School Donations

Please note- All donors are greatly appreciated, however the number of schools and colleges showing equipment and product need is large.

Schools are advised to e-mail with your needs which will be posted.

Donors with specific gifts should contact or 1-866-309-4272 to arrange donation.

Donation News

Sam Piercey Foundation awards initial bursaries

"Skills Canada is pleased to announce that the Sam Piercey Foundation has agreed to award financial assistance to each of the four winners of the 2017 National Skills Competitions for automotive paint and body repairs."

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November 3, 2006

With the recent announcement of a grant of $5,000 in seed money from the Akzo Nobel Collision Industry Advancement Initiative (CIAI), Skills Competences Canada can now concentrate fully on their Auto Collision Repair contest offered at the 2007 Canadian Skills Competition.

In May 2006, Skills Canada - Ontario held the 17th Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo ,Ontario . The gold winners for the Auto Collision Repair Contest were:

Secondary Level - Alex Heaman-Maracle from Robert Bateman HS

Post-Secondary Level - Dan Chudy from Centennial College.

Both medalists moved on to the Canadian Skills Competition in Halifax from June 23-26, 2006, where they both won Gold in Auto Collision Repair. Alex will be representing Canada at the World Skills Competition in Japan in November 2007.

The collision repair industry has been very active in assisting in the delivery of training and training equipment for the students through:

1) The local collision repair association (HARA) arranged with Toyota Canada and engineer help to have a spray booth donated to Robert Bateman HS in Burlington and was used to train Gold winner Alex Herman-Maracle.

2) Efforts by the association and industry partners were highlighted in a major dinner award event in February 2006 at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario with the completion of an almost $1 million donation of equipment and spray booth- the training area for Gold Winner Dan Chudy.

3) The painting component of Skills Canada - Ontario's Auto Collision Repair Contest for 2006 was set for cancellation because no spray booth could be found. Through the active work of their local trade association, the Wellington-Waterloo Collision Association, funds were raised to ensure that a booth at Sir John A. McDonald Secondary School in Waterloo would be ready in time to host this successful competition.

4) Industry support in southwestern Ontario, meant a donated spraybooth and equipment for Western Secondary School in Amherstburg through their local repair association, PACRA. The school hopes to compete next year.

Jill Fleming of Skills Canada - Ontario thanked the industry. "Ontario is thankful for the support shown by organizations such as and HARA"

For more information please contact Skills Canada - Ontario at 519-749-9899 or the collision repair association at 1-866-309-4272 or For the Collision Industry Advancement Initiative, please contact Bill Orr at

If your shop has equipment that can be donated to schools, or your school needs equipment please contact 1-866-309-4272

Dofasco donates $1m to Mohawk centre

By Steve Arnold
The Hamilton Spectator
Dec 1, 2006

Plans for a new skills training centre at Mohawk College got a huge kick-start yesterday from Dofasco.

The steel giant donated $1 million to the $32 million Mohawk Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Research, Resources and Training Institute.

Dofasco president Jacques Chabanier said the donation, the largest corporate gift in the college's 40-year history, is a down payment on the cost of solving a serious problem for industry.

"The skilled trades shortage is critical and it could end the sustainability of our industry," Chabanier said.

Dofasco draws 90 per cent of its skilled trades apprentices from the college.

The institute, to be located at Mohawk's Stoney Creek campus, is part of a strategy to double skilled trades enrolment to 1,000 and to increase the number of apprenticeship students by 35 per cent to 3,571.

Dofasco's donation brings support for the project to $6.7 million.

Early backers include the provincial and city governments as well as $2.1 million from the Gerald Marshall Fund -- the largest single donation ever made to Mohawk. That fund, named for a local businessman who died earlier this year, is devoted to the redevelopment of Mohawk's Stoney Creek campus and in particular the truck and coach apprenticeship program.


BASF trainers announce online sweepstakes to promote refinish career progra

Students in U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico can enter to win unique toolbox and seminar

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., November 7, 2005-The BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions business training department has announced a new sweepstakes that uses custom painting to promote the company's Internet portal and to spur interest in a rewarding repair industry career.

The sweepstakes runs from October 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005, and is open to all students enrolled in the fall term at a recognized Career and Technical Education (CATE) course in the United States (subject to state laws), Puerto Rico and Canada (except Quebec). Entrants will be eligible to win a one-of-a-kind custom-painted BASF toolbox (roll cab and chest), complete with a wide array of refinishing tools and supplies, including the unique Glasurit Small Damage Repair System. The retail value of the toolbox and tools is approximately $7,700 (U.S.)

To enter the sweepstakes, students must visit the BASF Refinish website at One winner, drawn from all entries postmarked before midnight of December 31, will receive the fully equipped toolbox, which will be finished by a team of professional BASF paint technicians as part of a custom painting seminar conducted at the winner's CATE facility.

"The prize in this sweepstakes is more than just a unique and valuable toolbox," said William 'Jay' Johnston, Manager Training and Development for BASF's Automotive Refinish Solutions business in North America. "It includes a seminar that will demonstrate custom painting techniques and, we hope, help inspire the creativity of the participants."

"We at BASF are very interested in cultivating relationships with the next generation of collision repair workers," Johnston continued. "The industry must continue to attract and develop a steady stream of technicians that take pride in their ability to return damaged vehicles to safe, original-equipment specifications. The goal of our contest is to bring attention to a rewarding career path that offers talented young people job satisfaction and a secure future."

According to Johnston, using the Internet to promote the sweepstakes is appropriate because it reflects the increasingly high-tech nature of the collision repair industry. "There may still be some misconceptions out there about body shops and what they do," he said. "The reality is that today’s body shop technicians, as well as owners and managers, work with state-of-the-art computer-based technologies. Much of the information they need to perform their jobs, and even their training, is available on sites like or on dedicated microsites like, where users can access a wide range of product and technical information.

"We want people to know that this is an industry with an exciting future," concluded Johnston.


Automotive students at Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek, ON will now get their hands on the latest in automotive technology thanks to a local student's request to DaimlerChrysler Canada for a vehicle donation. Kyle Blanchard, a student of Orchard Park Secondary School's automotive program and a passionate automotive enthusiast, wrote a letter to DaimlerChrysler Canada requesting the donation of a new vehicle for his school's automotive program. The Company received the request in March and once a vehicle became available for donation, contacted the school to let them know they could receive a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. Local dealer, DeWildt Chrysler, heard about the corporate donation and offered to cover all costs of transporting the vehicle form Windsor, ON to the school. "Orchard Park is extremely grateful for the support and generosity illustrated by DaimlerChrysler Canada and DeWildt Chrysler," say Pat Rocco, Principal of Orchard Park Secondary School in Stoney Creek, ON.

The Hamilton Spectator

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Akzo Nobel's Collision Industry Advancement Initiative awards more than $50,000

May 6, 2005 (Norcross, Ga.) - Several key industry leaders gathered for the recent meeting of the Collision Industry Advancement Initiative Advisory Council at the headquarters of Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes in North America.

"Akzo Nobel continues to demonstrate its commitment to corporate citizenship and stewardship in North America by providing grants," said CIAI Advisory Council member Don Treschak. "The grants chosen this spring by the CIAI will provide much needed assistance towards the growth of the industry. It is great to be a part of a project that carries such a positive impact on our industry. Be it small or large, this is truly a unique position for acompany to take in the marketplace, and I commend Akzo Nobel for doing it."

This meeting marked the first application review since Akzo Nobel launched the initiative in September of 2004. The Council reviewed the applications and awarded grants, totaling approximately $50,000, to roughly half of the petitioners who are currently in the process of being notified.

"We identified numerous applicants whose requests were worthy of note," said the Chair of the CIAI Sheila Loftus. "The council decided to award grants that covered a wide array of needs and aligned with the mission of the organization. Grants were awarded to four schools, three individuals and one organization. Recipients were from Canada and the United States," explained Loftus.

Also during the March meeting the CIAI Advisory Council established new guidelines for future requests. Applicants that were awarded grants can apply for similar grants every other year. Applications that were sent in but not awarded can be resubmitted. New requests that are non-related to previous submittals will also be accepted.

All requests should provide all of the necessary detailed information. The CIAI Advisory Council will meet again in October. The deadline for submitting applications for review is Friday, September 30, 2005.

Requests to the Collision Repair Industry Advancement Foundation can be made through the Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes we site,

The CIAI Advisory Council meets twice annually to review requests for support. Akzo Nobel will then disburse funds based on the recommendation of the council.


Industry companies and individuals praised for their contributions
October 15, 2004

HARA's meeting moderator asked for the time needed to honour individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to making collision repair industry training exciting and vibrant. A number of the award recipients had donated product and services, time and money to ensuring that collision repair, autobody repair and auto refinishing training is well equipped and well taught in the schools and community colleges that young people attend to become skilled apprentices and technicians. Without these special gifts, autobody programs could have been lost and fewer young people would find out that the trade offers a great career with a good future.

Among those receiving awards were:

  • PPG Canada for their work at Mohawk College
  • Don Teevens for arranging a vehicle donation to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School
  • Don Treschak of Treschak Enterprise for their work with Niagara College
  • Akzo Nobel Coatings for their donations to Niagara College
  • Halton District School Board honoured Treschak Enterprises, Akzo Nobel
  • Coatings for their work at General Brock Secondary School
  • Toyota Canada was honoured for their donation of a spraybooth for the autobody program at the new Robert Bateman Secondary School
  • Peter Woodall from Centennial College thanked Mike Elliot from Elliott's
  • Collision in Newmarket for their donation of fame rack equipment and Sean Basilio of 3M Cnada for their contributions to their programs at Centennial

Executive Director of Skills Canada-Ontario, Gail Smyth handed out industry sponsorship awards to Toyota Canada, DuPont Canada and CARSTAR Automotive Canada for their help in the provincial technological skills completions

Hartley Ellis of Ken Shaw Lexus Toyota and Mark Millson of Budd's Collision in Oakville were honoured for winning the Ontario and National Canada Skills competition. Mark Millson received a surprise when it was announced that he would be taking a trip to Helsinki, Finland to compete in the World Championship.

The sponsoring shops for Mark's trip to compete in the national competition in Winnipeg were:

  • HARA
  • Meray Collision
  • Budd's Collision Services
  • Trafalgar CARSTAR Collision
  • Leggat Pontiac Buick Cadillac
  • CARS Auto Collision

Special industry awards were also presented to the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities-Apprenticeship Branch, and to the students and teacher Peter Nicolaidis, of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Simcoe by Toyota Canada and PPG Canada for their work with the Baja 1000 winning Hummer race vehicles on display in the parking lot and for winning last years' contest at the PPG-sponsored Canadian Collision Industry Congress by sending 139 students to Autobody Career Day.