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. He proudly leads the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) - Canada's national association representing original equipment suppliers to the worldwide automotive industry Working closely with officials in Ottawa, Washington and Mexico City during the 2017-19 NAFTA renegotiations, he led the effort to secure an unexpected and unprecedented increase in Regional Value Content for Canadian automotive suppliers in the new USMCA.
When the global COVID19 pandemic created a dangerous medical equipment shortage in Canada in early 2020, he launched one of the biggest peace-time mobilizations of the country’s industrial capacity ever. Dubbed a ‘manufacturing hero’ by the Toronto Star for his leadership, this effort resulted in the largest build-orders of ventilators, face shields, surgical masks and gowns in Canada’s history.
A passionate technology leader, his response to the Prime Minister’s call to action for a net-zero emission economy by 2050 was to launch an all-Canadian, zero-emissions, lightweight, concept vehicle to debut in 2022. Described by the Globe and Mail as ‘an audacious play to build an allCanadian electric car’, APMA’s Project Arrow was revealed at CES2020 in Las Vegas to international coverage and will serve as a premier showcase of Canada’s automotive technology cluster.
Flavio speaks regularly on behalf of industry interests and is a sought-after voice by leading global publications including The Economist, New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, CNBC, Globe and Mail and Washington Post. He was recognized as a top Industry Leader in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Automotive News Canada’s All-Stars.
Flavio holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto.
Lauren Tedesco is the Vice President, Learning and Development at the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.
Lauren oversees workforce development programs and policy for the auto supplier sector, building the first industry-wide digital learning program. Prior to joining APMA, Lauren was a senior advisor at the Law Society of Ontario while teaching communications at Sheridan College.
Her agency 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 an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Communications at Sheridan College and is working towards an International Project Management certificate at 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.”
Starting her career in the automotive industry with General Motors in the 80’s and then moving into post-Secondary education has continued to spark Gail’s passion for providing excellence in training and education.
“The automotive workforce in Ontario has shown resilience in meeting the changing needs of manufacturers by adapting with new skills sets and accessing life-long learning.
I truly believe that providing the right skills training is essential to staying competitive in a global market – and the responsibility of providing that skill set lies jointly with employers, educators and government.” (Honours Bachelor of Business Administration 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.