David Adams

President and CEO
Global Automakers of Canada

David Adams has 35 years of experience in the Canadian automotive industry.   He brings a unique perspective to the industry being the only individual to have served in executive roles with both of Canada’s leading automotive industry associations.

He has been at the forefront of the association’s thought leadership on zero emission  vehicles and their adoption as well as the regulatory environment necessary to support the adoption of automated and connected vehicles. 

David serves on a number of industry related boards and is the current Chair of the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP), a national consumer dispute resolution program, and was involved in the creation of the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program (NADAP) for disputes arising between dealers and manufacturers.

Additionally, David is a regular columnist in Canadian Auto Dealer and past contributor to Canadian Autoworld, both monthly trade magazines for the Canadian automotive industry, and more recently he initiated and hosts a podcast entitled “From Here to Where?” which explores the future of the automotive industry in Canada and the future of the automobile in society with guests from a variety of backgrounds.

He is an avid cyclist and resides in Toronto.