Another Successful ARA Event—Women in the Automotive Industry

The opportunity to build contacts, network, and get informed about the ample career options available to women in today’s industry inspired all who attended.

Photos and text by Burhan Osman

On May 5, 2022, the ARA, in collaboration with its AutoCareersBC program, hosted the second-annual Women in the Automotive Industry event at the Element Vancouver Hotel in Burnaby, British Columbia. The theme of this year’s event was See the opportunity, seize the opportunity. The ARA’s goal was to encourage women to recognise the numerous opportunities and roles available to them in this diverse and growing sector, and take advantage of them.

The evening began with a networking hour, which provided attendees with the chance to connect and engage with their industry peers. First on the podium was ARA CEO and President Adrian Scovell, who kicked-off the night by acknowledging the importance of women in the automotive industry while highlighting the ARA’s efforts to support new talent. Next, there were presentations from our guest speakers beginning with Murray Voth. Murray is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable experts on the independent automotive service and repair sector. In his presentation, he touched on all the opportunities that are open to women in today’s industry, the need for more people to join the workforce, and the stereotypes that can potentially hinder industry accessibility.

Cassidy Mceown
Murray Voth

The last speaker of the evening was Cassidy Mceown, known for her casting in the History Channel’s Rust Valley Restorers. Cassidy shared her perspective of being a woman in the industry, getting past outdated views in the automotive field, and defying social expectations. To close the event, the ARA and AutoCareersBC’s advisor Dejla Sabanac announced a new mentorship program. The mentorship program’s purpose is to link women with industry professionals who can provide support and advice while also encouraging them to acquire skills that will help them succeed in their positions.

Women have a significant impact on our industry, and the ARA and its AutoCareersBC program recognize this. Women are seen as a potentially untapped talent pool that could fill vacant posts as labour shortages worsen. Events like this are integral in showcasing just how important women are in this industry, while also helping women who are interested in joining the industry overcome any concerns, doubts, or misunderstandings they may have. A special thanks to all of event sponsors, guest speakers, and attendees.