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May 03

The Bumpy Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles

The Future of Canada’s Auto Sector Webinar Series with Alexandra Cutean, Peter Hatges and Andrew Phillips

Sponsored by:

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please contact Tammy Trepanier, Senior Event Planner, to register: ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.

Alexandra Cutean, Senior Director of Research and Policy, Information and Communication Technology Council

Alexandra Cutean is the Senior Director of Research & Policy at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Alexandra provides strategic leadership and oversight on ICTC’s research & policy initiatives and has authored reports on topics including labour market trends, investment, trade, smart cities, and autonomous vehicles. Alexandra’s work focuses on providing in-depth research and policy considerations for the Canadian digital economy. Her previous work experience extends across Canada, the United States, and Europe. She holds two MSc degrees from the University of Amsterdam—one in Foreign Affairs, and another in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation—along with a BA in Political Science and English from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Peter Hatges, Partner, National Sector Leader, Automotive, KPMG Canada

Peter Hatges, CPA, CA, CF, is KPMG in Canada’s National Sector Leader, Automotive, and Managing Director of KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. Peter has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and financing assignments for public and private companies. He has worked on cross border assignments in Europe and the U.S., and provides advice to shareholders and boards in a broad range of situations. He is also a member of KPMG's North American Steering Committee, where he participates in monitoring and implementing the firm’s global M&A strategy.


Andrew Phillips, Manager, Connected and Automated Vehicle Safety Programs, Multimodal and Road Safety Programs Directorate, Transport Canada

Andrew Phillips has worked in the federal public service since 2007, serving in various policy functions with Health Canada, the Privy Council Office and Transport Canada.

Since 2017, Andrew has managed Transport Canada’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Safety Programs team. Andrew and his team are responsible for the development of guidelines and other policy tools to support the safe testing and deployment of connected and automated vehicles in Canada, working in close collaboration with a variety of domestic and international counterparts.

Andrew holds a Masters of Arts degree in political science from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Alberta

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