General Motors Canada proclaimed it wants its home country to become the home of future automotive-technology and engineering jobs. That was made clear in GM Canada President, Steve Carlisle’s, address to the Canadian Club in Toronto.
“No company, country or government owns this space, but we see that Canada has distinct advantages in mobile technology, engineering skills, applied research and a strong automotive history,” said Carlisle.
“As Canada prepares to invest billions in much needed urban transportation infrastructure, we need to understand how new automotive technologies and urban mobility approaches can increase infrastructure ROI, accelerate environmental benefits and anchor new high skilled Canadian jobs at the forefront of a new automotive innovation supply chain.”
Carlisle announced $1 million for the University of Waterloo’s engineering faculty, and said GM Canada would sponsor future capstone work by design and engineering students. Along with his remarks, he also announced the addition of a new innovation research output at Waterloo with initial focus on urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app innovation.
Dean of Engineering Dr. Pearl Sullivan said, “Waterloo Engineering has a longstanding partnership with GM Canada. Their support of our Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign allows us to collaborate further to advance innovations in automotive lightweighting and connectivity.”