Securing North America’s Automotive
Supply Chain Summit

Investing in the Transition to Electric Vehicles
Thursday, August 8, 2024

Center for Automotive Research
880 Technology Drive, Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phone: 734.662.1287


Hosted and Sponsored By:

Alliance for Automotive Innovation Logo

Automotive suppliers are critical for the continued innovation and growth of automakers supporting 10.3 million jobs across the US and Canada, representing 5% of the US GDP, and 11.5% of Canadian manufacturing GDP.

The close partnership between the United States and Canada is key to a growing automotive industry.

This cooperation supports manufacturing of finished vehicles and the production of automotive components and parts.

The demand for electric vehicles is driving a global race to build and secure the automotive supply chain of the future – from extracting and processing raw materials, to expanding battery production, to increasing the footprint of charging infrastructure, and more. 

In November 2023, the Biden Administration announced actions to strengthen supply chains critical to America’s economic and national security. This included direct and public-private funding and loan programs targeting small and mid-sized suppliers to the automotive industry.


Securing North America’s Automotive Supply Chain Summit brings together automotive manufacturers and suppliers with key federal and state officials, policymakers, private sector capital investors, and regulators.

Participants will discuss the challenges specific to small and mid-sized EV suppliers as they transition to electric powertrains.

Learn about new financing and investment options available to small and mid-sized suppliers and backed by the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Confirmed Participating Agencies:

  • U. S. Department of Energy (DoE)
  • National Economic Council (NEC)
  • Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity (LEO)

Summit Goal:

This event is designed to inform, empower, and expand competition for small, mid-sized US and Canadian automotive suppliers.

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2024

Time: 10:00am-3:30pm

Place: Governors Hall, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, Michigan

Summit Program

  • 10:00 AM -10:15 AM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
    • John Bozzella, President & CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Fireside Chat
    • John Bozzella, President & CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation and Jeff Marootian, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy (DoE)
  • 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM: Panel Discussion
    • Jonathan Smith, Senior Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO),
    • David Paterson, Ontario’s Representative in Washington, DC,
    • Rachel McCleery, Senior Advisor, IRA Program Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • Moderator TBD
  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Lunch
  • 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM: Keynote
    • Alex Jacquez, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Development and Industrial Strategy, White House National Economic Council (NEC)
      • This session will discuss financing mechanisms to support the ICE to EV transition for the supply chain base.
  • 1:00 PM – 1:10 PM: Recap & Closing Remarks for the Summit
    • John Bozzella, President & CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • 1:10 PM – 1:15 PM: NEC – Overview of Breakout Sessions
  • 1:15 – 1:30 PM: Move to Breakout Rooms
  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Breakout Session & Summit Concludes
    • Building on the announcement the Biden-Harris Administration made in Michigan in May for funding, technical assistance, and workforce resources for small- and mid-sized auto suppliers, Administration officials will convene suppliers, federal partners, and other stakeholders to discuss innovative financing mechanisms for supporting the entire supply chain through the transition from internal combustion engine to electric vehicles. In this breakout session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear specifics on what federal agencies are doing to support suppliers in the ICE to EV transition.