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TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar (CFMS) concluded with the presentation of the country’s top fleet maintenance award to Mike Sills.

The director of maintenance for Wolverine Freight Systems, Sills was named the 2001 Volvo Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year. The day was especially sweet in that Sills followed in the footsteps of his mentor Frank Haselden, who was last year’s honoree.

“I’m overwhelmed,” a still shaking Sills told Truck News immediately following the ceremony.

Overall, the 38th annual CFMS was a huge success according to organizers, the Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents’ Association (ATSSA).

“We’ve not heard a single negative comment and from the standpoint of attendance we’re at about the same level as last year,” says Stan Williamson, ATSSA general manager. “Considering the state of the economy, I think that is a real indication that we’re doing good stuff and when the delegates leave they really do go home with new ideas.”

He credits the support of the manufacturers and other associate trade members, as well as the organizing committee, for the event’s continuing success.

“From the manufacturers’ point of view it gives them a chance to see all of the fleets at one time, what would it cost to visit them all individually?” Williamson points out. “And for the fleets, if they’re having any problems they can ask any of the manufacturers for help — so it’s really a win/win.”

Jim Pinder, the event chairman, says he was very pleased with the feedback he has received so far and says it will be hard to find fault at the May 14 event wrap-up meeting.

“This was one of the best seminars for the delegates getting involved,” he concludes.

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