BCIT’S SCHOOL OF TRANSPORTATION OFFERS SEVERAL ROADS TO BECOMING A REPAIRER The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is one of British Columbia’s largest post-secondary institutions, with more than 48,000 students enrolled annually. First established in 1964, the school now boasts five main campuses and a number of satellite locations around the province. Located at […]


TROPICANA’S LATEST GRADUATES GET A HEAD START ON A BRIGHT FUTURE BY SAM HOUPT There are a number of ways to enter the field of automotive trades. You could be born into it through a family business, maybe stumble into the industry by accident, or, in Sasha Schlatter’s case, you can reach out and grab […]


BASF’S PASSION FOR EDUCATION BRINGS OPPORTUNITY TO JAPANESE TECH STUDENTS This summer, young automotive refinishing students from Nagoya, Japan’s Toyota Technical College were given an opportunity to perfect their refinishing skills in a special immersion-style study program. Approximately 40 students from Toyota Technical College (TTCN) in Nagoya, Japan attended Okanagan College in Kelowna to work […]


SASKATCHEWAN POLYTECHNIC OFFERS CAMPERS A TASTE OF THE TRADES In general, camp-going teens have a deeply ingrained fear of mask-wearers holding sharp or heavy objects, but this is not true of the attendees of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s summer program. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is Saskatchewan’s primary post-secondary tech and skills training institute. But when school’s out for the […]


GM IN MEXICO General Motors is now Mexico’s largest automaker in terms of vehicle output. With more than 830,000 vehicles manufactured in Mexico last year, GM surpassed Nissan, which slid by 10 percent in 2018, to become the country’s top vehicle provider. North American automotive production continues to grow in Mexico as manufacturers look to […]


ELECTRIC HIGHWAY Canada is well on its way to developing the first transcontinental electric highway. Former state-owned energy firm Petro-Canada announced the news, stating that 50 high-powered electric vehicle charging stations will be installed along the country’s 4,860-mile Trans-Canada Highway by 2020. Petro Canada, which is owned by Calgary-based Suncor Energy, will begin construction of […]

Believe it or not

FORD DEALERSHIPS DEAL WITH DIFFERENT SORT OF DEALER A number of Canadian Ford dealerships made an unexpected discovery. Dealerships in Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec found large packets of methamphetamines hidden in the spare tires of Ford Fusions that didn’t match the make or model of the vehicle. The vehicles were shipped from a Mexico […]


EDMONTON EDUCATION Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) hosted the grand opening of its state-of-the-art safety training facility located at the Edmonton International Airport, Airport City site. The facility will serve as a commercial transportation hub for safety training development and delivery, research and technology innovations, and will help in strengthening education for commercial drivers across […]

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

My life changed the moment I crossed paths with the Skills/Compétences Canada competitions. I had been working as a car painter in a collision centre full-time for a couple of years when I started to notice that my skills in the shop were getting better. Tasks became easier and faster to complete. I was able […]