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The Road to 100% Zero-emission Vehicles by 2035

Thursday, March 10th, 9:30 am EST.

Join leading Industry Associations and Parliamentarians with our Media Partner the Hill Times, discussing the path to 100%
Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035.  This ambitious target set by government and industry will change everything about how Canadian families drive.

Meet the Panel

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Emma Jarratt - Managing Editor,
Electric Autonomy Canada 

Emma Jarratt is a Toronto-based investigative journalist and the Managing Editor of Electric Autonomy Canada — an independent business-to-business news platform reporting on Canada’s transition to electric vehicles, autonomous transportation and new mobility services. Emma is an accredited member of The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). She was previously an associate producer for W5 and freelanced for CTV, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail in print and broadcast.

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MP Francesco Sorbara - Member of Parliament,
Vaughan—Woodbridge, Ontario

Francesco Sorbara MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge in the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election. Francesco Sorbara is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.

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Huw Williams - Public Affairs,
The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association

Huw Williams is the Public Affairs Director at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association. He specializes in government and media relations. With extensive experience in the print and broadcast media, he has appeared frequently as a corporate spokesperson on CBC and CTV national news. Mr. Williams’ government experience is diverse, having served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; as a Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Constitutional Affairs; and as a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly.


Mr. Williams authored “A Government Relations Guide For Directors of Non-Profit Organizations” published by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). Mr. Williams holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Calgary. He has also completed studies at the Université de Tours in France and is bilingual.

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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.

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David Adams – President,
Global Automakers of Canada

David Adams is a 30 year veteran of the Canadian automotive industry. He brings a unique perspective to the industry being the only individual to have served in executive roles with both of Canada’s leading automotive industry associations. David was appointed President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC) in March 2005. In May 2013 the AIAMC changed its name to the Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) to reflect the members’ growth and relevance in the Canadian automotive industry.


David also serves as a director of the Automotive Business School of Canada, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. David and the Association are also actively involved in supporting The Forum for Young Canadians, which endeavours to teach young people from across the country about Canada’s democratic history and the parliamentary process to encourage leaders for the future.


Additionally, David is a regular columnist in Canadian Auto Dealer and a past contributor to Canadian Autoworld, both monthly trade magazines for the Canadian automotive industry.

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