December 2015

Canada and the New Auto Innovation Agenda

11:45am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

The automotive industry has long been the engine of Canada’s manufacturing economy. But it is said that this sector is about to experience more dramatic change in the next decade than it has in the past 50 years. Steve Carlisle, a Canadian who recently returned as President and Managing Director of General Motors Canada, will outline the key forces that will disrupt the auto sector and how GM plans to be part of that disruption - in electric vehicles, connected cars, autonomous driving cars and new approaches to urban mobility. He will also discuss how Canada can benefit from these new automotive horizons.

Stephen K. Carlisle

President and Managing Director
General Motors of Canada Limited

Stephen K. Carlisle

Stephen K. Carlisle was appointed President and Managing Director of GM Canada, Ltd. on November 20, 2014.

Carlisle served as GM Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management since June 2010. He previously served as Vice President of US Sales Operations. He also served as the President and Managing Director, Southeast Asia Operations from 2007 through 2010.

Prior assignments included Vice President of GM Asia Pacific in charge of Product Planning and Program Management, a position he held since 2002; and progressively more senior roles in Planning and Program Management leading to Executive Director of Program Management for GM North America in 2001.

Carlisle began his GM career as a co-op student in industrial engineering at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre in 1982. His first full-time assignment was in advanced manufacturing engineering, also in Oshawa starting in 1986. Subsequently, he held positions in materials management before moving to the former Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM group in Warren, Michigan in 1991 on a special assignment focused on product simplification.

Carlisle also had an assignment in advanced product engineering before being appointed Director of the GM Decision Support Center in 1995. In 1996, he was appointed program planning director for the Midsize Truck Vehicle Line Executive team, located in Pontiac, Michigan. He was appointed assistant planning director for the GM Truck Group in 1997. He was appointed group director of planning for the Truck Group in 1999.

Carlisle was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1962. He received a bachelor of applied science degree in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1986. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

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