Ontario seeking auto industry adviser to develop investment strategy

A General Motors employee in Oshawa, Ont., works on an assembly line in 2013. The concept of an auto investment board headed by an industry executive with deep knowledge of the sector was suggested last year by the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council. (Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)

GREG KEENAN - AUTO INDUSTRY REPORTER
OSHAWA, ONT. — The Globe and Mail

The Ontario government plans to appoint an auto adviser to provide critical intelligence about the sector instead of a “super salesman” as it tries to convince global auto makers to invest in the province.

“We want global intelligence to determine, for instance, what are the next five or 10 [product] mandates that are going to take place globally over the next five or 10 years,” Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said.

“How do we, as Ontario, position ourselves to land one or two of those mandates?”

The concept of an auto investment board headed by an industry executive with deep knowledge of the sector was suggested last year by the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, an advisory group composed of industry executives, Ontario, Quebec and federal government officials and representatives from the Unifor union.

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About Crissy Wright

Crissy Wright is the Community Facilitator at the Manufacturing Innovation Network (MIN).

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One Response to Ontario seeking auto industry adviser to develop investment strategy

  1. Valerie Bradford May 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    This is a great initiative….very important to be proactive, rather than reactive. I agree with Mr. Tanguay’s assessment completely.

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