In 1991, Ray joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., and was quickly recognized as a leading force in instilling innovation within the company. Over the past 20 years, TMMC has been recognized with an outstanding 12 J.D. Power and Associates plant quality awards, including the global best Platinum Award in 2011 and 2014. Under his exceptional stewardship, TMMC became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles, beginning in 2003. In 2012, TMMC announced that in addition to increasing production of the Lexus RX350, it would also begin building the RX450h, the hybrid version of the popular Lexus vehicle.
An admirer of the Lexus slogan, the “Passionate Pursuit of Perfection”, Mr. Tanguay firmly believes in people aiming to do, and be, the best they can in their own respective fields. Always looking to the future, he has contributed to the further globalization of Toyota, and the achievement of self-reliance in North America, by creating a clear vision within a strategic framework that incorporates human resource development and reliable business partnerships.
In addition to his former Canadian responsibilities as Chairman of both TMMC and also Toyota Canada Inc., and as President of Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc., Mr. Tanguay continues to provide a valuable contribution to the Global Toyota in his role as advisor to the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
In 2012, he was recognized for his achievements with an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Laurier University and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Waterloo.