Automotive sector

GM Oshawa assembly manager among three “Canadians to watch” in auto industry

By Glenn Hendry

Posted on August 10, 2021 at 3:17 p.m.

A plant manager and engineer at General Motors in Oshawa, as well as a planning director at Volkswagen Canada were among 16 people in the automotive industry named by Automotive News Canada as “Canadians to Watch” in 2021.

Jacqueline Thomson, 45, is a 21-year GM Canada veteran and the first female general assembly area manager in General Motors Canada history. His job was to help prepare the Oshawa assembly for the return to vehicle production after a two-year period of inactivity in what the company calls one of its fastest factory launches in this day.

“I know the industry has transformed, and we’ve been through different things instead, but for me there is such pride in the Oshawa team. Glad to be back and be a part of it. It’s like a rebirth.

Thomson previously held positions in corporate communications, labor relations and human resources.

Philippe Asante, Senior DevOps Engineer at General Motors, is part of the team developing the infrastructure for the automaker’s advanced Super Cruise driver assistance system, which debuted in 2017 and is expected to power 22 vehicles by 2023.

Asante, 32, joined GM in 2018 after starting his career at aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

“If we are able to expand this active safety and self-sustaining suite and eventually get to a point where we no longer need a person to drive the vehicle, just imagine how that would change our lives,” he said. he declared.

After less than two years as Director of Product Planning for Volkswagen Canada, headquartered in Ajax, Patrick Danielson finds itself facing two key challenges: transforming VW into an electric vehicle company; and ensure that its product line meets the preferences of Canadian consumers.

“Everything we do, from auto sales to our dealer network, goes through product planning,” said Danielson, 33. Everyone deserves to have a better car; it means we need to understand our customers and keep an eye on the future by anticipating their needs and wants before they even know what they are.

With files from Automotive News Canada

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