AutoCanada names new CEO


EDMONTON, ALTA. – AutoCanada will soon have a new CEO.

Effective April 1, Steven Landry will take over as chief executive officer while Tom Orysiuk will continue as president.

Coming roughly a month later on May 6, Pat Priestner will take the non-executive chair of the board of directors for roughly one year before a planned retirement at the annual general meeting in May 2017.

“I very much look forward to joining AutoCanada, a company that I have much admired, and I look forward to putting my experience to work building upon the great success of Pat and his team with a continued focus on long term shareholder value,” Steven Landry said in a statement.  

“I am very excited to lead AutoCanada into its second decade.”

Landry was most recently the chief development officer for ATCO Ltd and Canadian Utilities Limited in Calgary. Prior to that he worked as the managing director and COO for ATCO Australia.

Before his time at ATCO he spent 27 years at Chrysler where he held various global and executive positions including CEO and president of DaimlerChrysler Canada, president of Chrysler Europe and executive V-P of North America at Chrysler LLC.

He holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree in business from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Also moving around in the executive shuffle is COO Steve Rose who will retire Oct. 1.

Christopher Burrows, CFO, and Erin Oor, V-P of corporate development and Administration, will continue in their current positions.

“AutoCanada is a tremendous company with a strong future. A key to the continued success of any organization is the succession of its senior leadership. Steven Landry, a proven and successful leader, with broad Canadian dealership knowledge, automotive manufacturer relationship and U.S. automotive retail experience, perfectly complements the existing executive team,” Pat Priestner said.

AutoCanada currently operates 54 franchised dealerships in eight provinces and has over 3,400 employees.

In 2015, it sold approximately 63,000 vehicles and processed approximately 848,000 service and collision repair orders in 912 service bays.