Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association

Member Events

2024 OARA Convention & Trade Show

When: March 21, 2024 - March 23, 2024


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

Join us for Canada’s largest auto recycling Convention and Trade Show as we return to the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre in Markham, Ontario.

Agenda at a Glance:

Thursday March 21, 2024
1:00 pm Auto Recycling Roundtable with invited industry stakeholders  **NEW**
5:00 pm OARA Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 pm Informal meet & greet in the Lobby Bar

Friday March 22, 2024
6:00 am Exhibitor move in
7:00 am Registration opens
8:30 am Annual General Meeting of OARA
9:45 am Presentations & Panels
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Industry Keynote Presentation: JC Cahill, VINMatchPRO
1:30 pm Trade Show opens
7:00 pm Trade Show closes and Exhibitor move out
7:30 pm Reception, auctions and fundraiser for the OARA Employee Scholarship Program

Saturday March 23, 2024
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Presentations, Seminars & Panels
12:15 pm Industry Luncheon
1:00 pm Keynote Management Excellence Speaker: Donald Cooper

Donald Cooper
Managing your business today is challenging. We’re all faced with increased complexity, decreasing supply, disruptive change, environmental restrictions and shrinking margins. Many of us also have succession and exit and ‘next-gen’ management challenges. In addition, great employees are hard to find and keep…and that problem won’t go away any time soon. Donald works with business owners and managers throughout the world to create clarity of purpose, compelling customer value, management effectiveness and long-term profitability.

JC Cahill
JC is a regular attendee at the OARA Convention, and last headlined our event in 2018.

JC is the CEO of VINMatchPRO – building the worlds best VIN decoder, and changing a industry one VIN at time. He is the former owner of New England Auto & Truck Recyclers, and has held previous senior leadership roles with B&R Auto Wrecking, Greenleaf and LKQ.


Registration as a delegate is now open – you can download the Registration Form or book Online.

Hotel Reservations:

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the rate of $159/night (use promo code “1OA24”) at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre  – contact the hotel directly at 905-470-8500 or use the Online Booking Portal.

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, Ontario (about 24 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport).
Reservations – 905-470-8500 or Online.


Trade Show Hours 

Friday March 22, 2024

  • Set up 6:00 am to 1:30 pm
  • Open 2:00 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 2:00 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.
  • There are always plenty of draws and contests in the Trade Show – if you are planning something please reach out to Steve to help promote and coordinate.

Download the Exhibitor Registration Form and Floorplan.

Exhibitor List:


Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your company at the 2024 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:

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


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 Group – 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.


Gold Level:

Silver Level:

  • ELV Select
  • Solera | Hollander

Bronze Level:

  • United Catalyst Corporation (UCC)

Convention contact information:

Steve @ 519.858.8761 or steve@oara<dot>com