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Edmonton, Alberta -- September 2, 2013 -- The I-CAR Canada National Training Event will take place on September 28, 2013 at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Main Campus in Edmonton. The event will include two feature courses and the opportunity to network with other collision repair professionals. 

The courses presented are of high importance for progressive repairers: Best Practices for High Strength Steel Repairs and Vehicle Technology and Trends 2013.

The event will feature two guest speakers. Stefano Liessi is a full time autobody instructor at a local Edmonton high school and is in the process of updating the curriculum and facilities. His goal is to introduce the students to 3-dimensional measuring and the multiple substrates in today’s automobiles. Liessi has broad experience in the collision repair industry, including custom painting and restorations, heavy collision, and proprietorship. He also hasextensive experience in the insurance industry as a field appraiser and supervisor. 

Tom Parnell began instructing I-CAR courses in 2011 and has presented a number of courses in southern Alberta over the last two years. Parnell’s career in the collision industry began as an independent appraiser servicing the southern Alberta Region before being hired by the Economical Insurance Group based out of its Calgary office. He subsequently progressed out of the insurance side of the business into an operational role with a large collision franchise and later moved on to managing a single location within that franchise. In May 2013, Parnell joined Axalta Coating Systems as the Business Development Representative for Alberta.

When asked about his time as an I-CAR instructor, Parnell said “I am excited to have had the opportunity to provide progressive shop management and repair facility staff with these fantastic I-CAR courses. I find that the material on vehicle and collision technology in combination with best practices is very valuable and can be quite the ‘eye opener’ to some of the students. Both vehicles and repair technology are evolving extremely fast and it is great to see that the people in the industry are eager to stay ahead of the curve.”

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