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Khatir Soltani
On November 2, at the AJAC's 24th annual banquet in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two of our colleagues at Auto123.com won prestigious awards: Michel Deslauriers and Nadine Filion.

Michel Deslauriers with Barbara Barrett, Communication Manager for Jaguar Land Rover of Canada.

First, we'd like to congratulate our Desk Manager and Senior Writer, Michel Deslauriers, for finishing among the top 3 auto journalists of 2007 according to the AJAC. The jury had to evaluate all candidates based on a number of criteria; they awarded Michel with the second-place prize for his language comprehension, communication skills, relaxed writing style and superior knowledge of the featured subjects.

As for Nadine Filion, she won the Wakefield Castrol Award in the "Technical Subject" category for her feature Chevrolet Volt: a different species of hybrid. Nadine has since left Auto123.com to pursue other goals.

The AJAC includes over a hundred members and more than 70 of them were on hand at the annual awards banquet.

Mark Toljagic, the first-prize winner, is flanked by Michel Deslauriers, winner of the second prize, and Petrina Gentile Zucco, winner of the third prize.

photo:Arn Glassbourg, AJAC
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
Automotive expert
  • Over 6 years experience as a car reviewer
  • Over 50 test drives in the last year
  • Involved in discussions with virtually every auto manufacturer in Canada