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CCIF Calgary 2023 – October 5-6, 2023

October 5 - October 6


Thursday, October 5, 2023
Workshop*: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

*Space limited. In order to attend you must register to participate in the workshop upon purchasing your conference registration.


Friday, October 6, 2023
Breakfast and registration: 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
General sessions: 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
General sessions: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change.


The CCIF Calgary 2023 registration fee provides full access to the conference including breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The registration fee also includes all optional activities including the workshop, and the networking reception.


Early bird fee

(until August 10, 2023)

Regular fee

(after August 10, 2023)

General admission $179* $199*
Group discount (7 tickets or more): General admission $161* $179*

*plus applicable taxes

The group discount is available to organizations registering seven or more people to attend CCIF Calgary. To obtain the group discount, registrations must be completed in one transaction at which point the discount will automatically apply itself to the order at the checkout stage.

Who should attend?

Collision repairers, insurers, suppliers and service providers, OE manufacturers and dealers, trade associations, educators and students.

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Please contact events@ccif.ca for more information or if you have issues registering.


Thursday, October 5, 2023

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost control through material management

Cost control is an important issue in businesses, and one way of managing costs is through material management. Material management and cost control are essential components in ensuring business success. As an important part of business strategy, the latest trends in explanation on cost control through material management is critical, Sean Ashford will present cost controls through material management within the auto collision sector.

Speaker: Sean Ashford, Business Development Specialist, Color Compass Corporation

6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Networking reception


Friday, October 6, 2023

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and registration
8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. Opening remarks
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Attracting youth and fresh talent to the autobody collision repair industry

This informative presentation aims to address the pressing need for new talent in the autobody collision repair sector. As the automotive industry rapidly evolves, there is a growing demand for skilled professionals to repair and restore vehicles effectively. This presentation focuses on the strategies, initiatives, and innovative approaches that can be employed to engage and recruit young individuals and fresh entrants into this exciting and rewarding field.

Throughout the session, attendees will gain insights into the current challenges faced in attracting youth to the autobody collision repair industry and understand the potential consequences of a talent gap. The presentation will delve into the attractive aspects of pursuing a career in this field, emphasizing the opportunities for growth, job stability, and the chance to work with cutting-edge technology.

The audience will be introduced to successful trials and pilots currently implemented that have effectively engaged with young talent that includes several pathways of mentoring programs that can bridge the gap between experienced professionals and enthusiastic newcomers. This session aims to ignite a collective commitment to invest in the future of the autobody workforce, ensuring the industry’s continued growth and excellence for years to come.

Speaker: Mike Hughes, Academic Chair, Autobody program, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

ADAS calibration market sizing and new technology

ADAS calibration technologies are evolving and growing. To determine the size and impact that ADAS calibration technologies will have in Canada, specifically within the next decade, Nick Dominato presents his evaluation of the market size and what is ahead for the industry. Dominato will also touch base on new, emerging technologies and considerations auto care professionals should keep in mind regarding ADAS.

Speaker: Nick Dominato, Director of Product Management, I-CAR

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sustainable auto claims management

Join Peter Kalantzis and Michelle Li of AVIVA Canada to learn about how sustainable auto care claims are a key part in acting on climate change and embedding sustainable attitudes in the collision sector of Canada’s auto care industry. Attendees can also gain valuable insight on opportunities to decarbonize auto care claims, what it entails, and the importance of doing so.

Speaker: Peter Kalantzis, Assistant Vice President, National Auto Claims, Appraisal and Supply Chain, AVIVA Canada, and Michelle Li, VP Corporate Planning, Performance and Business Partnering, AVIVA Canada

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

How to become a collision repair powerhouse

Take a deeper look at the challenges and opportunities of your business by examining how you stack up in the people, processes, and technology areas of your business. Gain an understanding of proven tactics and strategies that you can start implementing now to prepare your business for the opportunities that lie ahead and to build a powerhouse collision repair business.

Speaker: Taylor Moss, Manager – Repair Intelligence Team,  OEConnection (OEC)

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Technician trends

With rapid growth in the auto care sector, technicians are facing an influx of new information and challenges each day. From advances in technology, career aspirations, challenges, and opportunities, this session will dive into technician trends in the auto care sector.

Throughout the session, the audience will gain insights into the current challenges technicians face and how to overcome such challenges. Additionally, this session will inform attendees about the potential opportunities collision shops may have in order to retain their best talent.

Speaker: Cecile Bukmeier, Program Chair, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Refinish – A Functional part of ADAS Repairs

As the automotive industry moves towards connected and autonomous vehicles the repair process continues to become more complex.  Refinishing modern vehicle bumpers can poses significant challenges due to their complexity and the functionality of refinish coatings in the proper operation of advanced features. How does this impact the repair process and the overall customer experience?

Speaker: Jeff Wildman, Expert, Automotive Aftermarket Industry, BASF

2:30 p.m. Closing remarks


Sean Ashford, Business Development Specialist, Color Compass Corporation

Sean Ashford is an accomplished business development specialist with an impressive background in the auto collision distribution industry. Born and raised in England, he has accumulated over 30 years of invaluable experience in this field.

Throughout his career, Sean has taken on various roles that have contributed to his expertise in cost control through material management.

Sean plays a crucial role throughout North America in optimizing inventory management practices for customers. This involves from start up processes to ensuring that customers have the right inventory levels, minimizing excess stock, and streamlining distribution processes.

Sean’s leadership in the development of inventory control systems underscores his commitment to improving efficiency and accuracy within the auto collision distribution industry. These systems automate inventory tracking, reduce errors, and enhance overall operational efficiency.

Sean Ashford’s extensive experience, from working as a technician to holding leadership positions within the auto collision distribution sector, showcases his well-rounded expertise in this field. His involvement in the development of inventory control systems and his mentorship role in customer integrations highlight his dedication to innovation and client satisfaction.

Overall, Sean’s career accomplishments position him as a knowledgeable and valuable professional in business development of cost control through material management within the auto collision distribution industry.

Hanna Beydoun, Manager, Policy, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Hanna is Manager, Policy, at the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) with her expertise on automobile insurance policy. Hanna leads a dedicated team that works with IBC’s member property and casualty insurers to develop public policy solutions to improve auto insurance systems for both consumers and insurers across the country. This includes the review of regulatory frameworks, auto insurance products, and trends in claims costs and premiums data. Hanna also leads IBC’s Vehicle Damage Working Group comprised of its members, exploring potential recommendations that could address rising vehicle damage claims costs. Prior to joining IBC, Hanna worked for both provincial and federal governments in a number of policy capacities.

Hanna earned an undergraduate degree from McMaster University and a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Waterloo. Most recently, Hanna completed a Women in Leadership certificate program from Harvard University.

Cecile Bukmeier, Program Chair, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Cecile Bukmeier is the chair of the Auto Body program at NAIT. She provides education and shares her passion with auto body apprentices in Alberta. Cecile began her career in high school, attending the pre-employment auto body program before graduating. In 2013, Cecile was invited to compete at the Skills Canada car painting competition, where she won gold nationally.  Over the past 9 years, she has continued to volunteer for Skills Canada and moved into leadership roles within their provincial, national, and international committees. This has allowed her to share knowledge and collaborate with the auto body industry across the world.

Mike Hughes, Academic Chair for Auto Body Trades at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

With over a decade of experience in the heavy equipment industry, Mike Hughes has emerged as a leading expert and educator in the field of mechanics and technology. Currently serving as the Academic Chair for Auto Body Trades at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Mike has led an incredible team of auto body instructors who share his vision of shaping the next generation of auto body professionals. In addition to his role at SAIT, Mike actively engages with professional organizations and attends conferences to stay up to date with emerging technologies in the auto care sector.

Michelle Li, CPA, VP Claims Planning, Performance and Business Partnering

Michelle Li has been with Aviva Canada for 13 years and currently leads a Shared Services function that includes Data, Analytics, and Supply Chain functions for Claims.  She is the Executive Sponsor for Aviva Canada’s Sustainable Claims initiative, where the focus is on supplier engagement and Net Zero Claims by 2030.  Prior experience includes roles in Finance, Analytics and Performance Management functions within Aviva Canada and in banking and telecommunications sectors.

Taylor Moss, Manager – Repair Intelligence Team,  OEConnection (OEC)

Taylor is currently responsible for the distribution for the RepairLogic Repair Planning Platform in North America, with the goal of eliminating the endless complexity around vehicle repair. His duties include presenting about RepairLogic and industry topics at regional and national events, meeting with customers and potential customers to understand their needs, and aiding in overall strategy direction.

Taylor has an extensive background in the collision industry with a career spanning 11+ years. Taylor has started two businesses that have grown to be multi-million dollar companies in the collision repair industry. He was a founder at Estify from 2012-2017 and under his leadership it grew to more than 1,000 repair facility customers. In 2017 Taylor had the opportunity to partner with the CarProof founder, Paul Anthony, to start the company that produced RepairLogic. RepairLogic was acquired in 2021 by OEC. As a Founder Taylor was responsible for product development, sales, customer strategy, operations, and more at one time or another. He loves discovering areas of opportunity and building solutions that make life better for the collision repair industry.



The Westin Calgary Airport

671 Aero Drive NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7Y5
Phone: (403) 452-5406

Hotel reservation

CCIF is pleased to offer special rates starting at $159 plus tax at The Westin Calgary Airport.

To book a hotel room, please contact:

Phone: 1-844-496-8551 or (403) 452-5406

Online: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1684166596883&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Block Name: Canadian Collision Industry Forum 2023

Rates are eligible until Thursday, September 14, 2023. Guestrooms will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis. Book now!


Air Canada  

Book online at www.aircanada.com and enter promotion code N6VBNTA1 to receive a 10 percent discount on eligible fares*. The travel period begins Thursday, September 28, 2023 and ends Friday, October 13, 2023. *5 percent discounts will apply to standard fares, 10 percent flex fares and up for North American travel.  


Book online at www.westjet.com/conventions and enter promotion code 4W7H6LA to receive a 5 percent discount off Econo, 10 percent discount off EconoFlex and Premium base fares for guests travelling to Calgary, Alberta only. The travel period begins Thursday, September 28, 2023 and ends Friday, October 13, 2023. No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings. Travel Agents GDS promotion code: YBB58.

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