Nearing the one-year anniversary of his passing, AkzoNobel has chosen to memorialize legendary and respected industry leader Dave Smith (pictured on the right) by creating the Dave Smith Achievement Award. The inaugural award was presented this week to Catherine Mathewson, an aspiring collision repair professional, at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, held May 28-29, 2019, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“I know how bittersweet this is to the AkzoNobel team to be giving this award away,” noted 2019 award recipient Catherine Mathewson. “Knowing how much it means to them makes me even more thankful to be awarded this. I cannot thank everyone enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this industry. I have worked so hard and dedicated so much to better myself and become the best painter I can be.”
Dave began his career with AkzoNobel in 1993. Over his 25 years with the company, he played key roles throughout the North American Automotive & Specialty Coatings sales organization, distribution network and collision repair businesses. He held numerous positions within AkzoNobel, including country manager for Canada and North American industry relations and network manager. Dave was also a key leader in the North American management team.
The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program was created to address the skills shortage within the industry by raising awareness of career opportunities at Skills Canada Competitions across the country, by showcasing the exciting opportunities that are available for young people. The program also provides students who compete in the competitions from across Canada with hands-on training opportunities and the chance to enhance their skills and knowledge during their experience as a competitor.
The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program is completely funded by donations from industry leaders who believe in investing in the future of Collision Repair.