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May 04

Leading the North American Automotive Value Chain

The Future of Canada’s Auto Sector Webinar Series with Joy Nott and Flavio Volpe

Sponsored by:

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

Please contact Jacquelin Wong, Senior Event Planner, to register: jwong@cdhowe.org

Joy Nott, Partner, Trade and Customs Practice, KPMG Canada

Joy Nott is a Partner with KPMG in Canada’s Indirect Tax Practice with a focus on Trade & Customs. Joy brings over 30 years of experience to the practice with deep expertise in imports and exports, international trade and trade compliance. Joy started her career in Montreal and worked for over 10 years for well-known customs brokers/freight forwarders, giving her hands-on operational experience.

Prior to joining KPMG Joy served as President for I.E. Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc.; and was Vice President and Managing Consultant for a well-known consulting firm, specializing in trade matters for both Canada and the U.S. Prior to this, Joy spent a number of years developing her expertise in professional services as a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP and as an International Trade and Customs Consultant within the professional services industry.

Joy sits on various committees as an advisor to Federal Ministers and has testified before both the House of Commons and Senate Committees on International trade matters directly impacting Canadian importers and exporters.


Flavio Volpe, President, Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association

Flavio Volpe is an internationally recognized champion of Canada's automotive industry. He proudly leads the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) - Canada's national association representing original equipment suppliers to the worldwide automotive industry Working closely with officials in Ottawa, Washington and Mexico City during the 2017-19 NAFTA renegotiations, he led the effort to secure an unexpected and unprecedented increase in Regional Value Content for Canadian automotive suppliers in the new USMCA.

When the global COVID19 pandemic created a dangerous medical equipment shortage in Canada in early 2020, he launched one of the biggest peace-time mobilizations of the country’s industrial capacity ever. Dubbed a ‘manufacturing hero’ by the Toronto Star for his leadership, this effort resulted in the largest build-orders of ventilators, face shields, surgical masks and gowns in Canada’s history.

A passionate technology leader, his response to the Prime Minister’s call to action for a net-zero emission economy by 2050 was to launch an all-Canadian, zero-emissions, lightweight, concept vehicle to debut in 2022. Described by the Globe and Mail as ‘an audacious play to build an allCanadian electric car’, APMA’s Project Arrow was revealed at CES2020 in Las Vegas to international coverage and will serve as a premier showcase of Canada’s automotive technology cluster.

Flavio speaks regularly on behalf of industry interests and is a sought-after voice by leading global publications including The Economist, New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, CNBC, Globe and Mail and Washington Post. He was recognized as a top Industry Leader in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Automotive News Canada’s All-Stars. Flavio holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at YorkUniversity and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto.



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