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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 3, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Ray Tanguay, Diploma (Business Management) '83, LLD (HC) '12, Retired, Past Chairman, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

During his more than 20 years at TMMC, Mr. Tanguay has been a leading force in instilling innovation within the company through his introduction of such programs as Intelligent Process Management (IPM). Under his stewardship, TMMC became the first and only plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles and has won numerous J.D. Power plant quality awards, while also being recognized for innovation by the Smithsonian Institute, among other accolades. An admirer of the Lexus slogan, "If you think you canít, you wonít. If you think you can, you will. We can, we will!Ē, Mr. Tanguay believes in people aiming to do and be the best they can in their own respective fields.

In 1972, Ray Tanguay graduated from St. Clair College in electrical engineering technology, and in 1983, from Wilfrid Laurier University in business management. A former vice president of Philips Electronics Ltd., he joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), in 1991, as a general manager in charge of General Affairs, Information Systems and Environmental Affairs. He became vice president in 1993, senior vice president in 2000, president in 2002, and finally, chairman of TMMC in 2010.

In June 2005, Mr. Tanguay also became a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan (TMC) and in April of 2011, he was promoted to senior managing officer of TMC.

Also in April 2011, he took on additional responsibilities as senior vice president of Toyota Motor North America (TMA), where he currently serves as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Quality Officer for North America and Advisor to the Chief Information Officer.