TORONTO – The Ontario government announced that Frank P. Rochon will be the first Chief Executive Officer of Supply Ontario, the province’s new centralized procurement agency. Mr. Rochon will work with Supply Ontario’s Board of Directors to establish the agency’s mandate and outline its strategic business plan. As the agency becomes operational, he will be responsible for leveraging Ontario’s buying power as the largest public sector buyer in Canada, driving efficiency and productivity while fostering innovation and creating new market opportunities for provincial businesses.
“Having a visionary leader like Mr. Rochon as CEO of Supply Ontario will be important to ensure that hospitals, schools, and the entire public sector always have the critical supplies and equipment they need to keep Ontarians safe while building the best-in-class public sector supply chain for Ontario,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “This is another step forward in advancing Supply Ontario’s role to help save taxpayers money, support greater domestic production and drive job creation and economic growth.”
Prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Supply Ontario, Mr. Rochon spent more than 30 years guiding numerous complex transformations in public, private and not-for-profit sectors with expertise in finance, management, and operational leadership. He has been a member of Deloitte Canada’s executive leadership team for over 20 years, most recently as Vice Chairman and Managing Partner. Mr. Rochon was also an active member of Deloitte’s Global Executive leadership which allowed him to build a robust and distinguished global network.
“I am truly honoured to be appointed Supply Ontario’s first Chief Executive Officer. I understand the strategic importance and critical imperative of building this transformative agency and working collaboratively both with the public and private sector to drive government’s priorities to realize the benefits for the people of Ontario”, said Mr. Rochon. “My team and I will work hard to deliver strong and consistent results.”
“We are confident Mr. Rochon will work with the Board to drive the government’s policy objectives to centralize procurement for the government’s 6,000 buyers,” said Paul G. Smith, Board Chair of Supply Ontario. “His wealth of transformative experience will ensure Ontarians have access to the goods and services they need, when they need them, always with value for money in mind.”
“Creating a centralized supply chain agency is a signature project of the Ontario Onwards Action Plan. Through the plan, we are making government programs and services simpler and easier to access for the people and businesses of our province,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Finance, and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation. “The appointment of Mr. Rochon as CEO of Supply Ontario is an important step towards harnessing the immense purchasing power of our province and supporting Ontario businesses as we move Ontario Onwards.”