AARDA 2018 Convention & AGM is in the history books. It was held in Drumheller on Sep 21 and 22, 2018. Over 80 people registered for this year’s event. Thanks to the great support of our sponsors, and the participation of our membership, it was a very successful weekend. Activities kicked off Friday night with the welcome reception featuring a silent Auction, comprised of items from the Tyrrell Museum gift shop. Our sponsors had table top displays and greeted the registrants with a variety of swag items and a few beverages for their enjoyment. Following is a list of the sponsors who made this convention so successful:
Big House Converters
Impact Auto Auctions
Wholesale Auto Parts Warehouses
Eagle Tech Recycling
Coreline Auto Parts
Baan Power Train Corp
The Battery Doctor
Saturday’s agenda was kicked off by guest speaker, Ed MacDonald from Maritime Auto Salvage in Truro Nova Scotia. Ed always brings a great understanding of the industry and current issues, and he presents in a very captivating and entertaining style. AARDA thanks Ed for volunteering his time to join us for the convention.
The balance of the morning was comprised of presentation from Hollander, ELV Select and Big House Converters.
Following the lunch break an OHS presentation covered new Alberta regulations, safety prevention, and general work place safety concerns to be considered.
Next up was AMVIC, followed by Service Alberta. Both agencies talked about the Auto recycling industry in Alberta and how AMVIC and AARDA are working together to look at the requirements to hold an auto recyclers licence in Alberta. These were both very positive and encouraging sessions that promise to bring about some much-needed change in Auto recycling licencing.
After the coffee break, AARDA held their annual AGM. Long time treasurer raelene Day stepped down from the board and was presented with a large floral arrangement for her many years of service on the AARDA board. Hardeep Rai from P&S Auto Parts was elected to fill the position of treasurer.
With work done, things turned to the social part of the convention. The Jack Cohen Education Fund raiser was the Great Tappet Cover Race held in the evening. The true heart and soul of the AARDA membership, combined with the great support of the sponsors really, shone through on Saturday night as $9301 was raised for the fund. There was a lot of laughter, challenges and fun held as the racers competed until there was one grand champion. Bob Reppnack from Alberta Auto Wreckers, driving a tappet car built by Harry’s Auto Wrecking, was Race Champion, defeating Alex Miller in a photo finish.
There was over $1300 in prize money and in the spirit of the event, both Bob and Alex donated their winnings to the Jack Cohen fund.
All who attended agree that the weekend was very worthwhile time and each person got something to take home from the event.
Planning is already underway for next years meeting. It is slated to be a joint meeting combining a Western Canadian Auto Recyclers trade show with the AARDA meeting, and the ARC meeting, all on the same weekend, Sep 21 to 23, 2019, to be held at the West Edmonton Mall Convention center. Mark your calendar now as you will not want to miss this one!