the future of the great lakes

Building the World’s
Automobility Hub

digital event


The Great Lakes Region has always been a world leader in the future of the automobile. Now, the region is taking it to the next level — in automobility. 

The Great Lakes Region has always been the world’s leader at building cars and trucks. Now, Michigan and Ontario are on the cutting edge of the next revolution in urban transportation.  

With its deep automotive history, robust R&D infrastructure and increasingly connected technology, Detroit and Windsor-Essex are re-emerging as the world’s leading AutoMobility cluster.

AutoMobility is changing how we think about the car, truck and every other vehicle that’s part of transportation’s future. It offers the opportunity to build a fast growing transportation industry around new software, data technology, autonomous & electric vehicles and cybersecurity. All of which will be accelerated by new approaches made possible by 5G. 

On October 13th, CityAge, in partnership with major players in the Windsor-Essex Region and jointly convened with the binational Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) through its Great Lakes Economic Forum, will look at how regional and global players are building this renewed major industry to drive job growth and make important contributions to a net zero future.

Register here to be part of this exciting community building the region’s - and the world’s - exciting new transportation industry.


speakers include:

Steve Mackenzie

President and CEO,
Invest WindsorEssex

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Kellie Lindsay

 Director of Strategic Partnerships, AutoTech Venture

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Richard Ezike

Director of Infrastructure and Engagement,

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Peter Wawrow

Director of Research,
Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
St. Clair College

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Reuben Sarkar

President and CEO,
American Centre for Mobility

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Trevor Pawl

Chief Mobility Officer,
State of Michigan

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David Adams

Global Automakers of Canada

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Kathryn Snorrason

Managing Director,
Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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Tom Schnekenburger

Data & Mobility Science Project Manager,
University of Windsor

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Ken Albright

Advisor, Strategy, Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs,
McMaster University

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Heather Pratt

Executive Director,
Research and Innovation,
University of Windsor

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Mark Foster, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region

Mark Fisher

Council of the Great Lakes Region

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Mona Eghanian

Director, Strategy and Programs - Automotive and Mobility,
Ontario Centre of Innovation

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Agenda for Oct 13th

(ALl times ET)

12:00 PM Welcome by Event MC
12:05 PM Presentation by: Kellie Lindsay
12:20 PM Panel 1:  How to Build a Cross-Border Cluster
12:50 PM Presentation by: Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan
1:05 PM Panel 2: Building Mobility Innovation Corridors
1:35 PM Panel 3: Building the Talent Pipeline We Need
2:00 PM Session Close

Themes for diScussion include:

Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San Jose, CA 

Libby Schaaf

Mayor of Oakland, CA

Emma Stewart

Head of High Tech, Engie Impact

Mary Papazian

President, San Jose
State University

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