December 18, 2002

Automotive Industries Association of Canada VP wins award

Ottawa, Ontario – Automotive Industries Association (AIA) Vice President Beverlie Cook recently received the Akzo Nobel Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry Award in Dallas, Texas at the NACE Trade Show. Beverlie was one of seven recipients of this year’s
award; she was the only Canadian.

“This award is grounded in two very simple objectives,” says Bill Orr, Communication Manager for Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes in North America. “First, is tearing down stereotypes as we recognize the evolution that is occurring in this industry. And, the second aspect, and possibly the most important, is that this award is about recognizing leaders and leadership. Or as Mark Twain put it, ‘Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.'”

“I am deeply honoured and humbled by this award,” said Bev at the presentation ceremony. “Congratulations are also to be extended to Akzo Nobel for taking the initiative and showing their commitment to the industry by creating this award. I am also incredibly excited by the fact that, thanks to Akzo Nobel, funds will now be made available to women pursuing a career in the collision repair industry.”

Akzo Nobel is donating $10,000 in scholarship money, which will be earmarked for programs that empower women in the industry, to the I-CAR Education Foundation to pave the way for the next generation of women in the collision repair industry.

A 13-year veteran of AIA, Bev has been the AIA staff liaison for the Paint, Body, and Equipment (PBE) Council for a dozen years. Bev has played a pivotal role in enhancing the professionalism of the collision repair industry. She led a major study of the human resources issues affecting
the Canadian industry. The resulting report, Prep for the Future, was published in 1999, outlining the steps required to ensure the growth and enhancement of the industry.

In addition to her responsibilities at AIA, Bev has worked as a volunteer for several organizations. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Operation Go Home, an organization dedicated to re-uniting runaway teens with their families. Beverlie is a former President of the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), as well as a former national director of CSAE.

Bev has a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and is a Certified Association Executive.

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