Canada’s “auto czar” Ray Tanguay has received the Order of Canada, for outstanding achievement and dedication to the nation.
Tanguay was one of 30 Canadians honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa on Aug. 25. It was part of ongoing celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
The former president and chair of Toyota Canada was recognized for his role in expanding Canada’s manufacturing industry.
“Ray Tanguay’s exemplary leadership has long been a pillar of Canada’s automotive sector,” reads a post on the Order of Canada’s website. “Job creation, innovation and stability were the hallmarks of his tenure, and he helped chart the way forward for Toyota as a multinational corporation.”
Tanguay graduated from the electrical engineering technology program at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ont., in 1972. He then graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., in business management in 1983.
His career at Toyota, which started in 1991, included his tenure as president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., commonly known as Toyota Canada. As president, he was a leading force in instilling innovation at the company, introducing such programs as "back to basics" shop floor management, according to Bloomberg news service. He oversaw the automaker’s expansion from a single factory in Cambridge to multiple plants there and another in Woodstock.
Tanguay retired from Toyota in 2015 and not long after became the country’s “auto czar,” advising the provincial and federal governments and auto industry on what is needed to lure more auto investment in Canada.
He is also a founding member of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, an industry-led organization formed in September 2002 to address the key competitive issues facing the Canadian automotive industry.
The Order of Canada’s website calls Tanguay “one of the most trusted voices in his field.”