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2023 OARA Convention & Trade Show

Agenda at a Glance:

Thursday March 30
Executive Studio South 5:00 – 7:00 pm OARA Board Meeting
Lobby Bar 6:00 – 11:00 pm Informal Meet & Greet in the Lobby Bar
Friday March 31
Foyer 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Registration Open
Hazel McCallion 8:30 – 9:45 am OARA Annual General Meeting (Direct Members only please)** New Date/Time
9:45 – 10:00 am Coffee Break sponsored by URG
10:00 – 10:10 am Welcoming remarks. Steve Fletcher, OARA
10:10 – 10:30 am State of the Industry. Greg Woodbeck and Steve Fletcher, OARA
10:30 – 11:15 am
Perception – do you understand what your customers’ perception is of your business, your product or the industry? Rob Rainwater, Profit Team Consulting
How to keep your brand promise, and how to change everyone’s reality about Auto Recyclers.
11:15 – 11:45 am Trends in the auto recycling, collision repair and insurance sectors. Ryan Mandell, Director Claims Performance, Mitchell International
11:45 am – 12:15 pm ARA strategic pillars: Driving auto recyclers forward. Shan Lathem, Cocoa Auto Salvage and ARA President; Eric Wilbert, Wilbert’s U-Pull It and ARA 2nd Vice President/Treasurer
12:15 – 1:00 pm Panel Discussion: The Future of Auto Recycling is Now with Rob Rainwater, Profit Team Consulting; Ryan Mandell, CCC Mitchell; Shan Lathem, Cocoa Auto Salvage/ARA; Dalbert Livingstone, Island Auto Supply/ARC; David Gold, Standard Auto Wreckers
Graydon Hall 12:30 – 7:00 pm Trade Show open with Lunch Food Stations sponsored by eBay Canada
South Studio 2 2:00 – 3:00 pm ProgiPix/ProgiParts Meeting (auto recyclers only)
Graydon Hall 4:00 – 7:00 pm Reception and Appetizers in the Trade Show sponsored by Techemet and Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses
Hazel McCallion 7:00 – 11:00 pm Fundraisers, auctions and Casino for the OARA Employee Scholarship Program sponsored by eBay Canada
Saturday April 1
Hazel McCallion 8:55 – 9:00 am Draw for a complimentary trip to the URG Convention in Orlando
9:00 – 9:30 am Update from the United Recyclers Group. Amanda Morrison, URG
9:30 – 10:15 am Managing Human Resources Panel: Build it and they will come. Create an organization where employees are finding you! Learn how to implement strategies to increase employee retention and strengthen your company culture. With Rob Rainwater, Profit Team Consulting; Natalie Miller, Miller’s Auto Recycling; Shan Lathem, Cocoa Auto Salvage/ARA; Michael Carcone, Carcone’s Auto Recycling
10:15 – 10:45 am Coffee Break sponsored by URG
10:45 – 11:45 am Don’t just take orders – make sales! Learn the ins and out of selling in a Panel Discussion with Rob Rainwater, Profit Team Consulting; Fallon Clarke, Plazek Auto Recyclers; Sean McCooey, Miller’s Auto Recycling; Logan Hagerman, Woodbeck Auto Parts; Dustin Vetere, Dom’s Auto Parts
11:45 am – 12:15 pm E-commerce: Car-part, eBay, and beyond. How good information and great pictures sell parts. Inventory Do’s and Dont’s. Theresa Colbert,
12:15 – 1:00 pm Industry Luncheon sponsored by Progi
1:00  – 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan, Performance Consultant to the NHL, NBA, and Olympians. Excellence: The Winners’ Traits. Sponsored by IAA
2:00 – 2:55 pm Buying and Inventory Panel: Find it, buy it, stock it, sell it. if you buy it right, inventory it right – you will sell it! With JC and Holly Cahill, VINMatchPRO; Matt Henderson, Carcone’s Auto Recycling; Bill Noack, Valley Automotive; Derek Nissen, Hank’s Auto Wreckers
2:55 – 3:00 pm Draw for a complimentary trip to the ARA Convention in Kansas City

Keynote Motivational Speaker – Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan
Performance Consultant to the NHL, NBA, and Olympians | Executive Coach
As one of the leading performance consultants in the field, Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan has coached and trained some of the world’s top athletes and teams. She has witnessed and cultivated first-hand the habits, behaviours, and environments required for achieving success, overcoming obstacles, and inspiring excellence. Interspersed with real life examples from her Olympic, NHL, and NBA championship experiences, Amirault-Ryan explores the universal traits shared by those who experience the most success in their field, and shows how to replicate them within your own careers, teams, and organizations.


Registration is now open by downloading the Registration Form or online HERE.


Hotel Reservations:

The hotel room block is full at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale. I believe they still have rooms available at a higher rate – contact the hotel directly at 1-800-445-8667.

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 Mississauga/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga RoadMississauga, ON L5N 2L3 (approximately 20 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport).
Reservations – 1-800-445-8667.


Trade Show Hours 

Friday March 31, 2023

  • Set up 5:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Open 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tear down 7:00 to 11:00 pm

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 12:30 to 7:00 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.

You can download the Exhibitor Forms HERE.

Exhibitor List:

  • Aljon/C&C Manufacturing
  • AIM Recycling
  • Billen Transportation
  • Buddy Automotive
  • Canadian Recyclers Health Benefits
  • Canadian Towing Equipment
  • Cardinal Couriers
  • CCC Pinnacle Yard Management Solution
  • Central Park Recycling Inc. **NEW**
  • Commercial Forms Recycler Supply
  • Copart Canada
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • Crush Software
  • D.G. Bevan Insurance Brokers
  • Eagle Towing Equipment
  • eBay Motors Canada
  • ELV Select (3)
  • Environmental 360 Solutions **NEW**
  • EVB360 **NEW**
  • EZ-Suite
  • Freightcom **NEW**
  • Gensco Equipment **NEW**
  • Heritage-Crystal Clean **NEW**
  • HR Runciman
  • IAA
  • Lacero Solutions
  • Lithion Recycling Inc **NEW**
  • LKQ Canada
  • MaxCore Industries
  • Monidex Distribution International
  • PMR
  • Power-DB
  • Progi
  • Rebuilders Automotive Supply (RAS)
  • Recyclers Executive Services (RES)  **NEW**
  • Solera | Hollander
  • Supershear
  • Target Recycling **NEW**
  • Triple M Metal
  • United Catalyst Corporation
  • United Recyclers Group (URG)
  • Unitrans
  • VINMatchPRO **NEW**
  • Vortex De-Pollution **NEW**
  • WEN Industries
  • Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses (3)


Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your company at the 2023 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:

IAA is a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers. Leveraging leading-edge technology and focusing on innovation, IAA’s unique platform facilitates the marketing and sale of total-loss, damaged and low-value vehicles.

Progi – Progi provides an online auction for total loss vehicles, auto parts procurement, inventory and accounting systems for auto recyclers. Solutions dedicated to the auto recycling market.

Techemet – Smelting and refining of automobile catalyst.

eBay Motors Canada – eBay is one of the world’s largest marketplaces for buying and selling all things automotive.

United Reyclers Group (URG) – Business solutions for today’s auto recyclers.

Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses – New and used auto and truck parts

Gold Level:

Silver Level:

  • Cardinal Couriers
  • ELV Select
  • Solera | Hollander
  • Supershear
  • Team PRP
  • VINMatchPRO

Bronze Level:

  • MaxCore Industries
  • Media Matters
  • United Catalyst Corporation
  • We Buy Key Fobs

Convention contact information:

Steve @ 519.858.8761 or steve@oara<dot>com