AIA President attends Canadian Automotive Partnership Council's roundtable meeting alongside federal and provincial ministers.

Kicking off the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) met on January 12 to discuss key factors affecting the competitiveness of the Canadian auto industry and Canada's role in designing and building the car of the future. CAPC is an industry-led organization formed in September 2002 to address the key competitive issues facing the Canadian automotive industry.

Membership comprises the CEOs of Canada's five vehicle assemblers and leading parts suppliers, as well as representatives of Unifor, industry associations, auto research-focused academia. CAPC members, including AIA Canada President, Jean-Francois Champagne were joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and Minister Jacques Daoust, Quebec's Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports for the discussion.

The roundtable spoke about promoting a strong and vibrant automotive sector and the need for industry, academia, labour, and government to work closely together and collaborate to build a compelling story to attract and retain investment in Canada's automotive sector and to elevate awareness of Canada's skilled labour pool and automotive and information technology capabilities.

Click here to read the Government-issued press release.