Ajay Kochhar
Ajay Kochhar
President, CEO & Co-founder Li-Cycle
Ajay Kochhar is the President, CEO, and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

Responsible for strategic oversight of Li-Cycle’s various functional business units, which includes Commercial, Technical (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality/HSEQ, Operations, Commercialization, Research and Development) and Shared Services. Additionally, Ajay supports the development of international growth initiatives for the company in collaboration with Li-Cycle’s Corporate Development team.

Before founding Li-Cycle, Ajay gained extensive technology and project development experience through progressive roles with Hatch’s industrial cleantech and advisory practices. While working in that space, he garnered in-depth engineering and project management experience through clean technology development in the lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, gold, lead, zinc, molybdenum, and rare earth metals industries. His technical expertise spans the entire project lifecycle, from conceptual and pre-feasibility studies to construction and commissioning.

Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, Ajay comes from entrepreneurial roots, having gained experience from a young age via a family business. An ardent music enthusiast, he is a classical guitarist who maintains the hobby even now for enjoyment. Ajay is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering.
Danies Lee
Danies Lee
Since joining LG Chem in 2001, Danies Hunseong Lee has dedicated most of his professional career witnessing the exponential growth of Li-Ion battery across a variety of industries from mobile devices to EV.

The recent appointment as CEO of Nextstar Energy Inc, STLA-LGES battery joint venture, is expected to bring his extensive industry-wide insight and knowledge to ensure the success of the single largest foreign direct investment in the history of Ontario. Mr. Lee received his Master’s degree in the international Studies from Korean University and MBA from Duke University.
Frank Voss
Frank Voss
Frank Voss, President of TMMC, is responsible for automotive assembly plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario which produce the gas and hybrid models of the Toyota RAV4 and the Lexus RX 350 and 450h vehicles.

Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Voss was Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, in Georgetown Kentucky.

Mr. Voss joined TMMC in 2002 as General Manager of Information Systems and in 2004 he moved to Production Control as General Manager of New Model Projects. In 2009 he moved to Manufacturing as General Manager of Lexus in TMMC’s South Plant overseeing all production functions including stamping, weld, paint, plastics, and assembly. He also had responsibility for Facilities and Environmental Engineering across all of TMMC.

Mr. Voss is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has also been very active in the community and has participated on many boards. Mr. Voss and his wife Diane live in Kitchener.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, MP
Minister of Innovation,
Science and Industry
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain. He has previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of International Trade. Minister Champagne is a businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist with over 20 years’ experience at large international companies in Europe, particularly in the fields of energy, engineering, and innovation.

Before entering politics, Minister Champagne was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. He also served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee of Amec Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector. In 2009, Minister Champagne was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has served on several boards over the years, and was notably President of the Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and the Banff Forum.

After his election in 2015, Minister Champagne served as a parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance until 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade. During his time as Minister of International Trade, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement entered into force, and Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2018, he was named Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and oversaw the federal government’s ambitious $187 billion infrastructure investment plan.

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2019, and oversaw the creation of Canada’s Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations, which more than 60 countries have endorsed. Minister Champagne holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montréal and a Master of Laws in American law from Case Western Reserve University. Minister Champagne also studied public and private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands.
Hanif Datoo
Hanif Datoo
TELUS Business
As Vice-President, Technical Sales with TELUS Business Solutions, Hanif brings more than 20 years of experience and unparalleled strategic expertise in telecommunications and software strategy, sales, marketing and management to the TELUS leadership team.

In his current role, he provides technical thought leadership support for next-generation solutions. His team supports delivery of TELUS’ objectives, while partnering strategically with System Integrators and Hyperscalers on opportunities that deliver significant value to customers. Since joining TELUS in 2000, Hanif managed a broad portfolio of technology products and services including all global roaming, innovative Internet of Things and M2M solutions, and voice, data and other wireline businesses. He was also responsible for TELUS’ global and domestic carrier markets, a mandate in which he leveraged his strong network of relationships with worldwide service providers to generate new and mutually beneficial business opportunities.

Hanif holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science
Petrina Gentile
Petrina Gentile Automotive Journalist
Petrina Gentile is an award-winning automotive journalist — one of the few women who cover cars in Canada. Petrina has been writing for The Globe and Mail’s Drive section since 2003, reporting on new vehicle debuts, the transition to electric vehicles, and the latest automotive technology.

She appears regularly covering the automotive beat on CTV NewsChannel, CHCH TV, BNN Bloomberg, and CP24. Before that, she produced 18 seasons of the national TV show Car/Business with Jeremy Cato and Michael Vaughan, which was broadcast weekly on CTV and BNN Bloomberg.

She has written several non-fiction books for kids including “Big Trucks, Big Wheels,” “Dirt Movers,” and “The Ballet School.” Before focusing on cars, she was a news writer at CTV and a producer at BNN Bloomberg. She has a Master of Journalism (MJ) from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours English – Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Applied Studies – Co-operative Program) from the University of Waterloo.