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New 2017-2025 Environmental Standards and Challenges facing Canada's Automotive Suppliers

  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sheraton Hotel - 600 Hwy 7 E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2
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New 2017-2025 Environmental Standards and
 Challenges facing Canada's Automotive Suppliers

1. An overview of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer Association (APMA) including membership, statistical performance information, objectives of the APMA, key short and mid-term initiatives, committees and their purpose and upcoming key events that can benefit Canadian automotive suppliers.

2. The second, and major portion of the presentationwill focus on the upcoming challenges facing Canada’s automotive suppliers. The massive flooding in Calgary and the recent flooding in Toronto have brought global warming front and center once again. The keynote speech by US President Obama on June 24th affirmed the challenges we face in global warming. For the auto industry this challenge is contained within the new 2017-2025 environmental standards that require a Corporate Average Fleet performance of 183 g/mi of CO2 by 2025. The presentation will outline what this means in the real world for vehicle design, what the OEMS must do to meet these tough new standards and the corresponding challenges for automotive suppliers. We will also look at the evolution of the connected can and ultimately the autonomous car and how it supports the more efficient use of the automotive infrastructure to also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Biography of the speaker:

Stephen I. (Steve) Rodgers

President – APMA

Steve Rodgers is the President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association. APMA is the national association of original equipment producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services to the worldwide automotive industry. The association was founded in 1952 and has over 400 members which account for 90% of independent parts production in Canada. In 2012, the auto parts industry had over $C24.8 billion in sales and 83,000 employees.

A 22 year career with leading automotive parts supplier Magna International and a 7 year career with General Motors of Canada have provided Steve with a very comprehensive and wide-ranging insight into the global automotive industry. After departing from Magna in 2006, Steve founded GS Global Solutions, 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 hybrid technologies and powertrain evolution. Steve is also a former Chairman of the APMA serving from 2005-2007. Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of Exco Technologies as well as serving on the Audit Committee and chairing the Corporate Governance Committee.

At the time of his departure from Magna, Steve was Vice President, Global Business Development covering the Asia-Pacific region focused on the countries of Japan, Korea, China, India and Thailand. Steve joined the Magna Corporate Office in August 2003 as Vice-President, Marketing and was appointed to the Asia focused position in September 2006. Prior to his appointment to the Magna Corporate Office, Mr. 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.


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


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