Halifax, Nova Scotia — In what organizers are calling an unprecedented “mega-meeting” of Canadian auto recyclers under a single roof, the Canadian Association of Recycling Industry (CARI) has set a date for its eighty-second Annual Convention in Halifax.
This year’s convention, currently slated for June 8 to 10, will see several high-profile recycling industry meetings converge in Nova Scotia’s capital, as the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) prepares to hold its 2023 national board of directors meeting, in addition to the Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada (ARAAC), which plans to hold its annual convention at the same time at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.
“Auto recyclers have a growing interest in scrap markets, opportunities and challenges. While we focus on vehicle acquisition, parts recovery and sales—there is a huge overlap with the efficient and safe processing of vehicles with the CARI membership,” said managing director of ARC, Steve Fletcher.
“To make it really interesting, some of the shredders biggest customers are the large auto dismantlers, and some of the increasing profit opportunities for auto dismantlers are coming from scrap markets from old vehicles. We also have a lot of vendors in common – from insurance to health benefits to equipment providers.”
The events will technically be run separately, however, organizers have acknowledged the fortuitous overlap of schedules and will be providing time for networking between the various organizations.
Additionally, organizers expect that “electric vehicles will be a big topic as the move to more electric vehicles on the road, and eventually needing to come off the road, is affecting both sectors, but sometimes in different ways,” according to Fletcher’s press release.