Ron J. McKerlie, 2009 Honoree

Corporate CIO and IT officer; chief strategist, service delivery
Government of Ontario
First job:
"Shoveling sawdust. I was 8 years old and working for my father."
Most valuable career advice:
"Do everything to the best of your ability."
Favorite vice:
Life's ambition or title you'd like to hold someday:
"CEO of a Fortune 500 company."
What do you love about IT?
"It has the ability to change lives."
Best mentoring relationship:
"My father."
Passion outside of work:
"Golf, travel and my cottage."
Your recreational best:
"50 countries visited before I turned 50 years old."
Twenty years ago, I was...
"20 years younger, 20 pounds lighter and had 20 fewer good friends. And, I didn't have the 20-year-old son I do now."
What about you would surprise the people you work with?
"I used to hire Santa Clauses for malls when I was 17 years old."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Be clear, be concise, be consistent, set the bar high, and get out of the way."
Best project:
"The eOntario strategy, which was primarily designed to increase operating efficiencies, reduce ongoing operations costs and prepare us to move to online services delivery with money-back service guarantees. Among the many accomplishments over the past 1
View All 2009 »