A HIGH SCHOOL CO-OP LED MICHAEL ST. GERMAIN TO A LIFE IN LUXURY BY ALLISON ROGERS Today, you might be in the paint booth. Maybe you’re welding. Or maybe you’re busting out some sick new skills you learned at a recent training session. No matter which corner of the collision centre you’re in, you could […]


BY ALLISON ROGERS AND MAX REID Bodyworx readers should know of Dorien Lozeau and Abigail King, the two competitors representing Canada’s collision repair sector at WorldSkills 2022. Dubbed WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition, the international competition ran a little differently than in years past. Rather than having all the trades compete at one central location, […]

By the Books: CIECA forms OEM repair procedures committee, industry stakeholders welcome

Sanford, North Carolina — CIECA has announced the formation of a new Standards Development Committee focused on OEM repair procedures and build sheet data. All industry stakeholders, including CIECA and non-CIECA members, are invited to join. “CIECA’s Emerging Technologies Committee was reviewing pain points in the collision industry and determined that OEM repair procedures and build […]

Shattering Stereotypes

Meghan McEwen THIS TRIPLE-THREAT TALENT IS ONLY GETTING STARTED  BY KATE NG It wasn’t just the logo on the Mustang that caught Meghan McEwen’s eyes as a child. The aggressive curves of the 1999-2004 Mustang, drag racers on tv deploying parachutes and howling car engines were some of the memories that led her to an established […]

Lights, Camera, Action

By Max Reid KEVIN DHALIWAL AND LOVEPREET MANN SET THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS AT RUNWAY AUTO COLLISION A big ego doesn’t get you quite as far as it used to in this industry. The glory days of semi-improvised dent repair and cutting corners in the paint booth are a thing of the past. The standards […]


THE STATE OF THE MODERN AUTOSHOP CLASS BY DAVID DICENZO Matthew Lyle clearly remembers helping lead the inaugural Electric Car Team at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute as somewhat of a “catastrophe.” In 2016, Lyle, the Head of Technical Education at the Guelph-based high school, partnered with his Transportation Technology teacher colleague Dennis Ashley to form […]


In my experience… BY BEN HART I love this trade. Collision repair has treated me well from an eager apprentice, to a journeyman and now an instructor. With that said, it hasn’t all been a fairy tale of ideology. I had a few rough years, made many mistakes and ventured down the wrong path at […]


SEVEN STEPS TO EXCEL IN THE SHOP Finding the right education is important before entering any field of work, whether you receive a formal education at a post-secondary institution or you dive right into an apprenticeship. One way or another, you want to make sure the education and training you’re receiving lines up with your […]


STATSCAN UNVEILS 2019 APPRENTICESHIP REPORT BY JULIA LLOYD Registration in apprenticeship programs and certifications in the trades have been on a decrease since 2018, as losses in Alberta offset gains in Ontario and Quebec. Statistic Canada recently reported that registration in apprenticeship programs fell 2.9 percent, and certifications were down 3.9 percent. Before the pandemic, […]


Andre’s journey to finding his groove Unsure of what to do at the end of high school, Andre Figueiredo decided to take a year off to explore his options. At first, he enjoyed working in construction, but the bitter cold was something he did not want to endure once winter came around. One day, Andre […]