David was appointed President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada – now the Global Automakers of Canada, in March 2005.
David has a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in economics and psychology, from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
He has been at the forefront of the association’s thought leadership on automated and connected vehicles and both the ecosystem and regulatory environment for the advancement of these vehicles and currently sits on the Federal government’s “Car of the Future” Advisory Group, tasked with apprising the government of the issues and concerns automated and connected vehicles pose now and the future.
Additionally, David is a past Chair of the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) , a national consumer dispute resolution program, and was involved in the creation of the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program (NADAP) for disputes arising between dealers and manufacturers.
Mr. Adams also serves as a director of the Automotive Business School of Canada, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, and as a director of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation of Canada. He is most proud to serve as a director for the Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada and their key program – Forum for Young Canadians, which endeavors 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 past contributor to Canadian Autoworld, both monthly trade magazines for the Canadian automotive industry.
Greg joined Global Automakers of Canada as its Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs in February 2016, having previously served six years as regulatory compliance lead for a Canadian Automotive OEM.
Greg is the Association’s technical and regulatory affairs lead on matters related to occupant and road user safety, automated and connected vehicles, vehicle emissions, petroleum and renewable fuels, and alternative energy power-train technologies for light duty vehicles. He also coordinated the association’s Chemicals Management efforts from 2016 through April, 2020.
As the Association lead on automated and connected vehicles (CAVs), Greg is actively involved in the ongoing collaborative development of codes, standards, and best practices that will enable the safe deployment of CAVs in Canada. He sits on the Canadian Standards Association’s Connected & Automated Vehicle Advisory Council and participates actively in a cross-sectoral collaborative effort to develop a Secure Credential Management System for Canada.
Greg is a graduate of Carleton University’s Aerospace Engineering program and has held the designation of Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario for more than 20 years.
Andrew McKinnon has been the GAC’s Manager, Policy and Outreach since December of 2018. His responsibilities include facilitating the work of the association’s government policy, stewardship, and logistics committees.
Prior to coming to work at the GAC Andrew worked for an environmental NGO focused on municipal issues and had a career as a reservist in the Royal Canadian Navy. Andrew holds a Master of Arts International Studies from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Raised in LaSalle, Ontario, Andrew has been living in downtown Toronto since 2015.
With over a decade of experience in economics and public policy, Hendrik was the Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs for Canada’s Conservative Party, and previously Chief Economic Advisor. He provided strategic advice and policy expertise on complex topics to the most senior politicians in the party and played a key role in the development of the 2021 and 2019 policy platforms, the party’s economic recovery plan, and a variety of proposals regarding innovation, tax and fiscal measures.
Previously, Hendrik was the Chief Economist and Senior Director of Economic, Financial and Tax Policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He developed government relations plans and communications strategies to effect change and shape government policy. Hendrik also provided expert analysis and actionable recommendations on taxation, innovation, business regulation, infrastructure investment, innovation, labour markets and the federal budget.
As the founding Principal at Simply Sustainable Energy Solutions, Irfaan developed a great deal of experience in both the consulting and utility worlds. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) and holds a bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University. With over 10 years of experience working with or for government entities, he has a solid understanding of the current market and political landscape with respect to energy, climate change and asset management. Irfaan has been involved in delivering complex multi-million-dollar conservation/asset management plans and projects on time and within budget for several utilities and clients across the province. With a specialization spanning across several sectors, Irfaan has worked with the largest real estate investment firms and property managers across Toronto to reduce energy consumption.
Sadaf Amjadi is the Office Manager with the Global Automakers of Canada since August of 2018. She is responsible for overseeing general office operation, coordinating appointments, meetings and managing staff calendars and schedules, coordinating domestic and international travel, purchasing office supplies and equipment and maintaining proper stock levels and bookkeeping.
Sadaf holds a Business Administration degree and diploma in Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Guelph-Humber. She is currently studying to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).