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On June 9, 2015, Mr. Ray Tanguay was named to the position of Automotive Advisor to the governments of Canada and Ontario. Mr. Tanguay retired as Chairman for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Chairman for Toyota Canada Inc. and President of the Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. on March 31, 2015. In 1991, Mr. Tanguay joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., and was a leading force in instilling innovation within the company. Under his stewardship, TMMC became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles, beginning in 2003. In 2005, Mr. Tanguay became managing Officer in Japan, SVP of Toyota NA, Chief Risk Officer, and Chief Quality Officer for NA. In 2011, Mr. Tanguay became the first non-Japanese Senior Managing Officer in Japan after developing Toyota Global Vision with Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. He has always been a champion for Canada, playing a constructive role while at Toyota.
As a retired automotive executive, Mr. Tanguay's main role is as Automotive Advisor, although he also remains Executive Advisor for TMMC. In response to a request by the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC), the role of Automotive Advisor was announced in June 2015 to provide advice to the governments of Canada and Ontario on strengthening the value proposition for growing the automotive sector and for advancing a strategy to secure further investments in Canada. Since that time, Mr. Tanguay has undertaken extensive outreach with key automotive stakeholders in Canada and the U.S., accompanied by federal and provincials officials. His goal is to define the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector and seek views on key decision factors influencing automotive investment in Canada. Ongoing outreach is underway with academics, opinion leaders and industry experts, provincial and municipal governments, and regional economic development agencies to gain data and insights.