Robert (Bob) Magee is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the University of Waterloo with a BASc in Chemical Engineering. After a time as the company’s first co-op student, Bob began his career with Woodbridge® in 1978 and progressed in roles over the years advancing to President & CEO in 1999, then as the company’s Chairman in 2014, where he remains today. Volunteering on countless committees and councils, Bob reinforces the value of Innovation, Technology, Co-op programs, and partnerships between business and education, and has been recognized for his achievements with several awards
Flavio Volpe is an internationally recognized champion of Canada’s automotive industry. Since 2014, he has proudly led the APMA, representing 200+ suppliers to the worldwide automotive industry.
Working closely with officials in Ottawa, Washington & Mexico City during the 2017-19 NAFTA renegotiations, he led the effort to secure an unprecedented increase in Regional Content for suppliers in the new USMCA. In 2022, he was named to the Ontario Premier’s Council on US Trade & Competitiveness.
When the global COVID19 pandemic created a dangerous medical equipment shortage in Canada in 2020, he launched one of the biggest peacetime mobilizations of the country’s industrial capacity in its history. Dubbed a ‘Manufacturing Hero’ by the Toronto Star for his leadership, this work resulted in the largest build-orders of critical ventilators, PPE & test swabs in Canada’s history.
In 2022, when anti-government actors illegally blockaded the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor costing the industry $1B, he led the APMA to secure an injunction in Ontario Superior Court to force the reopening of Canada’s most critical international border crossing.
A passionate technology leader, his response to the Prime Minister’s challenge for a net-zero economy by 2050 was to launch an all-Canadian, zero-emissions, autonomous concept prototype, Project Arrow. Described by the Globe and Mail as ‘an audacious play to build an all-Canadian electric car’, Project Arrow was revealed at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to global coverage & serves as a premier showcase of Canada’s automotive technology cluster.
Flavio is a sought-after voice by leading global publications including The Economist, New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, CNBC, FOX & the Washington Post. He speaks frequently on industry issues at House of Commons Standing Committees in Finance, Industry and Trade.
– Top 100 Most influential People in Government and Politics, The Hill Times, 2023
– Top 50 People Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy, The Hill Times, 2021, 2022. 2023
– Industry Leader of the Year, Canada Newsmakers, Automotive News Canada, 2017
– Impact Award, Champion for Diverse Talent, Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement, 2021
– Industry All-Star, Automotive News Canada, 2018, 2019, 2020
– Top 100 Lobbyists in Canada, The Hill Times, 2022, 2023
– ‘Next Generation’ Honoree, ICCO, 2011
Flavio holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto & an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Lauren Tedesco is the Senior Vice President at the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.
Lauren leads the Future of Work portfolio, building the first industry-wide digital learning program and establishing the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Fund which invests in the careers of those historically excluded. The latter won her the CADIA Impact Award as the Champion for Diverse Talent. Lauren was recently profiled in the Globe and Mail as one of “Five Trailblazing Women in the Male Dominated Auto Industry”. In 2021, she was named “Canadians to Watch” by Automotive News Canada.
Prior to joining the APMA, Lauren was an advisor for the Law Society of Ontario while teaching communications at Sheridan College. Her experience at leading public relations agencies set the groundwork for senior roles in the public sector including Director of Communications to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Education. At each step, her insight and foresight guided the formulation and launch of major public policy initiatives, underscoring the need for strong strategic planning for disruptive agents of change.
Lauren completed a Honours B.A. at the University of Toronto, a Postgraduate Certificate in Communications at Sheridan College and recently completed her certificate in International Project Management from UofT.
Frank has dedicated his 32-year career to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), which he began right out of school after earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph.
He is currently the General Manager responsible for all Human Resources across TMMC’s two locations in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario
Frank embraces the Toyota principles of Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) and Respect for People in all his dealings with TMMC Team Members. “TMMC’s strength lies with its Team Members, and nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our people.
We are proud of the dedication and innovation they bring to their work every day and are substantially invested in their development.”We are proud of the dedication and innovation they bring to their work every day and are substantially invested in their development.”
For 10 years, Janette has worked in the post-Secondary education sector focusing on workforce development initiatives. Janette’s roles over the years have focused on supporting employers with a variety of recruitment and employee training and development strategies. With rapid advancements in technology within sectors such as automotive and manufacturing, the demand for recruitment and upskilling strategies has never been greater. Janette is thrilled to work for Conestoga College and offer excellence in post-secondary education to support the training needs for Ontario employers.
“It is an honour to be able to work alongside employers in the automotive industry and partner to attract and upskill employees to maintain a skilled workforce. I look forward to collaborating with automotive employers to help maintain their competitive edge”. (Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University)
Gian Paolo oversees all of the APMA’s legal matters ranging from complex contract management and negotiation to the administration of all technical and legal requirements under the APMA’s public-partnership programs. Gian Paolo also serves as the Secretary to APMA’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the APMA Gian Paolo was in private practice at a Toronto-based law firm where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, corporate-commercial and real estate law. Gian Paolo has managed and facilitated complex transactions and has represented clients before the Ontario courts at different levels. Gian Paolo has also held roles in the public sector working for the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
Further to his role at the APMA Gian Paolo also sits on the Human Research Ethics Committee
(HREC) for Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) as the legal member. He
advises the Committee on informed-consent matters, consent-form construction, privacy and
conflict of interest issues.
Gian Paolo holds a B.A. (Hons) from York University in Political Science, a Law Degree with
Honours from the University of Leicester and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015.
Joanne Myers was a member of the senior executive staff at the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Prior to her career at ETFO she was a Literacy Lead and Special Education Educator for the York Region District School Board.
She was also an instructor for the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education for over 15 years, teaching specialist courses in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Joanne also presented keynotes focusing on Professional Collaboration and Teacher Professional Judgement in Germany and Ireland and provided training for new teachers.
She continues to consult and present for a variety of organizations internationally.
Vice President External Affairs
The Woodbridge Group
Martin J. Mazza is an accomplished senior automotive industry executive who has progressed through many roles over more than 30 years in the business. He is currently the Vice President of External Affairs for Woodbridge®, a provider of innovative urethane and bead foam technologies, serving the automotive industry and several other business sectors around the globe. Since its inception in 1978, the company has grown to more than 50 facilities throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Robert cofounded and was CEO of Callisto Integration for 30 years. Callisto provided advanced information and control system technology to the manufacturing sector globally. Robert has spent 20 years teaching high school students robotics technology through the FIRST Robotics program.
Steve Henry is the Director of Apprenticeships and Training for Magna International. Steve has held a variety of roles with Magna over his long tenure with the company. Steve has a passion for learning and development that help shape people’s careers.
Ray is the former chair and president of TMMC. He spent 24 years rising through the ranks from VP of Manufacturing to President to Chairman. In addition, he was the EVP of NA Manufacturing and a Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
Prior to TMMC, Ray worked for 19 years in electronics manufacturing, at companies such as Electrohome and Philips Electronics Ltd, and in roles ranging from Value Engineering, Logistics, Manufacturing, to VP of Eastern Region. After retirement, Ray was appointed as an Automotive Advisor for the Governments of Canada and Ontario for 2.5 years.
His basic approach to business is to create robust management systems, to develop people, to promote a culture of teamwork, and to respect whatever you do. Remember that learning is a lifelong journey.