Terry Ostan is the Senior Manager of Innovation & Advanced Technology at General Motors of Canada.
Every day, he puts the customer at the centre of everything he does by solving important problems through innovation at the Canadian Technical Centre. Lifting internal innovation performance, embracing the power of open innovation across Canada, and accelerating culture change are the ways he is trying to disrupt himself and his team into the most dynamic and exciting period in automotive history.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University.
Based at the Canadian Technical Centre in Oshawa, Terry leads a diverse group of engineering teams that invent and develop features in Advanced Chassis Technology, Advanced Body Systems, Active Safety Technologies, Computer Aided Engineering, Connected Vehicle and HMI Technologies, and even General Motors first Electric Bike. Terry has also been a Global Innovation Lead for General Motors, developing strategies, roadmaps and project portfolios for chassis systems and the vehicle dynamic performance domain.
Terry says he currently has the best job in the world, primarily due to rich and diverse assignments at GM of Canada. He has worked for GM Powertrain, where he developed expertise in base engine, fuels and controls. He has had the opportunity to work on many unique vehicle programs such as Concept Vehicles, Cadillac Professional Vehicles, and Armored Vehicles for the US State Department and the RCMP. Terry was also the Canadian Program Engineering Manager for the very successful Canadian designed Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover vehicles.
His love of going fast in cars and on motorcycles, plus his passion for engineering has spawned 6 US/International patents which reach across numerous vehicle systems and customer facing features such as vehicle diagnostics and fuel economy improvements.