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Single focus for new FCA Canada chief

Bigland
leaving:
He 'brought
calm' during
turbulent
times

By JOHN IRWIN
TORONTO BUREAU

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011, THE head
of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada will be
focused solely on the Canadian market.
Longtime FCA executive Reid Bigland, a
Kamloops, B.C., native who juggles duties as
FCA Canada CEO, Ram brand chief and head
of U.S. sales, will leave the company on April
3. His departure comes after he and FCA

Canadian industry
insulated, but not
immune to virus

reached a resolution to his 2019 whistleblower
lawsuit against the company.
David Buckingham, COO of FCA Canada
since 2011 and an Alberta native, will become
CEO of the unit, while two other executives
will take over Bigland's other duties. That
means FCA Canada's top executive will be
able to give the domestic sales and manufacturing operations his full attention for the
first time since Bigland, who has been head of

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"Longer term, I believe
the coronavirus event coupled with the trade disputes
we have seen may cause all
of us to review our supply
chains," Rob Wildeboer, executive chair and co-founder of
Martinrea International Inc.,
said on a quarterly conferBy DANA FLAVELLE
TORONTO CORRESPONDENT
ence call with investors on
March 5.
"For example, I
THE CORONAVIRUS
think this will add
outbreak has put
to a trend to local
Canadian automakers
insourcing or restorand their suppliers on
ing to North America,
high alert as factory
which frankly could
shutdowns in China
be very good for us."
threaten to disrupt the
Both Martinrea
global supply chain.
and Magna
So far, the domesInternational have
Rob
tic industry appears
limited internationWildeboer:
to be functioning
al travel in response
Reviewing
virtually normalto the virus that first
supply
ly, although experts
emerged in Wuhan,
chains going
said it's only a matChina - a city of
forward.
ter of time before the
11 million - in late
FILE PHOTO
impact of the factoDecember and has
ry shutdowns is felt beyond
since spread to more than 100
China, prompting some manu- countries, including Canada.
facturers to consider sourcing
production closer to home.
SEE COVID-19 PAGE 22

Dealers advised to turn them
off in the service bay because
customers who intentionally
record are breaking the law
By DOUG FIRBY

CALGARY CORRESPONDENT

Brenda McPhail of
the Canadian Civil
Liberties Association:
"Dealerships would
not let customers
stand in a shop and
watch as someone
works on their car.
Why would we allow
it virtually?"

FOURTH ANNUAL

KEY EXECUTIVES TAKE
ON THE INDUSTRY'S
TOUGH ISSUES

P12-14

FILE PHOTO

EYE
SPY
WITH A

The full impact will
not likely be known
for months as
companies focus
on workarounds

CANADA
CONGRESS

Canadian David
Buckingham
becomes CEO
of FCA Canada.

PHOTO VIA
BRENDA MCPHAIL

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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THE DEBATE OVER PRIVACY IN A HIGH-TECH
world is entering the service bay amid moves by
the Alberta dealers' association to address concerns
about vehicle dashcams recording auto technicians
on the job.
Last fall, the Motor Dealers Association of
Alberta (MDA) issued an advisory urging its members to unplug or switch off dashcams in vehicles to
prevent customers from spying on technicians servicing their cars.
"If a customer uses a camera in a vehicle, and
they don't advise the technician, they are in contravention of the law," said Denis Ducharme, president of the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta.
The MDA is the first dealers' association in North
America to take such action, Ducharme said, adding that he has been contacted by other associations in Canada and the United States seeking
information on his organization's experience.
Brenda McPhail, an expert in privacy legislation, applauded the MDA's response to an issue
that needs to be addressed by businesses. "This is
relatively uncharted ground. It points to a need for
businesses to develop their own policies."
The MDA began looking into the issue last fall
after it was contacted by an Edmonton dealership

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