In Focus: Training Providers 2022

Highlights of some key training institutions, and available products. Car-O-Liner CTR®9 Spot Welder The CAR-O-LINER® CTR® 9 fully automatic welder has a revolutionary, light-weight transformer gun. The c-gun’s 355° swivel handle with ergo-grip enables perfect working positions and is supported by a telescopic arm in lightweight aluminum that can be adjusted vertically and horizontally. […]

Before Your Very Eyes

Extended reality training as a gateway to hands-on techniques By Allison Rogers What if you could paint a car in the comfort of your own bedroom? Or make a weld from your kitchen table? It’s probably not the best idea—this magazine is unaware of a detergent capable of removing automotive solvents—but Skillveri’s extended-reality (XR) training […]

Fired Up

The medallists for car painting at the technical level. Bronze went to Loick Joly of Quebec, left; silver went to Mikayla Racz of Ontario, right, and gold went to Dorien Lozeau of Alberta, who claimed his second National title. A week of competition brings years of benefits for shops and competitors By Kate Ng This […]

The EV-Jeebies

“A gas-powered Kona to an electric Kona— they’re identical, for the most part, other than their powertrain.” — David Giles, co-founder, All EV Canada Electric vehicles aren’t as scary as you think By Allison Rogers Collision repairers, buckle up. Your everyday life is about to get far more shocking. Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more […]

Skills on the GO

From left to right: Steve Leal, president and CEO, Fix Network World; Daryll O’Keefe, regional VP, Ontario, Fix Network Canada; Ian Howcroft, CEO, SkillsOntario; Parm Gill, MPP for Milton, Ontario, and Sylvain Séguin, executive VP, Fix Network Canada. Skills Ontario unveils Trades and Tech Truck at Fix Network’s Ontario Training Centre By Max Reid Skills […]


Put your skills to the test, take a chance on your techs—what are the chances you’ll regret it? By Allison Rogers A few months back, I had a conversation with Collision Repair columnist Stefano Liessi. He had phoned me from Skills Alberta’s Provincial Competition, where hundreds of keen students of the skilled trades competed for […]

Trades Got Talent

Where does your province stand? By Kate Ng Have you tried hiring lately? For many markets, the post-pandemic landscape offers a far different reality than the one so many businesses were one accustomed to. Collision Repair sourced the latest available data to examine the state of apprenticeships, province by province. While this report will use […]

Freshly Squeezed Skills

SATA Canada hosts Tropicana students for refinishing training SATA Canada recently offered to host a four-day intensive automotive refinish introductory program for Tropicana’s graduating auto body pre-apprenticeship class. PPG Canada was kind enough to supply paint materials for the students. Well-known industry trainer Rob Hill showed the students the ropes at SATA Canada’s Vaughan, Ont. […]


Ryan Sankar accepting the 2021 Operational Excellence Award and the 2021 Customer Service Excellence Award. If you are an independent, a multi-shop owner or a member of a repair network, securing young talent for the future of our industry is of your concern. This is an industry-wide issue. Rather than waiting for some regulatory action […]