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.
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.
Lucas Malinowski has been the GAC’s Director, Federal Affairs since April of 2023. His responsibilities advocacy on behalf of the GAC and its members across federal issues as well as facilitating the work of the association’s Government Policy and Legal committees.
Lucas has over a decade of public affairs experience across a variety of sectors, most recently working with a leading Canadian energy industry association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Dialogue Communications from Simon Fraser University.
Patrice joined Global Automakers Canada in 2023. Patrice boasts a 20+ year career of broad automotive industry experience, including retail, OEM and the aftermarket. He has spent most of his time in dealer standards, training, and industry relations functions. Pat holds an MBA from Université Laval and a LL.B. from Université de Montréal, and assumes the role of Director, Stakeholder Relations & Quebec Affairs. Patrice is based in Toronto, where he has been living since 2000.
Maria Norris is the Operations and Communications Manager with the Global Automakers of Canada since June of 2023. She is responsible for overseeing general office operations, managing staff calendars and schedules, and coordinating executive meetings and association events, as well as streamlining internal and external communications and leading the digital eNewsletter.
She has over 10 years of office administration, staff and project management, and communications experience from working in a variety of industries, including academic, medical, commercial, TV and film, and now the automotive sector.