DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC), met today, during the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, to discuss the transformation facing the automotive industry and its impact on the growth and competitiveness of the industry in Canada. CAPC members were joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development and Growth.
At the meeting, Mr. Ray Tanguay, who has served as Automotive Advisor to Minister Bains and Minister Duguid for the past two and half years, presented his findings and recommendations on how Canada and Ontario can strengthen and grow the automotive industry, summarizing his extensive consultations with stakeholders home and abroad. In his final report, "Drive to Win", he has included a new vision for Canada's automotive industry to be "the location of choice for automotive manufacturing, services, and research by developing our people, skills, and technology to compete and contribute to a prosperous Canada." This vision builds on a framework of success that seeks to develop Canada's value proposition through a focus on people, innovative technological capacities, and enabling infrastructure.
"I want to thank Ray for the work he has done on behalf of both governments and the industry, engaging stakeholders and leveraging their insights. As the automotive sector undergoes massive change with emerging and disruptive technologies, I am pleased to see that Ray's recommendations recognize Canada's innovative capabilities and the opportunity to position Canada as a location of choice for the design and development of the car of the future."
— The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
"We thank Ray for his excellent insights and expertise as we continue our work with industry partners to attract investment, boost innovation and safeguard jobs. Ray has laid out a roadmap for a prosperous auto sector that aligns with our own vision, one based on strengthening core manufacturing while leading in transformative technologies, building world-class talent, and fostering a vibrant innovation ecosystem."
— The Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth
Building on the theme of preparing for the future amidst transformation and a changing automotive industry, CAPC also discussed its forward agenda and ways to ensure its ongoing efforts address the opportunities for Canada in designing, developing, and manufacturing the car of the future.
The past year has been an important one for Canada's automotive industry and CAPC has played an important role in advancing our competitiveness. As we continue to focus on leveraging Canada's talent and technological innovation, the importance of working collaboratively through CAPC will only grow as trends such as zero emission vehicles and autonomous driving increasingly define mobility in Canada and around the world.
— Don Walker, Magna CEO and Chairman of CAPC
Looking ahead in 2018, CAPC reiterated the ongoing importance for all stakeholders (government, industry, labour and academia) to be actively involved in promoting Canada as a jurisdiction of choice, leveraging the unique partnership that exists within the Canadian industry and driving growth through innovation.
The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) is an industry-led organization whose mandate is to address the key competitiveness issues facing the Canadian automotive industry. Membership comprises the CEOs of Canada's five automotive assemblers, CEOs of Canada's leading parts suppliers, representatives from labour, academia, and aftermarket and dealer associations, as well as federal, Ontario and Quebec industry ministers. Today's meeting was chaired by the Chair of CAPC, Don Walker, who is also the President and CEO of Magna International Inc.
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
For further information: Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, Michael Sinnaeve, Vice-President Operational Improvement and Quality, Magna International, 905-726-7086, [email protected]; Government of Canada, Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, [email protected]; Government of Ontario, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Daniel Bitonti, 416-325-7569, [email protected]