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Ray Tanguay and Robert B. Magee

Ray Tanguay
Former head of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC)

Robert B. Magee
Chairman, The Woodbridge Group

(1 X 1000) or (1000 X 1) What is the difference?

The story behind the best automotive plant in the world

Keynote Highlight Video - Robert Magee

Keynote Highlight Video - Ray Tanguay

Keynote Presentation


Ray Tanguay, former head of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) will tell the story behind the best automotive plant in the world. Lean or TPS is not an activity, it is a system with a culture of continuous improvement. To deploy TPS in 51 Toyota sites in 28 countries meant that the culture that supports TPS had to be stronger than its leaders or the culture within the country. In order for TMMC to move forward, it had to go ‘back to basics’. TMMC was determined to be the best by having the best team members in the world. That is how it was selected to be the only plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus, to grow to be the biggest Toyota operation outside Japan and become the most awarded plant in the World! The automotive industry cannot succeed without a strong supply chain, and that is why the Woodbridge Transformation Story is so relevant. Chairman Bob Magee will explain how the Lean system and culture became the new way of doing business at the Woodbridge Group, its challenges and outstanding results.

Ray Tanguay joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) in 1991 and held several executive positions including Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor America, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Toyota North America, became a Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation in 2005 and the first non-Japanese person to become a Senior Managing Officer in 2011. He retired as the Chair of TMMC in 2015. Under his exceptional stewardship, TMMC became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles. Ray crafted the company’s Global Vision, providing a framework for a sustainable future. During his tenor, TMMC was recognized with 14 J.D. Power IQS awards. In 2015, Ray was named the Automotive Advisor to the Governments of Ontario and Canada and in 2017 was awarded the Order of Canada. Ray graduated from St. Clair College in electrical engineering technology and Wilfrid Laurier University in business management.

Robert B. Magee was the President and CEO of The Woodbridge Group from 1999 to February of 2014 and is currently Chairman of the Board. The Woodbridge Group is a Canadian owned multi-national manufacturing company with 62 facilities in 17 countries. He was appointed Vice-President of the Moulded Foam Division in 1988. In 1995, Bob was promoted to President of Woodbridge Manufacturing with responsibility for global operations and support activities. Bob has demonstrated a passion for the enhancement of technical education in Canada and is a member of several boards including the Yves Landry Technological Education Endowment Fund board, The WB Family Foundation board, and the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council. He is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the University of Waterloo and holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science in Chemical Engineering.

Earlier Event: June 6
Jim Lancaster
Later Event: June 7
Paul Huschilt