Economist, Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
There was no easing into the job for the new economist of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association last October. First up for Oumar Dicko, 31, was assessing the just-signed — and crucially important — United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. His verdict on the trade pact: Welcome certainty for dealers and the auto sector. Next, a deep dive into Canada’s zero-emissions strategy and persuading the government to expand the list of eligible vehicles.
But for a public-policy enthusiast who grew up with pictures of Ford Mustangs on his Montreal bedroom walls, the work is fascinating and fun.
“It was a great career move,” says Dicko, who also serves as a lieutenant in the Armed Forces Reserve.
His next priorities? Ensuring that federal-election candidates understand the contribution of franchised dealerships to the economy, and that dealers are reimbursed promptly for rebates under the new federal vehicle-electrification program.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
“It provides me the best of both worlds — being able to have my civilian life and work as an economist for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, something that I am passionate about, and at the same time continue to serve [in the Armed Forces Reserve] and give back to Canada.”