North American International Propulsion Conference

November 16-18, 2022 | Chicago, IL


Propulsion Leaders Unite

The North American International Propulsion Conference (NAIPC) is an annual meeting with a focus on business in the North American market. It is organized by propulsion and powertrain executives for propulsion and powertrain executives targeting an elite audience of individuals with levels of director or higher.  NAIPC will facilitate and encourage critical, open conversations that provide strategic direction for companies to prepare for what lies ahead in international propulsion sector. Between compelling keynotes and interactive sessions, attendees will explore customer perspectives, market forces affecting the propulsion business, and the impacts of new technology options and energy sources.  Attendees will also participate in the unique executive-to-executive networking opportunities.

The theme for the 2022 meeting is Driving Strategies to Carbon Neutrality.

The auto industry is striving for zero emissions and is in the process of transitioning from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicle (EV) technologies to propel vehicles. The auto industry is working to do its part to decrease carbon emissions to mitigate climate change impacts. The switch from a petroleum-based industry to an electric one has created many new innovations and disruptions that will be addressed at NAIPC.

It has been a long standing tradition for NAIPC to meet under the Chatham House Rule. 

The Chatham House Rule is used around the world to encourage inclusive and open dialogue in meetings.  

The Chatham House Rule helps create a trusted environment to understand and resolve complex problems. Its guiding spirit is: share the information you receive, but do not reveal the identity of who said it. 

The rule reads as follows: 

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. 

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What to expect:

NAIPC will provide global powertrain executives the opportunity to hear and understand the latest business and technical impacts of electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and ride sharing programs. The traditional subjects of energy sources, engine developments, alternative fueled vehicles, and consumer acceptance will also be discussed.

The technical program, which is organized by high level propulsion and powertrain executives who are deeply immersed in the ever-evolving automotive industry, is comprised of an opening and closing session, high-level keynote presentations, plenary panels, a supplier panel, and an OEM panel.

In addition, attendees will have ample time to network during breaks, luncheons, the welcome reception, an evening gala reception, and more.

Event Venue

Hilton Chicago

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani

Lecturer, Harvard University

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He is the author of THINK FOR YOURSELF: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence and BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He has been a frequent commentator on issues driving disruption in the global business environment. Linkedin twice listed him as their #1 Top Voice for Money, Finance and Global Economics and Worth has profiled him as one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance.

Vikram is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, where he teaches students to use multiple perspectives in making tough decisions. Previously, he was a Lecturer at Yale University. In addition to teaching, he also advises several Fortune 500 CEOs to help them navigate the radical uncertainty in today’s business and regulatory environment. He has a PhD and two Masters degrees from MIT and a Bachelors degree from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Vikram lives in Lincoln, NH with his wife, daughter, son, golden-retriever, and two cats, one of which he believes maybe clairvoyant.

Keynote Presentation:

Navigating Uncertainty:  Establishing the Right Mindset

The world is dynamic and uncertain, and when approaching decision making and planning for the future, you need the right mind set. In this interactive and dynamic session, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss prevailing trends affecting our industry and how they may play out in the future. Assumptions will be questioned, sparking additional conversation and debate. The audience will actively participate in this fast-paced dialogue focused on megatrends.

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