July 15 - 18, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta
20 Hours      144 Sessions*     12 Blocks     4 Training Days
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46th Conference SAIT

2019 Presenter Backgrounds

Basmajian, Varant - President, Megatech Corporation.

Boyes, David - David Boyes is the President of Today's Class, an ASE Accredited Training Provider which provides online Career Technical Education (CTE) content to more than 30,000 students each year. Today's Class has been supporting CTE for nearly 20 years and currently provides the automotive curriculum and learning management system (LMS) statewide for Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia, as well as for various districts and schools across the country. In addition to automotive, Today's Class offers programs in cosmetology & barbering, health science, and workplace readiness. Over the past 20 years, David has been working to improve outcomes for customers through the implementation of technology across various industries, including education, health care, transportation, and utilities.

Brown, Geoff - Geoff Brown has recently joined the team here at SAIT from Ford Motor Company of Canada. Previously the technical trainer at the Ford Service School in Calgary AB. During his time at the technical school he was tasked with a real world repair based curriculum. An active volunteer at skills, presenter at the local Alberta instructor conference and a member of a curriculum development team with Ford Motor Company, that was responsible for automatic transmission training to be used globally.

Buttars, David - David Buttars has over 35 years of experience. David’s experience in the industry include automotive, light truck, All aspects of dealership and independent shops, with a vast knowledge of foreign and domestic vehicles. His many years of experience has given him the ability to become a Technician, Foreman, Team leader, Instructor, Mentor and successful shop Owner. David has instructed for the ASEP(GM) program for 7 years with, a high percentage of his trainees excelling to Lead Technician and Shop Foreman. He is an active board member for SEITec, a program that allows High School students to shadow train in his automotive shop. His passion for the automotive industry started very young and continues today. David is constantly striving to gain new knowledge in an industry that is continuously growing and ever changing. David is very excited and honored to represent CTI and is looking forward to the opportunity to further enhance your skills and education.

Clyne, Mary - Mary Clyne is a Cengage Learning Designer tasked with analyzing Transportation customers’ content needs and working within the Cengage product team to create quality content, built around ASE Education Foundation tasks, that improves instructors’ experiences and boosts students’ career readiness!

Curtis, Jeff - Presently employed by ConsuLab, and formerly an Instructor of Diesel Technology at Bellingham Technical College, located in the 'Forth Corner' of the (contiguous) United States, close to the Canadian border. Jeff's service to NACAT includes: past board member, board chair, VP and President. He was selected as the 2016 Vision Educator of the Year recipient in Kansas City and was bestowed the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award at BTC. His interests include spending time with his wife and children, as well as volunteering in his local community.

Drummond, Daryl - Daryl is the Service Training Instructor at the Edmonton Service School. He is responsible for a team of instructors across the nation as to how they are to deliver a real world repair based curriculum. Daryl is currently a member of a curriculum development team that is responsible for diesel training that will be viewed globally. He has served the Ford community since the early 90's, and has been involved in many project along the way.

Fernandez, Sergio - BOSCH.

Gibson, Steve - Steve Gibson is the Program Coordinator for Education and Technical Training at K&N Engineering. With 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and a passion for cars, Steve manages K&N's programs with schools to help fuel automotive students towards their own future success. Aside from his job, you can find Steve turning wrenches on his 1971 Camaro in pursuit of a land speed record.

Halderman, Brad - BRAD HALDERMAN is a graduate mechanical engineer with over 20 years of tire development experience. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co – 16 years; Hankook Tire Co. – 5 years.

Halderman, Jim - Jim Halderman brings a world of experience, knowledge and talent to his work. His automotive service experience includes working as a flat-rate technician, a business owner, and a professor of automotive technology at a leading community college for over 20 years. He is an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician and "L1" Advanced Engine Performance certified.

Hobbs, Dave - Dave Hobbs is the senior technical field trainer and course developer for Delphi Technologies. Dave's experience spans 40 plus years in the industry as a technician, service manage, technical college instructor, hotline adviser, and radio host. In addition, Dave has served as a field engineer and electronics systems instructor to Delco Electronics / Delphi Engineers throughout North America and Asia. Dave is also a contributor for Motor Age Magazine, technical correspondent for MACS Worldwide (Mobile AC Society) and an instructor in over 40 training videos with Automotive Video Innovations (AVI). Dave is also ASE master L1 & L3 certified. That experience adds up to plenty of practical knowledge to help technicians solve problems on today's vehicles. Dave strives to add hands on elements and humor into every class he teaches to keep learning relevant and fun!

Lannoo, Sean - Sean has over 20 years in the automotive industry, is ASE certified and a TIA Advanced instructor. As Sales Technical Training Specialist for Continental Corporation, Sean presents and demonstrates VDO technology and replacement parts programs to professional installers and customers' sales personnel throughout the United States & Canada. Training efforts are to promote the advantages of installing VDO products in the automotive aftermarket, instruct and educate customers on the use of the products, and to capture the sales opportunities with prospective and existing customers. He supports VDO sales personnel with customers for trade shows and training through installer clinics, presentations & demonstrations.

Martin, Tony - Tony Martin is a graduate of the Canadian Interprovincial Apprenticeship system, having achieved Journeyman status as a Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic in 1989. His career has included stints at truck dealerships, chemical plants, refineries, and offshore oil platforms, as well as operating his own mobile repair business. Tony's first teaching job was at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska (now Utqiagvik), eventually becoming a full professor at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Tony has been a contributing editor for Motor Age magazine since 2006. He recently published Tuning In to Safety, a book that was inspired by his experiences when he returned to private industry in 2013. Tony currently works as a mobile equipment maintenance trainer at the Fort Knox gold mine in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Martineau, Rick - Rick Martineau currently serves as the Director of Education with ConsuLab Educatech located in Quebec City, Quebec. Rick is based in Calgary, Alberta. Rick has spent 20+ years as an instructor at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). He is a current board member of NACAT (North American Council of Auto Teachers) and hosted the 2002 NACAT conference. Rick is also involved in student Skills competitions at Regional to International levels.

Matisak, Anna - Program Director for B'laster University, has developed and implemented the first educational program/curriculum for B'laster Corp -- B'laster University. Experienced college-level instructor at ITT Technical College prior to joining the B'laster marketing team.

Additional presenter to include Randy Pindor, President at B'laster Corp., has developed major marketing initiatives, as well as product innovations and was the original host of B'laster University Pro-Tip Video: Penetrant v. Lubricant.

McGinn, Bob - Bob McGinn is an automotive professional with over 40-years of hands-on experience. An ASE Master Technician, Bob is keenly aware of the challenges facing those who work on the shop floor (as well as those who are learning how to do it). As someone who is intimately involved in the CCAR E-Safety program, Bob can not only help you to understand the content, but he can also help you teach the content to your students.

Munger, Yves - I live in Roberval in the Lac St-Jean region of Quebec, I have been a teacher at CFP * since 1999.

  • Car enthusiast - I drove in stockcar from my 16 years before even having my driving license.
  • Class A mechanic with 25 years of experience.
  • Service Manager for 5 ½ years.
  • Trainer for CPCPA for 20 years for advanced courses for mechanics.
  • Teacher in car mechanics for 19 years.

* Automotive training center.

Myers, John - John Myers has been a Curriculum Developer & Instructor in the transportation industry for over 25 years and developed courses in many areas for light & heavy duty vehicle technologies. For the past 10+ years he has focused on light/heavy duty antifreeze/coolant technologies working closely with Prestone Products chemist and engineering staff.

John’s duties today include not only educating the industry in AFC technologies, but working closely with heavy duty fleets on their cooling system maintenance programs to solve costly issues and downtime.

Nagel, Alan - Alan Nagel is an experienced instructor with over 30-years of teaching experience, most of which as a General Motors of Canada Product Service Training instructor. Alan is an SAE Certified Vehicle Electrification Professional (CVEP) employed by Sun Country Highway, one of Canada’s leading Electric Vehicle integrators with a sharp focus on overcoming EV adoption challenges, charging infrastructure deployment, and EV technical education necessary to insure a bright future of sustainable electrified transportation on a global scale. As Director of Sun Country Academy, Alan has been working towards the development and delivery of relevant Electric Vehicle training throughout North America as well as parts of Europe and the Caribbean.

Santini, Al - Al Santini has been involved with automotive education for over 45 years. He has taught at the High School, Area Vocational, and Community College level. He has authored 8 automotive electricity/electronics textbooks with Cengage Learning. Al is currently a Technical Trainer with ConsuLab and a frequent contributor to NACAT over the years. All seminars given by Al are done with the philosophy of giving the participant something they can use tomorrow. Handouts are always provided by ConsuLab.

Santini, Keith - Keith has been teaching high school and college automotive classes for the last 19 years. He is the author of the CDX Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles book and the Drivetrain and Manual Transmissions book. He is also the main video producer for CDX automotive.

Saunders, Merle - Starting out my career I was employed as a line technician in dealerships and later at an independent shop in Ontario Oregon. An injury forced me to stop wrenching for several months. During this time, I was hired to teach high school automotive in Vale Oregon. 31 years later, I retired from Vale High School after being able to teach some of the best students in the country. Over the years I was privileged to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, selected as a Milken educator, Named Oregon Automotive Person of the Year, Radio Shack National Teacher of the Year, and Valvoline Automotive Teacher of the Year. After retirement, I have been a technical editor of an Automotive textbook, and the last three years I mentor new CTE educators in Eastern Oregon. Also, presently working with for ATech Training as an Instructor.

Schneider, Karl - BOSCH.

Seyfer, Donny - Donny Seyfer is the executive officer of National Automotive Service Task Force.

Smith, Michael - Michael holds a Bachelor's of Commerce and has over 15 years experience in the automotive and powersport repair business. He has published technical courses with CEMEQ, worked in technical publications, as a technician at a dealership and a national aftermarket chain, has taught auto mechanics at a vocational school, and currently leads global technical training development at Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).

Smyth, Michael - Mr. Smyth is the Interim Director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), a program of West Virginia University established in 1992. He oversees daily operations of the NAFTC and its member educational institutions around the world. Mr. Smyth directs the development of curricula and training programs for the NAFTC and training coordination and collaboration with the NAFTC’s Training Centers, industry trade organizations and other business partners.

Mr. Smyth has more than 20 years of experience in program and project management centered on adult education, information technology, and curricula development. In his position with the NAFTC, Mr. Smyth has been Principal Investigator on over 40 successful solicitations and multiple projects.

Van Batenburg, Craig - DCraig Van Batenburg is the CEO of ACDC and a former repair shop owner. He is engaged full time in the understanding of the technology used in hybrid and electric cars. His decades of automotive experience serves him well. Driving a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt when he can and a Chevy Volt for longer trips these days, he also owns and drives HEVs from Ford, Honda and Toyota as well Nissan and GM. With great passion, a keen wit and more experience that most, Craig can help you understand not only how but why these new electrified cars operate the way they do. Craig is in demand worldwide and travels often to help those seeking a simple explanation of a complicated subject. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More info at

Ward, Curt - Curt Ward brings a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge to his work. Curt is an automotive professor at Joliet Junior College. Before his work at the college, Curt worked as a technical training instructor for the Chrysler Corporation for fifteen years. Prior to his years at Chrysler, he has worked as a technician, shop foreman and service manager in the retail sector of the automotive industry.

Wedel, Darcy - Darcy Wedel is a former technician / automotive instructor specialising in electrical diagnosis and repair.He started working for Electude in 2010, as a part-time consultant, while instructing at Barton Community College, in Great Bend, KS. In 2012 Darcy transitioined to a full-time position with Electude, now serving as North American Sales Manager. He also works closely with the Electude development team on certain projects designed for the US market.

White, Euan - Senior Marketing Manager, Pearson Education.

*144 sessions is our goal. More or less may occur based upon the training facility. An attendee will always have the opportunity to earn 20 hours of Technical Update Training at the NACAT Conference.
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