TRAC’s Tire & Rubber Summit speaker lineup is here. Our 2019 program brings you a list of germane industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.
Find out all there is to know about rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, Canadian economic outlook, and the barrage of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials’ development sectors.
Dinner Keynote (June 11)
Paul Barter; Management Consultant, Business Professor, Entrepreneur and Venture Investor
Paul is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and focusses on the intersection of technology, business, employment and society in our rapidly changing world. Besides his consulting and investing activities, he supports the next generation of entrepreneurs as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the RIC Centre, a Venture Advisor at MaRS Discovery District and an MBA professor and entrepreneurship advisor at the Schulich School of Business.
Sessions (June 12)
Rubber Material Feedstocks – Supply and Demand Outlook
Our experts will present the challenges and trends affecting the supply and demand for tire industry’s core raw material feedstocks such as NR, SBR, CB, processing oils and others. Furthermore, panelists will offer insights into latest feedstocks procurement strategies relevant in today’s market environment
Dennis Corson; Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations, Alan L. Grant Polymer
Robert Rist; Regional Director, Product Management, Reinforcement Materials, Cabot Corporation
Karthika Kizhakke Vellate; Senior Procurement Analyst, Beroe Inc.
Regulatory Initiatives and Outlook
Our panelists will focus on several key regulatory initiatives relevant to rubber and tire manufacturers in Canada, and will include directives concerning Canada’s Chemical Management Plan and Canada’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Trade also remains under scrutiny and customs compliance and programs continue to evolve to match the challenging global trade environment.
Sarah Amick; Vice President, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association
Michael Sherbo; Director of Appeals, Dominion Customs Consultants Inc.
Pierrette LeBlanc; Senior Engineer, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Economic Outlook
Despite global trade tensions, the global economy is not expected to stall in 2019, and the U.S. economic growth has been the main cause in propelling global growth over the past year. The Canadian economy is expected to remain solid and will also likely continue to expand. This segment will provide an overview of the key culprits that will shape the Canadian economy in the coming year.
Josh Nye; Senior Economist, Royal Bank of Canada
Driving to the Future – Part I.
New technologies have one thing in common: the surprising ways they can alter how companies reach their business goals. How will connected vehicles, advanced networks and other technologies impact the tire industry? This segment will present several technologies that are affecting the industry as we speak.
Khaled Boqaileh; Co-Founder & CEO, LabsCubed
Don Heelis, P.Eng.; Sales Manager, Cimcorp Automation Ltd.
Ross McKenzie; Managing Director, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research
Driving to the Future – Part II.
Technology is changing industries in unprecedented ways, dramatically altering the way they understand and advance product development, manufacturing processes, and other business aspects. This segment will be a discussion of several new technologies and ideas that are informing automotive and tire industries today.
Mike Nehls; General Manager, Tire & Wheel Testing, Smithers RAPRA
Jay Spears; Director of Standards and Regulations, Continental Tire, The Americas
Eric Chaniot; Chief Digital Officer, The Michelin Group
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