Electrifying Canada’s Automobile Sector
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Brian Kingston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association
Brian Kingston is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA). The CVMA represents Canada’s leading manufacturers of light and heavy duty motor vehicles. Its membership includes FCA Canada, Inc., Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, and General Motors of Canada Company.
Prior to joining the CVMA, Brian was Vice President of Policy, Fiscal and International, at the Business Council of Canada where he led the Council’s economic policy priorities and global engagement. From 2009 to 2012 he served in the federal government with positions at the Department of Finance, Global Affairs Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Privy Council Office.
In addition to his accomplishments in business and government, Brian is active in the non-profit sector including as past president of the Ottawa Economics Association and as a current board member of the Banff Forum.
Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton University, a master’s degree in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and an MBA from Ivey Business School.
Megan Nichols, Director General, Environmental Policy, Transport Canada
Megan Nichols is the Director General of Environmental Policy at Transport Canada, where she leads the department’s efforts to mitigate the environmental impacts of transportation and increase resilience of the sector to climate change.
Megan joined Transport from Natural Resources Canada, where she was Director General in the Lands and Minerals Sector, with responsibility for the leadership of Canada’s mining policy.
From 2012-2017, Megan held a number of positions at Public Safety Canada. In these roles she revitalized the department’s stakeholder engagement function, negotiated a new preclearance treaty with the U.S., and represented the Department in numerous international fora.
Before joining Public Safety, she spent six years designing and managing public infrastructure funding programs at Infrastructure Canada, working in close partnership with provinces, territories and municipalities. From 1999 to 2006, Megan held a number of positions in the Canadian Heritage portfolio, where she developed international cultural policy initiatives for UNESCO, delivered programming for the Canada Council of the Arts, and supported the department’s portfolio management and corporate secretariat functions.
Megan holds a Master’s degree in History from Queen’s University. She lives in Chelsea, Quebec with her family and is an avid hiker and cross-country skier.
Jason Rakochy, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth, Hydro One