Executive Team

Allan O’Dette

Chief executive officer

Allan O’Dette

Chief executive officer

Executive assistant: Helen Medeiros

Allan O’Dette, MBA, ICD.D, is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ontario Medical Association, representing the political, economic, and clinical interests of Ontario’s 43,000 physicians. With a record of success in leading change and organizational renewal, Allan has more than 30-years of experience and a diverse range of skills in media, sales, marketing, financial oversight, large projects, public policy, and government relations.

Prior to leading the OMA, Allan was Ontario’s first chief investment officer, tasked with founding and leading a one-stop agency to attract and retain foreign investment for the province. In this role, he attracted billions of dollars in new investment to Ontario that created thousands of jobs.

From 2011 to 2017, he was president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, where he led the modernization of Canada’s largest and most influential business association, representing over 60,000 members with more than 2.5 million employees.

Allan is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in progressive leadership roles in the bio-pharmaceutical sector. Passionate in support of Canadian business and his community, he has served on numerous private and not-for-profit boards. Allan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to his community and his philanthropic activities.

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Lily Chen

Chief financial & operating officer
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Lily Chen

Chief financial & operating officer

Executive assistant: Shaila Daswani

Lily is an agile and strategic finance and operations leader with more than 20 years of global experience in the financial services industry. Lily is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has held a number of senior management roles, including divisional chief financial officer and divisional chief administrative officer with Berkshire Hathaway Group, Reinsurance Division, Group CFO at BF&M, and senior leadership roles at Aviva, ING Insurance Asia/Pacific and Marsh. She has honed her skills in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., the Asia Pacific region, the Caribbean, and most recently, Bermuda.    

Lily’s background, work experience and passion to drive strategic direction will make her a valuable addition to the OMA’s Executive Team. Her commitment to financial and operational excellence, and to lead and build high performing teams, will make her a critical team member. She joins a strong team leading our transformational journey to achieve our mission and realize our vision through the disciplined execution of the 4Ms: membership, manage, mandate and modernize.  

Lily is responsible for the following teams: finance, technology, operational excellence, enterprise risk management and OMAI. 

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Kori Kingsbury

Executive vice-president, Strategic Affairs
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Kori Kingsbury

Executive vice-president, Strategic Affairs

Executive assistant: Tracey Lynch

With over 30 years of experience in the health care system, Kori Kingsbury is an accomplished executive leader with expertise in strategy, policy and governance in the public sector. Kori served as CEO of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (2007–2017), where she led the organization during a time of strategic growth and transformation with a focus on corporate performance, program implementation and evaluation. Prior to 2007, Kori held executive leadership roles in British Columbia, including responsibility for Cardiac Services BC. Since 2018, Kori has continued to focus more broadly on health system strategy, policy development and regional program planning as an Independent Consultant. Experienced in government and external relations, she has extensive understanding of the health care system and key issues and opportunities within Ontario. Kori holds a Master of Public Administration (Queens University), and ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (University of Toronto).

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Dr. Jim Wright

Executive vice-president, Economics, Policy and Research
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Dr. Jim Wright

Executive vice-president, Economics, Policy and Research

Executive assistant: Donna-Lynn Tymochenko

Jim has had a distinguished career. Most recently he was a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Previously, he was chief of Perioperative Services, and surgeon-in-chief, Department of Surgery, and vice-president, medical at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Jim oversaw one of Canada's busiest and most advanced pediatric surgery departments. Equally active in education, Jim won the Robert B. Salter Excellence in Orthopaedic Education Award in May of 1997. Since 1994, he has served as (or is currently serving as) primary or secondary supervisor for more than 30 MSc or PhD students. Additionally, in 2016 he was awarded the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian order. Jim completed his surgical training at the University of Toronto, a clinical fellowship in Melbourne, Australia, graduate work in clinical epidemiology and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University.

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Sandy Zidaric

Executive vice-president, People and Culture
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Sandy Zidaric

Executive vice-president, People and Culture

Executive assistant: Lindsay Mochan (Interim)

Sandra is a solutions-oriented leader who received her degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has her designation as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) through the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA). Sandra has also completed the strategic human resources leadership program through the Rotman School of Management.

With nearly 30 years at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), Sandra is a trusted advisor to the Board’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee (HRCC) as well as the Senior Management Team, providing strategic advice and insight. She has had the opportunity to develop the human resources function into a strategic business partner, and most recently brought together all areas that impact the employee experience into one department. This expanded portfolio — known as People and Culture — includes organizational culture, office services, employee communications and engagement, human resources, and learning and development.

In addition to her work with the OMA, Sandra has also been deeply involved with the Ontario Medical Foundation, most significantly with the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund (OMSBF) since its inception. Sandra was responsible for developing all of the OMSBF’s programs, including partnerships with medical schools and corporations. In addition to this, in 2005 she oversaw the creation of the annual OMSBF golf tournament, which brings together physicians, students and corporate sponsors each year from across the province to support Ontario medical Students. To date, the OMSBF has raised more than $10 million to help medical students in financial need through the distribution of non-repayable bursaries.

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John Bozzo

Executive vice-president, Member Relations Advocacy & Communications
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John Bozzo

Executive vice-president, Member Relations Advocacy & Communications

Executive assistant: Ros Whitby

John is a seasoned and experienced communications strategist, marketer and stakeholder relations expert. He is passionate about health care and how storytelling and targeted messaging across all platforms creates relevant and engaging content to serve internal needs and earn trust with external audiences. John has a proven track record for building strong organizations and brands. He has managed communications, repositioning, rebranding and organizational restructuring projects at Bell Canada, CBC, Ontario Hydro, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Telemedicine Network, and most recently at the Ontario Energy Board. John has also led a health and public-sector practice as a consultant with a leading communications and public affairs firm. As a leader, John has introduced and managed reputation and brand programs through a framework that stresses the principles of accountability, strategic focus, customer service, and effective resource utilization to deliver enhanced results. John has been an instructor with The Schulich School of Business, responsible for a course on managing stakeholder relations for the Government of Ontario and an executive leadership course for communication professionals in the public service.

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Adam Farber

General counsel
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Adam Farber

General counsel

Executive assistant: Gina Russo

Adam is a strong leader with more than 15 years of experience on the OMA’s legal team providing trusted counsel across the Association. Most recently, he has guided the organization through renewals of its governance structure. Adam is general counsel for the OMA and the executive director of the Legal and Governance department, which provides trusted advice and assistance to OMA staff, board, executive committee, council, OMA Committees, bi-lateral OMA/MOHLTC Committees and Sections. Legal and Governance also advises physicians on a wide range of legal issues including practice arrangements, employment issues, privacy of personal information and personal health information, as well as interpretation of legislation relevant in a health-care setting. Legal and Governance assists physician groups who wish to develop governance structures and agreements for their practices and in relation to their participation in non-fee-for-service agreements. The department also assists in the negotiation of physician services agreements and the negotiation of various non-fee-for-service funding agreements with the Ontario MOHTLC. Adam is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

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David Wiseman

Vice-president, Technology
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David Wiseman

Vice-president, Technology

Executive assistant: Joyce Rodrigues

A customer-centric senior technology management professional, David has more than 20 years of senior management experience with broad private sector experience working in several key industries, including health care, finance, natural resources, and software development. He has demonstrated ability in strategy development, change management, project management governance, and building and leading diverse global teams.

David has a long record of successfully managing and leading large-scale global projects and initiatives. This includes global enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform implementations, technology architecture, cost optimization, mergers and acquisitions. He has also managed large global teams that supported global companies in multiple sectors.

David is the vice-president Technology at the Ontario Medical Association, a department comprised of four functional groups: operations, project delivery, application development and support. David has both a bachelor’s degree and a Computer Science Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University.