WindsorEssex Economic Development
Emerging Technologies in Automation
Conference and Trade Show
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballroom, Windsor, Ontario Canada
Note: Admission includes a full hot breakfast and lunch.
The region is now looking towards the future trends in automation including the development and production of connected and autonomous vehicles. The creation of new technologies through collaboration with private industry, government and educational institutions will deliver and adapt to future systems.
During last year's Emerging Technologies Conference, Valiant Corporation presented a novel concept – how to use connected and guided vehicle to speed up the manufacturing of airplanes. On July 31, 2017, two autonomous vehicles left Windsor’s riverfront and successfully drove themselves through the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, into Michigan and back to Canada, completing a North American first. Automation is rapidly changing the world around us, what are the opportunities for Canada and the Windsor-Essex region?
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Director, Industry, Labor, & Economics Group
Center for Automotive Research
Kristin Dziczek is Director of the Industry, Labor & Economics Group at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Ms. Dziczek joined CAR in 2005, and has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher and policy analyst. She is globally recognized as an expert on automotive labor, employment, and talent issues, especially on the topic of labor union relations and contracts, and she regularly presents at conferences and industry events throughout North America.
Ms. Dziczek leads the ILE team—a group whose expertise includes economic analysis, forecasting & modeling, policy, and economic development. The ILE team’s research portfolio is focused on developing a better understanding of the connections between the automotive industry, technology, the economy, society, and public policy, and is home to CAR’s Automotive Communities Partnership program. Ms. Dziczek’s research includes analyzing the competitive cost position of the U.S. automotive industry, and evaluating how different tax, trade, or industrial policies and incentives could impact overall automotive sales, production, and employment.
Prior to joining CAR, Ms. Dziczek served as the Associate Director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, and has worked for the U.S. Congress, International Union UAW, and General Motors Corporation. She has published articles in the Monthly Labor Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Technology Transfer, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others. She earned her B.A. in economics, M.P.P. in public policy, and M.S. in industrial and operations engineering, all from the University of Michigan.
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Director, Business Retention and Expansion
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation