OTTAWA, ON, April 1, 2021 / CNW / – The 1is April 2021, the Canadian Automotive Sector Partnership Council (CPSCA) met virtually for a 20e times. The members of the CPSCA were accompanied by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and TradeOntario, the Honorable Vic Fedeli, and the Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Quebec, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon. This occasion also marked the arrival of the new co-chairs. Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman of Martinrea, and Jean-Marc Leclerc, President and CEO of Honda Canada. Mr. Wildeboer and Mr. Leclerc replace Don Walker who worked for Magna and has taken a well-deserved retirement. We would like to thank Mr. Walker for his leadership and dedication to the Canadian automotive manufacturing sector and the CPSCA.
Much has changed since the last CPSCA meeting, in April 2020, which focused on the appropriate response to the pandemic. The global pandemic has impacted all facets of our daily lives, and like many other meetings, the CPSCA meeting was virtual in 2021. Although the forum has changed, the meeting still allowed CPSCA to discuss issues. challenges it has faced over the past year, and its members look forward to embracing the transformation to electrification in Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector. During the meeting, members provided an update on the impact of COVID-19 and the response to date, in addition to discussing how to move forward in times of uncertainty. Committee members also discussed the transition to electrification, including the development of a battery supply chain in the Canada.
“While this year has been challenging in many ways, the auto sector is strong and resilient and we continue to work with our members to achieve the common goal of strengthening the Canadian auto sector. I believe that our industry has been a leader in reviving the economy, in workplace safety and in working with public decision-makers, ”said Rob Wildeboer, CPSCA co-chair. The new CPSCA co-chair, Jean Marc Leclerc, said: “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow CPSCA members as we work to build on the strengths of the Canada in terms of innovation to strengthen the footprint of automotive manufacturing in Canada while working to achieve our common objectives in terms of respect for the environment and trade with our colleagues on the continent. “
“As Canadians face difficult times, it is important for the Government to Canada, in partnership with the automotive industry, to look to the future. The government is committed to helping the auto industry make the transition to cleaner, electrified vehicles by providing the tools, support and conditions necessary to become global leaders and advance the goals of the Canada on climate change, ”said Minister Champagne. “I look forward to working with CAPC members to continue supporting this important sector of the Canadian economy. “
“Our government values the partnerships we have with industry stakeholders, such as members of CAPC, to deliver key Ontario auto sector programs,” said Minister Fedeli. “Together, we can ensure the long-term success and growth of our province’s world-class automotive sector. “
The board The Canadian Automotive Sector Partnership (CPSCA) is an industry-led organization to address key competitive issues facing the Canadian automotive industry. The CPSCA is made up of the CEOs of the five automotive manufacturers in Canada, leaders of the largest parts suppliers, representatives of labor, academia, parts supplier associations and dealers, as well as federal and government ministers.Ontario and Quebec responsible for the industry. Yesterday’s meeting was chaired by CPSCA Co-Chairs Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman of Martinrea International Inc., and Jean-Marc Leclerc, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc.
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
For further information: Canadian Automotive Partnership Council: Mr. Neil Forster, Director, Investor Relations and Business Development, Martinrea International Inc., [email protected] ; John Bordignon, Brand Communications, Honda Canada, 905-888-4297; Government of Canada: Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, [email protected] ; Government of Ontario: Rebecca Bozzato, Office of Minister Fedeli, [email protected]