APMA Committees

Representatives from APMA Member companies meet regularly to discuss ongoing issues and challenges they face in their daily operations. The point of the meetings is to help develop and share information and best practices with other industry partners to help ensure consistency of information among members.

Current APMA committees are:

Human Resources

The APMA Human Resources Council (HRC) is an executive group of senior representatives from member companies responsible for human resource management and development within their respective companies.

The APMA HRC mission will be:

To engage industry, agencies, and government to assist in the retention and attraction of human resources, to review and implement best practices and to review and share industrial and legislative developments for the betterment of the Canadian automotive supplier industry in Canada.

The HRC will consist of an Executive Committee of 6-8 members which will work through initiatives and action items with APMA and an HR Council which will be a broader group of HR professionals within the APMA membership to participate and engage in HR topics.

For more information on the APMA HRC, please contact our Vice President, Vince Guglielmo at vguglielmo@apma.ca.

 

Cyber Security

At the beginning of 2019, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) took the important step of creating a Cybersecurity Committee (CSC). The aim of the Committee is to help Canadian automotive part suppliers better protect themselves from emerging Cyber Threats for both Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) as well as the Automotive Parts Supply Chain itself. Currently, there are major gaps and discrepancies within the automotive supply chain. This needs to be addressed by automotive parts manufacturers and stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

Within the Cybersecurity Committee, the APMA has brings together nationwide leaders in Cybersecurity and privacy organizations from the auto sector, quantum computing, blockchain, academia, and the insurance industry. The CSC’s mandate is to enhance the awareness of Cybersecurity through activities such as conferences, panel participation, blogs, podcasts and webinars. The CSC has also published the APMA CyberKit 1.0 to enable manufacturing organizations to follow Cybersecurity best practices.

For more information on the committee or CyberKit 1.0, please contact AJ Khan, Chair of the APMA Cyber Security Committee.

Industry 4.0

The Manufacturing Industry is always looking to back their decisions with data. According to research from Forrester, 74% of firms want to be data driven. Just 29 percent, however, know how to turn analytics into action. That’s where Industry 4.0 can make its presence felt. By enhancing connectivity between every part of the supply chain, Industry 4.0 will hasten the transition from a linear structure to one that’s more responsive. Instead of operating independently, everyone along the supply chain can adapt based on customer demand.

The APMA’s Industry 4.0 committee wants to help the Canadian automotive manufacturing sector embrace all relevant aspects of I4.0, from the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Additive Manufacturing, Big Data/Analytics, Simulation, Mixed Reality, digital twinning, and Advanced Robots, knowing that Industry 5.0 (Cyber physical cognitive systems) is less than a decade away. Like the APMA’s cyber-security committee, embracing Industry 4.0 will make Canadian automotive suppliers more productive and competitive.

For more information, please contact our Vice President of Innovation, Warren Ali.

Small-Medium Enterprises

The SME Committee is comprised of the most senior executive of APMA/CAMM Member, small and medium sized automotive suppliers, classified as having 500 employees or less.  Members participate in quarterly meetings to identify and address strategic issues, share best practices, recommend solutions and promote Canadian SMEs interests / capabilities.

Committee Goals and Desired Outcomes

  • Be the SME ‘voice’ on issues / policy discussions / essentials for success in the industry
  • Recommend potential solutions / direction
  • Document items that may be presented to desired influencers and decision makers (Board, government, other partners, etc.)
  • Provide a regular forum to come together, discuss alignment initiatives, combine collective opinion and stay abreast of issues / developments

For more information, please contact Nick Persichilli: 416-620-4220 x224

Trade

Information coming soon.

Logistics

Logistics will always represent a cost for manufacturers. However, companies in our sector and in our membership have never had as many options for logistic solutions available to them as they do today.

With the signing of the new CUSMA/USMCA deal, logistics snarls created by international viral threats, local protests, as well as a disrupted automotive landscape, 2020 will present unique challenges for logistics managers. The APMA Logistics Committee is here to provide solutions to any logistical issue (new or old, big or small) and find new efficiencies in your operations.

For information on how to join the committee, please contact Nick Persichilli.

If and when more issues arise, we can also organize ad hoc committees to address the issues as they come up.

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