Cox Automotive Canada & Brazil
With almost 25 years of automotive industry experience in a wide variety of roles in 3 countries, Maria Soklis is the President of Cox Automotive Canada & Brazil.
Since being named President of Cox Automotive Canada in 2015, Maria has successfully led the organization to become one of Cox Automotive’s leading international markets and has significantly grown the business through the development and execution of its national business strategy and operations. While the business began with only the Manheim operation, Maria has been guiding the integration of 12 more brands, including NextGear Capital, Dealertrack, Dealer.com, Kelley Blue Book, Ready Logistics and others to help support a connected automotive ecosystem building transparency, efficiency and digitization for customers looking to thrive during times of significant transformation in the industry. Maria has also recently overseen the introduction of the Dealertrack organization in Brazil and is now leading the team responsible for building the Cox Automotive brand in this market.
With a team of nearly 1,000 employees across the country, Maria leads by example and has fostered a culture of bold creativity, innovative problem-solving and ego-free teamwork. With a background in Social Development and Social Work, her passion for community service drove her to also lead the organization’s CSR program, Cox Cares, that includes initiatives like bringing like-minded partners and clients together for the first-ever Canadian Automotive Industry Build in support of Habitat for Humanity, and Cox Automotive Canada’s quarterly conference to encourage gender parity called Women With Drive. In 2020, Maria was also a driving force in the organization’s efforts to strengthen its inclusivity efforts and combat systemic racism through her support of the Black Employee Network and by being the Automotive Industry’s first leader to sign the BlackNorth Initiative’s CEO pledge. Maria also contributes regularly to the industry and government’s efforts to build diversity in the Automotive world.
Recently named an “Executive of the Year” by the Canadian Lenders Association and a “2020 All Star” by Automotive News, Maria’s personal achievements also include Outstanding Alumna, an Honorary Senior Fellowship and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated service to peers, community and Canada – but she is most proud of her team’s accomplishments. This was especially evident recently in what might be her proudest accomplishment with Cox Automotive Canada named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021. Maria lives the Cox Automotive core value to always do the right thing and encourages everyone around her to follow her lead every day.
General Manager of Dealertrack Canada
Cox Automotive Canada
As the General Manager of Dealertrack Canada, Liliane Dubois manages the team that provides dealers, lenders, OEMs, third-party retailers, agents and aftermarket providers with the industry’s leading comprehensive set of software solutions and services, including Sales/F&I products, market data for dealers, lenders and OEMs and digital document services. Liliane also plays an integral role in driving changes that create high-performing and sustainable businesses for Cox Automotive Canada.
Liliane joined the organization in 2017 and brings more than 30 years of experience in Automotive Financial Services and in- depth expertise in all areas of indirect lending, fleet leasing, commercial lending, marketing, sales pricing and risk management. In her previous role with Cox Automotive, Liliane was the General Manager of Manheim Montreal where she managed the operations of auction and the development of her employees and strategic alliances within the Quebec market. Prior to that, Liliane excelled in several positions within the Financial Services arms of Equifax Canada, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services, Scotiabank and Ford Capital.
A results-oriented leader with strong relationships and a proven track record of dealer and employee satisfaction and the delivery of growth, profitability and market share, Liliane is fluently bilingual and has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from McGill University.
National Director Dealer Sales
A career sales professional, Wayne enjoys over 20 years of experience in sales in the automotive industry.
Before joining Cox Automotive Canada, Wayne was National Sales manager for SiriusXM, leading the field sales team across the country. He has also held various positions, including Fixed Operations Manager, District Sales Manager, and Regional Manager, at Nissan, Honda and Kia.
With such an extensive sales background throughout his career, in his role as Director Dealer Sales for Dealertrack Canada, Wayne provides a deep understanding of the sales process from several different perspectives. As a seasoned sales leader, Wayne enjoys developing strong sales teams through various mentorship and professional process improvements.