Ontario Centres of Excellence
Raed Kadri is steering Ontario’s bid to lead the global race to develop autonomous vehicles, a market, which according to a 2017 Intel study, could be worth US $7 trillion a year by 2050.
Kadri, 34, leads two initiatives: The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and the Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP). The AVIN is designed to ensure that Ontario unlocks the economic potential of connected/autonomous vehicles as well as urban and smart mobility transportation systems. The ASCIP focuses on helping small and medium-sized companies adopt technology to boost their competitiveness, sales and job creation.
“We need to bridge the gap between technology and automotive, and make sure our companies capture that opportunity so that we continue to grow our job base and economy,” said Kadri.
He said world-class post-secondary institutions, top-tier talent and advanced-manufacturing sectors give Canada a sharp, competitive edge.