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Stephen K. Carlisle

President and Managing Director

General Motors of Canada Company

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Stephen K. Carlisle was appointed President and Managing Director of GM Canada on November 20, 2014.


Born and raised in Woodstock, Ontario, Carlisle began his GM career in 1982 as an industrial engineering co-op student at the Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant. Over the course of his career with General Motors, Carlisle has held a number of senior leadership positions that have taken him across the globe, including Vice President of Global Product Planning and Program Management, 2010-2014; Vice President of U.S. Sales Operations, 2010; and President and Managing Director of Southeast Asia Operations, 2007-2010.


Carlisle is an active business leader, currently serving on the Ontario Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; the Dean’s Advisory Council, University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering; the Chair of the Advanced Technology Committee of Canadian Automotive Partnership Council and former Chair of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association (2014 to 2016).

Carlisle also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master in Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Despite many years abroad, Carlisle remains an avid hockey enthusiast, and has enjoyed returning to the GM Canada Salaried Hockey League.

Stephen, who got his start with GM in 1982 as a co-op student in a truck assembly plant, will share his comprehensive 36 year career journey and his leadership towards General Motors vision of being the world leader in transportation products and services. A believer in both innovation and determination, he will share his insights, his personal characteristics of leadership and the challenges he faced as the world changed. Tremendous technology innovation is being invented within the automotive industry which will redefine the world we live in and how we do business. Stephen will share insights into the incredible innovation happening at General Motors, their long tradition of discover, and what future of the automotive world will look like.

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