Halifax, Nova Scotia -- June 15, 2016 -- The Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada (ARAAC) has concluded its annual meeting for 2016. Previously, the association had met twice a year in the spring and fall. This year the decision was made to move to one larger meeting. Judging by attendance, it seems like ARAAC made the right move. Also new at this year’s meeting was a trade show component, featuring exhibits from Burlington Business Forms/BCAP, Power-DB by SolexD, Monidex Distibution, Hollander, Car-Part, Progi, Scout Environmental and CCC Pinnacle Yard Management.
Glen Vatcher of Vatcher’s Used Auto Parts is stepping down from his position on the ARAAC board and Devon Field from A-1 Automotive in St. John’s will take his place. Vatcher will continue as a member of the association, and his business will host the 2017 Yard Tour at next year’s annual meeting.
Otherwise the ARAAC Board remains intact with Andrew MacDonald as President, Dalbert Livingstone as Vice President, Shelley Roy as Treasurer, Heather Langille as Secretary, Derek Covey as Past President, and Ron Bastarache as Director.
Among the highlights of the ARAAC meeting was the co-location of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) Board meeting and their participation in the overall event. In addition, new ARAAC Code of Ethics plaques were distributed to attending members. Audits to the Canadian Auto Recyclers Environmental Code (CAREC) are currently underway and Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze status will be announced in the fall.
Board Members from the national association, Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), provided insight in to the issues and opportunities in their regions for a fascinating snapshot of auto recycling across Canada.
Members also received updates from Hollander on its continuing work to bring accurate and complete interchange data to automotive recycles. In addition, members were updated on the latest from Monidex, which continues to grow in Atlantic Canada, adding new SKUs on an almost constant basis.
One of the highlights of the ARAAC meetings is the open house and yard tour, a rare opportunity for automotive recyclers to really see inside the business of their peers. This year’s tour was hosted by Maritime Auto Parts.
The next ARAAC meeting is tentatively set for November 19, 2016 in Truro, Nova Scotia. This is a one-day Board Meeting and strategic planning session but all ARAAC members are invited to attend and participate.
The next full meeting for ARAAC will be in June 2017 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. For more information, please visit araac.ca.