Windsor-Essex Policy & Solutions Forum

The Second Bi-Annual Policy & Solutions Forum focused specifically on giving newly appointed Auto Advisor Ray Tanguay advice from global executives in the auto sector, senior labour & business leaders as well as academia to maintain and build Ontario’s largest industry and export driver.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Caboto Club (2175 Parent Ave.)

The forum is comprised of three sessions:

SESSION 1 Steve Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions on the Auto Sector's Importance to Ontario and Canada

SESSION 2 Ideas and Solutions for the Canadian/Ontario Auto Advisor - Ray Tanguay

Moderator: Grace Macaluso, Auto Reporter, Windsor Star

Panelists: Waseem Habash, Vice President, Academic, St. Clair College
Nick Marentette, Past President, Boshoku Automotive
Anthony Papa, VP, Federal Mogul
Peter Frise, University of Windsor Science Director and CEO, Auto 21

SESSION 3 Business and Labour

Panelists: Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Photos from the Policy & Solutions Forum - May 11, 2016

Special thanks to John Liviero, Sooter's Photography for the photos.

Moderators, Speakers, and Presentations

The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and CEO of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Beatty is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Beatty was the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Beatty grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative, and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991 and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.

In 1994, Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario and he wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 to 1999, Beatty was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In 2008, Beatty was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In 2013 he received an honorary degree, honoris causa from Western University.

Beatty has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council from 2010-2015, is currently a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the board of directors of Mitsui Canada.

Jerry Dias, National President, Unifor

Sun News called him one of the most fearsome people in the country. Maclean’s named him one of the most powerful. The women at the Halton Women’s Shelter with whom we works closely, call him a great ally.

And the members of Unifor, Canada’s newest private sector union, are proud to call him their first National President.

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.

Dias has been active in the labour movement for nearly four decades.

Dias began his work life in 1978 at then de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) where he served a steward, plant chair and eventually President of Local 112. In 1993, he was appointed to the union’s national staff as the aerospace sector coordinator. In 2007, he was appointed an assistant to the CAW National President.

Dias is an effective negotiator, who has taken on corporate giants from General Motors to Boeing to Coca-Cola.

He has also led numerous campaigns including many that have prevented workplace closures and others that have led to the implementation of important improvements for workers’ safety and rights.

Over the last five years, Dias, along with his son Jordan, has participated in the Hope in High Heels walk. Dias is the top fundraiser – helping to provide a large chunk of the operating budget of Halton Women’s Place, a women’s shelter and centre in Burlington, Ontario.

Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Brad Duguid currently serves as Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and as the Minister responsible for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Minister’s focus is on creating jobs, promoting Ontario as a smart place to invest, building a culture of entrepreneurship and growing a strong, innovative economy that is inclusive to people of all abilities.

Some of Minister Duguid’s key achievements include ushering in the Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act, 2012, which established the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and made the Eastern Ontario Development Fundpermanent; launching Ontario’s first Long-Term Energy Plan, building on Ontario’s commitment to clean energy; and launching PLAY, a program for aboriginal youth using participation in sports and activities to teach life-skills.

Minister Duguid lives in Scarborough with his wife, Crystal, and two sons, Kennedy and Jordan.

Dr. Peter Frise, Scientific Director and CEO, AUTO21

Based in Windsor, Ontario, Dr. Peter Frise works with numerous automotive companies in his present capacity as the Scientific Director and CEO of the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, Canada’s automotive R&D program. He was elected to this role by the 28 universities and approximately 30 automotive industry firms that founded AUTO21 in 2000.

Since 2001, AUTO21 has partnered more than 500 top Canadian researchers with more than 400 industry and public sector companies and organizations. AUTO21 and its partners have completed approximately $140 million worth of automotive research and generated more than 320 patents, licenses and commercialization agreements.

Dr. Frise holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston and Carleton University in Ottawa. He began his industrial career as an oil well wireline data logging engineer working for Schlumberger Wireline Services in Nigeria. He then moved to Husky Injection Molding Systems in Bolton, Ontario as an R&D engineer and later as a design group leader.

Waseem Habash, BASc., P. Eng., MBA, V. P. Academics, St. Clair College

Waseem Habash graduated from the University of Windsor in 1986 with BASc. Degree, in Industrial Engineering.

He began his career as an Industrial Engineer in the food Industry.

Within two years, he took on the leadership role in the implementation of an Enterprise Resource planning system. By 1989 he was promoted to the position of Director of Engineering which included responsibility for Mechanical, Electrical, Facilities, refrigeration and Maintenance.

In 1990, Habash started his own consulting engineering business and entered his grad studies at the University of Windsor.

In 1996, Habash Graduated from the University of Windsor with an MBA degree and began his career in the Automotive Industry. He served four years as Operations Manager, five years as Plant manager and three years Director of operations in Tier one Automotive Suppliers. Habash continued his education in Lean Manufacturing and eventually became corporate leader and trainer in Lean Enterprise principles. He joined St. Clair College in 2009 as Chair for the School of Engineering Technologies.

In 2010, Habash was appointed the role of Associate Vice President, Academic Operations.

In the summer of 2015, he was promoted to the position of Vice President, Academics.

Nick Marentette, President, Boshoku Automotive Europe and Managing Officer at Toyota Boshoku Japan

Nick Marentette has over 35 years experience in the automotive industry.

Marentette began his career locally here in Windsor at General Motors in 1979 where he worked in various departments expanding his understanding and knowledge of the automotive interiors business. This included assignments in engineering, logistics, quality and operations.

Through the Lear acquisition of the local GM facility in 1996 Marentette became more involved in continuous improvement activities and customer service in Michigan and additional U.S. locations. It was during this period Marentette was transferred to Europe in 2002 where he became at first a plant manager in Eastern Europe and eventually Director over multiple facilities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and France.

In 2008 Marentette was recruited to join the Toyota Group of companies and became Executive Vice President of Toyota Boshoku Europe where he initially was responsible for sales, purchasing and human resources. In 2010 through a series of mergers and acquisitions a new division was formed within Toyota Boshoku which focused on non Toyota business. The chief customers being GM, Ford, BMW, Daimler, VW, Porsche and Audi. As President of Boshoku Automotive, Marentette had responsibility over operations and R&D in South America, Mexico, U.S., South Africa, China, Asia and throughout Europe. He was promoted to the Board of Directors and became the first non Japanese Managing Officer of Toyota Boshoku Japan in the 100 year history of the company.

In 2015 Marentette returned home to Windsor and opened his own consulting firm, Marlowe Global Business Solutions, with offices in Michigan, Georgia and Munich Germany. His current client base includes Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers from Europe, Asia and the U.S. The customer base most frequently supported is GM, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Daimler and Audi.

Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario

Deb Matthews was elected by the residents of London North Centre to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

She was appointed Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in October 2009 and was appointed Deputy Premier in February 2013. She was recently appointed to President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

As Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Matthews led a major initiative to reduce the cost of prescription generic drugs – and, she spearheaded The Excellent Care for All Act which was passed unanimously in the Legislative Assembly. This Act will transform our health care system – through better value for taxpayer investments in higher quality care. It has been said that this Act could be the single most important piece of health care legislation since the creation of our publicly-funded health system.

Previously, Matthews served as the Minister of Children and Youth, the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues and the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction.

Matthews led the development of Breaking the Cycle, a strategy focused on raising the standard of living for all children in Ontario and reducing the number of children living in poverty by 25% in 5 years - and she was recognized as the driving force behind the historic Ontario Child Benefit.

In 2009, Matthews introduced the Poverty Reduction Act. When it was unanimously passed in the legislature, the Act became a permanent government commitment to poverty reduction.

Throughout her life Matthews has been actively involved in the London community. She served as president of the Big Sisters of London and coordinated the capital campaign for the Boys and Girls Club of London. She has been a volunteer with many London organizations including the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, Orchestra London and the Salvation Army.

For her outstanding work for social justice, Matthews was awarded the 2007 Political Award of Merit by the Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium. She was nominated by A.B. Lucas Secondary School and acknowledged by the Thames Valley District School Board as an Individual who Inspires Excellence. When she was teaching here at Western, she was honoured twice by the Students’ Council with a place on the Teaching Honour Roll. In March 2010, she was recognized as an Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Hamilton Road Business Association Ealing Girls Club.

Matthews was born in London North Centre and graduated from St. George’s Public School and A.B. Lucas Secondary School. She studied at the University of Western Ontario, where she completed her Ph D. in Social Demography. She has three children and five grandchildren.

Mark A. Nantais, President, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association

Mark A. Nantais was appointed President of the CVMA in January 1994 overseeing the operation of the organization and its 16 standing committees on a national basis. As President, with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, he has the responsibility for the development of policy and the overall strategic direction of the Association representing Canada’s largest manufacturers of motor vehicles.

Prior to joining the CVMA in 1984, he was an employee of the Ontario Government for several years with the Office of the Ombudsman and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Nantais is a graduate in biological and environmental studies, with continued study in computer science and systems analysis.

During his tenure he has taken lead responsibility for the membership’s activities in the areas of engineering, environmental performance, alternative fuels and energy efficiency, in addition to industrial relations, occupational health and safety, and technical standards harmonization (nationally and internationally).

Nantais has served on various Advisory Councils, including, the University of Windsor Faculty of Business and has co-chaired many government-industry policy development committees. He serves on several Boards of Directors such as the Automotive Business School of Canada, Georgian College, Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council and Canadian Automotive Human Resources Sector Council. In 2004, he was appointed to the Ontario Minister of Labour’s manufacturing Health and Safety Action Group.

He has served as the automotive industry representative on several of the federal and provincial governments’ consultative groups including Climate Change and Canada’s delegation to the negotiation of the Canadian-U.S. Trans-boundary Agreement on ground level ozone transport. On the international trade front he has provided the auto industry’s perspectives on multilateral trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization, international standards harmonization fora, and on behalf of the CVMA, provided input to Canada’s negotiators on bilateral trade agreements with South Korea and more recently the CETA, TPP and Japan negotiations.

Nantais grew up in Windsor, Ontario and has a long family history in the automotive industry on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

Anthony Papa, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Federal-Mogul Motorparts

During a career that spans more than 30 years and several countries, Anthony Papa has built an extensive track record as a highly effective senior organizational leader and change agent to C-level executives, investors, boards and business unit managers around the world. He has assessed and developed organizations as well as thousands of the most talented employees across the globe while holding the highest ranking CHRO leadership position, for a number of multi-billion dollar, Fortune 500 companies, including Gates Corporation and Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation. Currently Papa serves as “chief people executive” for Federal-Mogul Motorparts, one of the automotive industry’s oldest and most respected global component parts manufacturers.

An expert in international business and labor negotiation, Papa has successfully negotiated and brokered several multi-million dollar stimulus deals with various levels of government and economic development offices for Greenfield and Brownfield operations in the southern U.S., Mexico, EMEA and throughout Asia. He has further served as chief spokesperson/negotiator for dozens of collective bargaining agreements with global unions including: UAW, Unifor (CAW), USWA, IUE, IAM, Unite, CGT, IGMetall and several state-controlled unions, among others.

Papa’s career path has enabled him to work, travel and live abroad extensively, serving in global leadership capacities and achieving a great deal of success on an international stage. He has led the footprint expansion of many notable multinational corporations in new emerging regions, and has had a significant hand in building more than 10 new state of the art automotive manufacturing facilities, R&D centers, distribution centers and regional HQs worldwide. Papa’s expertise in organizational integration has been highly valued. Throughout his career, he has been directly involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions of mid-to-large cap manufacturing companies with valuations totaling into the billions of dollars.

Papa serves as a director of several boards, including the board of the Human Resources Professionals Association of which he also serves as an assessment officer. He is further a contributing writer for several employment publications including the Canadian HR Magazine. Papa is globally accredited and holds HR certifications including CHRE & SPHR designations. Papa earned multiple degrees in political science and public administration from the University of Windsor. He is married and has two adult children.

Stephen I. (Steve) Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions

Steve Rodgers is the President of GS Global Solutions, an organization focused on assisting automotive suppliers, governments and partners to find solutions in dealing with the rapidly changing automotive industry. These challenges included issues such as global integration, supply chain transformation and changing technology including connected and autonomous car technologies, hybrid technologies and powertrain evolution.

As we move towards the 2017-2025 environmental regulations and the evolution of the autonomous car, such issues drive the competitiveness of our industry and our country. Rodgers is also an expert in OEM product program future directions and OEM strategy implementation.

A 22-year career with leading automotive parts supplier Magna International and a seven-year career with General Motors of Canada have provided Rodgers with a very comprehensive and wide-ranging insight into the global automotive industry. During his tenure with Magna Rodgers served with the Body Systems, Interior and Powertrain groups of Magna as well as serving at the corporate office.

At the time of his departure from Magna, Rodgers was Vice President, Global Business Development covering the Asia-Pacific region focused on the countries of Japan, Korea, China, India and Thailand. Rodgers joined the Magna Corporate Office in August 2003 as Vice-President, Marketing and was appointed to the Asia focused position in September 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Magna Corporate Office, Rodgers served as Senior Vice-President, Marketing for Intier Automotive and Vice-President, Sales and Marketing at both Tesma and later, Atoma. He also served as the Assistant General Manager at Karmax Heavy Stamping within the Cosma Group.

Rodgers was born and raised in London, Ontario and has a B.M.E. degree from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in 1972.

View Rodger's presentation by clicking here.

Réal “Ray” Tanguay, Automotive Advisor to the Governments of Canada and Ontario, Former Chairman for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. [TMMC], Former Chairman for Toyota Canada Inc. [TCI], Former President Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. [CAPTIN]

On June 9, 2015, Ray Tanguay was named to the position of Automotive Advisor to the Governments of Canada and Ontario. Tanguay retired as Chairman for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Chairman for Toyota Canada Inc. and President of the Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. on March 31, 2015. In 1991, Tanguay joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., and was a leading force in instilling innovation within the company. Under his stewardship, TMMC became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles, beginning in 2003. In addition to his former responsibilities with Toyota in Canada, Tanguay provided a valuable contribution to the Global Toyota in his role as advisor to the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. He has always been a champion for Canada, playing a constructive role while at Toyota.

As a retired automotive executive, Tanguay’s main role is as Automotive Advisor, although he also remains a Toyota advisor globally. In response to a request by the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC), the role of Automotive Advisor was announced in June 2015 to provide advice to the governments of Canada and Ontario on strengthening the value proposition for growing the automotive sector and for advancing a strategy to secure further investments in Canada. Since that time, Tanguay has undertaken extensive outreach with key automotive stakeholders in Canada and the U.S., accompanied by federal and provincials officials. His goal is to define the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector and seek views on key decision factors influencing automotive investment in Canada. Ongoing outreach is underway with academics, opinion leaders and industry experts, provincial and municipal governments and regional economic development agencies to gain data and insights.

Tanguay enjoys spending time with his wife, Marge, and with his children and grandchildren. He also continues to be a boat, motorcycle and snowmobile enthusiast and a long-time Montréal Canadiens hockey fan. In 2012, he was recognized for his achievements with an honourary Doctorate of Laws from Laurier University and an honourary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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