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Automotive News Canada CONGRESS

Automotive News Canada CONGRESS

Don’t miss this must-attend event!  The first annual Automotive News Canada Congress produced in partnership with APMA will feature top industry speakers covering vital issues facing the Canadian auto industry. The Congress occurs during Industry Days of the Canadian International AutoShow at the METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, Toronto, Ontario – February 16–17, 2017 in Room 714 in the South Building.  REGISTER NOW!

Automotive News Canada and APMA appreciate the support of our sponsors at this event:

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Attend to hear Canadian and international automakers, suppliers, dealers and stakeholders discuss:


Registration for this event occurs directly through Automotive News Canada. The site contains detailed event information including Agenda, Speakers, Pricing and Registration details.   Registration for this event also entitles participants to Register at discounted prices for the AutoShow VIP Night which occurs on the evening of February 16, 2017.  APMA, CAMM and OESA Members will qualify for preferred member pricing discounts. Members will receive promotional registration codes via email.  If you cannot locate your member promotional codes, please contact APMA or email Glenda Tedesco at

Accommodations are available.  There are a number of downtown Toronto hotels offering Hotel Accommodations.  Act now to secure your preferred hotel and best rates!

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • MARK BUZZELL, President and CEO, FORD OF CANADA – Mark Buzzell joined Ford in 1989 and has held a variety of marketing, sales and service positions across the country, as well as in the Caribbean and Central America. He has a bachelor of business degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame.
  • STEPHEN K. CARLISLE, President and Managing Director, GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA – Stephen K. Carlisle was appointed president and managing director of GM Canada on November 20, 2014, returning to Canada over 30 years after first starting his career in Oshawa.
  • JERRY DIAS, National President, UNIFOR  –  Jerry Dias leads Unifor’s ambitious efforts to help change the country into one in which we can all benefit from good jobs, safe communities and a prosperous, inclusive economy.  On the heels of three historic agreements with the Detroit 3, Dias leads Unifor’s ambitious efforts advocating for more than 310,000 members nationwide.
  • JOE EBERHARDT, President & CEO, JAGUAR LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA, LLC  –  With Jaguar Land Rover sales up 40% in Canada through September, JLR’s boss talks growth, investment and expansion.
  • PETER HALL, Vice-President and Chief Economist, EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA (EDC)  – Peter Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups.  EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities.
  • JONI PAIVA, President, NISSAN CANADA, INC.  –  Led by a sales surge in SUVs, Nissan Canada’s positioning itself for a fast-paced 2017.  The automaker’s Canadian chief rolls out the year ahead.
  • ANDY PALMER, President and Chief Executive Officer, ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA LTD.  – Dr. Palmer joined the company on October 1, 2014.  Prior to joining Aston Martin, he held the post of chief planning officer at Nissan Motor Co and was a member of the Nissan executive committee.
  • MICHAEL ROBINET, Managing Director, Automotive Advisory Services, IHS Markit  –  Michael Robinet became a managing director of the IHS Markit Automotive Consulting in November 2011. Prior to that, he served as the director of global vehicle forecasts for IHS Automotive.  IHS Markit is a dynamic team that includes more than 5,000 analysts, data scientists, financial experts and industry specialists.
  • MARIA SOKLIS, President, Cox Automotive Canada – Maria Soklis was named president, Cox Automotive Canada in June 2015 and leads the development and execution of Cox Automotive’s Canadian business strategy and operations. She has responsibility for the existing Manheim Canada and Dealertrack businesses and overlooks the strategic introduction of Cox Automotive businesses to the market.  Prior to joining Cox Automotive Canada, Maria held the role of vice president and chief operating officer of Kia Canada Inc.
  • DONALD WALKER, Chief Executive Officer,  MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC. – A leading global automotive supplier with 312 manufacturing operations and 98 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. Magna has over 155,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.  The government plays an integral role in keeping the Canadian auto sector strong. Magna’s CEO shares the importance of gaining and keeping that support.
  • DANIEL WEISSLAND, President, AUDI CANADA – Daniel Weissland has been the president of Audi Canada Inc. since May 2015. Mr. Weissland has held increasingly progressive roles within AUDI AG, in areas of sales, marketing, network development and product management


  • 1:30pm  Welcome and opening remarks
  • 1:40pm  Speaker to be announced
  • 2:00pm  Don Walker, CEO, Magna International – The government plays an integral role in keeping the Canadian auto sector strong. Magna’s CEO shares the importance of gaining and keeping that support.
  • 2:30pm  Dr. Andy Palmer, President & CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. – Amid the rebirth of Lagonda, the importance of the new DB 11 coupe and a focus on electrification, hear what’s next for a brand in transition.
  • 3:00pm  Maria Soklis, President, Cox Automotive Canada
  • 3:30pm  Networking break – sponsored by Cox Automotive 
  • 3:50pm  Daniel Weissland, President, Audi Canada – Hear firsthand about Audi’s success in Canada including plans for new stores in Montreal and Ontario, as the drive for brand-exclusive dealerships nears completion
  • 4:25pm  Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover NA – With Jaguar Land Rover sales up 40% in Canada, JLR’s president & CEO talks growth, investment and expansion.
  • 5:00pm Formula One Networking Reception – sponsored by Sle-Co Manufacturing
  • 7:30pm  VIP night at Canadian International Auto Show


  • 8:30am  Continental breakfast and networking
  • 9:30am  Welcome
  • 9:40am  Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada – Envisioning a future that is electric, connected and autonomous, the head of GM Canada shares plans for an innovative auto ecosystem with profound implications for consumers, the environment and for Canada.
  • 10:10am  Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada and Michael Robinet, Managing Director, Automotive Advisory Services, IHS Markit – Hall’s expertise helps Canadian companies of any size capitalize on international business opportunities. Robinet is oft-consulted by those who seek to understand and engage in vehicle/powertrain production on a global scale. Together, this duo will provide a comprehensive view of the industry landscape and best strategies for future development.
  • 10:40am  Joni Paiva, President, Nissan Canada – Led by a sales surge in SUVs, Nissan Canada is positioning itself for a fast-paced 2017. The automaker’s president rolls out the year ahead.
  • 11:10am  Networking break
  • 11:30am  Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor – On the heels of three historic agreements with the Detroit 3, Dias leads Unifor’s ambitious efforts advocating for more than 310,000 members nationwide.
  • 12:00pm  Mark Buzell, President & CEO, Ford of Canada
  • 12:30pm  Conclusion and boxed lunch

APMA and Automotive News Canada are teaming up to produce the first annual Automotive News Canada Congress as part of the 2017 AutoShow – O Canada! event aimed at attracting industry professionals from all facets within the Canadian automotive sector.    The event will attract approximately 800 key industry executives and suppliers and provide significant sponsorship exposure opportunities.  Sponsorship provides superb opportunity to show support for a strong and vibrant Canadian automotive industry while promoting brand awareness and recognition among industry executives, colleagues and government stakeholders. To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please download the Sponsorship Bulletin or contact Vincent Guglielmo at 416-620-4220 ext. 233 or via email at for further information.

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