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CCIF Halifax 2019 – May 23-24

May 23 - May 24

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3J5

Event Details

Reception: Thursday, May 23, 2019: 7:00PM – 10:30PM
Meeting: Friday, May 24, 2019: 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Breakfast and Registration: 7:00AM – 8:30AM


CCIF has partnered with WestJet and is pleased to offer delegates a 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border.  To take advantage of this offer, please use the discount code below when making your travel arrangements.

Travel from: May 13, 2019 to June 1, 2019

Coupon code (web coupon no.): 5Y7U2AI
Promo code (for call in reference only): WCC27



7:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Caroline Lacasse, CCIF Director
Welcome Remarks
8:45 a.m. Patrice Marcil, Axalta Coating Systems and CCIF Chair
Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. Patrice Marcil, Axalta Coating Systems and CCIF Chair
Industry-Education Connection project update
9:30 a.m. Annabelle Cormack, Cormack Recruitment Ltd
Talent Management in the 21st Century
10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. Jeff Peevy, Automotive Management Institute and CIC Chair
US Industry Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
11:45 a.m. Lunch & Networking
12:45 p.m. Tyler Brunatti, Podium
Stand Out in the Crowd
1:30 p.m. Peter Sziklai, Tsawwassen Collision Ltd and CCIF Steering Committee Member
CCIF Subcommittee Report: Accreditation and Certification – Definitions and Facts
2:00 p.m. Farzam Afshar, VeriFacts Automotive
What the future holds for the collision repair industry?
2:40 p.m. (Speaker TBD)
Automotive technologies
3:20 p.m. Patrice Marcil, Axalta Coating Systems and CCIF Chair
Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Meeting Closing

Speaker Spotlight


Patrice Marcil
Patrice Marcil, N-A Customer Experience Director Axalta Coating Systems Patrice started his career with Axalta as a Technical Training Instructor in 2000 moving to Training and Customer Care Centre Manager, then adding Strategic Planning and Refinish Performance Management responsibilities for Canada. His current role is Learning & Development Director for North America. He graduated from I’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in Science of Education in 1996. Patrice started in the automotive Industry in 1979 as part time technician in his father’s shop, advancing to shop manager in 1985 until 1989. He began a second career as a Collision Repair Instructor from 1990 to 2000. During that period, Patrice also worked as Assistant-Editor for a Collision Repair Magazine and an industry consultant for various automotive industry organizations. Patrice is still involved in the Industry representing Axalta Coating Systems at the Canadian Collision Council and the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF). He has been contributing with I-CAR between 1993 and 2015 from Instructor to Chairman of the I-CAR committee in the province of Québec.



Annabelle Cormack: Panel Discussion on Talent Management in the 21st Century
Annabelle Cormack is President of Cormack Recruitment, Talent Acquisition Experts. She graduated from Simon Fraser University as a Certified Career Development Practitioner and has over fifteen years’ experience in the recruitment industry. In collaboration with businesses of all sizes, and along a broad spectrum of industries across Canada, Annabelle and her team create and execute short and long-term recruitment strategies to secure top talent for specialty roles, and all levels of management on behalf of their clients.

Annabelle is a strong advocate for the recruitment industry. Her online articles, editorials in the Collision Quarterly Magazine and speaking engagements across Canada promote proactive recruitment and talent management strategies suitable for any company. She is a regular at CCIF, having spoken on recruitment issues in the past as well as facilitated a panel discussion on Women in the Industry (Auto Repair Collision).



Jeff Peevy: US Industry Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Jeff has worked fulltime in the collision repair industry since 1981. He is the President of the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) since 2015. Jeff has spent the last 20 years advancing learning in the industry while studying and globally advocating the concept of learning as a sustainable competitive advantage. He is currently leading the AMi “next generation” project, collaborating with hundreds of industry training providers to increase the acceptance of professional, verifiable credentials. Peevy began his industry career as a technician, and then held positions as PBE Manager at Crow Burlingame, Director of Technical Training and Application Research at Valspar and Senior Director of Field Operations and Collision Segment Development at I-CAR. He has served on numerous CIC committees, recently co-chairing the Education and Training Committee. He is a former board member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) within the industry and the American Liver Foundation outside the industry. He is supported by a wonderful family, including his wife, Marie Peevy, owner of Automotive Training Coordinators, LLC and WIN board member, as well as six children ranging from 34 to 6 years of age. When not working in the industry, he and his family spend most of their time on the water, enjoying nature and a variety of water activities.



Tyler Brunatti: Stand Out in the Crowd
Tyler Brunatti is the Director of Automotive Service Sales at Podium. Podium helps local businesses interact with their customers through SMS text messaging, as well as generate and manage online reviews for businesses.
Tyler has a wealth of experience in digital marketing from his years working at Domo as a senior sales director and at Fidelity Investments. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and 4 kids in the mountains of Utah or coaching little league sporting events.


Hotel Information

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3J5

$226.00 CAD per night


Please note that the CCIF room block on May 22nd & May 24th is now full. If you wish to book on one of those dates, please contact the hotel directly.

If you plan to book a room only for May 23rd, please book here.



Registration includes Thursday’s Reception, hors d’oeuvres and food stations, as well as Friday’s CCIF meeting, breakfast & lunch. Name badges will be available onsite at the Registration desk as of 5:00 PM on Thursday May 23rd and 7:00 AM on Friday May 24th. Early bird registration fee of $159 in effect until Tuesday, April 23rd. The registration fee as of April 23rd is $179. Pre-registration is required. Please note that there are no refunds after May 16th.



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Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3J5 Canada
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