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Old 06-10-2003, 11:47 AM   #1
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Wink Best Subie Tech in Canada? We'll Know Soon.

According to http://www.newswire.ca/releases/June2003/10/c1101.html:
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Subaru Canada announces Master Technician Finalists

TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced the names of the ten finalists in its annual Master Technician Competition. Vying for this year's title of technician of the year are:
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    Stephan Alexander        Richmond Subaru, Richmond, BC
    Samuel Oduro             Don Docksteader Motors, Vancouver, BC

    John Webb                Frontier Subaru, Winnipeg, MB

    Larry Vester             Marostica Motors, Thunder Bay, ON
    Mike Wilhelm             Gemini Motors, Kitchener, ON
    Aron Gabor               Westboro Subaru, Ottawa, ON

    Richard Coutu            Joliette Subaru, Joliette, QC
    Jason Smith              Gatineau Subaru, Gatineau, QC
    Jean Chenevert           Subaru Repentigny, Repentigny, QC

    Andy Waterhouse          Sunset Motors, Fredericton, NB
These ten technicians earned the right to attend the final competition by receiving top marks on a series of six written exams. Dave Knox, SCI's Manager of Service Training, set the exams and marked them.

"The written tests are an important first step in establishing who might have the right to claim Master Technician status," said Knox. "But the true test comes during the half-day trouble-shooting competition in which the contestants must repair a series of real problems on a real car within a limited time. It's the kind of real-life challenge the technicians face every day in the dealership."

To test their skills, Knox takes ten brand new cars - this year the contestants will be working on 2003 Foresters - and presets each with an identical series of repair challenges. In addition to whether or not they find and repair all the problems in the allotted time, the judges award points based on the technicians' problem-solving skills, safety standards and even cleanliness.

In addition to judges from within Subaru, the competition also relies on experts from three Canadian colleges with which Subaru has training partnerships. This year's guest judges will be 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. Honourary judge is Richard Day of Dexter's Subaru in Halifax, Nova Scotia, winner of last year's competition.

The 2003 Subaru Master Technician competition will take place at Subaru Canada headquarters on Saturday, June 21st, beginning at 9:00 am. Interested media are invited to attend - please contact Elaine Griffin, Manager, Public Relations, for more information.

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Old 06-10-2003, 01:26 PM   #2
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Richard Day (last year's winner) does all the work on my car. As you would expect, he is very good.

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Old 06-10-2003, 02:48 PM   #3
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To test their skills, Knox takes ten brand new cars - this year the contestants will be working on 2003 Foresters - and presets each with an identical series of repair challenges. In addition to whether or not they find and repair all the problems in the allotted time, the judges award points based on the technicians' problem-solving skills, safety standards and even cleanliness.
Knox denies the techs have been practicing a technique to get their times down by looking at the "problem," spinning around on their left heel and yelling "they all do that!"
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Old 06-10-2003, 04:20 PM   #4
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Knox denies the techs have been practicing a technique to get their times down by looking at the "problem," spinning around on their left heel and yelling "they all do that!"


I know SoA (or SDC) has a similar competition. Anyone know when it is?
Mr. Information Jon?
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Old 06-11-2003, 01:11 AM   #5
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Cool, thanks for the info. I would drive to Waterloo from Toronto (just over an hour) for good service.

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Old 06-11-2003, 09:25 AM   #6
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Good luck to the locals - Aron and Jason!


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Old 06-24-2003, 12:24 PM   #7
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We have a winner. According to http://www.newswire.ca/releases/June2003/24/c6705.html:
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Stephen Alexander of Richmond Subaru wins 2003 Subaru Master Technician Competition


TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today 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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So who is the top ten in US?
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