By Hayden Kenez
Toronto, Ontario -- March 21, 2013 -- Two new and exciting events have been added to the OARA convention itinerary, offering breakfast with industry executive Wendy Hillier, as well as a glimpse of the latest products from Hollander. The Ontario Auto Recyclers Association (OARA) annual trade show and convention will take place March 21 to 23, 2013.
Attendees will be treated to a Saturday morning breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with Wendy Hillier, Vice President Supply Chain and Procurement, Intact Insurance. In addition, there will be a Hollander product update at 10:30 a.m., offering viewers the chance to peek at Hollander’s latest offerings.
This year’s event will feature more exhibitors than ever, with an expanded focus on all aspects of the auto recycling industry.
The yearly convention, held in Toronto at the Airport Marriot Hotel, will run Thursday through Saturday, and will see an unprecedented number of exhibitors on display during the trade show portion of the event. OARA has added nine companies to its trade show roster: APU Solutions, Cool Catz, Copart, Crumb Rubber Manufacturers, Direct Separation Solutions, Hold Please Communications, International Plas-Techs Recycling, Liebherr Canada and Retire Your Tire.
Last year’s show saw the trade show and some presentations running simultaneously, which, according to OARA Executive Director Steve Fletcher, posed a problem for those torn between attending the two. While the trade show offers great networking opportunities and glimpses of cutting edge products, seminars dispense invaluable information from industry professionals. This was a problem for attendees looking to capitalize on all aspects of the convention. Fletcher says OARA decided to separate the trade show from seminars to accommodate viewers conflicted by the simultaneous schedule.
“There’s so much learning going on during both the trade show and seminars,” says Fletcher. “This way people will be really focused.”
The trade show will run after lunch on Friday afternoon into the evening, while seminars will be interspersed throughout the weekend schedule on both Friday and Saturday dockets. Friday evening also hosts a reception within the Trade Show area followed by the very popular charity casino and auction for the OARA Employee Scholarship Program. Friday is also the day when OARA invites insurers, repairers and other industry stakeholders to attend.
“This is our opportunity to showcase the industry and provide an inside look at what modern auto recycling is all about,” says Fletcher.
Recyclers from across the country have recently taken notice of the expanding convention, with participants traveling from nine provinces across the country set to attend this year. Fletcher says that the convention has been tailored to fit a broader audience, and is receiving a warm reception on the national scale.
Below is the current list of exhibitors:
• Abrams Towing
• Actual Systems/Pinnacle
• Al Jon
• APU Solutions
• Berpa Auto Auctions
• Bomet Recycling
• Buddy Automotive Innovations
• Burlington Corporate Apparel & Promotional
• Canadian Recyclers Health Benefits
• Canadian Towing Equipment
• Cardinal Couriers
• Checkmate by Car-Part.com
• Commercial Forms & Recycling Supplies
• Cool Catz
• Cowan Insurance
• Crow Environmental
• Crumb Rubber Manufacturers (CRM)
• Crush Software
• D.G. Bevan Insurance Brokers Ltd.
• Direct Separation Solutions
• Eagle Towing Equipment
• H.R. Runciman
• Hold Please Communications
• Hollander Inc.
• Impact Auto
• International Plas-Techs Recycling
• Lamb Fuels
• Liberty Tire Recycling Canada
• Liebherr Canada
• LKQ Cross Canada Corp.
• ML Environmental – SEDA
• Monidex Distribution International
• Phoenix Automotive Cores
• Rebuilders Automotive Supply
• Redhill Equipment
• Retire Your Tire
• SL Marketing Metal Recycling
• SST Salvage Supply & Tech
• Summerhill Impact
• Trillium Tire
• Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc.
• Vortex Depollution
• Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses