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Reuters Events Free Webinar: GM, VW and Hyundai Reveal Their Blueprint to Automotive’s Decade of Transformation

Reuters Events Free Webinar: GM, VW and Hyundai Reveal Their Blueprint to Automotive's Decade of Transformation

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London, United Kingdom–(Newsfile Corp. – June 15, 2022) – The automotive industry is facing more disruption over the next few years than in the last 50 years, with governmental pressure to reduce emissions, growing concerns around vehicle safety and the demand for new, more customized experiences.

We have now progressed from the phase of innovation to execution. We are now venturing towards building fully autonomous vehicles ready for city roads, developing electric vehicles and its associated charging infrastructure to creating shared mobility solutions with sustainability at its core.

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That’s why Reuters Events are bringing together key strategists from Hyundai, General Motors, and Volkswagen for what is sure to be a must-listen webinar. Sign up for this free session on July 21st at 11am EDT now.

You will learn from:

  • Reinhard Fischer, Senior Vice President and North American Region Strategy, Volkswagen
  • Liran Golan, Head of Future Mobility, Hyundai Motors Europe
  • Jonathan Weinberger, Chief Advocate Global Transportation Technology, General Motors

Register now to listen in live or receive the recordings

Here are some key concepts you can expect to be addressed:

  • As technology takes over, hear how OEMs are preparing their business for a software-defined future that is tailored to the evolving expectations of the modern consumer.
  • How automotive tech has enabled the industry to delve into new safety features that outperform human error by minimizing the wrong decisions made on the road.
  • The importance of offering resilience and stability within your supply chain to ensure consistency on costs and affordability.
  • The need to explore and establish robust electrical infrastructure and charge points to meet the needs of a new generation of electric vehicles.

Unable to join us live? Not to worry, register for free here and we will send you the recordings after.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Nabil Awan
Conference Producer
Reuters Events

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Kelowna’s Knox Mountain Hill Climb sees one of its busiest events in a decade | iNFOnews

Kelowna’s Knox Mountain Hill Climb sees one of its busiest events in a decade | iNFOnews

Brent Thorkelson stands with his 2007 GT3 Porsche as part of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb, Saturday, May 21, 2022.


May 21, 2022 – 6:04 PM

Driven by the desire to attend events following the easement of pandemic restrictions, thousands flocked to one of North America’s oldest hill climbs Saturday in Kelowna.

The Knox Mountain Hill Climb was last held in 2019 and was shut down afterwards due to COVID-19. Each year, drivers gather in an attempt to beat their own and others records of who can climb the hill the fastest.

For eight years, Vancouver Island driver Brent Thorkelson took children affected by cancer up the hill in his 2007 GT3 Porsche as part of his Hands Together for a Cure fundraiser but this year he decided to race as a participant.

“We always wanted to give the kids the best ride possible… we had eight years of great runs with great kids so we should just stop while we’re ahead,” he said, adding there was some safety concerns.

“It’s a huge responsibility taking kids up the hill.”

Thorkelson grew up in Kelowna and is is still driving his Porsche.

“For me, as well as my brother, it’s never been being first, second or third, it’s about personal best,” he said.

He recommends new drivers to start with an inexpensive car to hone your craft and to listen to other drivers on the hill.

“That’s probably one of the best things about the Knox Mountain Hill Climb, is the people that attend it,” he said.

The Knox Mountain Hill Climb, May 21,2022.

The Knox Mountain Hill Climb, May 21,2022.


Event organizer Bryan Sulton said it’s one of the largest crowds they’ve seen in a decade with 60 drivers and more than 2,000 attendees that showed up to watch, May 21.

“I think there’s been a pent up demand for people to get out,” he said. “I feel good because we put 365 days worth of effort into organizing it and the reward we get out of it is seeing people having a good time and the money we raise for charity.”

It’s the oldest running hill climb in Canada and one of the oldest running paved hill climbs in North America, he said. The event wraps up tomorrow, May 22.


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Australia primed for ‘unparalleled’ decade of major sporting events

Australia primed for 'unparalleled' decade of major sporting events

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia will over the next decade host a bumper schedule of major international sporting events as part of a long-term plan to boost tourism, health and the economy while also enhancing its global image.

The country’s welcoming climate, sports-loving people, stable political environment and quality infrastructure have long made it an attractive destination.

But the sheer volume of big sporting events heading to Australia is unprecedented for the nation of 26 million people.

Australian Olympic Committee chief Matt Carroll calls it the green and gold — the nation’s sporting colours — “runway” culminating in the Brisbane Olympics in 2032.

“More than 30 major global sporting events are coming to Australia across the next 10 years,” he said.

In addition to the annual Australian Open tennis and Formula One, the country will host cricket’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup, Women’s Basketball World Cup and the UCI road cycling world championships this year.

It will then jointly hold football’s Women’s World Cup with New Zealand in 2023, a British and Irish Lions rugby tour in 2025, Commonwealth Games in 2026, Netball World Cup in 2027 and Presidents Cup golf a year later.

An expected announcement next month that it will also stage back-to-back men’s and women’s Rugby World Cups in 2027 and 2029 will further cement Australia’s status as a sporting powerhouse.

“Sport brings health, educational and wellbeing benefits to the community and can play a pivotal role in getting Australians active, reducing obesity and other health-related problems including mental illness,” said Carroll.

‘Feel-good factors’

Bidding for big events is part of Sport 2030, a government roadmap established in 2018 that recognises the broader economic and social implications of sport, which is already deeply embedded in Australia’s culture and identity.

Melbourne Park hosts the Australian Open, the tennis Grand Slam, each year
Melbourne Park hosts the Australian Open, the tennis Grand Slam, each year MARTIN KEEP AFP

But hosting a huge competition such as the Olympics comes with a financial price tag.

“The return on investment is a complex issue,” Popi Sotiriadou, an associate professor of sport management at Queensland’s Griffith University, told AFP.

“There are things that we can’t measure — you can’t put a money value on national pride. There are so many of what we call ‘public goods’ that do not necessarily translate to dollars.

“There are legacies in terms of feel-good factors, people feel that connectedness with each other.

“And with any big sporting events we have that trickle-down effect, that inspirational effect of elite athletes’ success, the promotion of community, the boost to tourism, we have trade benefits, employment benefits, infrastructure benefits, better public facilities.”

Sports Minister Richard Colbeck called the coming blitz of events “unparalleled in our history” as Australia seeks to “grow our reputation as the pre-eminent sporting host nation in the world”.

According to government data, 14 million Australians participate in sport every year, millions attend live games and the sector generates about three percent of gross domestic product.

It is big business, delivering Aus$83 billion (US$61 billion) of combined economic, health and educational benefits annually, with a return on investment of Aus$7 for every dollar spent, Sport 2030 says.

Experienced host

Australia has long been praised for its ability to host big-ticket showpieces, stemming from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, which were widely seen as setting a benchmark.

Then-International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch famously declared them “the best ever” — and not only from an operations perspective but everything from venue design and construction to management and marketing.

Australia set a new benchmark with its hosting of the 2000 Sydney Olympics
Australia set a new benchmark with its hosting of the 2000 Sydney Olympics GREG WOOD AFP

More than 20 years later, those skills have been honed even further.

Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos, who is involved in the Rugby World Cup bid, said it made a big difference having strong government and public support.

“That’s one of the benefits of operating in a country like Australia,” he told SportsPro magazine. “Because there’s such familiarity with having to host and engage on major events.

“The states and certainly the federal government are quite well versed in it so they understand that once you put a very compelling economic impact assessment in front of them, the decision-making process is relatively straightforward.”

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Minister McEntee launches justice sector programme of commemorative events for 2022-2024 as part of the Decade of Centenaries’ Programme

The Decade of Centenaries Programme is an ongoing programme of commemoration of the period from 1912 to 1923. The justice sector commemorations programme is part of the recently published, cross-government Decade of Centenaries 2022 Programme co-ordinated by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.