Well, it has been an interesting week to say the least.

The extension of the SQARP Accreditation deadline did not sit well with the majority of our members, some were very thankful. Some, when they heard about the extension called I-CAR to see if they could put off their hands on welding training! 

There are lots of opinions on this but when I spoke with Don Morgan, the Minister Responsible for SGI, he explained that it was done out of concern for the shops that for various reasons could not or did not have the time or resources to get the job done sooner, Covid was also a factor. Thank you to all of you that wrote to express your concerns, it shows SGI and the government that you are engaged with the trade.

I would rather see them error on the side of compassion than for other reasons so I think we just need to move on.

We should hear a response from SGI this week in regards to our rate review discussions and I am hopeful that we will have some positive news for you all.

In addition SAAR will be meeting with the Crown and Central Agencies Caucus Policy Committee on Wednesday this week. This is a first for me. Essentially we will meet with a group of primarily rural MLA’s to discuss the impact of the new SQARP accreditation and what, if anything the government can do to help the private sector body shops make the transition to this new reality. I will keep you posted on this as well.

It’s Not About the DTC’s!

Registrations have been steadily coming in for Mike Anderson and Jake Rodenroth’s online training webinar on March 10th from 6 pm till 8 pm. This event is for SAAR members and our associates in BC and Manitoba so it will be directed to the government insurance market. Your membership is all that is required as SAAR is picking up the cost of this event. You can now register online at Eventbrite here.

Are you thinking about succession planning for your business? At some point in your career this is a topic that you will have to consider. When I did my succession planning I started 5 years in advance of when I wanted to segue from the business. Take my advice, you should do the same and plan for an orderly transition to new ownership sooner rather than later. 

See below and plan two zoom meetings for Thursday February 18th and Thursday February 25th both at 12 noon CT for lunch and learns on the NEW 3M Performance Spray Gun. Attending participants will be entered into a draw to win an Accuspray Primer gun.

Please see attached file for testimonial and promotional videos and information. Please let me know if you have any questions.


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Please see below and plan to attend a Lunch & Learn on Thursday February 19th and Thursday February 25th both at 12 noon CT to see the NEW 3M Performance Spray Gun. Attending participants will be entered into a draw to win an Accuspray Primer gun. Please see attached file for testimonial and promotional videos and information. Let me know if you have any questions, bmacneil@mmm.com. Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

I know you are all busy but you do remember Roger Cada from Accountable Estimating? His partner Scott Ellegood is teaming with Dave Luehr to provide this timely webinar on Thursday February 25th at 1 pm – don’t miss it!

Documentation. This was a hot topic during last month’s Positivity Summit! With the recent changes in face-to-face interactions with payers, solid records and timely file closing is becoming more important than ever. 
Enter Scott Ellegood! Scott and the team at Accountable Estimating have decades of experience documenting collision damage and next Thursday, February 25th, at 1 he is going to share…

how you can improve your documentation to gain full payment!
Let’s Bulletproof Documentation This Year with a FREE Elite Webinar!

You’re invited to sign up to Canbaba here!

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Join Canbaba here now!

Any of you that heard us speak at the last conference in Saskatoon know that we are very passionate about Critical Illness Insurance. We have been paid out personally, and we have paid out many clients with this benefit. Contact us to see how we can add this benefit to your financial plan to help protect you, your family, and your business.

Critical Illness Insurance gives you a lump sum payment if you are diagnosed with and survive an illness covered by your plan. Having this extra measure of financial security helps give you the freedom to concentrate on what is most important – your recovery.

Make it a part of your business.

Lee Campbell
306-649-4000 x. 104

Ken Campbell
306-649-4000 x. 103