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New board of directors to help fuel and steer network growth and development

BLAINVILLE (Quebec), November 18, 2015 –  Steve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Auto Canada and Fix Auto World is proud to announce Fix Auto’s new board of directors, effective immediately.

Steve Leal explains: "As previously announced, we have recently accepted a minority equity investment from la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which has laid the groundwork for Fix Auto to pursue new growth strategies, both within Canada and internationally."

As part of this restructuring, Guy Bessette and Manon Duplantie are no longer involved with the organization and subsequently, will be leaving the board.  Leal says: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for the important contributions they have made to Fix Auto over the past 14 years, both at the board and operational levels. Together, they saw Fix Auto through an important chapter in the company’s history, and we wish them health, happiness and success in their future endeavours."

He adds: "We are working hard to bring in the right people to assist us in steering Fix Auto in a new direction that will see us become the dominant global brand within the next 5-10 years."

Consequently, Fix Auto is glad to announce the members of the new board of directors: 

Jorge Arruda:  Jorge’s business career spanned 31 years in the Property and Casualty insurance industry. Over an 18-year period, Jorge held a number of key executive roles with one of Canada’s largest Property and Casualty organizations. His executive leadership portfolio includes; claims, sales and marketing, underwriting, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy.  Jorge has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Masters of Leadership from Royal Roads University. His business experience also includes corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and leading large scale business transformations.

Stéphane Léveillé:  Stéphane is currently Senior Director of private equity, mid-market Québec, at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where his team offers a variety of financing solutions and an extensive expertise to companies wishing to accelerate their growth and maximize their value.  A seasoned manager and entrepreneur, Stéphane has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, mergers and acquisitions and private equity placement, having worked with companies in both expansion and turnaround situations.  Stéphane started his career within Intrawest as the Director of Financial Investment planning for the first 2 phases of development at Tremblant, and subsequently joined Transat A.T. where he was responsible for merger and acquisition activities.  He has also launched and sold two companies.

Daniel Hogg:  Daniel will remain as a key member of Fix Auto’s Board of Directors, and brings a host of financial experience that includes holding top finance roles at Queen’s University, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario, and Unisys Canada.  Dan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, and earned his CPA, CA designation in 1985.

Steve Leal:   Steve have assumed responsibility as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and will continue to play an active role in steering Fix Auto Canada and Fix Auto World down the rights paths to grow the brand and the network in Canada and globally.  Steve’s Economics background and industry experience have helped shape a unique strategy for Fix Auto, based on leveraging the agility and entrepreneurial spirit of Fix Auto’s members to fuel rapid growth and lead the global collision repair industry.

A fifth board member has been selected and will be officially announced in early 2016.

Steve Leal concludes: "We are privileged to have such a talented and experienced board to help guide Fix Auto through the very exciting times ahead!  I look forward to working with you as we grow the leading collision repair brand in the world."


About Fix Auto

Founded in Canada in 1992, Fix Auto is the number one consumer brand in collision repair, and the largest single branded network in Canada, with over 225 locations across the country. Owned and operated locally, each Fix Auto centre offers hassle-free care and services that return to vehicles their pre-collision luster and performance. Our company and our network continue to grow nationally and globally, thanks to a solid foundation based on entrepreneurship and innovation. With more than 400 locations around the world, Fix Auto is the global body shop network.


Network inquiries :

Steve Leal
President and CEO
Fix Auto Canada, Fix Auto World


Media Contact :

Stephanie Corrente
Communications and Public Relations Manager
Fix Auto Canada