As our orientation days go by, it is getting more and more difficult to keep track of all the many interesting people we’ve met. A colleague of mine even had to create a spreadsheet to log all of the contact info we’ve gathered from meeting with political officials, bureaucrats, and high profile leaders of various private sectors!
Last week we had a fascinating chat with Allan O’Dette. You know when you tell your friends you had really busy day?….check this out: Allan is the Director of External Relations (Ontario), and National Private Markets for GlaxoSmithKline Canada Inc. He is a former President and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Club of Toronto. Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and active on the boards of Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), the Ontario Medical Association Student Bursary Foundation Fundraising Committee, Theatre 20, and the Civic Action Steering Committee. With over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, my colleagues and I had prepared for a ‘big pharma’ presentation. It turned out Allan was more interested in finding out more about the interns and wasted no time to open the floor for us to ask all sort of questions. The conversation focused mainly on how young creative innovation will be the driving economic force of Canada and indeed Ontario.
Meeting in Allan’s office, conveniently located at the heart of innovation in the MaRS building in Toronto, was a phenomenal experience. Our arrival interrupted a meeting in the board room tabling the final adjustments of the launching of a revolutionary devise designed to improve the quality of life of patients that suffer from Type 2 Diabetes – no biggie!