Rod Jackson '89 • Politics and Government Relations
Rod Jackson is the CEO of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, representing 1000 local businesses and their interests to all levels of government. He is responsible for executing strategic direction, as well as managing and delegating staff resources and budgets.
Prior to his current role, Rod was a politician, and as a Member of Provincial Parliament, served as an official opposition critic for Community and Social Services. Rod’s political resume also includes a position as City Councillor for Barrie. Rod’s current role as CEO of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce ties into his roles in local politics, as the work is similar, and he is able to utilize networks from his previous roles.
Prior to his ascension into politics, Rod spent five years working abroad in Japan as a Human Resources Director. Rod obtained his BA in Political Science from York University, as well as a Graduate Certificate from York in Dispute Resolution and a Human Resources Management Diploma from Georgian College.
Rod would be an excellent mentor for anyone looking to move into local or provincial politics.
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