About

ABOUT ADE:

Ade lives in Dunrobin, Ontario, with his wife and three young sons. He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Business Management and developed a monthly financial planning system for a $5 billion Toronto based manufacturer. He is currently the President of the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group, a project management consultant and a member of Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. His solution oriented approach to life has motivated over 15 years of volunteering with conservative groups, neighbourhood associations and local church communities.

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WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY:

Ade’s Record:  “A person with Ade’s record of promoting sustainable public sector money management, would be an asset to the political process at any level of government”.  Kanata – Carleton Endorsement by Lewis MacKenzie,CM,OOnt,MSC and Bar,CD Major-General(Ret’d) PPCLI

Ade’s work with OTAG:  Pierre Poilievre, M.P., “Applauded OTAG as a counter-balance to special interest groups which, he said, apply pressure on governments to spend more money on programs.” Ottawa Citizen.  Federal Infrastructure Minister John Baird was on hand to deliver a short speech…”Any time you cut taxes and let people keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars, that’s a good day”. Ottawa Citizen  JB

Courageous Leadership on Taxes: Ade is the founder of the Ottawa Taxpayer Advocacy Group (OTAG) whose no-new-money approach was adopted by Mayor-elect Jim Watson, and whose departmental budget freeze campaign was championed by outgoing Mayor Larry O’Brien. “OTAG … shaped the debate by offering achievable solutions to limit increase”, Randall Denley – Ottawa Citizen

Courageous Leadership on Inter-Provincial Trade:  Ade is founder of the Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group who drafted a motion on affordable Hydro and persuaded 37 municipalities across Ontario to pass the motion.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Launched a 2013 Canadian wide campaign with support from various municipalities and provinces on a change in high value sole sourcing laws through AIT (Agreement on Internal Trade)
  • Hosted a February 2013 Rogers TV show on P3s, Open Tendering and Innovating Transit with guests from US and Canadian think tanks as well as Provincial Members of Parliament
  • Hosted a March 2013 Rogers TV show on the creation of Waterfront Ottawa with private and public sector CEOs, Business Improvement Area Director and Architect that designed NCC Waterfront Master Plan
  • Organized the 2012 and 2013 Government Innovation Conference with speakers from 3 levels of government, including federal government ministers, authors, media and academia
  • Served as Policy Director for Carleton Mississippi Mills Conservative Party Association
  • Designed provincial questionnaire based on feedback from over 60 councillors & mayors across Ontario Organized a 2011 Provincial Elections municipal affairs debate
  • Proposed the following ideas which were included in the platform for Mayor Jim Watson; Spending Control Summit and “No New Money”
  • Hosted the first 2010 Mayoral Candidates Debate thereby causing the election to be about money management
  • Convinced city council to pass a motion to hold a 2010 Financial Summit and designed the event agenda
  • Organized a 2010 electorate candidate cocktail for about 20 council candidates
  • Drafted a 2010 motion on Affordable Hydro which was passed by about 37 municipalities across Ontario
  • Debated Councillors Cullen & Wilkinson at a 2009 City Hall Property Tax Debate
  • Supported by 80% of CFRA listeners on if OTAG should be allowed to run adverts on buses questioning the city’s spending habits
  • Organized a 2009 Zero Should Mean Zero Event with speakers from the provincial government and an employment lawyer
  • Member of Ontario PC Party Health PAC during John Tory’s leadership
  • Member of 2007 City of Ottawa Community Budget Advisory Team (CBAT)
  • Authored CBAT IT & technology recommendations for process improvement recommendations

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Ade organized the 2012 and 2013 Government Innovation Conference with speakers from all government levels including Minister Maxime Bernier, PC, MP, authors, media and academia.