The Future of Transportation Panel
We are excited to offer a day of virtual learning and collaboration on Thursday, November 12th. This year, there are 3 distinct sessions with ample time in between for business, allowing you to take them all in.
However, you can also sign up for just one session if that better suits your schedule.
Today we are profiling our morning session which opens with comments from our Chair, Geoff Smith, and Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedeli.
After Minister Fedeli and Geoff kick off the day, we will hear from a blue-ribbon panel on the future of transportation with a special focus on the auto sector.
- Flavio Volpe, President and CEO, Auto-Parts Manufacturers’ Association (Moderator)
- Asad Husain, Partner, McKinsey & Company
- Frank Voss, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Martinrea International Inc.
From 9:30 to 11:15am, our panelists will weigh in on where they see the transportation (and specifically, the North American auto sector) going in the next 5 – 10 years and how they are preparing for that reality. After brief presentations by all, we will open it up for Q&A with the audience.
Primers for Discussion:
- This article posted in the Toronto Star “Ottawa wants more electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada. What will it take?” (Merran Smith and Sarah Petrevan, September 22, 2020), provides some interesting context on the latest government investments into electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada. EV production in Canada will be a topic of interest for the panel.
- Part 3 of 3: Two Reports, One Conclusion – Grappling with Rapid Change in Uncertain Times by the Automotive Industry Action Group is also a good primer for the discussion. The report provides some interesting conclusions around building complexity as companies manage supply chains for EVs and conventional engines; data and security; role of geo-politics (most notably China); free trade – CUSMA in North America and a new trade agreement (which will be the largest in the world) with China, Australia, NZ and ASEAN.
Are you interested in taking in this virtual event on November 12th? Contact our office to register today: firstname.lastname@example.org.