GM Canada president talks auto innovation with students

Carlisle spoke about the rapidly evolving innovation taking over the auto sector, where cars are electric, connected, autonomous and shared.

0 March 31, 2016
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Engineering students at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa were given the opportunity to learn about innovations and the future of the automobile from industry leading GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle.

Carlisle spoke with students about the rapidly evolving innovation taking over the auto sector, where vehicles are electric, connected, autonomous and shared. He explained that changes present tremendous benefits for improved safety, greenhouse gas reduction and economic benefit in Canada.

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He also met with faculty to explore opportunities to support GM’s expanding engineering and R&D work in Canada in these fast emerging areas of automotive technology.

“The impressive talent and innovation happening at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa can help support the new range of advanced engineering and technical skills our industry needs as it transforms,” Carlisle said. “I was impressed by both as we are looking to hire more than 100 engineers and also at exploring areas we might work together with both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.”

“Our research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design continues to expand and adapt to meet emerging needs. We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with GM Canada to create new co-op placements and career opportunities for our students and initiate joint research projects,” said Rafik Goubran, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University.

“Our students and professors truly appreciated this unique opportunity to showcase their expertise and capabilities while learning more about the exciting vision and goals of GM Canada,” said Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

Carlisle toured the clean rooms, labs and met with the members of the Formula SAE team at Carleton University. At the University of Ottawa, Carlisle experienced the Richard L’Abbe Makerspace and Connected Vehicle Lab.  Carlisle explained GM’s story of innovation, the Oshawa Engineering Centre mandate and the recruitment of the best Canadian talent.

GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre is in the process of hiring more than 100 software and controls engineers to support a new mandate related to “connected car” systems, environmental and urban mobility solutions.

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