By: Raed Kadri, Head, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network Raed Kadri, Head of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, works with his team to build upon Ontario’s position as a world-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction Ontario is Canada’s manufacturing powerhouse and has been a leader in the automotive sector for over 100 years. Our established industrial clusters in automotive, manufacturing and technology – coupled with world-class post-secondary institutions, globally-leading researchers, highly skilled talent, and a supportive government – are the best in the world. As the automotive sector transforms through technology – electric, connected, and automated – we are poised to lead this transformation and fuel it with Made-in-Ontario solutions that will power the future of the sector, as well as the movement of people and goods in an efficient, clean, and safe manner. Our Ontario based innovators and entrepreneurs are unrivalled − our industrial clusters are forces to be reckoned with, and our government gets it. An interconnected ecosystem The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), a flagship initiative led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation and the provincial government, is bridging our strengths and coordinating our efforts to make sure that local companies scale into the global market and export their technologies and Ontario-made solutions across the world. We’re not stopping there. Ontario has proven its theory – if we nurture and support the companies in our province to commercialize the technologies that will shape the future of the sector, those same companies will test and pilot their solutions right here at home. That way, we can drive adoption and deployment for the benefit of our roads, infrastructure, transit, and transportation systems. This ensures that we not only reap the economic advantages of this transformation, we are able to profit from the social and environmental benefits – increased safety, accessibility, and productivity, just to name a few. Critical minerals to power the EV revolution As electrification starts to take hold of the sector, we in Ontario are doing what we have done before − rallying and leveraging our strengths to bridge the gaps between technology and policy. By supporting our innovators, entrepreneurs and established small and medium-sized enterprises to pursue innovation, we can encourage Ontario companies to commercialize new technologies and think globally. As battery technology is rapidly evolving, the race is on to develop, manufacture and supply increasingly more powerful and longer lasting batteries. We in Ontario are also ramping up our efforts to meet this demand and utilizing all the ingredients at our disposal, including access to the critical minerals required to build EV batteries. Northern Ontario is rich with the resources – some say higher grade than anywhere else in the world – that will fuel this battery revolution. We know how important it is to remove the barriers faced by investors and pitch-in to help our companies commercialize the Made-in-Ontario solutions in the connected, autonomous, and smart mobility space. We want to ensure that we continue to drive the transformation of technology and that our companies power the future movement of people and goods. A manufacturing powerhouse Ontario has proven that we are ripe for investment. Automakers are doubling down in our province and have committed to building the vehicles of the future. Our state-of-the-art and award-winning facilities, coupled with one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world, ensures we are poised to rise to the top. We get manufacturing – it’s what we do. We have also made it easy to export goods around the world with 14 free trade agreements that cover 51 countries. We continue to work with the industry to shape our policies and regulations, with the goal of removing red tape and reducing costs to make Ontario the number one jurisdiction for any company to do business and to thrive. Get started in Ontario, Canada Ontario is all in. We have a plan. We are working together. Our government is supportive. Our resolve is unparalleled and our ingenuity, unchallenged. The next few years will define the future of the sector. And we in Ontario are making sure that our jurisdiction and our companies are the center of the automotive sector globally. If you’re not shaping the future of your company and your technology in Ontario – it’s time to enquire within. We are open for business.