June 24, 2003

B.C. technician wins Subaru Master Technician competition

Mississauga, Ontario – Subaru Canada announced that Stephen Alexander, of Richmond Subaru in Richmond, British Columbia, is the winner of the 2003 Subaru Master Technician Competition. To claim the prize, which includes a trophy and a 27″ television from Sharp Electronics, Alexander had to solve a tough combination of mechanical puzzles.

Experts pre-set each of the 2003 Foresters used for the competition with an identical series of electronic, mechanical and emissions repair challenges. In addition to finding and repairing all the problems in the allotted time, the judges awarded points for problem-solving skills, safety standards and even cleanliness.

“Congratulations to Stephen on the superb diagnostic and repair skills that enabled him to win this challenging competition,” said Norio Osakabe, president, chairman and CEO of SCI. “The calibre of the contestants gets higher and higher each year, making it increasingly difficult to win. In fact, the biggest winners of this contest are the Subaru customers who benefit from the speed, accuracy and commitment to excellence of all our technicians.”

Challenging Alexander for the title of Master Technician were Samuel Oduro of Don Docksteader Motors, Vancouver, British Columbia.; John Webb of Frontier Subaru, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Larry Vester, Marostica Motors, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Mike Wilhelm, Gemini Motors, Kitchener, Ontario; Aron Gabor, Westboro Subaru, Ottawa, Ontario; Richard Coutu ,Joliette Subaru, Joliette, Québec; Jason Smith, Gatineau Subaru, Gatineau, Québec; Jean Chenevert, Subaru Repentigny, Repentigny, Québec, and Andy Waterhouse, Sunset Motors, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

In addition to judges from within Subaru, the competition also used experts from three Canadian colleges with which Subaru has training partnerships. This year’s guest judges were Todd Green from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta; Ralph Ruffo from Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario; and Aurele Desrochers from Levis College in Montréal, Québec. Richard Day of Dexter’s Subaru in Halifax, Nova Scotia, winner of last year’s competition, was an honourary judge.

Stephen Alexander has been in the automotive business since 1976, joining Subaru in 1995. He is married, and he and his wife, Kathy have two sons, Keith and Cody.

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