National auto strategy to be discussed in Windsor, insider says

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CBC News

High-profile movers and shakers in Canada's auto industry are heading to Windsor to discuss a national auto strategy, says the local chamber of commerce.

Matt Marchand, president of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, tells CBC the following auto insiders will be in Windsor on May 11:

  • Jerry Dias, president of Unifor
  • Ray Tanguay, Canada's "auto czar"
  • Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

"We have a great lineup of business, labour and academia coming together to talk about the automotive sector and ideas for the automotive strategy," Marchand said.

The University of Windsor and St. Clair College, both based in Windsor, are also expected to send representatives.

"Representatives from the university have been invited to the discussion and the university plans to be involved," University of Windsor spokesman John Coleman said in an email to CBC. "Details are still being finalized."

Requests for comments sent to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce were not immediately returned.

Stuart Laidlaw, spokesperson for Unifor, couldn't immediately confirm the attendance of Dias.

Brigitte Marleau, spokeswoman for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Innovation, said she is checking on whether Tanguay is, in fact, attending in May.

Marchand didn't say whether representatives from the auto sector will be in attendance.