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John was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada on October 14, 1963. He received his Bachelors of Arts of Political Science at Brock University with the intention of pursuing a career in the civil service. It was during this time that he met his wife, Helene Lapalme. Together they have four children and one grandson.
After graduating from the University, John accepted a part time position through a local temp agency as a dispatcher with Canadian Tire Auto Club. Within a few months he was offered a full time position and was quickly promoted out of dispatch. John became the organization’s first Contractor Network Representative. He was able to build the Canadian Tire Financial Services towing contractor network to become one of the largest in Canada. John spent approximately 5 years in the field prior to being promoted to Operations Manager. In this capacity, John manages the contractor network and has also assumed Account Manager responsibilities for the organizations OEM partners, which include GM and VW. It is in this role that John has been able to elevate the towing industry by educating the corporate clients on the importance and necessity of the towing contractor profession.
John holds memberships with five towing associations throughout Canada, TRAA and the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.
John is very involved with his children’s activities to include soccer and dance clubs. He is also very active with company sponsored events.
In the future, John plans to continue his career with Canadian Tire Financial Services in an effort to help towers throughout Canada flourish.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast with Inductees and General Membership Meeting (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 9am
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Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military/AAA - $9.00
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays