERE.


Click here to register as a Delegate.







Convention contact information:

Program: Steve @ 519.858.8761
Registration/Invoicing: Sherry @ 1.800.390.8743
Exhibitors/Sponsors: Steve @ 519.858.8761