CCIF reveals speakers for Vancouver meeting

Ottawa, Ontario — August 29, 2016 — The next meeting of the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) will take place September 29 to 30 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.
Industry experts will share insight into the latest collision repair industry trends including diagnostic scanning, industry accreditation and OEM certification programs. The Vancouver meeting will also include an update on the First-Notice-Of-Loss project, and a information on a new initiative focused on reconnecting industry and education.
 CCIF has also revealed the speaker list for the Vancouver meeting. The presenters represent various sectors in the automotive claims economy.

Larry Jefferies, President, Jefferies Consulting
Jefferies provides consulting services to a variety of collision industry stakeholders focusing on developing opportunities that enhance strategic business growth.
A co-founder of CARSTAR Automotive Canada, Jefferies has also served on the executive board of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, including a term as Chairman.
He has recently finished serving his second term as Chairman of CCIF and has been active in other industry related activities including Skills Canada and I-CAR Canada.
Leanne Jefferies, Vice President, Canadian Operations, Assured Performance Network
Leanne Jefferies is Vice President, Canadian Operations, Assured Performance Network, leading Canadian expansion of Certified Collision Care. She also manages the CCIF Skills Program, nationally promoting careers in collision repair at Skills Canada events.
Over her 20 year career, she has worked with industry stakeholders across Canada to collaborate and develop solutions to create a better, more sustainable future. She was honoured by Women’s Industry Network (WIN) in 2014 as a Most Influential Woman in Collision Repair. Her career began with 12 years ownership of a collision repair facility, followed by a five year career in publishing, and most recently, she built CCIF into the great organization it is today. She is a regular contributor to industry publications, WIN volunteer and an advocate for women in the collision repair business.
Andrew Shepherd, Senior Director, Industry Programs, Automotive Industries Association of Canada
Shepherd is Senior Director, Industry Programs at the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, as well as Executive Director of I-CAR Canada. He has been involved in training and human resource policy in government and industry, and joined AIA in 2010 to manage I-CAR collision repair training in Canada.
David Ribeiro, Coordinator, Leadership Programs, Automotive Retailers Association (ARA)
Ribeiro has spent over 35 years in the automotive industry. His automotive career started in 1979 with collision industry training at a local vocational school in Vancouver. From there he began work as a collision technician but quickly realized that he preferred to have his own operation. He operated his own body shop in the Burnaby, BC area for two years before joining the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).
Over his 26 years career at ICBC, Ribeiro worked his way up from the front line estimator role through various management and regional management positions. One of his most noticeable accomplishments included project management responsibility for the development and implementation of the Corporation’s Centralized Estimating Facility.
 He joined the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) in 2014 as the Director of Industry Relations. In this role he led divisional staff efforts to ensure membership growth and retention, while expanding membership engagement. He recently volunteered to step back from the Director role to allow sufficient time to manage both the Collision and Mechanical divisions of the ARA within British Columbia. He continues as a coordinator of leadership programs such as the recently released Certified Collision Repair Program.
Joe Carvalho, Manager, National Auto Vendor Programs, Claims, Economical Insurance
Carvalho is the Manager, National, Physical Damage Vendor Programs for Economical Insurance. His roots are deep in the collision industry. A licensed collision professional, over the last 27 years Carvalho has worked for Economical Insurance and has recently assumed his current national role for Economical Insurance. After serving two years on the CCIF Steering Committee, Carvalho assumed the position of CCIF Chairman, starting his term in January 2016.
Patrice Marcil, Learning & Development Director, Axalta Coating Systems
Marcil started his career with Axalta as a Technical Training Instructor in 2000 moving to Training and Customer Care Centre Manager, then adding Strategic Planning and Refinish Performance Management responsibilities for Canada. His current role is Learning & Development Director for North America.
Marcil started in the automotive Industry in 1979 as a part-time technician in his father’s shop, moving to shop manager in 1985 until 1989. He began a second career as a collision repair instructor from 1990 to 2000.
Terry Daniels, Managing Director, Impact Auto Auctions
With over 18 years in the salvage and whole-car auction business in both technology and business leadership roles, Daniels brings unique insights into automotive remarketing in the Canadian collision industry. He has led the development of the salvage management services model in Canada, and continues to evolve the industry with a focus on value maximization, customer experience and process efficiency for both buyers and sellers
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