Media Centre

Here is a list of recent news articles about the ARA.

ADESA Offers New Exclusive Member Benefit

Added-value for B-CAR and LMD members. The ARA is very pleased to announce its latest member benefit, and the best part is that existing members who qualify don’t pay anything more than they currently are! ADESA Vancouver and Impact Auctions …read more »

2016 ARA Member of the Year: Paul Schwartz

ARFI chairman recognized for great accomplishment. Every year, the Member of the Year award is presented at the ARA AGM Awards Banquet to the individual who put tremendous effort into the Association over the previous year. For 2016, the ARA …read more »

ARA Appoints Al Cameron as Secretary-Treasurer

Another new change on the ARA board of directors. At the 2016 ARA AGM last Saturday, Lynn Rowe gave her final Treasurer’s Report as secretary-treasurer of the ARA board of directors. Lynn has been the treasurer since October 2014, and …read more »

Ron Tremblay Named New ARA Chairman of the Board

Longtime ARA Member ready to take on a new role. The ARA would like to warmly welcome Ron Tremblay — owner of The Garage in Vancouver and chairman of the Automotive Sector Advisory Group — as the new chairman of …read more »

ARA Past Chairman Ed Hendricks Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

Twenty-five years of dedicated service, and he is not done yet. On Saturday, September 17, 2016, ARA chairman Ed Hendricks attended his final AGM as chairman of the board. In June, Ed informed the ARA that he would step down …read more »

Auction Raises Over $7,000 for Foundation

Adesa Auctions organized a live auction to remember. On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Adesa Auctions organized and orchestrated a live auction at the 2016 ARA AGM Awards Banquet, with all proceeds going to the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. (ARFI). This …read more »

Madison Joinson Earns 2016 Bob Clarke Scholarship

The award was presented at the ARA AGM in Whistler. In 2012, the Automotive Retailers Association created the Bob Clarke Automotive Scholarship in memory of former ARA president, Bob Clarke, who had passed away earlier that year. The $1,000 scholarship is …read more »

ARA News: Training for Life

In today’s labour market, it is more important than ever to become an employer of choice. So, how do you do that? The average age of automotive business owners in British Columbia is 55, according to ARA membership statistics and …read more »

The 2016 ARA AGM Keynote Speaker: Hon. Shirley Bond

If you are attending the AGM this weekend, do not miss Saturday’s Keynote Speaker, Hon. Shirley Bond. The 2016 ARA AGM & Convention is coming up quickly at the end of this week, taking place at the Westin Resort & …read more »

ARA News: Towers & Recyclers Raise $10,000 for BC Children’s Hospital

  Representatives from the ARA Tow4Kids Charity Convoy presented their cheque at the BC Children’s Hospital Miracle Weekend Telethon. This year, the ARA Towing & Recovery Division’s Tow4Kids Charity Convoy raised $10,000 for the hospital, with help from the ARA’s …read more »

ARA News: President’s Message — Q3 2016

In the Q3 2016 issue of ARA News, ARA President & CEO Ken McCormack updated membership on what the ARA staff and executive committees have been working on. “There are a lot of very important initiatives underway at the ARA. A …read more »

BCASA Seeks BC Auto Careers Administrator

The BC Automotive Sector Alliance (BCASA) is a cooperative partnership between the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) and the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) created to provide a centralized labour recruiting and retention resource network for the automotive sector …read more »

Changes on the Executive Committee of the ARA Board of Directors

On June 22, 2016, we notified the membership that after two consecutive terms, Ed Hendricks would not be seeking re-election as chairman of the ARA. We also notified the membership that the secretary/ treasurer position was becoming vacant. We requested nominations for members interested in assuming these two important …read more »

Become a Certified Collision Repair Provider Today!

The ARA’s Certified Collision Repair (CCR) program is now accepting applications. Visit our website ( for more information and to download an application form. If you have any questions about the CCR program, please do not hesitate to contact David …read more »

Minister of Advanced Education Announces $700,000 for Trades Training

Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education, has announced there will be $700,000 in funding available for trades training at Vancouver Community College. Automotive service will benefit from the funding as well as heavy duty mechanical, hospitality, and culinary arts. …read more »