Simon Drexler is General Manager, Automation Products at ATS Automation. Prior to that he was leader of the Linear Motion Technologies (LMT) group within ATS’ Innovation Center. Initially joining ATS as an Application Engineer he moved into several progress roles, which led to helping local startup companies and accelerators in Waterloo, Ontario. At Clearpath Robotics he led the evolution of the OTTO industrial product line, overseeing market strategy, product development roadmap and programme execution. He was named Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s “Pro to Know” as well as one of Plant Magazine’s “Top 40 Engineering Leaders Under 40” in 2016. As well as leading the LMT group today, Mr Drexler also sits on the Board of Advisors for Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.