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Allan O'Dette

President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the voice of 60,000 businesses from across Ontario.

Allan O’Dette is the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the voice of 60,000 businesses from across Ontario which collectively employ over two million people and produce nearly 17 percent of Ontario’s GDP.

Prior to joining the OCC, Allan was a senior executive in the biopharmaceutical industry with over 25 years of experience.

Allan serves on the CivicAction Steering Committee, and is a mentor to a DiverseCity Fellow through CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network. He is also active on the boards of Life Sciences Ontario and the Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Allan has served on numerous public and not-for-profit boards and committees. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his community and his philanthropic and volunteer activities.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
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To Fix Transit, Ontario Should Look to the Private Sector

The results of the recent municipal election have produced a strong mandate for renewed investment in transit and transportation. In an era of fiscal constraint, how does the Ontario government get the biggest bang for its buck out of this fund? The answer is right under its nose: trust in the made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The government uses the AFP model as a means to leverage capital and expertise from the private sector to design, build, finance, and maintain major infrastructure projects. In doing so, the model transfers the risk of project cost increases and scheduling delays on to the private sector.
12/04/2014 06:00 EST