Ray Tanguay is former Chairman of Toyota Canada Inc. and an automotive executive who has been a special advisor to the governments of Canada and Ontario. Under his stewardship, Toyota Canada became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles, beginning in 2003. Ray has held a series of senior executive roles at Toyota and has been a champion of innovation in each one. As a retired automotive executive, Ray was chosen in 2015 by the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) as the Automotive Advisor, while maintaining his position as Executive Advisor for Toyota Canada. In this role, he provided advice to the governments of Canada and Ontario on strengthening the value proposition for growing the automotive sector and securing further investments in Canada. He completed his term with the release of his report “Drive to Win,” which was referenced by the Ontario Government in the recent announcement of its automotive strategy “Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector.” Ray is on the advisory councils of the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and Conestoga College. He is also Chair of the Lawrence National Centre at the Ivey Business School at Western University. In 2017, Ray was recognized for his contribution to the auto industry and to Canada by being appointed to the Order of Canada. He has an honourary Doctor of Laws from Laurier University and an honourary Doctor of Engineering from the University of Waterloo.