April 28, 2006
Canadian wins Mazda Master Technician competition
Richmond Hill, Ontario – Daniel Lavoie of Formule Mazda in Rimouski, Quebec has won the Mazda Master Technician of the Year Competition over twelve semi-finalists from the U.S. and Canada at Mazda North America’s corporate headquarters in Irvine, California.
During the one-day event, the twelve technicians diagnosed and repaired Mazda5 vehicles with identical customer concerns. Each was judged on the accuracy of repairs, quality of work, thoroughness of work order, and the time it took to complete the repair. Two of the finalists were from Canada, the other being Serge Lebel of Chatel Mazda in Quebec City.
Lavoie earned the chance by beating out eight other Canadians during the Canadian Master Technicians competition in November 2005. To qualify, technicians had to take a qualifying written exam covering Mazda knowledge and repair/service expertise; the top-scoring individuals went on to compete in separate Canadian and U.S. regional competitions, with the winners of those competing in the final challenge. Lavoie’s prizes included a Snap-On Tool box with tools, gift certificates and a cash award.