Reginald R. Modlin, Chrysler Group's Director of Regulatory Affairs, will discuss vehicle lightweighting during his keynote address at the I-CAR Conference.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- May 17, 2013 -- I-CAR has announced that Reginald R. Modlin, Chrysler Group’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, will deliver the keynote address during its Inter-Industry Conference, scheduled for July 24 and 25 in Boston, Mass. He will focus on fuel efficiency standards and their impact on vehicle design, specifically lightweighting.
As Director of Regulatory Affairs, Modlin is responsible for all aspects of product safety and environmental compliance. His key responsibilities include policy development to guide reaction of legislation and regulations in the NAFTA regions vehicle emissions certification, fuel economy strategy and reporting, and vehicle safety compliance demonstrations and resolution of compliance issues with EPA and NHTSA. Modlin has been serving in this capacity for 14 years and has been with Chrysler for 38 years.
In addition, Autoline TV host and author John McElroy will serve as moderator of "Driving Excellence...in Technology – The Changing World of Vehicle Technology & What it Means to You" over the course of the two day conference.
Day one focuses on advancement in integrated vehicle safety systems, evolving vehicle-¬to¬‐vehicle and vehicle-¬to-¬infrastructure communications, and related background on driver behavior, trends and related regulations. The general session concludes with a Q&A speaker panel.
Day two focuses on the topic of CAFE and its impact on vehicle design. The conference concludes with an inter-industry panel that will bring together thought leaders from all realms of the collision repair world.
I-¬CAR speakers include technical leaders from NHTSA, IIHS, the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), vehicle OEMs and OEM suppliers, who will share their knowledge on the rapidly evolving vehicle technology developments in the collision repair industry.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- May 6, 2013 -- Industry training organization I-CAR has re-engineered its annual event to a new format, which the organization says is focused on topics highly relevant to the entire industry, including repair organizations, vehicle OEMs, insurers, educators, suppliers and related services providers.
I-CAR’s July 2013 Inter-Industry Conference theme is: Driving Excellence in Technology: The Changing World of Vehicle Technology & What it Means to You. The conference is designed to benefit industry leaders who recognize that vehicle technology changes are significant, moving quickly and broadly, and represent significant changes for the collision repair industry.
To this end, I-CAR is inviting technical leaders from NHTSA, IIHS, the Center for Automotive Research, vehicle OEMs, and OEM suppliers to share their knowledge on the vehicle technology developments coming soon to the collision repair industry.
“Our focus for the conference is to help our industry better understand the impact associated with rapidly evolving vehicle technologies such as collision avoidance, telematics and CAFE driven vehicle lightweighting and architecture changes, and to learn about these directly from the technologists that are helping to create the future,” said I-CAR CEO & President, John Van Alstyne.
This fast-paced conference begins with a luncheon on July 24 at 12:30 p.m., and then proceeds into a general session with speaker presentations and a recap panel until 5 p.m.
That evening, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the I-CAR Networking Reception and Sponsor Showcase Event. Day Two kicks off at 8 a.m. with I-CAR Business over Breakfast, where four national awards will be presented along with presentations from John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO & President, as well as I-CAR Board of Directors Chair, Bill Brower. The Day Two general session follows at 9 a.m. with more technical insights and concludes at 11 a.m., following a panel discussion on the impact vehicle technology changes will have on industry repair and business practices.
Toronto, Ontario -- May 6, 2013 -- Toronto’s Centennial College unveiled its unique Donor Wall at Progress Campus recently, recognizing the many forms of giving the college has received in the past from individual donors, corporations and community groups, as well as from its own employees and retirees.
The debut of the Donor Wall was attended by 175 guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, all of whom shared one distinct attribute: they’ve all donated to Centennial College.
The school’s autobody and collision repair program is one beneficiary of a recent donation, a portable frame machine. The donation was a joint effort of J.M. Duffy Equipment and Chief Automotive Technologies.
“We support our local schools, as they’re helping to ensure that the collision repair industry will have access to skilled workers,” says John Duffy of J.M. Duffy Equipment. “They’ve also supported us over the last year, so it’s only right that we support them.”
In addition to the donated portable Chief machine, Centennial College’s autobody program also has a Chief Velocity Measuring System and Chief Goliath Frame Straightening Machine. Duffy was at the school last May to train the instructors on that equipment so they could, in turn, train students. You can see photos from that event here.
The Donor Wall, which was installed on an enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting two campus buildings, consists of a stylized world map overlaid with Plexiglas panels that show the names of both individual and organizational donors. An interactive flat-panel touch screen also displays all the donors’ names to date, organized by their level of giving.
The Donor Wall installation at Progress Campus is the first of four planned walls. The college intends to unveil a new wall at each of its campuses over the next three years. Centennial also plans to announce its first major fundraising campaign this fall.
The Brimell Group hosted the program's 19 students at their facility in Scarborough, Ont. on May 1, as part of Brimell's "Automotive Customer Service and Paint and Collision Training" program.
This was the third time an AYCE class attended the Brimell training program, one which further demonstrates to the students the basic operations of automotive organizations, emphasizing sales, service and collision repair, while highlighting the importance of automobiles to modern society. Students were also educated about the breadth of career opportunities available to them once they graduate from the program.
The day-long tour and program consisted of a meet and greet with Mohammad Shahzad, Brimell's Manager, Community and Customer Management Operations, followed by a presentation on automotive customer service. After the two hour presentation and a coffee and refreshments break, the class was able to tour the facility, before meeting once more at the end of the day for a short Q&A session.
AYCE Employment Services is a division of Tropicana Community Services, and is a non-profit employment centre serving the Scarborough community. AYCE, in addition to their employment services, provide counselling, youth leadership, education, day care and recreational activities. Serving youth and young adults, the organization aims to assist and support job seekers in achieving their career goals.
For more information on AYCE, please visit ayce.on.ca.
Abbotsford, B.C. -- April 23, 2013 -- Three B.C. students have advanced to the Skills Canada skilled trades national competition after winning gold at the provincial level.
Brandon Scott of Okanagan College picked up a gold medal at the post-secondary level in the Automotive Collision Repair competition, finishing ahead of silver medalist Steven Dardengo and bronze medal winner Philip Laffin. Both Dardengo and Laffin attend Vancouver Community College.
At the secondary level, Kurtis Gordey of A.L. Fortune Secondary finished first in the Collision Repair category, while Cesar Busine of Sir Charles Tupper Secondary won silver, followed by third place Kyle Steven of Mark R. Isfeld Secondary. At the high school level South Delta Secondary's Adam Sliacky won gold in the Car Painting category, while Brendan Papps of Moscrop Secondary finished second. Panorama Ridge Secondary's Donald Urquhart won bronze.
Scott, Gordey and Sliacky will next compete in Skills Canada's national competition in June.
Skills Canada-B.C. featured more than 550 competitors competing in 39 different trades competitions for the right to qualify for the national event.
In addition to the competitions, the event's festivities were complemented by a career fair with 36 exhibitors from various industry, labour and educational institutions. The event also hosted 11 different hands-on "Discover Trades" demonstrations which were designed to engage attendees, giving the event's 4,000 spectators a breadth of activities to watch and participate in.
Skills Canada B.C. is a non-profit organization that works with its government, education, private industry and labour partners to promote skilled trades and technologies to young students across British Columbia as a first option when choosing a career path.