Flavio Volpe

President and CEO

Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA)

Flavio Volpe is an internationally recognized champion of Canada’s automotive industry. Since 2014, he has proudly led the APMA, representing 200+ suppliers to the worldwide automotive industry.

Working closely with officials in Ottawa, Washington & Mexico City during the 2017-19 NAFTA renegotiations, he led the effort to secure an unprecedented increase in Regional Content for suppliers in the new USMCA. In 2022, he was named to the Ontario Premier’s Council on US Trade & Competitiveness.

When the global COVID19 pandemic created a dangerous medical equipment shortage in Canada in 2020, he launched one of the biggest peacetime mobilizations of the country’s industrial capacity in its history. Dubbed a ‘Manufacturing Hero’ by the Toronto Star for his leadership, this work resulted in the largest build-orders of critical ventilators, PPE & test swabs in Canada’s history.

In 2022, when anti-government actors illegally blockaded the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor costing the industry $1B, he led the APMA to secure an injunction in Ontario Superior Court to force the reopening of Canada’s most critical international border crossing.

A passionate technology leader, his response to the Prime Minister’s challenge for a net-zero economy by 2050 was to launch an all-Canadian, zero-emissions, autonomous concept prototype, Project Arrow. Described by the Globe and Mail as ‘an audacious play to build an all-Canadian electric car’, Project Arrow was revealed at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to global coverage & serves as a premier showcase of Canada’s automotive technology cluster.

Flavio is a sought-after voice by leading global publications including The Economist, New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, CNBC, FOX & the Washington Post. He speaks frequently on industry issues at House of Commons Standing Committees in Finance, Industry and Trade.


wednesday – 03:15pm Main Stage

Time Icon 20 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

Revolutionizing The Road: Incredible Innovation in Electric Vehicles

 The automotive industry is undergoing a monumental transformation, driven by groundbreaking advancements in electric propulsion, battery technology, and sustainable mobility solutions. Discover how electric vehicles are not just changing the way we drive but also reshaping the global automotive landscape. From cutting-edge battery breakthroughs to the integration of AI and connectivity, our panelists will unveil the remarkable innovations that promise to make EVs more accessible, efficient, and sustainable than ever before. Whether you’re an automotive enthusiast, a sustainability advocate, or simply curious about the future of transportation, this panel discussion will provide valuable insights into the incredible innovation happening in the world of electric vehicles.