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By Mike Davey

Toronto, Ontario -- March 31, 2014 -- The season for skills competitions is upon us once again, and Toronto District School Board kicked things off with its municipal competition on March 26. The event took place at Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute, located at 800 Greenwood Ave. in Toronto, Ont. 

While skills competitions often have a wide array of events, there are really only two we have our eyes on: Collision Repair and Car Painting. The judges for those competitions were Kirk Edwards of BASF, Peter Wrong of 3M, Jack Martino of Martino Brothers Collision~CSN and Tony Teng of Prochilo Brothers Auto Collision. 
Sheldon Cruckshank took home the Gold medal for Collision Repair, followed by Clare Allin (Silver) and Nicolas St. Marie (Bronze). In Car Painting, the Gold medal went to Catherine Mathewson, with Evan Kyriakidis taking the Silver medal. 
As Gold medalists in their respective competitions, Cruckshank and Mathewson will represent Toronto at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, taking place May 6, 2014 at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ont. 
Winners of the provincial competition will go on to the Canada Skills National Competition, set to run June 4 to 7, 2014 at the International Centre in Toronto. 
For more information on skills competitions in Ontario, please click here
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 26, 2014 -- In a groundbreaking collaboration, collision repair training experts at I-CAR worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-150 design and development process, leveraging I-CAR’s expertise to create a training solution for collision repair professionals who will work on the next generation of Ford’s extremely popular truck.
“This is a game-changer in the way the collision repair industry approaches training; to be fully prepared with the knowledge, skills and solutions needed before the vehicle debuts,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO & President of I-CAR. “Traditionally, repair solutions are not developed until after a vehicle is publicly launched, leaving a gap in repair readiness. I-CAR commends Ford for its proactive approach, working together with I-CAR to develop a repair solution that addresses complete, safe and quality repairs for the new F-150, and doing so before the vehicle enters production.”
Added Jason Bartanen, I-CAR’s Director of Industry and Technical Relations, “For a revolutionary vehicle like the 2015 Ford F-150, material-specific training that highlights the unique processes associated with aluminum repair is critical for the front-line professionals faced with safely repairing these vehicles. I-CAR’s proven track record of aluminum repair technical expertise and training development solidified Ford’s interest in an early partnership to formulate a vehicle-specific training program for the F-150.”
Two years of development culminates in I-CAR’s new six (6)-credit hour 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course (FOR06) that covers all topics on aluminum, and dives deep into vehicle-specific repair information. This instructor-led course uses discussion, education, and decision-making exercises to equip technicians to properly repair this game-changing vehicle. Industry training for FOR06 will open June 1.
The soon-to-be-launched 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course, combined with I-CAR Aluminum Welding Training & Certification creates a robust training program to properly and efficiently repair the new F-150 vehicle. I-CAR will deliver this training to the Ford dealer network and independent repairers across the market prior to vehicle launch, ensuring a new level of industry preparedness. 
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 19, 2014 -- I-CAR has announced its 2014 International Board of Directors and Executive Committee meeting, following its strategic planning session and annual membership meeting in March.

The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from each of the following six industry segments:

  • collision repair
  • insurance
  • OEM vehicle manufacturers
  • equipment, tools, and supplies
  • education, training, and research
  • related industry services.

CARSTAR's Bob Keith will lead as Chair of the Executive Committee. In addition, the following will serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Joe Laurentino, Esurance (Vice Chair)
  • Chris Evans, State Farm Insurance Co. (Treasurer)
  • Mark Woirol, Tech-Cor (Secretary)
  • James Roach (Member-At-Large)
  • Eugene Scambray, Copart (Member-At-Large)
  • William Brower, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Click to read moreBob Keith named I-CAR executive committee chair

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 11, 2014 -- I-CAR has added Full-Frame Partial Replacement (FFR01) as a new live, instructor-led course to its catalogue.

This course provides information on OEM repair procedures and welding requirements for full-frame vehicles and covers several important collision repair topics that are critical to complete safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.

“Properly repairing today’s full-frame vehicles requires a command of an array of considerations. The content in this course can be applied on the job immediately following completion, resulting in increased savings for the shop and the vehicle owner alike,” says Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

Technicians will learn how to identify full-frame designs, partial replacement options and repair considerations for full-frame attachments during the course. They will also have access to HD-quality videos on full-frame partial replacement procedures for some of today’s most popular full-frame vehicles, including Ford F-150, General Motors 1500 frames, RAM 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.

This three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Estimators in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP). FFR01 will replace Steel Full-Frame Sectioning (SPS03) and Steel Full-Frame Technologies and Repair (SPS08), resulting in three less credit hours of training for certain repair professionals. Anyone who has previously taken either SPS03 or SPS08 will not lose training credit that has been earned.

For more information on I-CAR, please visit

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