How are major automotive suppliers such as Magna pivoting towards electrification with sustainable solutions? Our episode this month promises to be a fascinating one as our guest shares some of the challenges and strategies for major suppliers to an industry in transition.
Tom Rucker - President at Magna International
Tom Rucker was appointed President at Magna International in October 2019. In this role, he leads Magna International’s Powertrain group, which produces transmission and driveline systems and metal-formed components. He began his professional experience as a Manager for Turn Key Industrial Plants in Germany and Venezuela from 1995 to 2000. In 2000, he joined Magna Powertrain as the General Manager for the group’s plant in Saltillo, Mexico. Tom has held numerous positions within the former New Process Gear (acquired by Magna) with increasing levels of responsibility, working in the United States and Canada. More recently, he has held executive-level positions with Magna Powertrain, including Senior Vice President of the group’s Metal-Forming Solutions and Transmission Systems groups, and Senior Vice President for Program Management & Launch Excellence. He graduated from the Technical University in Berlin, where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.
Tim Burrows - Speaker at Tim Talks Tesla and Electric Cars
Tim is a retired Vice President of Forty Creek Distillery and a graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned an honours degree in psychology. He has owned and driven battery-electric cars for the past 7 years and has logged over 225,000 kilometres without the need for gasoline or diesel fuel. He now enjoys public speaking and sharing his EV experience with others as he breaks down many myths and misconceptions about electric vehicle ownership. Tim is a member of the Electric Vehicle Society, a non-profit organization which works to promote the understanding and adoption of electric mobility in Canada. In his role there, he chairs the EV Society’s Mississauga Chapter.