Oumar Dicko is no longer the chief economist at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) having left in mid-September to become National Director, Government Partnerships at Windmill Microlending, a registered charity offering microloans to skilled immigrants and refugees in Canada.
“Oumar is an experienced government relations and public affairs professional who has helped organizations across the country build partnerships with all levels of government,” Windmill said in a statement on LinkedIn. “Having moved to Canada from Côte d’Ivoire as a teenager, he’s a first-generation immigrant invested in helping us convert potential into prosperity.”
Dicko is also a founding member of Accelerate Auto, a coalition of Black professionals and allies working to attract Black talent to the industry. He remains part of that organization.
The federal government’s iZEV rebate program and the proposed federal luxury tax were among Dicko's key priorities during his three-year tenure at CADA.
Dicko was a 2019 Automotive News Canada Canadian to Watch.