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David Adams

David Adams

President & CEO, Global Automakers of Canada

David Adams has more than 35 years of experience in the Canadian automotive industry.   He brings a unique perspective to the industry being the only individual to have served in executive roles with both of Canada’s leading automotive industry associations.

David has been at the forefront of the association’s thought leadership on the disruption and evolution of both the automobile and the automotive industry in Canada, including zero emission vehicles and their adoption as well as the regulatory environment necessary to support the adoption of automated and connected vehicles. 

David serves on a number of industry related boards and is the current Chair of the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP), a national consumer dispute resolution program, and was involved in the creation of the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program (NADAP) for disputes arising between dealers and manufacturers.   His is also serves on the boards of the Automotive Business School of Canada and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation.  He is also co- chair of the Public and Industry Confidence Working Group under Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Council and is also a member of British Columbia’s Zero Emission Vehicle Council.

David hosts the Association’s podcast “From Here to Where?” on the future of the automotive industry in Canada and the future of the automobile in society.  He is a regular columnist in Canadian Auto Dealer, writing a regular column called “The Big Picture”.

David is a frequent industry commentator at conferences and in the media.

He is an avid cyclist and resides in Toronto.



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