February 2-3 2021 | Online


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Setting the 2021 Agenda for Mexico, USA and Canada

The North American automotive market has shown resilience in the face of the pandemic, while vehicle production in the region has been running at high rates to make up for shutdowns. The industry’s sustainable recovery and future success depend more than ever on high-performing supply chains equipped to deal with the transformation ahead that is evident both in mobility as well as across manufacturing and logistics.

With so much uncertainty to manage, 2021 is set to be a critical year across all regions of North America. OEMs and tier suppliers in the US will be managing a tight balance of inventory while preparing facilities, logistics networks and partners to launch new vehicles and technology. Mexico’s relevance to the automotive supply chain is more important than ever as the country continues to produce and export high volumes of parts and vehicles, and as OEMs and suppliers depend on reliable, efficient and stable logistics to ensure future investments. Canada, as well as being an important market with complex logistics requirements, is also set for renewed growth in the 2020s, as manufacturers look to the country’s automotive hub to develop, build and ship a new generation of connected and electric vehicles.

Join us at Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain North America Live to gain valuable insight, connections and market data across inbound, production and outbound supply chains, while interacting with industry decision makers across the US, Mexico and Canada.

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Susanne Lehmann

Director Production North American Region

Volkswagen de México


Since March 2019, Susanne Lehmann has been responsible for steering vehicle and component production for the Volkswagen brand across North America, including optimising synergies in processes, planning, production and digitlisation. She has been with Volkswagen for more than 20 years, and started her career in logistics planning at Volkswagen de México, before leading logistics planning at Shanghai Volkswagen and later key roles at Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden and ramping up VW’s US plant in Chattanooga. She has also led pre-series and technical change management at VW Commercial Vehicles, and was responsable for the definition and alignment of product concepts across VW Group Production for all brands from 2016-2019.

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Colin Dhillon

Chief Technical Officer

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association


Colin leads connected and autonomous vehicle technology projects and provides support to both the Canadian automotive industry and government on matters of cybersecurity, mobility, SMART infrastructure and Industry 4.0.With over 20 years’ experience in the automotive sector, and multiple patents in his name, Colin has been a visionary in establishing and implementing new ideas to support innovative design. He held a variety of senior roles at global tier suppliers including in advanced manufacturing, marketing and communication, design, corporate social responsibility, and leading the global advanced product development team.


Flavio Volpe


Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association


Flavio Volpe is a champion of Canada's globally relevant automotive sector and is dedicated to the growth of Canada's automotive innovation, the development of new markets and the leveraging of its international leadership. Representing the interests of suppliers at home and abroad, he proudly leads the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) - Canada's national association representing OEM producers of parts, equipment, tools, supplies and services for the worldwide automotive industry. Working closely with officials in all three countries during the NAFTA renegotiations, he led the industry’s effort to secure an unprecedented increase in regional value content for automotive suppliers in the new USMCA.


Lars Bäumann

Executive Advisor

Volkswagen Group


Lars Bäumann plays a lead role in defining and shaping digital strategies for corporate IT processes across global Volkswagen passenger car operations. He has held a variety of roles across the carmaker in areas including IT contracting, production control and container management, and later as director of production and logistics IT worldwide. Besides his corporate responsibilities, Lars is a long-time member of Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL), the German Logistics Association, where he has helped oversee scientific logistics projects and was recently appointed as its representative for Mexico.


Leila Aridi Afas

Director, International Public Policy

Toyota Motor North America


Develops and executes strategies to advance Toyota’s global business goals. Coordinates cross-functional teams to gather intelligence, devise trade strategies and advocate policy positions. Advise senior executives on geopolitical trends, market developments and risk mitigation measures. Appointed by President Obama to support the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years following the 2008 financial crisis. Previously managed multi-million-dollar portfolio of grant funding for infrastructure projects in the Middle East and Africa. Career spans finance, management consulting, public affairs and infrastructure development in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Master’s in economics from Columbia University.

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Greg Toornman

Vice President, Global Materials, Logistics, and Demand Planning

AGCO Corporation


Greg is the Global Vice-President of Materials, Logistics, and Demand Planning at AGCO Corporation, a global manufacturer of farm equipment with revenues of over $9.0 billion (2019) He is responsible for AGCO´s global materials and logistics management across 41 assembly and manufacturing sites and leads the transformation of AGCO’s global materials, logistics and demand planning functions into an integrated and innovative global organization. Greg assumed his current role in 2012 after three successful transformational assignments within AGCO´s Global Purchasing organization in Brazil, Switzerland and the United States. Prior to joining AGCO in 2004, Greg held senior supply chain and operational roles with CIENA Corporation, PACCAR, Peregrine Nippondenso Corporation.

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Key Themes Discussed by Industry Leaders

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Operational Excellence

Identify and capitalise on opportunities to optimise supply chains, mitigate risks with practical insights and solutions on supplier management, freight and network capacity constraints across transport modes, load optimisation and inventory management, driver shortages, cross-border flows and more.

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Technology Driving the Recovery

Future proof your supply chain and enhance your systems and processes through new innovations and technology that can revolutionise the sector, support the recovery and rebuild the North American industry stronger than ever.


Embracing Transformation

Adapt and develop strategies and operations as North America undergoes seismic shifts such as the implementation of the new USMCA agreement, the growth of electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles, greener supply chain solutions and changes in consumer demands.


Redefining Partnerships

Understand the new dynamics of the supply chain and how OEM and tier suppliers’ production and logistics needs are changing, as well as the expectations that both traditional and start-up manufacturers have for logistics and technology service providers. Greater industry collaboration and stronger partnerships can accelerate the industry’s resurgence.

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Previous Representatives

> President & Chief Executive Officer

> Chief Strategy Officer

> Chief Operations Officer

> Chief Technology Officer

> Vice President, Aftersales & Vehicle Logistics

> Senior Vice President, Logistics

> Vice President, Supply Chain

> Vice President, Finished Vehicle Logistics

> Director, Production North America

> Director, Purchasing

> Director, Global Customs & Trade Compliance

> Director, Packaging

> Import Export Manager

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