Automotive Recyclers of Canada leaves NATA

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada will no longer be a part of the National Automotive Trades Association, according to the organizations executive director Steve Fletcher.

“We’re out,” Fletcher said, following a public meeting organized by the Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO) in August. “I can confirm that.”

Fletcher explained that a lack of activity from the association contributed to the departure.

“We hear from them maybe once or twice a year,” he said.

Unclear initiatives from NATA also led to AARO board member John Cochrane resigning as NATA president in July. To add to the turmoil AARO executive director Diane Freeman resigned as treasurer, along with her Ontario association also dropping out of NATA.

“With all this going on, you have to wonder how effective NATA can be,” said Fletcher.

“Diane has resigned, John has resigned, AARO is out. They’ve lost, what, 40 percent of the membership? More?”

Current significant organizations that remain in NATA include the Automotive Retailers Association of British Columbia and the Hamilton District Autobody Repair Association.


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