Calgary, Alberta — Sept. 27, 2019 — CCIF kicked off last Thursday at the Westin Calgary as a national venue for collision industry networking, and keynote speaking.
The event began with a reception on Thursday, September 26 before kicking off into its day of speakers, panels, and meet-and-greets on the 27th, all focused towards CCIF’s three main priorities of profitability, human resources and vehicle technology.
Caroline Laccase, the director of CCIF and Patrice Marcil, CCIF chair, greeted guests Friday morning before handing the stage over to an impressive list of noteworthy keynote speakers.
Some speaker highlights included: Kiara Reissner, a CCIF veteran as well as an award-winning automotive refinishing apprentice from Vancouver; Paul Stella, a Toyota manager of 34 years and recent brand protector, and Joel Baker, one of Canada’s leading authorities on insurance industry analytics and founder of MSA Research. Baker also moderated the auto insurer panel discussion later on in the afternoon after two networking breaks throughout the venue.
Throughout the day, a wide variety of topics were covered in everything from the impact of counterfeit parts to one woman’s journey through the industry. In the end, Patrice Marcil gave his closing remarks to thank the crowd and wish them well on their way.