Brian Kingston will succeed Mark Nantais as president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, effective Aug. 1, 2020.
Kingston was most recently the vice-president of policy, international and fiscal at the Business Council of Canada. Prior to that, he served in the federal government with positions at the Department of Finance, Global Affairs Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Privy Council Office and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
“Brian brings a record of success and expertise on a wide range of policy issues including international trade, innovation and competitiveness,” Scott Bell, chair of the CVMA and president of GM Canada, said in a statement.
The CVMA represents the Detroit Three’s interests in Canada and liaises with the federal and provincial governments.
“The CVMA has played a central role in the development of Canada’s auto sector and its very positive impact on our economy,” Kingston said in the same statement. “I am excited to represent Canada’s leading auto manufacturers at a time of rapid technological change and innovation.”
Nantais retired April 1. He steered the association since 1994.