There seems little doubt that the rapid technological advancements made in the automotive landscape are nothing new to the Mister Transmission franchisees, technicians, suppliers and guests who attended the organization’s annual convention.
Held in Mississauga, Ont. in late March, the one-day event was packed with concurrent sessions of technical training, vendor presentations, award giving, and strategic discussions.
Driveline technology has long been one of the most sophisticated areas in a vehicle, so even as other specialties ramp up their comfort level with new challenges, those used to dealing with the interplay of the electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic systems that make up automatic transmissions–whether mated to conventional ICE, hybrid, or all electric power are well positioned and anxious to stay on the learning curve.
The well-attended technical stream, presented by Keith Clark, technical advisor with the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, was a non-stop rundown of the many fixable issues being encountered on the road. Notably, in addition to the Mister Transmission franchisees and technicians in attendance, there were also two motive power apprentices invited from Centennial College in attendance. And, for what it’s worth, they sat up front.
Attendees all received a book of detailed tech bulletins, service advisories and fixes for a litany of issues with transmissions on the road. In addition, attendees reciprocated with observations of their own from the field that Clark made note of, and will likely end up in the compendium of issues to look for.
Mister Transmission also took the opportunity to recognize long-time franchisees and technicians, as well as those operations that had exceeding sales and growth targets.
Long Time Service Awards (technicians):
Richard Lewis Woodbridge 10 years
Gintas Cepulis Winnipeg 113 10 years
Matt Courneya Peterborough 10 years
Bob General Stoney Creek 25 years
Terry Hilton London #2 25 years
Walter Leko Woodbridge 30 years
Rafael Gonzalez Calgary 30 years
Certificate of Achievement 2018 (franchisees)
Tim Bellamy Red Deer 5 years
Daniel Biafore Woodbridge 5 years
Lorenzo Biafore Woodbridge 15 years
Peter Almeida London#1 20 years
Richard Ennest Burlington 30 years
Jacques Ritchot Winnipeg 30 years
Business Improvement 2018: Cecil Aitchison and Lumi Trif Burnaby
Diamond Achievement Award – Individual Stores
Ken and Wendy Lavender Pickering
Gary and Bill Harling North Bay
Sales Achievement: Terry and Cam Courneya Peterborough
Marketing and Advertising Committee members were also recognized.
Bill Harling (Sudbury & North Bay), Kris Carlson (Calgary), Ken Lavender
(Pickering), Chris Kennedy (Moncton), Frank Matchett (Coquitlam), Neil
Ritchot (Winnipeg), and Stafford Wong (GTA)